abbott tops the women’s prestige cycling series 297x300   Abbott Tops the Women’s Prestige Cycling SeriesFor the Year 2010 schedule, Mara Abbott of Peanut Butter & Co.-Twenty 12, leads the Women’s Prestige Cycling Series after the second of four events.

On the strength of her overall win at the recent SRAM Tour of the Gila, Abbott dominated the individual standing and toppled Alison Powers of Team Vera Bradley Foundation. Coming up third is Ina -Yoko Teutenberg who won the Redlands Bicycle Classic and, at the start, was taking the series lead.

Abbott disclosed that the SRAM Tour of the Gila was an epic race. Although Mother Nature threw all sorts of conditions at that time, she was thankful to her team who protected her throughout the race. The solid team effort and team work resulted to the success that made them win the race.

In the Best Young Rider (under 26) classification, Abbott is also leading. Her team tops the race in the team category.

“We have a very well-rounded team that can battle in all terrain,” Cranmer said. “The riders are very much looking forward to the Nature Valley Grand Prix. SRAM Tour of the Gila was one of the most challenging races I have witnessed. (Team director) Kristin Armstrong had not seen winds like that in her 10 years of racing. Kudos to all the teams that endured the adversity. It’s a great race to include in the series.”

The latest event to join the series is The Gila. The others are the Redlands, the Nature Valley Grand Prix (June 16-20) and the Cascade Cycling Classic (July 20-25).


Individual classification
1. Mara Abbott, Peanut Butter & Co.TWENTY12 319 points.
2. Alison Powers, Team Vera Bradley Foundation 253 points.
3. Ina-Yoko Teutenberg, HTC-Columbia – 220 points.
4. Katharine Carroll, Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY 12 – 175 points.
5. Robin Farina, Team Vera Bradley Foundation – 165 points.

Best young rider classification
1. Mara Abbott, Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY 12 – 440 points
2. Rebecca Much, TIBCO/To the Top Pro Cycling Team – 231 points.
3. Chloe Forsman, Specialized D4W/Bicycle Haus, 220 points.
4. Melanie Meyers, Specialized D4W/Bicycle Haus, 209 points.
5. Alison Starnes, TIBCO/To the Top Pro Cycling Team – 198 points.

Sprint classification
1. Carmen Small, Colavita/Baci p/b Cooking Light – 252 points.
2. Ina-Yoko Teutenberg, HTC-Columbia – 220 points.
3. Coryn Rivera, Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY 12 – 165 points.
4. Shelley Evans, Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY 12 – 165 points.
5. Andrea Dvorak, Colavita/Baci p/b Cooking Light – 132 points.

Team classification
1. Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY 12 – 873 points.
2. Team Vera Bradley Foundation – 654 points.
3. Colavita/Baci p/b Cooking Light – 475 points.
4. HTC-Columbia – 369 points.
5. Webcor Builders – 326 points.