Elite athletes from across the U.S. descended on River Walk Park Sept. 30-Oct. 1 for one of the largest, internationally-sanctioned cycling events in northern California. The West Sacramento Cyclocross Grand Prix presented by Toyota (WSCXGP) has been elevated by USA Cycling to host events on the Professional Cyclocross Calendar (ProCX) and is internationally sanctioned by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI).
The 56-rider field shattered early on in the race driven by the hard tempo and by live music on the tricky and fun course at River Walk Park.
Cody Kaiser (Specialized) took the holeshot through the first sand pit but Mark McConnell (Hot Sauce Cycling) came through to lead out the next lap with Lance Haidet (Donnelly Sports), Allen Krughoff (Krughoff Racing), Anthony Clark (Squid), Max Judelson (Voler/Clif/Rock Lobster) and Carl Decker (Giant) in tow.
By the second lap, Clark decided to take the front of the race, a position he would occupy for the rest of the eight-lap race. Haidet reacted quickly to the attack, and the pair quickly established a gap to all the other riders.
“I felt really good today, and I felt really strong and the course fit me really well. I saw it breaking up and I said, you know it’s just time to go. I felt really good out of every corner, I didn’t make one mistake today and hopping the barriers was really key. I knew that Lance [and I] had it once we got a gap of Allen. Lance was sitting up a lot when he would go to the front so Allen would close, so I would just drill it harder and harder,” said Clark.
“Anthony’s style of racing is to just go hard. He’s really good. I was sort of expecting that, and he was definitely one of the riders I was watching. When he goes, I got to go with it,” commented Haidet.
Clark only relinquished the lead position to Haidet once during the race. “Anthony was riding really strong,” Haidet said. “I came around once and was on the front for like two minutes, and he said we have to go faster, and I said, ‘go for it dude.'”
The two were still locked together on the final lap where the victor would be decided in a sprint.
“On the last lap, Lance came around me and I just stayed calm and sat on his wheel. When it came to the sprint, I just sat on his wheel for about 500 meters and I came around him and started sprinting and we were neck and neck, and I just got him by half a wheel. It was really good and it felt really good, especially going up in a sprint against Lance because he’s legit. He’s the U23 national champion, he’s freakin’ awesome,” said Clark who recovered from a broken hand that hampered his racing in 2016.
He concluded, “I worked really hard all summer and I just wanted to show people that I belong at World Cups, I belong at these races and I belong at the front, and it feels really good, all this hard work. I can go home and tell (my son) Gavin all the good news, it makes me very happy. Everyone we raced against is getting so good darn good, so it makes me really proud to maybe beat these guys.”
“It was good racing,” Haidet said. “It came down to half a bike length, but it was fun.”
Krughoff chase solo in the final laps to take third, crossing the line 11 seconds later.
The West Sacramento Cyclocross Grand Prix continues Sunday, Oct. 1 with amateur cycling races in the morning, followed by Category 2 Elite races for men and women in the afternoon.
Full results below. Peloton Sports and Vicky Sama contributed to this report.
Schedule of Events – Sunday
• Amateur Races (masters, juniors, various categories) 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
• Kid’s Lap (10 and under) 11 a.m. (free)
• Singe Speed Races 2 p.m.
• UCI C2 Elite Women (ProCX) 3 p.m. Pacific
• UCI C2 Elite Men (ProCX) 4:10 p.m. Pacific
ProCX continues Oct. 7-8 with C1 and C2 events at Charm City Cross in Baltimore, Maryland. It is the 13th year cyclocross races have been held at Druid Hill Park, and the eighty year for UCI events for women and men. The UCI events will be part of the SHO-AIR US CUP-CX series.
