It wasn't just a new name the formerly known Quad-Cities Criterium received in 2017.

The 52nd annual bicycling event entered two new winners to its plethora of first-place finishers.

Jeannie Kuhajek took the women's pro and George Simpson outlasted more than 100 cyclists to win the men's pro race down the streets Monday in the Village of East Davenport in what is now known as the Kwik Star Criterium.

"I was going to ride steady," Simpson said. "Just going to be aggressive and I just kept going."

For Kuhajek, it was the fourth time she had raced this event. The previous three times, she said, were "disasters.''

A native of Crystal Lake, Ill., Kuhajek's first year was in the rain, second time out she was under the weather and she just ran out of energy on her third attempt.

Come the seventh lap Monday, the 44-year-old decided it was her year.

In a field with three former champions and one of the more prolific riders in Lily Williams, it was Kuhajek who broke away from the pack and never looked back.

"I didn't really plan it. I had a good gap and decided to go for it," Kuhajek said. "I was all-in and I was really motivated to not get caught.

"You can't always predict how things will go in a race, but you take advantage of any opportunity you got."

Her largest lead was 24 seconds. Despite a late push from Heather Haviland, Kuhajek raised both arms in jubilation.

It was a surprising result for Kuhajek, considering she had never done well racing in the Q-C. Finishing 11th in her last race didn't fire up the confidence either.

"I did not feel good at all yesterday," she said, referring to Sunday's Melon City Criterium. "Definitely relieved and surprised."

Simpson used a fellow teammate to gauge his approach for the 75-minute race.

Bryan Gomez had bolted out in front for a good portion of the race and Simpson thought to follow suit.

"That kind of got me thinking. I attacked earlier a couple times, but didn't get really any distance," he said."I knew maybe I could stay out for awhile.

"I'm trying to pace my effort as evenly as possible."

Just over halfway through the race, the 24-year old took command and held it the rest of the way, building a lead that was as large as 16 seconds.

With three laps left, Simpson was beginning to feel pain and some riders behind him. A majority of the First Internet Bank Cycling Team as well as 2-time champ Josh Johnson were closing in.

It was Gomez who held them off in a late strategy move.

A New York native, Gomez blocked the field from passing him and earned himself a second-place finish as well as helping Simpson pull off a comfortable win. It was the second time in as many days the Gateway Harley-Davidson team finished 1-2.

"I didn't think it was going to work," Gomez said after the race. "It ended up working perfect."

Simpson praised the way his team performed on Memorial Day.

"They just wanted to be disruptive at the front and shut everything down," Simpson said. "Keep control of the race."

Both Kuhajek and Simpson said they plan on returning next year. It's turned into something they both enjoy.

"I love this weekend. It's a fabulous racing weekend," Kuhajek said.

Alijah Beatty, 18, placed second in the women's pro and 2013 champion Vanessa Curtis finished third. Johnson was third in the men's pro.

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