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White, Beveridge impress during national champion debuts

U.S. and Canadian crit champs build momentum ahead of European campaign

Emma White and Allison Beveridge added to their palmares this weekend with White winning the 58th edition of the Longsjo Classic in Fitchburg, Massachusetts and Beveridge sprinting to second in the Tour de Delta’s Ladner Criterium in British Columbia, Canada.

It was the first time the American and Canadian national criterium champions had competed since winning their respective titles at the end of June.

“Putting on the Stars and Stripes kit before the race was really special,” said White. “It felt amazing to win so close to home while wearing this special jersey. I’m just so proud of all that it means to be a national champion.”

White kept an eye on anything that moved.

White grew up in Duanesburg, New York, a short three-hour drive away from the Longsjo Classic and has attended the race since she was a child.

“I used to race the kid’s races here,” said White. “It’s always so nice to compete in front of my family and the people that helped get me into the sport.”

The entire White family was on hand to celebrate Emma’s win and that of her older brother Curtis in the men’s race. Curtis, who rode for the team from 2015 – 2017, won from a seven-rider breakaway.

“What a great day for us,” said White. “Our schedules haven’t matched up much the last couple of years, so just to be able to see each other race was great, but for both of us to win makes it even more special.”

Beveridge kicks off BC Superweek in style

5,000 km away in the Delta suburb of Vancouver, British Columbia, Allison Beveridge competed in the Ladner Criterium. Going toe-to-toe with former U.S. crit champ Kendall Ryan, Beveridge finished a close second place.

“It was really fun,” said Beveridge. “It’s nice to wear the jersey in Canada and have some home country support for it. The podium was just fun to show it off a bit. It really is one of my favorite suits in terms of design and details.”

The Tour de Delta is part of BC Superweek, an eight-race event held annually following the Nationals Road Championships.

“I like racing Superweek because of the atmosphere,” said Beveridge. “There’s a lot of excitement and intensity around the racing, but at the same time a very relaxed atmosphere that lets you explore Vancouver and catch up with friends pre-race.”

The team’s continued success bodes well as they gear up for their latest European racing campaign that includes a return to La Course by Le Tour de France, the highest level of professional bicycle racing in the world.

Longsjo Classic results

1 Emma White Rally UHC Cycling Delanson NY
2 Leslie Lupien APEX-PEDALPOWER Medford MA
3 Anja Meichsner Wheelworks Racing Belmont MA
4 Erin Faccone APEX-PEDALPOWER Medford MA
5 Katherine Rusch Ten Speed Spokes Middletown RI
6 Gillian Bennett B2C2 p/b JRA Cycles Meredith NH
7 Meredith Moran GREEN LINE VELO driven by Zipcar Jamaica Plain MA
8 Wendy King Cyclonauts Racers Colrain MA
9 Paige Williams BCA/Linen North Bennington VT
10 Maureen McAuliffe Sunapee/Buchika’s/Canary Systems Contoocook NH

Tour de Delta – Ladner Criterium results

1 RYAN Kendall Team TIBCO-Silicon Valley Bank Camarillo CA
2 BEVERIDGE Allison Rally UHC Cycling Calgary AB
3 DANFORD Georgia* Independent New Zealand
4 JACKSON Alison Team TIBCO-Silicon Valley Bank Vermilion AB
5 LANGDON Rachel InstaFund La Prima Louisville KY
6 OWEN Harriet Hagens-Berman | Supermint Kirtlington GBR
7 CONEY Helena InstaFund La Prima Kelowna BC
8 BRECK Holly InstaFund La Prima San Dimas CA
9 VAN DAM Sarah* Trek Red Truck (women) Victoria BC
10 FLYNN Emily LA Sweat Winchester ON