2017 West Sacramento Cyclocross Grand Prix - WSCXGP Day 1 - Elite Men's Results
|1||42||Anthony Clark||31||Feeding Hills MA||Squid Squad||54:35:00|
|2||43||Lance Haidet||21||San Luis Obispo CA||donnelly sports||54:35:00||0:00|
|3||41||Allen Krughoff||34||Boulder CO||Krughoff Racing||55:46:00||1:11|
|4||45||Cody Kaiser||26||El Dorado Hills CA||LangeTwins/Specialized||55:59:00||1:24|
|5||44||Mark Mcconnell||30||Calgary AB||Hot Sauce Cycling||56:30:00||1:55|
|6||46||Carl Decker||43||Bend OR||Giant Factory Off Road||56:58:00||2:23|
|7||48||Kevin Bradford-Parish||36||Spokane WA||Gillespie Eye Care/SETcoaching/Specialized||57:03:00||2:28|
|8||47||Cameron Beard||20||Bend OR||Cannondale Cyclocrossworld/Devo||57:07:00||2:32|
|9||50||Max Judelson||31||Berkeley CA||Voler/Clif/Rock Lobster||57:46:00||3:11|
|10||59||Alex Wild||26||Los Gatos CA||58:15:00||3:40|
|11||85||Mark Flis||35||Park City UT||X-men/ Trek/ Storm Cycles||58:23:00||3:48|
|12||72||Molly Cameron||42||Portland OR||Point S Racing||58:30:00||3:55|
|13||52||Josh Direen||26||Denver CO||Groove Subaru-Excel Sports||58:42:00||4:07|
|14||83||Jose Alfredo Pacheco||33||Brea CA||BUENA PARK BICYCLES||58:51:00||4:16|
|15||57||Jeff Bender||29||Salt Lake City UT||KUHL Clothing||59:01:00||4:26|
|16||53||Justin Robinson||39||Bonny Doon CA||Cal Giant||59:50:00||5:15|
|17||51||Cody Cupp||24||Durango CO||Gillespie Eye Care/Arlberg Sports/SET Coaching||59:59:00||5:24|
|18||90||Parker Bloom||28||Victoria BC||Broad Street Cycles||1:00:07||5:32|
|19||94||Justin Morgan||44||Portola Valley CA||Team Roaring Mouse||1:00:16||5:41|
|20||95||Allan Schroeder||26||Boise ID||1:00:18||5:44|
|21||96||Donald Myrah||52||San Jose CA||Ibis/Buy-Cell||1:00:29||5:54|
|22||69||Aj Snovel||26||Sacramento CA||Davis Bike Club Elite Team||1:00:33||5:58|
|23||93||Garrett Follmuth||31||Santa Monica CA||Squareone Helens||1:00:50||6:15|
|24||87||Ryan Rinn||35||San Francsico CA||vive la tarte cx||1:00:59||6:24|
|25||49||Andrew Juiliano||30||Santa Barbara CA||GRIT WORLD RACING p/b Shimano||1:02:12||7:37|
|26||78||Rainier Schaefer||32||San Francisco CA||MASH SF||53:25:00||-|
|28||89||Brendan Lehman||29||Santa Cruz CA||Rock Lobster||53:42:00||-|
|27||74||David Greif||24||Reno NV||VeloReno||53:46:00||-|
|30||84||David Sheek||42||Laguna Hills CA||SDG - Muscle Monster||53:50:00||-|
|29||75||John Mundelius||52||Concord CA||Will Finnerty Finish||53:53:00||-|
|32||80||Matthew Paez||27||Bend OR||46:12:00||-|
|31||98||Nick Thomas||24||Phoenix AZ||Trek Cyclocross Collective||46:17:00||-|
|33||67||Ian Megale||30||Boise ID||UpCycle Boise||46:20:00||-|
|34||82||Derek Yarra||31||Sf CA||MASH SF||38:41:00||-|
|36||77||Timber Weiss||29||Reno NV||39:02:00||-|
|37||65||Kyle Johnson||29||Denver CO||Team Yacht Club||39:03:00||-|
|35||86||Andrew Loaiza||31||Portland OR||Cyclepath PDX||39:09:00||-|
|39||79||Ryan Grenier||40||Oakland CA||Velo fratello||39:14:00||-|
|38||55||Brent Franze||19||Fullerton CA||giant co factory /fullerton bikes||39:15:00||-|
|43||99||Damian Schmitt||40||Bend OR||Point S Racing||31:38:00||-|
|41||97||Andrew Frank||21||Helena MT||Montana Velo||31:43:00||-|
|40||88||Kailin Waterman||39||Oakland CA||Voler/Clif/HRS/Bell/Rocklobster||31:54:00||-|
|42||68||John Behrens||47||San Diego CA||Knobbe Martens||32:07:00||-|
|45||64||Jeffrey Stern||31||Santa Barbara CA||Cycle Sport Specialized p/b Muscle Milk||32:18:00||-|
|44||61||Garret Thompson||28||Raleigh NC||Oak City Cycling Project||32:24:00||-|
|47||56||Nicolas Padilla||20||Aliso Viejo CA||G2 Bike||32:28:00||-|
|46||100||William Youngman||49||Rocklin CA||Kinetics Cycle||32:32:00||-|
|48||81||Brian Staby||47||Santa Rosa CA||CX Nation||32:51:00||-|
|49||70||Anastasio Flores||47||La Selva CA||Spokesman Cyclocross||24:36:00||-|
|50||73||Steve Hindman||51||Los Altos CA||Pen Velo/Summit Bikes||24:49:00||-|
|51||91||Miles Keep||51||Menlo Park CA||Menlo Velo Cyclocross||24:55:00||-|
|52||66||Dean Poshard||46||San Rafael CA||Rock Lobster||17:27||-|
|dnf||60||Evan Murphy||30||Portland OR||Ludwig & Larsen Racing||44:16:00||-|
|dnf||76||Clint Claassen||35||El Dorado Hills CA||Santa Cruz / Fox||30:39:00||-|
|dnf||54||Steven Beardsley||36||Portland OR||Point S Racing||23:12||-|
|dnf||63||Jason Siegle||39||Solvang CA||SDG Muscle Monster||15:02||-|
|---||71||Sage Aldebaran||43||Novato CA||CxNation||-||-|
|dns||62||Christopher Jones||39||Bend OR||-||-|
|dns||92||Jim Gentes||61||Soquel CA||Buy-cell||-||-|