Women’s Top Banana Competition: Schmidt Defends, Vigland Persists

With a double points race on offer, and a state championship to boot, some of the best women in the state headed up for the Cherry-Roubaix. These are their stories. 

Mackenzie Woodring’s wonderful weekend was one of the most impressive outings of the 2012 season, but aside from a state championship (yawn, to be sure), she also gathered up double Banana points in the competition led by Einstein Racing teammate Johanna Schmidt. Schmidt, who courageously raced at Boyne last month searching for points, recovered from a crash and outsprinted the field to take second. Her tough sprint was no doubt  fueled at least in part by the assurance of points at her hometown road race.

With the road events now over, it will be all mountain races from here until the Iceman Cometh. Susan Vigland did herself a massive help by taking third place hot on the heels of Schmidt. It was a brave effort from the Hagerty captain, and the effort may just be enough to keep her in the hunt later in the season.

Here’s the results from the road race, with the points haul on the day:

1. Mackezine Woodring 40
2. Johanna Schmidt 39
3. Susan Vigland 38
4. Amy Stauffer 37
5. Cady Chintis 36
6. Lauri Brockmiller 35
7. Sarah Rice 34
8. Janette Rho 33
9. Elizabeth So 32
10. Alicia Trevino 31
11. Tiffany Bangma 30
12. Zoe Reeves 29
13. Kristen Reshberg 28
14. Amanda Ryan 27
15. Sarah Demerly 26

It’s an absolutely massive swing in points and the Einstein 1-2 will be happy to take full advantage. With no riders confirming their Battle at the ‘Burg participation as of yet, there will be just a handful of opportunities for Woodring and Schmidt to defend their lead if others commit to pursuing the title. However, this lead may be comfortable for the time being, and it’s Woodring making the biggest leap of the week. Here’s the updated overall:

Johanna Schmidt at 107 points
Amy Stauffer at 77 points
Susan Vigland at 76 points
Amanda Ryan at 74 points
Mackenzie Woodring at 55 points
Lauri Brockmiller at 49 points
Zoe Reeves at 42 points
Julie Whalen at 38 points
Cady Chintis at 36 points
Kathy Everts at 35 points
Sarah Rice at 34 points
Janette Rho at 33 points
Elizabth So at 32 points
Bridgett Widrig at 32 points
Alicia Trevino at 31 points
Tiffany Bangma at 29 points
Kristen Rashberg at 28 points
Sarah Demerly at 27 points
Heather Spencer at 20 points
Patricia Devost at 19 points
Samantha Brode at 19 points
Stephanie Swan at 17 points
Lisa Markley at 16 points
Amelia Moore at 16 points
Laura Webb at 16 points

Christine Rosender at 15 points
Kim Chapman at 15 points
Rachel Decker at 15 points
Alicia Trevino at 15 points
Wendy Zamzow at 14 points
Ali Bridson at 14 points
Kristen Jukowski at 14 points
Zoe Reeves at 13 points
Chelsea Clark at 13 points
Sarah Demerly at 12 points
Julie Marceau at 12 points
Molly Wolf at 12 points
Marilyn Kamp at 12 points
Melissa Ryba at 11 points
Jill Meredith at 11 points
Bridget Donovan at 11
Kim Thomas at 10 points

Amy Stauffer and Susan Vigland are the last women standing in the face of an Einsteinian onslaught. Amanda Ryan battled alone and flagging at the Cherry-Roubaix, but she finished rather heroically to gather herself points enough to hold onto second place. Mackenzie Woodring’s 40 point haul vaulted her up the standings and into a position to break onto the podium with a solid fall campaign.

Never has so much been wagered or worked for, never has so much energy been spent…on a bunch of bananas.

Battle at the ‘Burg is September 8th. Don’t miss it.

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