Here is a quick re-cap of some of the racing action;
ELITE WOMEN- Stella Carey(HRS Rock Lobster) backed up her CCCX race #1 win with a fine show of power and skill to claim the race win at CCCX #2. Carey is never afraid to throw it down early and test the other female racers. This was the case the past Sunday, and Carey's strong leg tactics created a gap on the other riders early in the race. Carey continued to power away on the course, driving the pace on the pavement sections and ripping thru the tricky turns. In the end her steady riding produced a 15 second win for her 2nd CCCX win in 7 days. One of the most outstanding rides of the day came from Melissa Schultz(Kaiser Perm/ Team Oakland). Schultz had a blistering win at the past weekend CCCX race in the B division. Schultz then moved up a division to battle the big girls in the Elite division and test herself against some of the best riders in Nor-Cal. Schultz is extremely fast over the boards, smooth in technical situations, and powerful in open parts of the course. These elements propelled her to 2nd place on the day only 15 seconds behind Carey. Schultz should continue her progression on the bike and could be a solid contender in future Cross races in Northern California. Maryanne Hunter(FreeWheel/ Hunter) also produced a fine effort on the day to claim 3rd place and the final cash payout spot on the podium. Hunter had birthday girl- Sarah Maile(Ventana MTB) and Natasha Perry(Vello Bella) chasing her down throughout the duration of the event. Bev Chaney(Roaring Mouse Racing) was also in the chase group until chain trouble put a damper on her position. Somehow Hunter found a way to dig deep and hold the chasers off to solidify her ranking in the results. Maile was absolutely flying up the climb, it seemed as if she was celebrating her birthday while attacking the climb. Maile ended in 4th place on the day. Perry rounded out the top 5, and it seems her form is just starting to rise as she was only 15 seconds behind Maile at the finish.
ELITE MEN- With Andy Jacques-Maynes( Specialized/ KMC) and Justin Robinson(Cal Giant inc..) in the field you knew there was going to be some serious speed at the front of affairs. Josh Snead(HRS Rock Lobster) was the winner at CCCX #1 and has been riding very strong & he appeared ready to take on the Cal Giant Inc. sponsored riders on the challenging Ft Ord course. The stage was set for a showdown between the Lobster and Strawberry teams and at the whistle the pace up the first climb was extremely high with Jacques-Maynes setting the tone for the day. A select group formed at the front after the first two laps. The field contained many strong riders, but if you missed the move early and was not close to Jacques-Maynes up the hill, you were left with a long chase during the hour long event. After a few laps the lead group whittled down to five racers and contained the already mentioned three riders and Scott Chapin(HRS Rock Lobster), plus Mark Santurbane(Cal Giant Inc.) This group stayed tightly bunched during the middle of the race with Jacques-Maynes doing most of the pace setting. Chapin was a big story on the weekend as this is his first year in the Elite division and he was blasting around the course on his Cross bike looking like a true veteran of the game. The rest of the chasers of this elite pack were led by 2007 CCCX Series champion Aaron O'Dell(HRS Rock Lobster), then Cody Kaiser(Cal Giant Inc.), Cameron Falconer(Freewheel/ Hunter), and Jeremy Ferguson(Cal Giant Inc.). Kaiser and Ferguson are two young studs playing out their first year racing for Cal Giant Inc.. Falconer has been a multiple CCCX Series champion who has been fast for a long time in Nor-Cal Cross racing. As the race played out toward the end, two groups formed at the front. Snead and Jacques-Maynes separated themselves from Robinson and Chapin and when the bell sounded for the final lap this was going to be the fighting order for the top placings. Snead had his hands full against Jacques-Maynes who has had a stellar Road Race season for Cal Giant Inc. Jacques-Maynes power and skill created a little gap on the final lap and this was enough to take to the line for the win. Snead finished a scant four seconds down to race winner Jacques-Maynes, but truly showed he is ready for war during the 2008 Nor-Cal Cross season.
Jacques-Maynes will be racing all over the USA this season and this win is just a start for the Specialized sponsored rider who hopes to defend his Master's National title come December. The fight for 3rd place came down to a bike throw between Robinson and Chapin. Chapin appeared to have the edge through the final corners to give Rock Lobster 2nd and 3rd on the day. However Robinson is one of Nor-Cal's best Cross racers ever, and the CCCX Series all time Cyclocross race winner. Robinson used his skill to pull along side the bucket helmet wearing Chapin in the final 30 yards. At the line it was a bike throw and after further review from the officials Robinson was granted 3rd place by a nobbie's width. Out of the top 10 riders on the day only one rider was not a Cal Giant Inc. or Rock Lobster sponsored rider, this was the 8th placed Falconer. This could be considered round one of the year long Cross prize fight between Cal Giant inc. and Rock Lobster, and the first round went to Cal Giant Inc. However Robinson could find himself very isolated later in the year if Jacques-Maynes is chasing UCI points back East. Then it might be a Lobster feast instead of Strawberry desert when bragging rights are claimed.
Other riders to make the top 20 were Alex Work(HRS Rock Lobster), Jason Rahlwes(Fox Racing Shox), Aaron Bonar(Sycip Racing), Nick Hanni(Scott/ Ritchey/SRAM) , Pat Rocchi, Brian Vernor(Team Freewheel/ Hunter), Lance Doherty(Clif Bar), Jeff Patton(HRS Rock Lobster), Jesse Mayberry(Scott/ Ritchey/SRAM) , Dean Poshard(HRS Rock Lobster), and Chris Sallen(HUP United) finishing in that order.
