September 28, 2011

Cyclists Place in Georgia Six Gap Criterium

BRISTOL, Tenn. – Among hundreds of adult and youth cyclists that participated in the inaugural Georgia Six Gap Criterium, two incoming King College cyclists placed in their respective races on Saturday, Sept. 24. Stephanie Cucaz and Amanda Komestat both finished in third place in races they participated in at the event.

Cucaz (Lawrenceville, Ga.) participated in both the Junior 15-18 category and the Women's Category 3/4 division. She took to the podium with a third place finish in the junior division race and finished fourth in the Women's CAT 3/4 with a 38:41.3 time on the half-mile (1km) closed-circuit road course. With her finish in the women's division, she clinched the first place podium in the Georgia Championship Races and gave her enough points to advance to CAT 2 status.

"This is a fantastic achievement for her as a young racer," said Head Coach Dan Kreiss. "It demonstrates the great training she received with Frazier Cycling as well as the determination she has to reach her potential."

Komestat (Williamson, Ga.) rebounded after missing much of the cycling season due to illness with a third place finish in the Women's CAT 3/4. Her performance helped her to an eighth place overall finish in the Georgia Championship Races series.

"King is very proud of the effort these women have put in and are excited about seeing them race for the Tornado when the season opens next month," said Kreiss.

The Georgia Six Gap Criterium is in its first year and is a two-day event taking place in Dahlonega, Ga. in coordination with Six Gap Century Weekend. A total of 11 races were help where hundreds of cyclists, both amateur and professional, from across the Peach State competed as a part of the final races of the Georgia Cycling Championship Series.

Cucaz, a freshman, and Komestat, a sophomore, will begin their first year with the King cycling program this season. The Tornado kick off their season with their first meet on Saturday, Nov. 12.