Most of the races during the Tour of America's Dairyland are criteriums, which means that riders are racing around a short, looped course. Fans can appreciate such courses because it brings their favorite riders around and around and gives the ability to cheer for your favorites regularly throughout the race.
Racers, on the other hand, might prefer a road race instead, a point-to-point race that isn't quite so repetitive and is always throwing new challenges their way. Spectators can still cheer for their favorite racers, but it's a less active role. You have a picnic, get up and cheer as the riders fly by, then return to your picnic.
The Tour of America's Dairyland's eighth stage provided a nice mix between the two. The long loop of nearly ten miles of rolling hills, scenic forest, and twisted country back roads dotted with dairy farms served as the backdrop for Stage 8, where Sarah Caravella (Team CARD) and James Stemper (Kenda Pro Cycling pb GEARGRINDER) closed the day in yellow.
The sixth and final lap around the day's 10-mile loop for the Pro Women ended with a spectacular field sprint. Carrie Cash Wooten (Team Vera Bradley Foundation), demonstrated once again her tremendous sprinting ability to snatch the win on the inside from Overall leader Caravella (Team CARD) who was pushing hard on the outside. Cari Higgins (Peanut Butter and Co TWENTY 12) made the day's top three complete with Caravella holding onto the yellow jersey.
The scorching overhead rays combined with extreme uphill climbs and fast descents made for a brutal day of extreme racing but seeing past the burn, racers including Men's podium star Yosvany Falcon (Bahati Foundation) commented on how they appreciated the beauty and intricacies of the course. Taking in the scenic landscape, even ToAD announcer Todd Busteed donned an ABD Cycling kit to race in Masters 4/5 and light-heartedly joked that he perhaps could have used a little more training to tame the beast known as the …Read more...