Riders barrel down the start at Campus Cross. © Kenneth Hill, Light and Shadow Photography
by Dave Sheek
Round 15 of the 2010 SoCalCross Prestige Series of Cyclocross presented by H2O Overdrive
San Marcos, CA- With plenty of sunshine and dry conditions to remind racers of warmer weather, the SoCal series stopped on the grounds of Cal State University, San Marcos, for a fast, flowing, loose race that surprised riders with the tricky conditions. The race hosting was all family done, as the Hansen’s presented crossers with a warm homey feel.Elite Women
Christina Probert-Turner (Team SoCalCross) took the race from the start as she had her confidence up after being crowned women’s master champion the week prior. Amanda Schaper (SDG Factory) was on her heels and then took control on lap two. Unfortunately, a mechanical issue slowed Schaper making her visit the pits for a bike change. From there Turner attacked and held her gap to take her first elite win. After a couple of exchanges Schaper was back in pursuit and pedaled in for second on the day.
Behind the two was Dorothy Wong (Team SoCalCross) who led the chase and eventually soloed in a minute ahead of the next group for third. Fourth and fifth were Alicia Kaye and Angela Wimberly (Cal Coast) who chased hard finishing just seconds apart to round out the top five.
Ty Kady (Sho-Air), who has not raced much cross this season but has been very successful on the MTB, exploded out front to lead the race until the run up. From there it was John Behrens (Bailey Bikes) and Gary Douville (Platinum) who took control of the race. While the lead group was intact these two were on the front with a large dose of Behrens drilling the pace.
While the two controlled the race at the front, Jason Siegle (Bike Religion) was working his way back on the group after wadding himself up in the course tape on lap one. Eventually, Siegle was able to recover sitting in the group and attacked to lead with a lap and a half to go. Then with just less than a half of a lap to go Douville jumped the group and popped out front. Berhens put it all out and tried one last attack but crashed in a technical section leaving Siegle and Douville to duke it out. But, it was Douville who held strong to take the win with Siegle second. Behrens rolled in third with Kady behind for fourth. And, Anton Petrov (SDG Factory) came in to take fifth.
It was another fun week of racing and prep for those headed north to Bend, OR for Cyclocross Nationals. All others will have a nice week off and should look forward to the final round of 2010 and the Prestige Series finale, Santa Cross on Sunday 12/19.
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|2||406||Jason SIEGLE||Bike Religion|
|3||401||John BEHRENS||Bailey Bikes|
|4||156||Ty Kady||Sho Air|
|5||152||Anton Petrov||SDG Factory|
|6||404||Brent PRENZLOW||CELO PACIFIC / B&L|
|8||143||Timothy SPARKS||METAL MTN|
|9||157||Eric Bostrom||Sho Air|
|10||160||Mark Nagy||Dogfish Racing Team|
|11||155||Griffan Vertican||Bear Valley Bikes|
|14||158||David Sheek||SDG Factory|
|15||154||Jay Kwan||The Team So Cal|
|17||153||Kyle Torres||Sho Air|
|18||144||Matthew SPEER||VCRC Factory Racing|
|19||142||Christopher BASSETT||Mafia Racing|
|20||159||Dan Breyer||Celo Pacific / Focus Bikes|
|21||147||David Williams||Celo Pacific|
|22||145||Jesus Ortega||Celo Pacific|
|1||173||Christina Probert||The Team|
|2||174||Amanda Schaper||SDG Factory|
|3||169||Dorothy WONG||The TEAM – SoCalCross|
|5||170||Angela Wimberly||Cal Coast|
|6||171||Lisa Crowe||The Team|
|7||363||Denise Henderson||The Team|
|8||358||Shannon Castle||PAA / Remax|
|9||355||Antje HEINZ||Team Ranchos|
|11||361||Maria Larrea||Colavita / Outback|
|13||364||Kathy Dekold||Canari Queens|
|14||357||Hannah Eckvahl||The Team|