Stetson-Lee takes the barriers in stride © Mark Colton

Teal Stetson-Lee takes the barriers in stride © Mark Colton

by Dave Sheek

Southern California UCI Weekend – Kross-toberfest Presented by Focus Bicycles, Day Two

It turned out to be a stirring weekend of competition in California. It was more than just racing this weekend and Bonelli park, San Dimas, California, turned out to be a great venue for the UCI weekend of racing, bike swap and more cycling advocacy events that promoter Dorothy Wong made happen. But the racing was the fastest seen in Southern California cyclocross and exciting for fans and park-goers to watch, thanks to the level of competition in town for the show. The stage had racers from four different countries in the Elite fields and a handful of successful U23s who showed their talent this weekend.

Elite Women:

In the women’s race it was Teal Stetson-Lee (California Giant-Specialized) who looked powerful and confident coming off her first Elite win from day one of the Kross-toberfest event. She led the women from the start on the newly routed course for the second day of racing. Devon Haskell (Bike Station Aptos) followed with Katrina Baumsteiger (Rambuski Law) and Barb Howe (Ibis) in fourth. Howe looked to quickly move up as Stetson-Lee slid out in the first lap, but she was passed in the mix-up by Sarah Maile (Ventana Bikes). Teal was up quickly and back on the group and it didn’t take long for Stetson-Lee and Haskell to dominate the front of the race again. Maile and Howe were on the chase, but in the end it was Teal Stetson-Lee again for the win and an emphatic stamp on the weekend.

Haskell took a comfortable second and Howe found herself alone with a small gap as she broke away from the chase to solo in for third. In fourth it was Carolyn Popovich ( who moved up in the field to grab fourth from Maile, who rounded out the top five.

Elite Men:

Summerhill takes the win in front of Jones © Kenneth Hill

Summerhill takes the win in front of Jones © Kenneth Hill

With Rapha-Focus rider Chris Jones still hungry after his mishap with rolled tires and Joachim Parbo (KCH Leopard Cycles) fresh off dominating the end of day one’s race for the win, it was no coincidence that these two were on the front at the beginning of the race. It was Parbo who took the lead after the fast road start and through the first lap, but he slipped back on lap two as Jones and Danny Summerhill (Garmin) took to the front. Parbo said later, “I knew the way I felt that I would not break anybody up front, so I allowed myself to drop back.” It was true that the course favored road racers as the final results revealed.

Summerhill  sat second wheel for a good porting of the day. He did some of the work, but he stayed up front while others set the pace. Early on Kelly Benefits rider Alexander Candelario took the lead from Jones and set the fastest pace of the race for a lap. But, Jones was looking strong; he went back up front and put down road-style attacks one after another. With about  30 minutes to go in the race, Jones and Summerhill broke off from the front group until the end.

Close behind it was another strong road racer, Jonathan Baker of the Hudz-Subaru team, who also had tire troubles the first day. Baker too wanted the win, but later explained he was very happy with third for the day. After Baker it was the talented U23 riders Jeremy Ferguson (California Giant/Specialized) with fourth and Zach Mcdonald (Rapha Focus) fifth as they just broke off their group in the last lap. They were second and third, respectively in today’s U23 standings behind Summerhill.

The racing was intense and close-fought throughout the top 10. The next group had Aaron Schooler (H&R Block), Tyler Wren (Boo Bicycles) and Craig Richey (

The weekend turned out great with warm weather, some showers that brought mud to SoCal cyclocross for the first time in two years, and well-planned courses. Overall it was a great experience to bring UCI racing to the West Coast with a field of international competition, and to see three U23 riders in the top five of the Elite men’s field, as it is a glimpse of the progression and future of US cyclocross.

