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Cycling Wed Jul 27 2011

Taiwan National Champion Wins Superweek


Liz So (center) of Tati Cycles poses with members of the Hong Kong National Team / Photo: Tati Cycles

Superweek wrapped up its 43rd year with the Whitefish Bay Classic Sunday evening, concluding the 17-day series with races across southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois. Local and international competitors raced alongside each other for a chance at stage jerseys, sprinters points and final top spots in the overall standings.

Taiwan national champion Feng Chun-Kai stood at the top of the Men's Pro 1/2 podium Sunday, marking the first time an Asian rider has won the event. He shared the podium with Laurent Beuret of Switzerland and RIcardo Van der Velde of the Netherlands. In the Men's Pro 1/2 Amateur category, Brandon Freehery of Homewood, Ill., won overall, riding for Mesa Cycles.

In the Women's Pro 1/2/3, Nichole Wangsgard of Primal Racing/Map My Ride took the overall competition, followed by racers from Taiwan and China. Local racers Kristen Meshberg and Stacey Applewick of ABD and Liz So of Tati Cycles took 12th, 15th and 16th, respectively. So also clinched 4th place overall in the Women's 3/4 category.

Chicago-area racers filled many top-10 spots in the masters categories, with strong showings from teams such as Enzo's/Psimet Racing, Vison Quest and South Chicago Wheelmen.

Many fields were smaller than in years past, which could be attributed to the cost of travel or the weather. Seventeen days of racing is challenging enough without coinciding with a lengthy heat wave. Check International Cycling for next year's Superweek dates when they become available.

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