Cycling: Bradley White wins Beverly Hills Cycling Classic
By Tim O’Brien For Sun-Times Media July 18, 2013 9:50PM
Kelly Fisher-Goodwin crosses the finish line at Thursday's Beverly Hills Cycling Classic, winning the first-ever women's race in the event. | Tim O'Brien~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: August 20, 2013 6:38AM
The rain started to come down as his race neared, but Bradley White was prepared.
Nearing the finish line during Thursday’s Beverly Hills Cycling Classic, White was ready again with one last sprint.
When all was said and done, no one was going to catch him, and the extreme humidity wasn’t going to affect him.
“We’re working, but we’ve got that breeze hitting us (from pedaling),” White said with a laugh. “After a rain, it can be really humid. It wasn’t as hot as I thought it could be. It was a really hard course, really technical, but it was a lot of fun.”
White won the Pro Men Category 1/2 race of the Beverly Hills Cycling Classic, which is part of the newly expanded Prairie State Cycling Series.
Finishing second was White’s Team United Healthcare teammate Karl Menzies. White and Menzies were part of a four-man breakaway that separated from the pack just 20 minutes into the 90-minute race.
White, of Holland, Mich., pulled away on the second-to-last lap. He made his move on the hill at 108th Street, gaining enough distance and maintaining it to cross the finish line 10 seconds ahead of the three-man pack trailing him.
“The breakaway worked just hard enough to hold the gap,” White said. “On the climb, the plan was for me to attack the hill, and I can go hard sprinting for four or five minutes. Once I went, they went to chase, but they were racing for second and third.”
White finished in style, flexing as he crossed the finish.
Jackie Simes and Ryan Aitcheson, the other members of the breakaway pack, finished third and fourth, respectively.
Overall series leader Robert White finished 16th.
Kelly Fisher-Goodwin became the inaugural winner of the Pro Women’s Category 1/2 race. She won in a sprint, pulling away over the final two laps from the field.
“It’s pretty cool to be the first women’s winner,” Fisher-Goodwin said. “It’s also pretty cool that we’re (women) getting the opportunity to race. There’s a real movement now in women’s cycling.”
Distancing herself from the pack for much of the 60-minute race, Fisher-Goodwin found herself back in the pack over the last five laps. Rather than waiting for the others to make a move, she took her own.
“When I went off on the last two, it was just the right time,” Fisher-Goodwin said. “It’s a sense, that lull before the last sprint.”
Fisher-Goodwin’s Fearless Femme teammate, Theresa Cliff-Ryan, finished second, with Erica Allar taking third.
Fifteen-year-old Skylar Schneider was fourth, with her sister, Samantha, 23, finishing fifth.