Coryn Rivera Wins Cannon Falls Road Race at North Star Grand Prix
Coryn Rivera sprinted clear of the field to win the Cannon Falls Road Race on Thursday evening. The 71-mile road race formed the third stage of the North Star Grand Prix, the six-stage criterium and road even centred around Minneapolis, Minnesota.
The racing got underway late after a crash in the men’s event closed the course for more than 20 minutes. By the time the women’s event got rolling, the course had been shortened by 12 miles. The diversion did not affect the racing, however. After a rolling route through the farm lands east of the Twin Cities, the race returned to the town of Cannon Falls for four suburban circuits. The pace quickened dramatically as the finish approached. These successive attacks thinned the pack, leading to a reduced bunch coming into the finish.
Team Tibco took over proceedings coming into the finish, but despite launching her sprint early, Rivera was able to pull away from the bunch and come across the line with room to spare.
The North Star Grand Prix continues Friday with the Uptown Minneapolis Criterium. Huge crowds have lined the entire course in the past, ready to watch racers take on the 0.88-kilometer route that comprises six tight corners and a furious race to the finish line.
A long straightaway across the finish line leads into a very short straight between turns one and two. This tricky combination will string the pack out and encourage breakaways, before the pack hits a small climb towards the finish of the lap. With the race covering 60 kilometers for the women, the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team will look to control the likely breakaway attempts and contest the fast finishes at the end of the race.