MASTER MEN 35+ A- This division was packed with quality riders, some have won National caliber races, so it was obvious the event itself was going to be hotly contested. True to form, the start was slightly chaotic into the first board section, and up the first climb, as speeds were very high from the field. Leading the charge was Anastasio Florez of La Selva Beach. Flores was followed by CCCX #1 race winner Gannon Myall(Cal Giant Inc.) and Keith DeFiebre(Scott/ Ritchey/SRAM) . These three riders were soon joined by a small pack of chasers and the action really began to heat up. First it was Tim Thompson(Black Market Racing) to take over the front, then past National champion Todd Hoefer(Cal Giant Inc.) was in the lead position, then Murray Swanson(Peninsula Velo/Kondra Systems) took his turn in the lead. Attacks and surges seemed to be coming left and right, and this formed the lead group of all the riders mentioned plus Mark Howland(Black Market Racing). Next in line was Brock Dickie(Buy-Cell. com), Eric Bustos(Cal Giant inc.), Gavin Payne(Arts Cyclery.com) , and John Mundelins(Wells Fargo). With two laps to go the lead had whittled down to Swanson, Myall, and DeFiebre. Black Market riders Thompson and Howland chased about 10 seconds back. The final time up the extended climb DeFiebre set the pace, however Swanson and Myall were in it to the end. Swanson then took over the front and paced the trio toward the closing portions of the race. The final turns saw DeFiebre set himself up for a possible win, as he was in front through the tricky turns near the finish. This lead was erased when DeFiebre was suddenly a rider down with only four turns to go before the finish line. Myall avoided DeFiebre on the ground, and the dust cloud he created, to prosper on to a well deserved CCCX win, his second in a row. DeFiebre ended up two seconds back on the line with Swanson in 3rd place another five seconds adrift. Howland claimed 4th on the day in this tuff division with team mate Thompson grabbing the final podium spot in 5th place. The rest of the top 20 looked like this, in this order, Todd Hoefer, Brock Dickie, Eric Bustos, Gavin Payne, John Mundelins, Anastasio Florez, Tim Watson(HRS Rock Lobster), Mike Sooder(Wife says no more bikes), John Kammeyer(Altezza 40), Cesar Chavez(Buy-Cell. com), Christopher Dougherty(Sugar CRM), Geoff Wilcox(Altezza 40), Matthew Bramer(Team San Jose/ Sugar CRM), Mitch Bramlett(Third Pillar), and Don Myrah(Buy-Cell. com).
MASTER MEN 45+ A- Robert Meighan(Cal Giant Inc.) and Steven Gile(HRS Rock Lobster) established a gap early on in this Master 45+ A race. These two riders finished one-two in CCCX #1 and the re-match was on right from the gun. The two riders were forced to work together to keep the pace high as strong riding Brett Lambert(HRS Rock Lobster) chased valiantly in 3rd position on course. Other riders to chase within a chance of the win were Mark Abele(Black Market Racing), Philp Sims(SCCCC / ABS), Thomas Feix(Pen Velo/Kondra Systems), Tom Ryan(Cal Giant Strawberry), David Schaefer(Pen Velo), and a fired up Shane Huntoon(IC3) . It was the hard charging Huntoon who really delivered an inspiring ride. Huntoon kept the drive forward and picked off rider after rider to claw and scratch his way into the top five. Huntoon finally hooked up with Mark Abele and the two gave everything to get on terms with Lambert who was riding alone in 3rd position. Lambert was having none of that, as he was focused on joining the lead duo of Meighan and Gile. This was a difficult task, as Gile has huge power on the flat portions of the course. While Meighan is technically savvy and can lead at a very high tempo through the turns. On the final lap it came to a showdown between Cal Giant Inc. and Rock Lobster just like in the Elite Men's race. In this tussle for the win it was Rock Lobster rider Gile who established a small gap in the final third portion of the final lap, and then go on for the victory over the Strawberry sponsored Meighan. Gile ended up 12 seconds ahead on the finish line. Lambert's hard charging got him as close as 8 seconds to 2nd placed Meighan at the finish. While Black Market Racing's Abele claimed 4th place on the day. Making his first 'A' division podium was a ecstatic and pleased Shane Huntoon. Huntoon dedicated his strong ride to his family and felt very satisfied to gain the podium spot when all was said and done. Then came these riders in this finishing order in this very competitive 45+ A division; Philp Sims, Thomas Feix, Tom Ryan, David Schaefer, Jeffrey Bramlett, Joe Fabris(Plus 3 Network), Ross TinLine(Peninsula Velo), Logan Kelsey(Vertical Online), Steve Stewart(Easton/ Sugar CRM), Michael Mann(SCCCC Team Santa Cruz), Erik Salander(Peninsula Velo.), Paule Bates(Roaring Mouse Cycles), Leslie Austere of Burlingame, Chris Baker(Bicycle Trip), and George Smith(Webcor/ Alto Velo).
CATEGORY B MEN- As was the case in CCCX race #1, this division showcased some tremendously close racing. On the final lap the top five were separated by only 20 seconds. These riders were Abe Rotstien(Freewheel/ Hunter), Tyler Frasca(SV Cyclesport), Cody Klasna(Scott/ Ritchey/SRAM) , Jean Luc Callahan(Specialize d), and Nico Cerna(VOS Racing).
