June 8th,  2021

Tyler Stites and Scott McGill brought the heat to Arlington, Virginia, this past weekend at the Armed Forces Cycling Classic, with Stites claiming second at Crystal City in Saturday, June 5. The next day, McGill followed suit at Clarendon Cup, winning the bunch sprint for second place. 

Armed Forces Cycling Classic was USA Cycling's Pro Road Tour first event of 2021 since previous races were canceled or postponed due to COVID-19.

The Crystal City race saw the team serve up plenty of attacks during the 90-minute race, with Stites slipping away with a group of three in the latter stages and finished second to Connor Sallee in the finishing sprint. 

"We were aggressive and tried to get in most of the moves," Stites said. "I got in a couple of moves, and one floated off the front. I wasn't able to finish it off for the win, but it was great training for Knoxville - hot and humid."

Clarendon Cup was held on a more technical route - 100 kilometres across 100 laps and 500 corners. With 25 laps to go, eventual winner Stephen Vogel attacked and won solo, and McGill crossed the line for second just a few seconds later. 

"Armed Forces was a great race for me and the team. It felt good to get back in the bunch and was great to get a result before we head to nationals," McGill said.


All photos: Bruce Buckley