Texas Roadhouse rider Adam Leibovitz had a memorable Memorial Day weekend.
The 22-year-old swept all three phases of the annual holiday weekend bicycle races, capping it off with a win in Monday's crown jewel, the Quad-Cities Criterium in the District of Rock Island.
Texas Roadhouse worked their team strategy to perfection, simply outmuscling the field, starting more riders than any other team.
They kept riders near the front, as last year's winner, Chad Burdzilauskas, held the lead with three laps to go Monday, setting up Leibovitz's two-lap sprint. Teammate Colton Barrett took second.
"The first 48 laps were pretty hectic," Leibovitz said. "We had to stay near the front, but not on the front. Roadhouse just kept us up there and it was a great team effort."
Leibovitz said after winning Saturday in Burlington, Iowa, and Sunday in Muscatine, he was more than willing to let Barrett take the win, but when a push from the field came, it was Leibovitz who was out in front.
"It is very special, but as long as one of the Texas Roadhouse guys won, I'm happy," Leibovitz said. "He did what he could, I did what I could, and it just worked out great."
Leibovitz picked up three wins in March and another in April, splitting time between Texas Roadhouse professionally and Marian at the college ranks. He finished sixth at the Criterium last season, riding for Kentucky Flyers Cycling.
Leibovitz has had success in the Quad-Cities, winning the juniors 15-18 and the Men's Category 3 race in 2007, and the juniors 10-14 in 2005.
Alexander Ray won the sprint competition, winning the three sprint laps and pocketing $500.
The women's race had its own exciting finish, as Madeleine Pape of ISCorp pulled wide of second-place Jeannie Kuhajek of Vanderkitten in the final turn and held her off in the sprint to the line to claim the 2013 title.
Pape admitted cornering is not her strong suit during a race, but had enough sprinting ability to hold off Kuhajek in the final straightaway. Much like Texas Roadhouse in the men's race, ISCorp dominated the field and controlled the action.
"One of the good things about being on a strong team is knowing that they won't chase you down," Pape said of the pack. "I was on the right team today."
It was Pape's first time at the Criterium, while it was Kuhajek's third, finishing 10th last year.
Kuhajek said she knew her best shot at a high finish was to go out with an ISCorp rider and try and hang on at the end. When Pape made her move in a premium prize sprint, and no one followed, Kuhajek saw her chance.
"I thought that was a really good opportunity and I got on the wheel of one of the ISCorp riders and after we crossed the line, we had a nice, big gap," Kuhajek said. "Fortunately, she was keen to work hard with me and we were counting on her teammates to slow up the field and let us go."