Live at the Greek – Craig and Butler Win Southern California Prestige Series #9

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Adam Craig on top of the SCPS podium in Griffith Park. © M. Rock

Adam Craig on top of the SCPS podium in Griffith Park. © M. Rock

Los Angeles, CA – Griffith Park, just steps from the famous Greek Theater, is the spot for the second round of UCI racing this season in Southern California and the first cyclocross race to ever happen in the park, bringing some interested spectators. While it was exciting to see cyclocross go to Griffith Park, the competition was even more impressive. The course had a lot of twisting and technical turns with a lot of climbing since the park rests on the side of a hill.  Riders like Adam Craig (Giant Bicycles) seemed to overcome and use the course as an advantage while others never seemed to find a rhythm.

Elite Women

The riders stayed together through the first lap but soon after they separated for the rest of the race. With the difficulty of the course most riders saw it better fit to just ride their own race. Sue Butler (Hudz-Subaru) took the lead as she set the pace out onto the winding course. Her teammate Kathy Sherwin (Hudz-Subaru) followed with Devon Haskel (Bike Station Aptos) third wheel. These three really set the tempo while other riders were getting banged around or having a hard time trying to find a groove on the course, as Coryn Rivera (Peanut Butter & Co. twenty-12) explained it.

On the third lap, with the Hudz-Subaru women in the lead, Haskel washed out allowing the two to open a gap that stuck. The race went back and forth up front as the two exchanged the lead a few times, but with one to go Butler made her move on the road through the start/finish. It was an attack that worked as Butler opened enough ground to hold off her teammate and to take the win. Sherwin rolled in second followed by Haskel in third. Barb Howe (Ibis and The Danger Twins) was close all day and finished fourth. Kari Studley (Redline) took fifth followed by a hard-charging and hand-cramping Rivera, who was the fastest Southern California rider of the day.

Elite Men

The Kona rider Ryan Trebon, crushed the climbing straight from the start, getting through the first corner to lead the race. It was Sid Taberlay (Sho-Air) in second followed by Chris Jones (Rapha-Focus) and Adam Craig (Giant Bicycles).  A lot of people expected to see Chris Horner (Team RadioShack) up front, but a crash in the first corner slowed him for the first part of the day.

The pack was strong, but like the women’s field the riders spread out quickly. The first two laps were all Trebon and Taberlay, but then Taberlay dropped back, allowing Trebon to go alone. This put Jones in second, but a slipped corner on the third lap gave Craig just what he needed to move up. It did not take long for Craig to find the leader as his skills proved to be the key to success in LA. On the fourth lap Craig was able to pass Trebon and his smoothness through the course allowed him to continue to open three to five seconds on Trebon each lap. Eventually, Craig rolled in to take the win, while Trebon took second with Jones close behind in third. Taberlay came around Zach McDonald (Rapha-Focus) to take fourth and McDonald took fifth and was the top U23 rider of the day.

Allen Krughoff (Boulder Cyclesport) and Horner put in two of the most impressive rides of the day. Krughoff started last row and halfway through had moved up considerably to finish an impressive sixth just behind McDonald. Horner after the first crash was riding up from last position, and after a few more slipped corners, finished ninth just in front of Troy Wells (Clif Bar).

It was an exciting day of racing as the impressive handling skills of riders and crashes kept the crowds cheering. The racing was so intense that two riders even had a little off the bike squabble and the crowd was yelling at a rider or two who found his way to cheat around the barrier section. Day two will bring some new changes to the course, but much more of the LA/Cross craziness and fun in Griffith Park.

