Copper Town Circuit Races - Hutcheson and Preisler Win
Copperopolis - 19 February 2012
The course for Copper Town Circuit Races at Copperopolis is an out-and-back with a 180° turn at the far end and a Town Square at the start. Brandon Trafton (FCC p/b PURE GEAR) took up the early lead in the Men's P/1/2/3 race but was joined after the first lap by Charles Hutcheson (McGuire Cycling Team) and Nathan Parks (Morgan Stanley/Specialized Cycling Team). The three worked together until the end as Trafton tried to sprint first. Hutcheson was able to sprint past Trafton for the win with Parks crossing the line in third.
For the Women's P/1/2/3 race, a group of five cyclists made the early break lead by Flavia Oliveira (Kovarus/Wells Fargo Racing Team). Along with Oliveira, Kira Prokopakis (Los Gatos), Heather Ross (Team TIBCO II), Rikke Preisler (Metromint Cycling), and Laurie Furman (Sycomp Racing) were all in it at the end. The win went to Preisler over Ross and then Oliveira.