Monday, July 21, 2014

Catlin Kids Torch the Southside Sprint

Local prodigies Kelly and Colin Catlin won the feature women's and men's races at the Southside Sprints in south Minneapolis on Sunday, July 20. An annual affair, the criterium circles a business district serving a residential area just north of Minnehaha Creek on Chicago Ave. In the elite women's race Northstar Development rider Kelly Catlin, who's riding style resembles that of long-time professional Linda Melanie Villumsen, escaped with Melissa Dahlman and Linda Sone' and the three were never threatened by a small field. Last year's winner Teresa Moriarity missed the break and never managed to bridge up. The result wasn't much of a surprise since Catlin outsprinted TWENTY16 professional Kaitlin Antonneau for the gold in the women's elite road race earlier in the month at the US Nationals in Madison, WI. She'll be a freshman at the University of Minnesota this fall.
Kelly Catlin

The men's elite-1-2 division had a bigger and arguably tougher field with a number of local stars capable of winning any given race. Escape artist Nick Kimpton was coming off a second place finish in a similar race at the Hopkins Raspberry Festival a week earlier. World masters track champion Dan Casper was involved with a couple of different riders in extended breakaways that were eventually reeled in. On the bell lap teen-ager Colin Catlin accelerated away from the field to take the top podium place.
Colin Catlin

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