Wendy Williams glued to Hall's wheel. © Cyclocross Magazine

Wendy Williams glued to Hall's wheel. © Cyclocross Magazine

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BEND, ORE. – Wendy Williams (River City Bicycles) came onto the finishing paved straightaway wheel-to-wheel with defending Masters champ Gina Hall (Cal Giant-Specialized) and was able to just edge out the California rider to claim her title. Williams, who repeated as the Elite overall champion of Oregon’s competitive Cross Crusades series, adds this jersey to a previous win in the 35-39 age group.

From the gun, Wendy took off and immediately grabbed a commanding lead, gaining nearly ten seconds halfway through the first lap; by the end of the lap, Hall had closed battled back to within five seconds. Local Bend resident Brenna Lopez-Otero showed early promise, holding on to second for much of the first lap before Hall overtook her, ultimately fading to eighth place.

Defending 40+ champ Gina Hall leading eventual winner Wendy Williams. © Cyclocross Magazine

Defending 40+ champ Gina Hall leading eventual winner Wendy Williams. © Cyclocross Magazine

By the third of four laps, second year racer Katrina Dowidchuk was looking to have a podium finish, hanging on to a strong third place position. It’s unsure whether a mechanical, crash, or simply tired legs were the cause of her dropping down, but she crossed the finish line in seventeenth place.

At the beginning of the final lap, it was a two-horse race, with Hall trying to drop a persistent Williams clinging to her wheel. “I knew if we got to the pavement together, I would be able to take her,” said Williams, “so I just sat on and let her lead the lap.”

Hall’s perspective was similar.”I knew Wendy had a strong sprint, so I was hoping to get a gap before the pavement,” she said.

Both were correct, though Hall’s bid was unsuccessful. She was unable to shake Williams off her wheel before the two stormed onto the pavement — after a strong surge, Williams came across the line with a smile; two seconds later Hall, head lowered, followed.

Christina Probert overcame a slow start to work herself up to third place, claiming the final position on the podium. Stella Carey and Helene Drumm both battled hard to round out the top five.

Brief Photo Gallery:

Place Points NameCity, StateTimeBibTeam
1150Wendy WilliamsPortland, OR0:37:06263
2135Gina HallOrinda, CA37:08:00251California Giant Cycling/Califo
3120Christina ProbertMurrieta, CA40:03:00289
4105Stella CareyFelton, CA40:11:00262Velo Bella
590Helene DrummSan Anselmo, CA40:16:00276Peanut Butter & Co. Twenty 12
685Rebecca (Becky) BjorkBend, OR40:37:00253Boise Cycling Club
780Melanie LewisDuvall, WA40:38:00279Bikebooboos.Com
875Brenna Lopez-OteroBend, OR40:52:00288Bend Memorial Clinic Total Care
970Karen OppenheimerBend, OR41:29:00267
1065Jayne McLaughlinValleyford, WA41:32:00285Zuster Cycling
1160Erika KrumpelmanHayden, ID41:47:00281Velo Bella
1255Sarah TisdaleHillsboro, OR42:11:00295
1350Stephanie UetrechtBend, OR42:34:00271Webcyclery Racing/Webcyclery.Co
1445Kelly ChangOakland, CA42:35:00252
1540Kim RueterPortland, OR43:14:00273
1638Kristin DrummNovato, CA43:20:00280
1736Katrina DowidchukWilmington, DE43:34:00268
1834Jill HardimanWhitesalmon, WA43:34:00260
1932Jennifer Herrell-RhoadesKansas City, MO43:41:00269Bicycles Of Tulsa
2030Julie Robertson-ZivinSeattle, WA43:49:00286Lake Washington Velo/Hagens Ber
2128Ann KennedyPortland, OR44:02:00290
2226Virginie CalmePortland, OR44:06:00278
2324Mielle BlombergPortland, OR44:07:00291
2422Joanne StevensBend, OR44:07:00277All About Bikes Racing
2520Molly MartinRedmond, WA44:52:00293
2619Cynthia EngelBend, OR44:53:00254Webcyclery Racing/Webcyclery.Co
2718Michelle BazemoreBend, OR45:31:00284
2817Elise HugginsPortland, OR45:37:00274Veloforma
2916Asa SalasOrangevale, CA45:47:00257
3015Angela MartBend, OR45:59:00292
3114Catrena SullivanKirkland, WA46:25:0026420/20 Fuel
3213Rachel McLainPuyallup, WA47:27:00287Old Town Bicycle (Otb)/Old Town
3312Gina GarneroPortland, OR47:55:00297
3411Christine LeoneSan Diego, CA@1Lap272
3510Kristen CrupiSeattle, WA@1Lap282Ragnarok Racing
369Elaine PrausePortland, OR@1Lap259
378Janet TrubeyFletcher, NC@1Lap270North Carolina Cyclocross
387Nancy OdleBoise, ID@1Lap283
396Debbie DriverOlympia, WA@1Lap275Ragnarok Racing
405Kate DunningBend, OR@1Lap296
414Heather PriceBoise, ID@1Lap256
423Jenny FeixMoss Beach, CA@1Lap258Peninsula Velo Cycling Club
432Gina MillerBend, OR@1Lap298
440Annette PadillaSan Diego, CA@1Lap294Celo Pacific
DNS0Aimee BakerMenlo Park, CADNS255
DNS0Penny CollinsGrass Valley, CADNS265Alto Velo Racing Club/Webcor/Al
DNS0Tricia SandstromSeattle, WADNS261Sound Velo Cycling Club/Team Gr
DNF0Laurie TremorEncinitas, CADNF266Celo Pacific