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  • Dave Mable
  • Wed July 11 2012
  • Posted Jul 11, 2012
om Zirbel captured the elite men’s title at Saturday’s Clear Lake Criterium. For Zirbel, a Clear Lake native, familiar scenery decorated the lakeside route.

Patrick Lemieux finished second with 97.82 points, five points behind Zirbel’s winning total of 92.73 points. Derek Goerke completed the top three, finishing with 102.91 points.

Sixth place finisher Adam Koble noted the event’s ever-increasing speed.

“That was fast,” Koble said. “It just keeps getting faster every year.”

Speed wasn’t limited to the men’s elite criterium, though.

The Clear Lake Omnium Weekend, part of the city’s annual Bicycles Blues & BBQ Festival, also featured a road race and time trial.

In men’s elite time trial action, Zirbel again claimed first, finishing in 13:55.0 for 265.48 points. Thirty seconds later, Chad Haga crossed the finished line for second place. Jonathan Toftoy earned the event’s final medal with a time of 14:34.0.

Lisa Vetterlein won the women’s time trial in 16:47 for 540 points. Second place finisher Karen Stierler finished just seven seconds behind Vetterlein in 16:54. Leah Kleagar completed the podium with a third place time of 17:13.

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