Wendy Williams Outsprints Gina Hall in Masters Women’s 40-44 Race – UPDATED: More Pictures
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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.
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:
|1||150||Wendy Williams||Portland, OR||0:37:06||263|
|2||135||Gina Hall||Orinda, CA||37:08:00||251||California Giant Cycling/Califo|
|3||120||Christina Probert||Murrieta, CA||40:03:00||289|
|4||105||Stella Carey||Felton, CA||40:11:00||262||Velo Bella|
|5||90||Helene Drumm||San Anselmo, CA||40:16:00||276||Peanut Butter & Co. Twenty 12|
|6||85||Rebecca (Becky) Bjork||Bend, OR||40:37:00||253||Boise Cycling Club|
|7||80||Melanie Lewis||Duvall, WA||40:38:00||279||Bikebooboos.Com|
|8||75||Brenna Lopez-Otero||Bend, OR||40:52:00||288||Bend Memorial Clinic Total Care|
|9||70||Karen Oppenheimer||Bend, OR||41:29:00||267|
|10||65||Jayne McLaughlin||Valleyford, WA||41:32:00||285||Zuster Cycling|
|11||60||Erika Krumpelman||Hayden, ID||41:47:00||281||Velo Bella|
|12||55||Sarah Tisdale||Hillsboro, OR||42:11:00||295|
|13||50||Stephanie Uetrecht||Bend, OR||42:34:00||271||Webcyclery Racing/Webcyclery.Co|
|14||45||Kelly Chang||Oakland, CA||42:35:00||252|
|15||40||Kim Rueter||Portland, OR||43:14:00||273|
|16||38||Kristin Drumm||Novato, CA||43:20:00||280|
|17||36||Katrina Dowidchuk||Wilmington, DE||43:34:00||268|
|18||34||Jill Hardiman||Whitesalmon, WA||43:34:00||260|
|19||32||Jennifer Herrell-Rhoades||Kansas City, MO||43:41:00||269||Bicycles Of Tulsa|
|20||30||Julie Robertson-Zivin||Seattle, WA||43:49:00||286||Lake Washington Velo/Hagens Ber|
|21||28||Ann Kennedy||Portland, OR||44:02:00||290|
|22||26||Virginie Calme||Portland, OR||44:06:00||278|
|23||24||Mielle Blomberg||Portland, OR||44:07:00||291|
|24||22||Joanne Stevens||Bend, OR||44:07:00||277||All About Bikes Racing|
|25||20||Molly Martin||Redmond, WA||44:52:00||293|
|26||19||Cynthia Engel||Bend, OR||44:53:00||254||Webcyclery Racing/Webcyclery.Co|
|27||18||Michelle Bazemore||Bend, OR||45:31:00||284|
|28||17||Elise Huggins||Portland, OR||45:37:00||274||Veloforma|
|29||16||Asa Salas||Orangevale, CA||45:47:00||257|
|30||15||Angela Mart||Bend, OR||45:59:00||292|
|31||14||Catrena Sullivan||Kirkland, WA||46:25:00||264||20/20 Fuel|
|32||13||Rachel McLain||Puyallup, WA||47:27:00||287||Old Town Bicycle (Otb)/Old Town|
|33||12||Gina Garnero||Portland, OR||47:55:00||297|
|34||11||Christine Leone||San Diego, CA||@1Lap||272|
|35||10||Kristen Crupi||Seattle, WA||@1Lap||282||Ragnarok Racing|
|36||9||Elaine Prause||Portland, OR||@1Lap||259|
|37||8||Janet Trubey||Fletcher, NC||@1Lap||270||North Carolina Cyclocross|
|38||7||Nancy Odle||Boise, ID||@1Lap||283|
|39||6||Debbie Driver||Olympia, WA||@1Lap||275||Ragnarok Racing|
|40||5||Kate Dunning||Bend, OR||@1Lap||296|
|41||4||Heather Price||Boise, ID||@1Lap||256|
|42||3||Jenny Feix||Moss Beach, CA||@1Lap||258||Peninsula Velo Cycling Club|
|43||2||Gina Miller||Bend, OR||@1Lap||298|
|44||0||Annette Padilla||San Diego, CA||@1Lap||294||Celo Pacific|
|DNS||0||Aimee Baker||Menlo Park, CA||DNS||255|
|DNS||0||Penny Collins||Grass Valley, CA||DNS||265||Alto Velo Racing Club/Webcor/Al|
|DNS||0||Tricia Sandstrom||Seattle, WA||DNS||261||Sound Velo Cycling Club/Team Gr|
|DNF||0||Laurie Tremor||Encinitas, CA||DNF||266||Celo Pacific|
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