“Bring on the Belts”
The race that had cyclist battling it out like title bout boxers was the annual Gene Galindo Memorial Turkey Trot Cross presented by Pasadena Athletic Association (www.paacyling.org). The Turkey Trot was held again for the love of cross, its commemorative purposes and to positively encourage others to exercise. It was a fun course as in 2006 but they made the sand pits deeper by digging them up with rakes, the hill climb harder by adding a water crossing entrance followed immediately by a short and soft dirt hill slope, and some technical hair pin turns hairier with a mixture of rutted piles of sand and wood chips. In all the day was perfect with good weather, a free barbeque of Turkey dogs, and fantastic racing SCPS #7 was underway.
This week’s racing was fast even after most people gorged themselves on heaps of food the Thursday prior. While the course had some fun technical sections and winding turns, it was mostly laid out on a fast flat park. The flats were composed of tacky clay dirt, hard grass, and long and hard or cemented straight-a-ways which changes the dynamic of the day’s race if the contenders can sprint or push it in the flats.
The Turkey Trot Cross presented some great battles, a lot of crashes and impressive numbers in many categories. The kids’ field was filled as the tiny tots raced the final stretch and the juniors group was up to a record 15 competitors. Young Danielle Hazeltine of the women’s 10-14 age group took on the boys including my favorite racer on the day, the little guy sporting the giant red helmet on his tiny little blue Redline who peddled around the course but stopped to talk to people who were cheering him on. He explained his usual rides and mountain bike experience in a smiling yet earnest manner.
The early morning races had people talking because the racing was impressively fast. I heard comments like, “I hope I can pedal that fast today…” or “I better enter the kids’ race.” There was a growing concern as the day wore on because more crashes were happening. Some racers requested that others go out on course and study some of the more technical turns and ruts so that there was less damage. The Masters groups took charge of the course early and smoothed out the course for the rest of the days’ racing.
The Men’s Masters 45+ and 55+ showed their expertise as they rolled through the course with ease. Bobby Langin, Sr. (Team Platinum Performance) took the win in the 45+, while Jon Miller of Team Sho-Air showed off his skills with the efficiency of their Mountain Bike team. The largest group of the day was the Men’s 4 with 39 racers and a variety of skill and power. In all, the group was fun as they pushed around in first or last and happy to be racing. The men’s 3/4 had another impressive display by Bobby Langin, Jr. (Team Platinum) but he could not capture the win this week as he battled lap for lap Rodney Sauser of Team Dayton Bicycling who took the win. This race became exciting about halfway through as the two battled it out to the end down to the final sprint.
The turkey trottin’ women’s elite saw some new racers and some old faces this week as Pua Sawicki (Team Ergon/Ellsworth) the popular Mountain bike endurance racing champion as she decided to come out and work on her short game during her off season from the mountain. She explained her interest in improving her speed in the flats while having some fun but it must have been difficult as she rolled around on her Ellsworth hard tail mountain bike. This experience made her promise to build up her new Ellsworth “Roots” cross frame. Sawicki said she is excited to get out to the next race. We saw the return of Melodie Metzger of the Cal Giant team back on course and Carolyn Popvic of team CICLE who has been doing a phenomenal job racing out on the east coast. When the race began again it was Coryn Rivera of Team Redline out front with Sawicki leading until the long straight grassy flats on the furthest end of the course where Rivera was able to eek away giving her the lead and eventually the win. In second it was Sawicki who battled it out with Carolyn Popovic (Team CICLE) finished third and Melodie Metzger in fourth. Rounding out the top six were Lana Atchley fifth of team Sho-Air and Dorothy Wong (Team CICLE) in Sixth. These two who were left behind by the lead group and struggled to get back after a big crash divided the race into two groups.
In the Men’s Elite Brent Prenzlow of Alan North America took the belt. The man has won every SCPS race he has attended this season. That’s not to say that it was not an awesome race as Chance Noble (Team Cal Giant) was off again with another of his great starts where he led for a few laps before the lead group seemed to start sharing efforts pulling each other until the top four were spaced from the rest of the field about three-quarters into the race. Jason Lowetz of Team Bearclaw raced well and finished an impressive fifth but was just squeezed out of the lead group when Prenzlow and Michael Easter (Time Factory Team) started their attacks. The race really started getting interesting because of the strength that Easter has in the flats but while the two were starting to battle it out it was Chance Noble and Frederick Bottger who were holding on and rolling with the two. Then as the race was approaching its end, Bottger cracked and held onto his fourth place spot while Noble, Easter and Prenzlow excelled. On the last lap just approaching one of the technical sections, Noble dropped his chain, giving the Alan rider, Prenzlow, the green light to execute his final attack. By taking advantage of an unfortunate mechanical error and wits as Easter was not expecting such an early jump but it was just what was needed for Prenzlow to win. Easter did not hold back though as he continued his charge fending off the other riders and chasing down Prenzlow to the finish.
