The Rochester Omnium
It started four years ago as the Rochester Twilight Criterium, which included one pro race through downtown Rochester at sunset, has now turned into the Rochester Omnium. The first year was only a single pro race with a one mile closed loop where cyclists would basically sprint the course for two straight hours.
Year two developed into a more prestigious race gaining national publicity. And last year it went international after being recognized by cycling’s governing body, the Union Cycliste International who oversees cycling’s biggest races. The Rochester Omnium is one of only 10 races honored in North America for the UCI America Tour.
Now it has expanded into three different races. Stage 1 is a time trial, testing each cyclists speed from point A to point B. Stage 2 are high speed loops on a 1 mile course, and Stage 3, a grueling 102 mile road race. Combined these races allow the riders to win a single event or post a best time with the possibility of an overall team win.
With over 110 riders this year including locals, internationals, Olympians, and the previous winner for the last 2 years, Hilton Clark; the competition level is at its highest ever. With an expected crowd of 60,000 spectators, and over 13 teams racing, no matter if its rain, sleet or shine, the race will go on! And what an amazing race it was with unbelievable sprints through heavy rain, on a course illuminated by consistent lightning strikes involving high speed collisions, and photo finishes ensured that the excitement never stopped.
Congratulations to the overall winners:
1. Dominique Rollin-Toyota United
2. Antonio Cruz-BMC
3. Ryan Roth- Team R.A.C.E Pro
4. David Veilleux- Kelly Benefits/Medifast
5. Mark Walters- Team R.A.C.E. Pro
The Rolling O Lab was stationed at all 3 stages to give athletes as well as spectators a first hand look at Oakley’s race ready technology and the testing that goes into our High Definition Optics. With hundreds of people through the lab and lots of friends, it was non stop from start to finish.
It was a pleasure working with everyone in Rochester. Bob Carrier and Jason Yelk did an amazing job as usual. It was great to see Mike with Jamis and his traveling trials exhibition. We wanted to give a big thanks to Scott Page at The Full Moon Vista Bike Shop, who was also one of the race directors. This guy is truly amazing at what he does, we never saw him standing still, and he actually runs and talks on his phone at the same time. Todd Scheske the other race director, JB at Hotshots, Kyle Watkins and Shana Lydon from FMV. As well as their staff including Chris Schmidt, Steve Lee, John Coyle, Dave Ferrett, Nancy Robertson, Zoe Gallagher, and all the volunteers. It was a great event and we look forward to seeing everyone again next year! Safe travels.