Cerna had home field advantage having done hot laps with the Master 45+ A winner and Cerna's private coach in the days leading up to the Sunday race. Cerna also is a veteran of the Nor-Cal High School MTB league, which worked with the CCCX races to host High School MTB racing in this area. So it was Cerna, who is a Cyclocross new-be in his first year Cross racing, who maybe had an edge amongst the other more established Cross racers. Callahan and Klasna both applied as much pressure as possible to the young and talented Cerna, but nothing could faze the determined Salinas resident from the win. Scott/Ritchey/ SRAM sponsored Klasna desperately attempted to get ahead of the fly weight Cerna in the final lap. Callahan also made aggressive moves for the lead over the diminutive and scrappy Cerna, but all the effort was for not. Cerna posted a excellent victory in front of family and friends, and all of his hard work in practice payed dividends in the final. Callahan held on for 2nd place two seconds behind Cerna, followed by Klasna in 3rd place another three seconds back. A little further back Tyler Frasca and Abe Rotstien were locking horns to fight it our for 4th and 5th place on the day. SV Cyclesport racer Frasca used cunning and wit to barely squeak out a two second margin over the Freewheel/Hunter sponsored Rotstien. These top five riders put on quite a race and seem to be very even in terms of strength moving farther into the season ahead. Making the top ten in this large field of B riders was not a easy task. Here is the rest of the top ten riders in this competitive division; Bryan Dyke(SHS Cowboys), Cole Rasmussen(Fox Shox), Kevin Marr(Godspeed Tattoo/ Omnifil), Charels Pockell-Wilson( Morgan Stanley), and Eric Highlander(Evil Cycling) finishing in that order.
SINGLE SPEED A- Tim Cannard(Buy- Cell.com) left all doubts about his CCCX race #1 victory far behind, just like he left his competitors far behind during the race. Cannard kept pressure on at the front of the race, seemingly pulling the lead riders in the Single Speed division along for a ride. Lap after lap the other riders desperately tried to hold the wheel of Cannard who appeared to be riding with the strength of 4 men. Cannard was on a mission to solidify his place in the repeat winner's club, proving his race #1 victory was no fluke. And on the line it was and emphatic fist pump making the Buy-Cell.com rider the marked man in the Single Speed division so far in 2008. Ceasar Chavez(Buy-Cell. com), Ruben Villarreal(Maciel Velo/Z Mobile), and John Cheetham(InfoVista) established a group that virtually went handle bar to handle bar during the event with the last lap deciding the placings. Chavez was basically undefeated last season in the Single Speed division and he used his winning background to take 2nd place in the race only five seconds ahead of Villarreal and six seconds ahead of 4th placed Cheetham. Next on the race route came a strong battle between David Gill(SCCCC Team Santa Cruz) and powerful riding Jeremy Loader(Team CCCX). Gill had a advantage over Loader in the technical portions of the course. Gill would charge through the difficult sand sections and scamper past the tricky turns under the beautiful oak trees. All the newly wed Loader could do is hang on for dear life and hope to somehow get ahead of Gill somewhere. Loader dug in and managed to make the 5th place, with the fast riding Gill taking 6th place on the day in his return to Cross racing.
JUNIOR MEN 14-18- Salinas resident Stephen Crowley(Cowboy Racing) upended the Bike Trip domination of the Junior division with a fine victory on the day. Crowley won by over 30 seconds against Bike Trip sponsored Kyle Vanderstoep. Bike Trip put six riders in the top ten in this exciting Junior division and again show they have one of the best Junior programs of all Nor-Cal bike shops. Ian Samuels(Cal Giant Inc.) was another rider who showed form and skill on his way to 3rd place. In the end Samuels smooth riding and constant acceleration put a big time gap into a four pack of Bike Trip riders who chased. These Bike Trip riders were Joshua Kaneg, Max Burkhardt, Dylan MacDonald, and Jordan Vanderstoep. Another Salinas resident, Jesse Roger(Cowboy Racing) was also in this chase group. Roger ended up in the 8th position in the race.
CATEGORY B WOMEN- Lindsey Collins(SCCCC Team Santa Cruz) posted a fine win in this division as the race was not settled until the final corners in a epic duel with Lainey Aldridge(Bike Trip). Aldridge is a very talented rider who excels in all types of riding. It could be MTB XC racing, MTB DH racing, Jumping, or Cyclocross, Aldridge does it all very well. However on this day Aldridge had her hands full with a hard pedaling Lindsey Collins. Collins never let up pressure on the other ladies and in the end had nine seconds on 2nd placed Aldridge. Jamie Stamps(Another Bike Shop) was 3rd placed on the day. Stamps was one of the few female riders to bunny hop the low laying logs near the finish.. This showed the great bike handling skills and guts that Stamps displays whenever she races. Rita Celeste Leon(SCCCC Team Santa Cruz) was 4th place on the day holding off Katherine Butler of Oakland by 21 seconds at the finish. Katie Stubbendick of Pacific Grove was 5th fastest in the race and Jasmins Parsins(Infovista) ended up 6th overall in this fast group of riders.
Other winners on the day;
CATEGORY C WOMEN- Kathleen Pearl of Los Gatos
MASTER WOMEN 35+- Janel Lodge(Black Market Racing)
MASTER WOMEN 45+- Winona Hubbard(SCCCC Team Santa Cruz)
JUNIOR WOMEN- Brenda Mai(Velo Bella)
JUNIOR MEN 13 & under- Samuel Cerruti(Cal Giant Inc.)
CATEGORY C MEN- Tim Keller(Dynamic Lunch Group)
SINGLE SPEED B- Billy Hall(HRS Rock Lobster)
MASTER MEN 55+- Frank Cuaresma(Cal Ginat Inc.)
MASTER MEN 45+ B- Tim Roehrl of Sunnyvale
MASTER MEN 35+ B- Greg Galuppo(Info Vista)
-- Dusty Downs
Snead, Carey, Cannard, Myall, Gile, Hammond, Hopkins, Calley, Cuaresma, James, Flynn, MacDonald, Mendoza, Schultz, Fattor, Dominguez, Hubbard, Mai, all victorious in fast paced CCCX #1 in Ft Ord.