Another weekend of racing, crashes, Turkey Belt Bouts and life as the SCPS nears the end of the season with just three races remaining. Thanks to all the racers, supporters, sponsors and volunteers who make this wonderful series happen. The next race is the SCNCA championships or the battle of California as the Southern Californian and Northern Califronian cross riders will meet next week in Bakersfield for the Championships and SCPS # 8.
These results are provided for informational purposes only. Please note that the protest period for this event has expired and no changes can or will be made to these results. Elite Men 1/2/3 Place Num First Name Last Name Club 1 21 Brent Prenzlow Alan North America 2 14 Michael Easter Time Factory Team 3 19 Chance Noble California Giant Cycling 4 5 Frederick Bottger Team Bearclaw 5 25 Jason Lowetz Team Bearclaw 6 7 Matias Mendigochea Kahala LaGrange 7 4 John Bailey Bailey/Black Mountain Bicycles 8 22 Gary Hanson Factory Giant 9 24 Lyle Warner Team Bearclaw 10 11 John McKeen Team Bearclaw 11 41 Garnet Vertican Giant 12 8 Didier Jourdain Bailey/Black Mountain Bicycles 13 6 John Behrens Bailey/Black Mountain Bicycles 14 17 Roger Wotton Cynergy Cycles Race Team 15 26 Scott Hammack Karl Strauss/SDBC 16 13 Morgan Ryan Team CICLE 17 23 Michael Onkels Amgen/Giant Masters 18 2 Lawrence Leonard Successful Living Disqualified 20 Griffith Vertican 3 Cameron Fox Velo Europa 9 Bobby Langin Platinum Performance 12 Paul Hernandez Bicycle Johns Serious Cycling 15 Jason Siegle Jax Bicycle Center 27 Antonio Cruz UCI PT: Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team Masters Men 35+ 1/2/3 Place Num First Name Last Name Club 1 18 Samuel Ames Simply Fit/Action Sports 2 44 Donny Carroll DeWalt Racing 3 38 John Tzinberg Velo Club La Grange Westwood 4 32 Mike McMahon Team Velocity 5 42 Damon Roberson 6 41 Garnet Vertican Giant 7 37 Jeff Herring Team CICLE 8 35 Paul Welsh Celo Pacific 9 45 Theodore Posch Hr Team Velocity 10 33 James Pappe Action Sports/SSC Racing Team 11 30 Bernard Georges Hup United 12 39 Rich Holtzman Hup United 13 34 Kevin Ryan Acme Racing Disqualified 43 Heath McGee Canyon Ranch 31 Chad Rivetti Team Bearclaw 36 Mark Scott Cynergy Cycles Race Team 40 Brian Starr Team Tailwinds Elite Men 1/2/3 & Masters Men 35+ 1/2/3 (combined) Place Num First Name Last Name Club 1 21 Brent Prenzlow Alan North America 2 14 Michael Easter Time Factory Team 3 19 Chance Noble California Giant Cycling 4 5 Frederick Bottger Team Bearclaw 5 25 Jason Lowetz Team Bearclaw 6 18 Samuel Ames Simply Fit/Action Sports 7 7 Matias Mendigochea Kahala LaGrange 8 44 Donny Carroll DeWalt Racing 9 4 John Bailey Bailey/Black Mountain Bicycles 10 22 Gary Hanson Factory Giant 11 38 John Tzinberg Velo Club La Grange Westwood 12 24 Lyle Warner Team Bearclaw 13 32 Mike McMahon Team Velocity 14 42 Damon Roberson 15 11 John McKeen Team Bearclaw 16 41 Garnet Vertican Giant 17 8 Didier Jourdain Bailey/Black Mountain Bicycles 18 6 John Behrens Bailey/Black Mountain Bicycles 19 37 Jeff Herring Team CICLE 20 35 Paul Welsh Celo Pacific 21 17 Roger Wotton Cynergy Cycles Race Team 22 45 Theodore Posch Hr Team Velocity 23 33 