> By Barry Sankey
> PHOENIXVILLE - Spring City resident Colleen Gulick did not have to travel far to compete in the Phoenixville Criterium Thursday night.
> You see, Gulick is a top bicyclist and she lives right up the road at the same time.
> Gulick wound up placing second in the 10-woman race that began and ended at Bridge and Main Streets. The women’s race covered 20 miles and used 25 laps.
> The race time was 52 minutes and 31 seconds.
> First place went to Stephanie Gonzalez, who is from Wilmington, Del. She races for Equipe Vitesse of West Chester. Gulick is with Team Kenda P/b Racc.
> The average speed was 23 miles per hour. The race was presented by the Road Cycling League and the Chester County Grandprix. The tour has made several stops in Chester County throughout the week.
> “I am five miles away,” said Gulick. “I could ride my bike here. This was a very hard race. The course is very challenging. “
> The rectangular course had one hill that mixed it up, she said.
> “A lot of people show strength and then you pull away. It is good for sprinters but you also get rid of people who struggle a little.”
> The hot, muggy evening made it tough on everyone. Gulick said she usually falters under such conditions, but this time she overcame the adversity. All the riders had to deal with it,she said.
> Gonzalez was happy with the venue.
> “This is a wonderful town for having the race,” she said. “It was a good course for me. It only had four curves and the key hill on the backside. I attacked it.”
> Gonzalez said she is relatively new to the sport but used to do the triathlon.
> She just began bike road racing in March. She did the triathlon for two years after college. She is also the mother of three children.
> The Men’s Category 3 race went to John Clark, a 17-year-old from Philadelphia. The race was 24 miles and 30 laps. The race time was 1:00.46.
> Mike Barbone of West Chester placed fourth. David Ebling of Straff ord came in 11th.
> Phoenixville had a contestant in Ryan Rapolas as well as Erik Mitchell and Matthew Harrington of Chester Springs.
> Boyertown had Jeffrey Toth. West Chester also had Wyatt Stoup and Mark Kline. Kennett Square had Gordon Stone, Downingtown Marcello Cesario and Parkesburg Andy Johnson.
The final race of the night was the Pro 1/2 Men for 45 miles, covering 50-plus laps.
The race finished in 1:31.00 with an average speed of 30 miles per hour.
Adam Farabaugh of New York won the race, followed by Andreas Graf of Austria and Robin Carpenter of the Manayunk section of Philadelphia. Farabaugh won his second straight race on back-to-back nights for the first time in his career that has seen him race around the world. Wednesday night’s race was in the Eagle area.
“This was the biggest crowd of the week,” said Farabaugh during the awards presentation ceremonies that closed out the festivities.