Hood River, Oregon - Exergy Twenty12 rider Rhae Shaw dominated the three-day Mt. Hood Cycling Classic in Oregon over the weekend, winning three of four stages and taking home the overall title at the 10th running of the national-level U.S event. Shaw’s teammate Alison Tetrick finished third, giving the team two podium finishers at the end of a challenging three days of racing.
Shaw and Tetrick got off to a strong start, finishing first and second respectively in the 138.5km Columbia Hills Road Race on day one. The duo escaped on their Felt F1 road bikes and gained a gap of over two minutes on third-place finisher, mountain biker Kelli Emmett.
The next day Shaw and Tetrick again finished one-two, this time in the 30km time trial. Riding their Felt DA TT bikes, the two battled windy conditions to solidify their GC standings. Later that day, they raced the Hood River criterium and held their GC standings.
The overall came down to the grueling final stage road race in the Mt. Hood National Forest that featured more than 10,000 feet of climbing over 146 kilometers. Shaw and Emmett broke away on the final climb to Cooper Spur, and gained more than 10 minutes on the shattered field behind. Shaw outkicked Emmett at the end, by 15 seconds, to take her third stage win and the overall title. Tetrick finished third on the day to take the final podium spot.