Photo Gallery:

Women’s Results

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2114USA19810103HASKELL DevonBike Station AptosUSA38:575
3111USA19760109HOWE BarbaraIbis and the Danger TwinsUSA39:145
4112USA19780809POPOVIC CarolynPAValleys.comUSA39:195
5115USA19780927MAILE SarahVentana Mountain BikesUSA39:215
6129USA19770518THURSTON Emily RMissing LinkUSA40:115
7118USA19830111DIMPEL CourtneyBike Station AptosUSA40:175
8126USA19801111MANN AllisonTeam Rambuski LawUSA40:355
9113USA19651221BAUMSTEIGER KatrinaRock N’ RoadUSA40:455
10120USA19920810*RYAN Kendall GBay 101/HRS/Rock LobsterUSA40:545
11116USA19740930JORDAN SarahSDG Factory TeamUSA41:595
12125USA19640415CHANEY BeverlyTeam Roaring MouseUSA42:085
13121USA19940818*RYAN Alexis MPablove RacingUSA42:445
14119USA19831005SCHAPER AmandaThe TeamUSA43:135
15130USA19651113WONG DorothyThe TeamUSA44:165
16128USA19680324PADILLA AnnetteThe TeamUSA-1 lap4
17123USA19921222CRAWFORD IvieCelo PacificUSA-1 lap4

Men’s Results

112USA19890213*SUMMERHILL DanielGarmin/Holowesko PartnersUSA54:108
256USA19790806JONES ChristopherRapha FocusUSA54:138
350USA19740316BAKER JonathanHudz-SubaruUSA54:348
418USA19900616*FERGUSON JeremyCalifornia Giant Berry Farms/SpecializedUSA54:378
557USA19910213*MCDONALD ZachRapha FocusUSA54:428
613CAN19850620SCHOOLER AaronTeam H&R BlockCAN54:438
717USA19810304WREN TylerBoo BicyclesUSA54:548
814CAN19840624RICHEY CraigCyclocrossracing.Com P/B BlueCAN54:548
915USA19871114MCGRATH AdamFeedback Sports/Van Dessel CyclocrossUSA54:558
1033USA19770522SNEAD Josh CBay 101/Hrs/Rock LobsterUSA55:048
1134USA19780924O’DELL AaronBay 101/ Hrs/ Rock LobsterUSA55:098
1230USA19830409CHAPIN ScottHrs/RocklobsterUSA55:348
1324USA19920527*KAISER CodyCalifornia Giant Berry Farms/SpecializedUSA55:478
1416USA19760828CAMERON MollyPortland Bicycle StudioUSA56:038
1511DEN19741118PARBO JoachimKch Leopard CyclesDEN56:228
1643USA19830805BABCOCK SeanKonaUSA56:318
1735USA19790816GRITTERS BrandonRock N Road CycleryUSA56:508
1828USA19860313SPITERI FrankPeninsula Velo/PomodoroUSA56:518
1939USA19730526BAILEY JohnBailey BikesUSA57:078
2040USA19850306PETROV Anton ASdg Factory TeamUSA57:168
2137USA19790702SIEGLE JasonBike ReligionUSA57:298
2221USA19680901PRENZLOW BrentCelo Pacific/B+L BikesUSA57:348
2342USA19710723BEHRENS JohnBailey BikesUSA57:588
2423USA19630523NOBLE MarkFranco Factory TeamUSA58:158
2554USA19810227WILLARD Ted WThe TeamUSA58:388
2647USA19770528SYVERTSEN BrueDe La PazUSA58:438
2764USA19770619CHRISTENSON Eric JSdg Factory TeamUSA58:478
2825AUS19800122TABERLAY SidSho-Air/SpecializedAUS58:498
2946USA19910612*RYAN MorganThe TeamUSA59:028
3053USA19900303*SCHMALZ Joseph DKccx/Verge Presented By ChallengeUSA59:198
3162USA19710417FLORES JR AnastasiomUSA59:378
3227USA19800714DODGE Benjamin LBay 101/Hrs/Rock LobsterUSA59:558
3336USA19830609COLTON EricThe TeamUSA1:00:128
3426USA19750625DOUVILLE GaryPlatinum PerformanceUSA-1 lap7
3544USA19870605YARRA DerekBox Dog BikesUSA-2 laps6
3652USA19790908MILLS Adam RKccx/Verge Presented By ChallengeUSA-2 laps6
3745USA19760520SHEEK DavidSdg Factory TeamUSA-2 laps6
3831USA19720217POSHARD DeanRock LobsterUSA-3 laps5
3941USA19750512BOTTGER FrederickSdg Factory TeamUSA-3 laps5
4032USA19781121WERTENBRUCH TylerSlo Nexus-Gym OneUSA-3 laps5
4163USA19731211KAUKOLA Daniel RUSA-5 laps3
DNF48USA19750226CANDELARIO AlexanderKelly Benefit StrategiesUSA