The track was full of high speed-full throttle sections. Including touches of sand, hard-packed dirt, tricky turns and pavement. In the end it was HRS/Rock Lobster riders Stella Carey and Josh Snead who walked away with high honors amongst some of Nor-Cal's finest Cyclocross racers.
Many of the divisions witnessed very competitive races and super tight finishes, here is a quick break down of some of the action.
Elite Women- Carey and Melodie Metzger(Gal Giant Inc.) put on quite a tussle in the Elite women's division. The two ladies went at it toe to toe for most of the race until Carey separated herself from the tenacious Metzger to claim a 8 second win at the line. Karen Brems(Webcor Builders) finished 1 minute later to claim the 3rd place on the day. Next across the line were Katrina Baumsteiger(Black Market Racing), Bev Chaney(Roaring Mouse Racing), Natasha Perry(Velo Bella), Megan Cordes(The Great Chiweenies), and Sarah Piccolo(NorCal Velo) in that order.
Elite Men- HRS Rock Lobster claimed the top 3 places with Josh Snead holding off Scott Chapin by 16 seconds and David Wyandt by 42 seconds. Jason Rahlwes(Fox Racing Shox) was 4th and the legend Larry Hibbard(Family Cycling Center) rounded out the top five. Other riders who had an impact on the outcome were Alex Work(HRS Rock Lobster), Chris Brown(Nor-Cal Bike Sport), Lance Doherty(Clif Bar), Don Myrah(Buy-Cell.com), Nick Hanni(Scott/Ritchey/SRAM), Dean Poshard(HRS Rock Lobster), and George Smith(Webcor/Alto Velo), who all finished in that order.
Master 35+ A Men- Gannon Myall(Cal Giant Inc.) set a blistering pace on a stacked field of national caliber Master's racers that only Keith DeFiebre(Scott/Ritchey/SRAM) could follow on lap one. Myall's steady tempo distanced the field and gave way to a well deserved victory. DeFiebre continued to chase solo until Mark Howland(Black Market Racing) joined in on the pursuit with 2 laps to go. Next to chase was a re-surging Henry Kramer(Cal Giant Inc.) who took a fall in action and was joined by Anastasio Flores of La Selva Beach. These riders rounded out the top five behind the hard charging Myall. This Masters division was super competitive with all the riders in the group fighting tooth and nail to solidify a placing. Filling out the rest of the competitive top 10 were Murray Swanson(Peninsula Velo/Kondra Systems), John Mundelins(Wells Fargo), John Kammeyer(Altezza 40), and Cesar Chavez and Brock Dickie who both ride for Buy-Cell.com.
Master 45+ A Men- Steve Gile(HRS Rock Lobster) had a incredible year on the road where he was the top 45+ ranked roadie for some of the NCNCA season. Gile backed this fine riding up with a excellent 45+ win in the CCCX opener. Gile topped ragin' and rad' Rob Meighan(Cal Giant Inc.) by 11 seconds when all was said and done. A further 1 minute back was Norm Kriess(Cal Giant inc.) who opened up his cross season with a fine ride claiming 3rd on the day. Mark Abele(Black Market Racing) and Philip Sims(ABS/SCCC) went neck and neck to the finish playing out a thrilling sprint with the strong armed Abele man handling Sims by a tire length on the line. this division was super competitive and the rest of the top 10 are all tremendous racers. Rounding out the top 10 were Thomas Feix(Pen Velo/Kondra Systems), Tom Ryan(Cal Giant Inc.), George Smith, Logan Kelsey(Vertical Online), and Edwin Rambuski(Black Market Racing).
Single Speed A- Micha Mozel(Pissed Off) came ready to rumble in a pair of tight blue jean cut shorts that hugged his body long a long lost love. His wife beater tank top made him look like a member of the old 80's band The Village People. Or maybe Mozal's Cross dress was making up for missing out on Saturdays last DFL pirate race. However it was Tim Cannard(Buy-Cell.com) who answered Mozel's challenge and rode away with the Single Speed victory in fine fashion. Cannard and Ruben Villareal(Marciel Velo/T Mobile) had one of the best finishes of all the races and the two riders took it to the sprint to decide the days winner. In the end it was Cannard's bike throw ability that was the difference in this great battle for the win. John Cheetham(InfoVista) was next across the line in 4th. Cheetham put 45 seconds into 5th placed Mozal. Next across the line were Ron Castia(Info Vista), Russell Pratt of Oakland, Chris Coffee of Oakland, and Stella Carey who competed in her second race of the day.
Master Women 35+- Melanie Dominguez(SCCC/Bike Trip) raced slightly injured proving she is a true trooper and fighter. She raced valiantly during the event and her determination pushed her to the category win. Speaking of true fighter and strong determination, 2nd place on the day was Janel Lodge(Black Market Racing). Lodge is a fine example to all cyclists to chase your dreams and do not let adversity stand in your way.
Category B Women- Melissa Schultz(Kaiser Permanente) had one of the best rides on the day using all of her technical skills to post a solid win in this group. Schultz smooth Cross skills really shinned on this sunny day of racing. Lindsay Collins(SCCCC) was 2nd place on the day, and fast riding Lainey Aldridge(Bike Trip) was 3rd. Another bike rider from the Bike trip was next to finish, this was Angela Rebol of Aptos. Next to finish the challenging circuit was Rita Celeste Leon(SCCCC), Jasmins Parsins(InfoVista), and Katherine Butler of Oakland.
