NATHAN PARKS of EMC²/VELLUM CYCLES recently won Stage 4 of the CASCADE CYCLING CLASSIC at Bend, Oregon in dramatic fashion on a 4 man breakaway. With the strong field that included CHRIS WALKER, KIRK WILLET and STEVE LARSEN (winner of the first 3 stages), Parks knew an extra effort would be needed to win this race.
The fast pace field was intact most of the way heading up to the second lap KOM and into the following rollers. As the bunch slowed up a notch, Nathan Parks immediately launched his attack with only 1 other rider joining him. As he tried to grow the lead at the next hill, Parks found himself riding alone in front with a minute on the field. He eventually decided to slow down and wait as he noticed 3 riders bridging the gap. The chase was composed of Walker, Canfield and Pasco. Once contacted, the 4 riders build up their lead to 2:50 minutes from the field as they hit the final climb at 7k to go. Walker’s push suddenly dropped Canfield and had the break to just three riders left with Parks and Pasco watching every move as they crawled the last 3 kilometers. Coming into the finish, Parks was second wheel as Pasco attacked from the back. He darted across the road with Parks slotted in behind and Walker chasing. Parks suddenly grabbed some gear and hit it with about 30 meters to go and that was it…
“I was very happy I did a good ride. A stage at Cascade is a great place for a win.”
His win was highly supported by the team as they stayed intact in the main peleton and killed all attempts to chase the breakaway group. “We were all worker bees today to make sure Nathan was supported and protected.” – JOE OLIVERIO, Team Captain, EMC²/Vellum Cycles. The victory had Vellum Cycles USA head, FRANK GATDULA ecstatic as he now is aiming for the Supereek 2007 and the U.S. National Championships next year.