The Third Annual Pensacola Cycling Classic September 15-16, 2012, already the largest stage race in the Southeast, was yet another success, attracting 362 top amateurs and, for the first time, professional cyclists all competing for a $25,000 prize purse. The stage race sanctioned by USA Cycling is part of three great race series, Florida Points Series, LAMBRA Cycling Cup and the US Handcycle Race Series. Paralyzed Veterans Racing had a great showing with several members placing high in each category.
Michael Paul and Joseph Beimfohr round the final turn in the Criterium at the Pensacola Cycling Classic September 2012. View more photos.
The handcycle field placed 23 racers at the starting lines making for a respectable showing. First place in the Overall went to David Randall (1:51:52) who had quite a battle with Dane Pilon beating him by only two seconds after three stages. The contest for third was between Michael Postell and Brian Mitchell, with Mitchell winning by a close 22 second margin.
While there was a $1000/10 purse for the Overall, Gold-Silver-Bronze medals were awarded for the GC podium winners in each of the H4-H3-H2-Women categories.
In the H4 category, the top three were Dane Pilon, Robert Puckett (PV Racing) and Michael Paul (PV Racing). For H3, the podium consisted of Brian Mitchell, Michael Postell and the quickly improving Alfredo Delossantos (PV Racing).
While the Gold was no contest in the H2 for David Randall, the fierce battle was for Silver between Josh Sharpe and his training partner-arch rival David Mayo (who is also the Race Founder/Organizer). Mayo won the RR by one second and Sharpe the Crit by one second, but the 29 second gap Mayo surprisingly made in the three-mile timed trial proved to be the difference.
USAC National Champion Thea Rosa from Cool, Calif., won Gold, with Carrie Finale and Peggy Sprouse (PV Racing) finishing out the Women’s podium.
Attributing to the phenomenal growth and turnout are the beauty and variety of the 3 stages: the 25 mile RR in the rolling country hills of Blackwater River State Forest, the 3 mile TT along the Gulf of Mexico and the ‘world’s whitest beaches’ on Pensacola Beach and a great six-turn criterium course in historic downtown Pensacola. Being a classic time-based stage race also distinguishes it from most cycling events.
This year the Pensacola Cycling Classic was proud to name the PVA Racing Team as its charity who was represented at the race under the excellent leadership of Jody Shiflett.
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