The North Star Grand Prix recently wrapped up in Minneapolis, MN with the Cylance Pro Cycling team taking a stage, a podium, and a 10th place over 5 days, proving to be another successful event for the sprint team ahead of the real test of the season, the US Pro Criterium Championships. “With Tulsa [Tough] and now North Star,” added Director Sportif Hilton Clarke, “I think we have had two very successful events. Our ‘Sprint System’ is up and running, and I couldn’t be more pleased.”
The North Star Grand Prix started with a short individual time trial where Bryan Lewis placed a team best 14th place, not far behind the stage winner Brandon McNulty (Rally Cycling) followed by an evening criterium. Stage 2 has been circled on the calendar for the team ever since we won here in 2016, with Justin Williams looking to repeat his performance again this year. The team’s sprint system was working perfectly until a late crash at the back of the field with two laps to go neutralized the race. The team did their best to gain control again in the shortened race after the restart, only to come agonizingly close to a win coming second behind Alfredo Rodriguez (Elevate-KHS).
Stage 3 featured a road race in Cannon Falls, MN and looked like an opportunity for another of the team’s sprinters, Scott Law, however Scott would unfortunately crash mid race and have to pull out of the race. Orlando Garibay ended up with a solid top 10 after a strong race for the team despite losing Scott.
The second stage of the race circled on our calendars was the Stage 4 Uptown Minneapolis Criterium. Again Justin won here in 2016 and was anxious to repeat that feat again this year. Stage 4 proved to be important to every jersey competition in the race, ensuring the finale would come down to a sprint. This allowed the team to hide until 6 laps to go; the team executed their lead out to perfection setting up Justin for the stage win under the lights.