Premier Series at Land Park Crit

Land Park Criterium presented by the Sacramento Golden Wheelmen
William Land Park, Sacramento - 17 March 2012

At the Land Park Crit, Rikke Preisler (Metromint Cycling) and Marley Smith (Stevens Bikes p/b Pactimo) took off on a breakaway midway in the race for Women 1-2-3. Preisler said, "Metromint knew that Stevens had the numbers going into this race so we were hoping to get into a break with one of us each. Stevens did a great job of constantly attacking and we would cover so we would be in the breaks. About half way into the race Marley [Smith] and I got [away on a break]." The rest of the field was unable to mount an organized chase so the race came down to a two-racer sprint. Preisler took first place ahead of Smith. Marissa Axell (Touchstone Climbing) won the field sprint for third place over fourth place Mary Ellen Ash (Stevens Bikes p/b Pactimo). Jane Robertson (Metromint Cycling) finished in fifth place.

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For the Men Pro 1-2, an early break by Matt Chatlaong (Team City Sacramento), Eric Losak (Team CLIF bar Cycling), Peter Graf (Fremont Bank Cycling Team), and Evan Huffman (California Giant Berry Farms/Specialized) stayed out front for a good portion of the race. Attempts by the field to catch the breakaway were unorganized most of the time; once they did reach the lead group, the pack was stretched and Huffman and Graf immediately put in a counter-attack. The two made this break stick whilst Rainier Schaefer (Team Mike's Bikes) and Nathanael Christensen (Michael David Winery Cycling Team) became a chase group ahead of the beaten pack. Huffman won the sprint for the win over Graf. Schaefer took the podium's third step with Christensen in fourth. Peter Knudson (Team Clover) won the field sprint for fifth place. "[Graf] was a lot more tired than I was...he raced earlier today" said Huffman, "I was obviously a lot stronger so that's how it goes sometimes."

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The race for Master Men 35+ came out of the 30+ 1-2-3 field, for the 2012 NCNCA Premier Series. Chuck Hutcheson (Marc Pro-Strava) won the field sprint, saying "I had my team mate [Nathan Freed] lead me out in the end. I elbowed my way into the sprint and got lucky to get the hole coming out of the last turn. [I] just barely held it onto the line." Hutcheson admitted to entering this race as a warm up to the Men Pro 1-2 race. AJ Kennedy (Fremont Bank Cycling Team) finished in second place. Jason Peterson (US Military Cycling Team Fueled by FRS) came home in third.

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John Fairbanks (Morgan Stanley Cycling Team) was the winner in the race for Master Men 45+ 1-2-3-4. "[The race] was pretty mellow. There [were] a few attacks in the first part of the race. By the second half you started to feel there was going to be a bunch sprint." said Fairbanks, "[I] stayed in the front watching for some of the stronger guys. I was second wheel coming out of the last corner, jumped, and held it to the line." Despite a jitter raising his hands just before the line, Fairbanks won the field sprint by half the length of a bike over Andre Tenthorey (Sacramento Golden Wheelmen). Anders Dellien (Cycles Fanatic) finished third in the race.

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