Brent Prenzlow and Trina Baumsteiger Win Dirt Club Cross

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 A few extra carbs to keep the motivation up © Amanda Schaper

A few extra carbs to keep the motivation up © Amanda Schaper

by Dave Sheek

Los Olivos, CA- Dirt Club Cross was teased with a morning downpour but the rain stopped and the clouds opened to blue skies and sunshine. It was a great race day with slick morning conditions that firmed up as the sun continued to shine but all were happy to be racing. The course was fun, it was a great layout with fast straights, fun off camber hillside turns, and an epic-Kenda Stairway to Heaven-run up that made riders practically stop moving as they gasped for air.

Elite Women

Amanda Schaper (SDG Factory Team) took the hole-shot and led for the first half of the race. Trina Baumsteiger (Rambuski Law) sat on Schapers wheel brilliantly just waiting for her moment to attack. The chase group was teammates Christina Probert-Turner and Dorothy Wong of Team SoCal Cross. Wong slid back but the two kept the gas on enough to hold off the rest of the field to finish third and fourth.

Elite Women's Podium © Amanda Schaper

Elite Women's Podium © Amanda Schaper

With two laps to go Trina made her move to take the lead and put in her fastest lap time. It was enough for a small gap to open on Schaper that Trina held for the win. Schaper finished second and Sarah Brodsky (Bicycle Johns) rounded out the top five in the elite women.

Elite Men

From the start it was another SDG Factory rider, David Sheek, who took the hole-shot, but a few turns was all that was in the tank for Sheek as Gary Douville (Platinum), Brent Prenzlow (Celo-Pacific/B&L), Brandon Gritters (Rock N’ Road), Jason Siegle (Bike Religion) and Anton Petrov (SDG Factory) moved to the front. The race settled within half of a lap as Douville set the pace. Working hard to chase was James Walsh (B&L) and John Behrns (Bailey Bikes), after an early crash, as the two tried to find their way to the front.

Pain and joy all wrapped into one © Amanda Schaper

Pain and joy all wrapped into one © Amanda Schaper

With three laps to go Prenzlow, Douville, Siegle and Petrov were off the front with riders spread out behind this lead group. One lap to go Petrov was off the group and it came down to three riders. Siegle tried to go too early but could not hold his attack. Prenzlow and Douville came back around and it came down to the sprint where Prenzlow took the win with Douville in second. Siegle rolled in for third and Petrov fourth. Gritters stayed strong to hold off the hard charging chasers to round out the top five.

It was another good race with a fun course and venue for all to enjoy as the fire pit burned all day warming spectators and the MTB pump track gave crossers some entertainment as high saddles and rolled tubulars sent people to the ground for some You Tube-worthy action.

Full Results

Elite Men

235Gary DouvillePlatinum
325Jason SiegleBike REligion
443Anton PetrovSDG Factory
523Brandon GRITTERSRock N Road
628James WALSHCelo Pacific
721John BEHRENSBailey Bikes
837Tyler HansonCal Giant
942David SheekSDG Factory
1039Eric BostromSho-Air
1229Ted WILLARDThe TEAM SoCalCross
1336Geoff DavisArts Cyclery
1444Reynard Deegan
1531Jason Hardy
1633Scott McClaveSimi Cycling Center
1722Christopher WoodruffThe TEAM
1841Darren RichSBW
1940Craig PeyronSierra
2038Matt SpeerVCRC Factory Racing
DNF34Bobby Langin JrFriggin Sweet
DNF32Doug HallThe TEAM
DNF30Ryan WeegerCelo Pacific
DNF20Christopher BASSETTMafia Racing

Elite Women

1131Katrina (Trina) BAUMSTEIGERTeam Rambuski Law
2138Amanda SchaperSDG Factory
3136Christina Probert-TurnerThe TEAM
4134Dorothy WONGThe TEAM
5135Sarah BrodskyBicycle Johns
6137Megan CordesThe Great Chiweenies
7133Heather ROSEHigher Cadence-Bannings Bikes
8132Annette PADILLACelo Pacific

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