Category B Men- This division had some of the closest racing among the top seven riders as the racing progressed. These seven racers were separated by only 30 seconds at the finish. In the end it was Andrew Hammond(Specialized- SBCU) who rode off with bragging rights grabbing a nice win. Scott/Ritchey/SRAM rider Cody Klasna posted his best Cross result making a stellar 2nd place on the day only 3 seconds behind Hammond. Three small seconds later came Abe Rostien of Watsonville. Next in line was 17 year old Nico Cerna(VOS) who showed great promise doing his first Cross race ever. Cerna was getting tutored by 45+ A race winner Steven Gile in Cross skills, and these secret lesson seemed to have paid off. A mere 2 seconds later finished Specialized racer Jean Luc Callahan who was 5th place on the day. Matt Young(SYCIP) then edged Mark Shaw(Vertical Pandas) by a bike length in the sprint between the two strong riders for sixth place. Tyler Frasca(SV Cyclesport), Joshua Rebol(Specialized), and Bryon Duke(SHS Cowboys), made up the rest of the top 10.
Master Women 45+- Winona Hubbard(SCCCC) had a very strong race day performance topping some very powerful and smooth riding ladies on her way to the win. Hubbard had to distance herself form last years series champion Henrietta Stern(Hot Flash Chicks), and did so by about 1 minute in the end. Amy Abele(Velo Bella/Kona) pushed it very hard all the way thru the race and all the way to the line to claim 3rd place on the day. Abele has some of the best looking racing kits in her custom Velo Bella gear, showing fashion and cycling do mix. Roaring Mouse rider Cathy Morgan of San Francisco was 4th placed on the day.
Master Men 35+ B- Team Santa Cruz's David Hopkins held off local boy Courtney Grossman(HRS Rock Lobster) by 10 seconds for a strong win. Mathew Carinio(Art's Cyclery), Mike Morgan(SYCIP), and Eric Brouillete(Eden Bicycle Club), were locked in a strong fight to make up the rest of the top five. Each rider made a push for an advantage on course with Carinio getting the best of Morgan and Brouillete at the line by only a few seconds.
Master Men 45+ B- This division was full of strong riders. Placings were hard fought and just making the top 10 was quite an accomplishment. HRS Rock Lobster claimed another win with Monterey's Scott Calley making good by 46 seconds over 2nd placed Mike Bodge(Cal Giant Inc.). Brian Johnson(SCCCC/Jahwind) was 3rd place another 49 seconds adrift. Another minute back come Strong riding and super talented Kyle Samuels(Cal Giant Inc.). Clifford Lee of San Francisco made the top 5 as he was next across the line in this competitive field. Filling up the rest of the top ten placing were Bob Skubis(Easton/Sugar CRM), Bruce Lodge(Black Market Racing), Brian Birch(Team Oakland), Paul Sadoff( HRS Rock Lobster), and Russell Carmick(Roaring Mouse Racing).
Master Men 55+- Fast Frank Cuaresma(Cal Giant Inc.) has shown much improvement over the last 5 years of CCCX Cross races. Cuaresma posted another strong win in the 55+ division topping Larry Broberg(Team Bike Trip), Joesph Crabtree(Forest Hill Bike Shop), dangerous Doug Smith(SCCCC), and Reid Schantz of Scotts Valley.
Single Speed B- Robert James(SVCS) topped Andy Copleman(Specialized), Billy Hall(HRS Rock Lobster), Taylor Giger(Salinas High MTB Team), for the win. James won by 1 minute 23 seconds in his dominating ride.
Category C Women- Jill Fattor of Redwood City dominated this group on her way to a strong win. Susie Lerner(Art's SLO Cyclery) chased lap after lap trying to close the gap but Fattor simply did not stop charging for a full 33'40. Lerner was 2nd on the day while Michelle Perez(Velo Bella) made 3rd place, Lanora Rency of Scots Valley was 4th place, and Theresa Castia(East Bay Cyclist) finished top 5 on the day.
Category C Men- This division was very full of talented riders and was one of the strongest C Division races ever to be held in the 11 year CCCX history. Twenty six riders went at it, thus showing the strong desire for all levels of riders to race Cyclocross. Whent he dust settled it was the Hwy 68 Hilbillies who claimed 1st and 3rd place on the day. Shane Flynn and Tim Lukasko riding out of Salinas stamped their authority on the event with only Nicholas Navarro(Crossniacs) getting in the way of a clean sweep of the top two placings. Next across the line was Doug Aldrich(SJBC) who was a fine 4th place on the day. Amazingly the next six riders were separated by only 40 seconds, showing exactly how tight the racing was just to make the top 10 in this group. These riders in order of finish were Francis Cebedo(MTBR.com), Steve Anderson(Velo Club Monterey), Mark Knutson(SCCCC), Eric Miller of Santa Cruz, sweet riding Samuel Sweetland of Solvang, and Mathew Davidson(MBTR.com). Steve Woo(Easton/SugarCRM) also had a good ride in his first Cross race of the year coming off of a stellar Road Racing season.
Junior Women- Brenda Mai(Velo Bella) rode extremely well on the day claiming the junior win. Mai was taking part in her first ever Cyclocross race and judging by her fine finish she was liking all the action Cross provides. Look for Mai to continue to develop as a rider in both MTB and Cyclocross. Gabriela Crowley(Cowboy Racing) was 2nd placed in the end.
Junior Men 14-18- Bike Trip riders dominated this division thoroughly. Only Ian Samuels(Cal Ginat Inc.) could break up the full ownership claim, Samuels was 4th place. Dylan MacDonald was the winner. Other Bike Trip riders in the top 5 were Raymond Mendoza, who was only a few seconds away from the win, Kyle Vanderstoup, and Joshua Kenag.