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Full Results

Elite Men

Pos U23 Name Team Time
1 Adam Craig Rabobank/Giant 59:25
2 Ryan Trebon Rideclean/Kona 59:52
3 Chris Jones Rapha-Focus 1:00:21
4 Sid Taberlay Sho-Air/Specialized 1:00:29
5 * Zach McDonald Rapha-Focus 1:00:39
6 Allen Krughoff Boulder Cycle Sport 1:00:52
7 Ryan Iddings Redline 1:01:58
8 Scott Chapin Bay 101/Hrs/Rock Lobster 1:01:59
9 Chris Horner Team Radioshack 1:02:22
10 Troy Wells Team Clif Bar 1:02:36
11 Frank Spiteri Peninsula Velo/Pomodoro 1:02:49
12 Justin Robinson California Giant Berry Farms/Specialized 1:03:22
13 Joshua Snead Bay 101/Hrs/Rock Lobster 1:03:25
14 * Jeremy Ferguson California Giant Berry Farms/Specialized 1:03:31
15 * Cody Kaiser California Giant Berry Farms/Specialized 1:03:41
16 * Steve Fisher Rad Racing Nw/Hagens Berman 1:03:45
17 Benjamin Bostrom Sho-Air/Specialized 1:03:45
18 Jason Siegle Bike Religion 1:03:50
19 Brent Prenzlow Celo Pacific / B&L 1:04:24
20 * Joseph Schmalz Kccx/Verge Presented By Challenge 1:04:31
21 Aaron Odell Bay 101 / Hrs/ Rock Lobster 1:04:32
22 * Morgan Ryan The Team Socalcross -2 laps
23 Gary Douville Platinum Perfomance Cycling Team -2 laps
24 John Behrens Bailey Bikes -2 laps
25 Kevin Smallman Incycle/Cannondale -3 laps
26 Frederick Bottger Sdg Factory Team -3 laps
27 Anton Petrov Sdg Factory Team -4 laps
28 Brandon Gritters Rock N Road -4 laps
29 Anastasio Flores California Giant Berry Farms/Specialized -4 laps
30 John Bailey Bailey Bikes -4 laps
31 Bobby Langin Friggin Sweet -5 laps
32 Eric Colton The Team -5 laps
33 Keith Batstone Rundle Mountain Cycling Club -5 laps
34 David Sheek Sdg Factory -5 laps
35 Alex Boone Pablove Racing -6 laps
36 Molly Cameron Portland Bicycle Studio -6 laps
37 Grant Holicky Vic’S/Peerless -6 laps
38 Ted Willard Socal Cross The Team -6 laps
39 * Brandon Mart Team Rambuski Law -7 laps
40 Roger Rilling Stoller -8 laps
DNF Gerry Cody The Juice DNF
DNF George Barthel Team Helen’S DNF

Elite Women

Pos U23 Name Team Time
1 Susan Butler Hudz Subaru 43:47
2 Katherine Sherwin Hudz-Vista Subaru 44:00
3 Devon Haskell Bike Station Aptos 44:31
4 Barbara Howe Ibis And The Danger Twins 44:39
5 Kari Studley Team Redline 45:29
6 * Coryn Rivera Peanut Butter & Co. Twenty12 45:31
7 Beverly Chaney Team Roaring Mouse 46:10
8 Allison Mann Rock N’ Road Cyclery 46:37
9 Counrtney Dimpel Bike Station Aptos 46:38
10 Katrina Baumsteiger Team Rambuski Law 46:50
11 Kris Walker Contender Bicycles 47:40
12 * Alexis Ryan Team Socalcross 47:45
13 Emily Thurston Missing Link/ 3Rd Rail 50:07
14 Sarah Jordan Bay 101/Hrs/Rock Lobster -2 laps
15 Amanda Schaper Sdg Factory Team -2 laps
16 Dorothy Wong The Team Socalcross -4 laps
17 Annette Padilla Celopacific -5 laps
DNF * Kendall Ryan The Team Socalcross DNF
DNF Megan Elliot Black Mountain Bicycles DNF

 

 

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3 comments
Josh snead
Josh snead

If someone involved was wearing a chicken suit, it was officially a squabble. Sad, but funny.

Running around the barriers? Only sad.

SevenRider
SevenRider

I was there too! Could not believe I was seeing it. George Barthel from Team Helens I believe is his name.
Did you notice that they kept going at it later? There was someone in a chicken suit (literally) getting in the mix as well. Only in cross can you see you see two guys in full kit and helmet fighting and have someone dressed as a chicken getting ready to throw down in the mix! I LOVE THIS SPORT!

Dustytires
Dustytires

Hey! There was mention of a 'squabble'. I was standing right there, it was more like assualt. It went like this: First lap thru the hardest turn on the course with 2 to 3 abreast as the men were racing hard. The dude on the outside of an off camber, slippery corner gets pushed to the outside, instead of remounting and racing on, he RUNS at least 10 meters after the rider who he bumped with, and physically took him off his bike and to the ground. UCI mall cops were all over the weekend, but is this guy suspended? 'Roid rage maybe? WTF, is this normal in Elite races around the country? I have seen it a couple times in races I have been in, old and slow catagories, but Elite with sponsored jerseys on??

Anyone else see that? What is the riders name who took the other dude off his bike? I should taken snaps but I was in shock actually.

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