Junior Men 13 & Under- Thomas Mendoza(Bike Trip/SCCCC) was the winner in this group, he bested fine riding Samuel Cerruti(Cal Giant Inc.) and Sterling Sports Group racer Mathew Vallencia of Los Altos.
ELITE MEN (1-99)
laps/time name team town
7 laps @ 59'43'' Josh Snead HRS/Rock Lobster Larkspur
59'59'' Scott Chapin HRS/Rock Lobster Santa Cruz
1:00'25'' Dave Wyandt HRS/Rock Lobster Santa Cruz
1:01'51'' Jason Rahlwes Fox Racing Shox Capitola
1:02'21'' Larry Hibbard Family Cycling Center Santa Cruz
1:02'30'' Alex Work HRS/Rock Lobster Santa Cruz
1:04'11'' Chris Brown Nor-Cal Bike sport Sebasope
1:04'42'' Lance Doherty Clif Bar Berkeley
1:04'48'' Don Myrah Buy-cell.com San Jose
1:06'14'' Nick Hani Scott Ritchey/ SRAM San Franisco
1:06'26'' Dean Poshard HRS/Rock Lobster Santa Cruz
6 laps @ 1:02'30'' George Smith Webcor/ Alto Velo Menlo Park
dnf Omar Sison Oakland
dns Dan Harting Team Nor Cal Healdsburg
SINGLE SPEED A (900-999)
, Buy-cell.com Santa Cruz
st Ruben Villarreal Marciel Velo/2 Mobile San Leandro
1:04'51'' Ceasar Chavez Buy-cell.com San Jose
1:06'13'' John Cheetham InfoVista Pleasanton
1:06'58'' Mikah Mozal pissed off Monterey
1:07'23'' Ron Castia InfoVista Livermore
6 laps @ 59'10'' Russell Pratt Oakland
1:00'56'' Chris Coffee Blank Oakland
5 laps @ 59'42'' Stella Carey HRS/Rock Lobster Felton
dns Mike Evans SCCCC Santa Cruz
dns Monty Worthington Tifos Wines Santa Cruz
MASTER MEN 35+ A (200-299)
5 laps @ 43'38'' Gannon Myall Cal Giant/Specialized Lafagetta
43'54'' Mark Howland BlackMarket Racing Santa Cruz
44'09'' Keith Defeibre Scott Ritchey Prunedale
44'20'' Henry Kramer Cal Giant/Specialized Menlo Park
44'22'' Anastasio Florez La Selva Beach
44'36'' Murray Swanson Peninsula Velo/ Rondra Sys. Woodside
44'43'' John Mundelins Wells Fargo Alamo
44'52'' John Kammeyer Alteza 40 Racing San Mateo
45'06'' Cesar Chaves Buy-cell.com San Jose
45'07'' Brock Dickie Buy-cell.com Capitola
45'21'' Eric Bustos Cal Giant/Specialized Alameda
45'28'' Mike Sooder Wife says no more bikes San Jose
45'38'' Tim Watson HRS Rocklobster San Jose
45'45'' Christopher Dougherty Sugar CRM San Jose
46'45'' Geoff Wilcox Altezza 40 Los Altos
47'07'' Gavin Payne Arts Cyclery.com San Louis Ob
47'22'' Tao Bernardi Wells Fargo Dublin
47'30'' Tim Thompson BlackMarket Racing San Jose
47'41'' Aaron Hunter Sterling Sports Group SaNta Cruz
47'44'' Frank Kalcic Rocklobster Sunnyvale
48'16'' Max Clifford HRS Rocklobster Fairfax
48'22'' Shane Huntoon IC3 Livermore
48'42'' Charles Pockell-Wilson Morgan Stanley San Mateo
50'12'' Tim Simanski Roaring Mouse Cycles Freemount
50'13'' Ben Lerner Arts SLO Cyclery SLO
50'43'' Raymond Mendoza SCCCC Santa Cruz
dnf David Allen SCCCC Soquel
dnf Sean Coffey Rocklobster Los Gatos
MASTER MEN 45+ A (300-399)
5 laps @ 45'10'' Steven Gile Rocklobster/ HRS Salinas
45'21'' Robert Meighan Cal Gaint Strawberry San Jose
46'21'' Norm Kriess Cal Gaint Strawberry Berkeley
46'25'' Mark Abele Blackmarket Racing Concord
st Philp Sims ABS/ SCCC Santa Cruz
46'53'' Thomas Felix Pen Velo/Kondra Systems Moss Beach
47'06'' Tom Ryan Cal Gaint Strawberry Berkely
47'36'' George Smith Webcor/ Alto Velo Menlo Park
47'41'' Logan Kelsey Vertical Online Mill Valley
47'50'' Edwin Rambuski Blackmarket Racing Temple City
48'45'' Joe Fabris Plus 3 Network Los Gatos
48'55'' Paule Bates Roaring Mouse Cycles San Fransico
49'01'' Chris Baker Bicycle Trip Soquel
49'08'' Steve Stewart Easton/ Sugar CRM Los Gatos
49'09'' Jeffrey Bramlett Third Pillar Palo Alto
49'11'' John Brown Family Cycling Santa Cruz
49'47'' Michael Mann SCCCC Marina
50'10'' Brett Lambert Rocklobster Scotts Valley
50'22'' Erik Salander Peninsula Velo. Belmont
51'15'' Robert Meeker Chet Bear Claw Ojai
51'27'' Mikie Evens SCCCC Santa Cruz
51'55'' Darrell Brokeshoulder Easton Specilaized San Jose
52'16'' Alex Anderson SCCCC Santa Cruz
4 laps @ 43'24'' Steve Hess SCCCC Santa Cruz
dnf Mark Michel Bike Trip Santa Cruz
CATEGORY B MEN (100-199)
5 laps @ 46'37'' Andrew Hammond Specilized/ SBCU Morgan Hill
46'40'' Cody Klasna Scott Ritchey Palo Alto
46'43'' Abe Rotstien Watsonville
46'49'' Nico Cerna VOS Racing Salinas
46'51'' Jean Luc Callahan Specialized San Jose
47'07'' Matt Young SYCIP San Fransico
47'08'' Mark Shaw Vertical Pandas San Fransico
47'40'' Tyler Frasca SV Cyclesport Scotts Valley
48'54'' Joshua Rebol Specialized Aptos
48'59'' Bryan Dyke SHS Cowboys Salinas
49'39'' Russell Pratt Oakland
49'57'' Michael Cruz Wells Fargo Racing Team Danville
51'14'' Jonathan Schautz Santa Cruz
51'37'' Darren Chamberlain Taleo Racing Gonzales
52'12'' Jeremiah Johnson Vertical Pandas San Fransico
54'06'' Christopher Resendez Another Bike Shop Santa Cruz
54'50'' Glen Varntagen Los Altos San Mateo
MASTER MEN 35+ B (500-599)
5 laps @ 4819'' David Hopkins SCCCC Santa Cruz
48'29'' Courtney Grossman HRS Rocklobster Salinas
49'07'' Matthew Carinio Art's Cyclery SLO
49'11'' Mike Morgan SYCIP San Jose
49'14'' Eric Brouillete Eden Bicycle Racing Club Castro Valley
50'26'' Mike Lucaccini Eden Bicycle Racing Club Oakland
50'36'' Kiernan Sherlock Webcor/ Alto Velo Palo Alto
51'36'' Michael Schaller Sugar CRM/LGBRC Campbell
56'45'' John Bono Santa Cruz
dnf Jason Cruz SCCCC/Family Cycling Center Santa Cruz
MASTER MEN 45+ B (600-699)
5 laps @ 48'18'' Scott Callen HRS/ Rocklobster Monterey
49'04'' Mike Bodge Cal Giant Santa Cruz
49'53'' Brian Johnson SCCCC/Jahwind scotts Valley
50'54'' Kyle Samuels Cal Giant Watsonville
51'07'' Clifford Lee San Fransico
51'27'' Bob Skubis Easton/ Sugar CRM Los Gatos
st Bruce Lodge Black Market Racing Tuolmne
51'39'' Brian Birch Team Oakland Oakland
52'26'' Paul Sadoff HRS/ Rocklobster Santa Cruz
53'39'' Russell Carmick Roaring Mouse San Franisco
54'54'' Torin Rotstein Watsonville
58'11'' Douglas Blaisdell Loma Prieta Capitola
dnf Karl B Ehlert Webcor/ Alto Velo redwoodcity
dnf Edward Miszkiewicz Sterling Sports Palo Alto
dnf Tim Sawyer Bicycle Trip Santa Cruz
dnf Tim Roehrl Sunnyvale
dnf Jim Volsansky Infovista San Ramon
MASTER MEN 55+ (800-899)
5 laps @ 50'24'' Frank Cuaresma Cal Giant San Jose
51'52'' Larry Broberg Team Bike Trip Felton
54'56'' Joesph Crabtree Forest Hill Bike Shop Pacific Grove
4 laps @ 45'53'' Doug Smith SCCCC Bonny Doon
57'21'' Reid Schantz Scotts Valley
SINGLE SPEED B (200-299)
5 laps @ 49'32'' Robert James SVCS Los Gatos
50'55'' Andy Copleman Specialized San Jose
51'27'' Billy Hall HRS/Rock Lobster Monterey
55'46'' Tyloy Giger Salinas HS MTB Team Salinas
CATEGORY C MEN (800-899)
4 laps @ 38'40'' Shane Flynn Hwy 68 Hilbilies Salinas
40'02'' Nicholas Navarro Crossniacs San Fransico
40'10'' John Lukasko Hwy 68 Hilbilies Salinas
40'39'' Doug Aldrich SJBC San Jose
41'18'' Francis Cebedo MTBR.com Saratoga
41'24'' Steve Anderson Velo Club Mnty Monterey
41'32'' Mark Knutson SCCCC Watsonville
41'44'' Eric Miller Santa Cruz
41'47'' Samuel Sweetland Solvang
41'59'' Mathew Davidson MTBR.com San Jose
42'16'' Rich Seiter SCCCC Santa Cruz
43'06'' Joseph Desante Hwy 68 Hilbilies Salinas
43'11'' Christopher Goodson SCCCC Soquel
43'20'' Aaron Crozier San Jose
43'25'' Brendon Gluck Moraga
43'35'' Dustin Ford Los Gatos
st William Seiger Santa Cruz
44'02'' Paul Guerra Webcor/Alto Velo Los Gatos
44'56'' Steven Woo Easton Sugar CRM Los Altos
45'28'' Travis Tonn SJBC/ Sugar CRM Campbell
46'04'' Keith Wells Aptos
46'38'' Gary Johnson Livermore
47'23'' Steve Yatson SCCCC Felton
50'51'' David Kasheta Union City
3 laps @ 41'07'' Tommy Knowles Monterey
dnf Jason Cruz SCCCC/ Family Cycling Santa Cruz
JUNIOR MEN 14-18 (400-499)
4 laps @ 41'32'' Dylan MacDonald Bike Trip Santa Cruz
41'36'' Raymond Mendoza Bike Trip/ SCCCC Santa Cruz
42'20'' Kyle Vanderstoep Bike Trip Soquel
43'20'' Ian Samuels Cal Giant Watsonville
44'16'' Joshua Kaneg Bike Trip Santa Cruz
46'29'' Darik Thunstorm
46'47'' Jesse Rogel SHS Cowboy Racing Salinas
47'21'' Taylor Stewart Bike Trip Scotts Valley
47'44'' Jordan Vanderstoep Bike Trip Soquel
47'47'' Robby Milazzon Bike Trip Santa Cruz
JUNIOR MEN 13 & under (500-599)
4 laps @ 46'26'' Thomas Mendoza Bike Trip/ SCCCC Santa Cruz
48'10'' Samuel Cerruti Cal Gaint Cycling Watsonville
3 laps @ 38'28'' Mathew Valenica Sterling Sports Grp Los Altos
ELITE WOMEN (900-999)
5 laps @ 49'13'' Stella Carey HRS/Rock Lobster Felton
49'21'' Melodie Metzgar Cal Giant Berkely
50'27'' Karen Brems Webcor Builders Redwoodcity
51'08'' Katrina Baumsteiger BlackMarket Racing SLO
52'32'' Bev Chaney Roaring Mouse Racing Carmel
53'52'' Natasha Perry Velo Bella Santa Cruz
54'34'' Megan Cordes The Great Chiweenies Cambria
56'24'' Sarah Piccolo NorCal Velo Sebastapol
dnf Julie Bates Roaring Mouse San Fransico
CATEGORY B WOMEN (700-799)
4 laps @ 40'49'' Melissa Schultz Kaiser Permanente Oakland
44'37'' Lindsey Collins SCCCC Santa Cruz
46'30'' Lainey Aldrigde Bike Trip Santa Cruz
47'27'' Angela Rebol Bike Trip Aptos
47'57'' Rita Celeste Leon SCCCC San Jose
50'21'' Jasmins Parsins Infovista Pleaston
51'38'' Katherine Butler Oakland
CATEGORY C WOMEN (500-599)
3 laps @ 33'40'' Jill Fattor Redwood City
36'13'' Susie Lerner Art's SLO Cyc. SLO
37'46'' Michelle Perz Velo Bella Sunnyvale
39'18'' Lanora Rency Scots Valley
44'07'' Theresa Castea East Bay Cyclist Livermore
MASTER WOMEN 35+ (200-299)
4 laps @ 42'52'' Melanie Dominguez SCCCC/ Bike Trip Aptos
43'26'' Janel Lodge BlackMarket Racing Santa Cruz
dnf Katy Jossy Roaring Mouse Cycles Oakland
MASTER WOMEN 45+ (400-499)
4 laps @ 47'32'' Winona Hubbard SCCCC Santa Cruz
48'37'' Henrietta Stern Hot Flash Chicks Pacific Groove
49'59'' Amy Abele Velo Bella Kona Concord
51'12'' Cathy Morgan Roaring Mouse Cycles San Fransico
JUNIOR WOMEN (800-899)
3 laps @ 40'36'' Brenda Mai Velo Bella Salinas
47'51'' Gabriela Crowley Cowboy Racing Salinas
- Dusty Downs
Photos by Brian Joder, BicycleEvents.com
With 1 lap to go Keith DeFiebre(Scott-Ritchey-Oakley) has just bridged up to a 6 man break along with Brian Choi(Sierra Nevada). The break includes Kevin Klein(Rock Racing), Daniel Martin(VOS), Andres Gill(Pacific State Bank Cycling Team), Don Langley(Morgan Stanley/Specialized), Christopher Baker(EMC2-Felt), and Rick Bradley(Sierra Nevada). The 8 riders now head out on the final lap with the field not too far behind. In the main pack Jeff Poulsen(VOS) and Joel Robertson(Sierra Pacific Racing) are marking each other as they sit 1-2 in Omnium rankings for the weekend.
DeFiebre goes to the front and pulls the break hard the final time up the Folsom Bridge climb. He was trying to gain spots in the overall Omnium. DeFiebre kept the speed high up the Folsom Bridge riser making sure the field could not close in on the break. At the top of the climb a game of cat and mouse started to take place. The group started to really look at eachother but not work, so Rick Bradley did a flyer and gapped the break making a push for the finish. There was still 3/4 of a mile to go.
DeFiebre was first to react and jumped up to Bradley and the two riders were on their own, as the rest of the break seemed to be waiting for the sprint.
At the base of the final riser, DeFiebre surged ahead solo going for the win, while behind the chase finally got going. It was a long way to go solo, but DeFiebre made it to the finish with enough time to savor the moment. The sprint for 2nd place was won by Kevin Klein over Dan Martin.
Top 5 Circuit Race- Master 35+ 1/2/3
1 . Keith Defieber - Scott Ritchey/Oakley
2 . Kevin Klein - Rock Racing
3 . Daniel Martin - VOS Racing
4 . Andres Gil - Pacifc State Bank
5 . Don Langley - Morgan Stanley
Jeff Poulsen won the Criterium on day 2 of the Omnium and sealed the deal shadowing Joel Robertson across the line in Sunday's Circuit Race.
Top 5 Overall Omnium Master 35+ 1/2/3
1 . Jeff Poulsen - VOS Racing 44 55 35- 134
2 . Joel Robertson - Sierra Pacific 50 44 36- 130
3 . Keith Defieber - Scott Ritchey/Oakley 34 40 50- 124
4 . Brian Choi - Specialized 46 25 38- 109
5 . Bob Delp - Ride for a Reason 48 29 27- 104