James Pappe Action Sports/SSC Racing Team 24 30 Bernard Georges Hup United 25 26 Scott Hammack Karl Strauss/SDBC 26 13 Morgan Ryan Team CICLE 27 23 Michael Onkels Amgen/Giant Masters 28 2 Lawrence Leonard Successful Living 29 39 Rich Holtzman Hup United 30 34 Kevin Ryan Acme Racing Disqualified 20 Griffith Vertican Disqualified 43 Heath McGee 3 Cameron Fox Velo Europa 9 Bobby Langin Platinum Performance 12 Paul Hernandez Bicycle Johns Serious Cycling 15 Jason Siegle Jax Bicycle Center 27 Antonio Cruz UCI PT: Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team 31 Chad Rivetti Team Bearclaw 36 Mark Scott Cynergy Cycles Race Team 40 Brian Starr Team Tailwinds Elite Women 1/2/3 Place Num First Name Last Name Club 1 108 Coryn Rivera Team Redline 2 110 Monique Sawicki Team Ergon/Ellsworth 3 114 Carolyn Popovic Team CICLE/Voler 4 111 Melodie Metzger California Giant Cycling 5 113 Lana Atchley Sho-Air/Black Mountain Bicycle 6 101 Dorothy Wong Team CICLE/Voler 7 103 Heidi Kanayan Team CICLE/Voler 8 115 Ankie Trollegard Team CICLE 9 117 Rachel O'Connell Cheerwine 10 116 Megan Cordes Rock Solid Cycling 11 105 Lisa Crowe Don's Bikes 12 106 Kendall Ryan Team CICLE 102 Beatriz Rodriguez Team CICLE/Voler 104 Shannon Castle Team CICLE 107 Tonya Bray Team CICLE 112 Vanessa Humic Backbone Cycling Women 3/4 Place Num First Name Last Name Club 1 124 Lisa Crowe Don's Bikes 2 120 Shannon Castle Team CICLE 3 126 Alexis Ryan Team CICLE 4 123 Genna McMahon Team Velocity 5 127 Jen Easter 6 121 Maeva Pennucci 7 125 Dinorah Lawson 8 122 Leanne Morinake Masters Women 40+ Place Num First Name Last Name Club 1 134 Keli Roberts Team CICLE 2 132 Amy Hutner Kahala LaGrange 3 133 Robin MacDonald-Foley Team CICLE 4 130 Carol Ruckle Team Possabilities 131 Maeva Pennucci Men 4 Place Bib First Name Last Name Club 1 71 John Rhys Newman Nokia Design 2 77 Miguel Sutter Pasadena Athletic Assoc (PAA) 3 73 Mark Nielsen Touchstone Climbing 4 78 Claudio Betti Sixtufit.com 5 69 Phil Beckman Team DARE 6 82 Max Burgos Century Road Club Association 7 61 Dale Raymond Southern California Velo 8 59 David Summers Team Velocity 9 79 Jonathan Herbert 10 64 Jerry Sanders Pasadena Athletic Assoc (PAA) 11 357 Stephan Kozowyk 12 67 Steve Bertrand Platinum Performance Cycling Team 13 57 Gerald Gabrang The Rocket 14 81 Dave Pierce 15 65 Matthew Davis Kahala LaGrange 16 75 Seth Sproul 17 58 Mike Weber 18 66 Eddie Ramirez 19 55 Steve Marshall Bear Valley Bikes 20 72 Tim Bryant Nokia Design 21 74 Martin Legarza 22 80 John Petersen Pasadena Athletic Assoc (PAA) 23 87 Javier Descalzi Pasadena Athletic Assoc (PAA) 24 53 Abraham Metzler PAA 25 60 Michael Baldivino CBR 26 76 Bryan Kwan 27 85 Nick Humphrey Pasadena Athletic Assoc (PAA) 28 68 Sergio Guzman 29 70 Brandon Sincock 30 31 62 Daniel Costales 32 84 Michael De Sousa 33 50 Matt Skelton Amgen Cycling Club 51 Miguel Sutter Pasadena Athletic Assoc (PAA) 52 Michael Moore Unattached 54 Dave Melchior HDCC-Allegiant Airlines/Pain MD's.com 56 Jay Kwan 83 Marc Francois 86 Kevin Chiang Pasadena Athletic Assoc (PAA) Junior Men 15-18 Place Num First Name Last Name Club 1 190 Ben Bertiger Team CICLE 2 194 Jake Snyder Unattached 3 193 Peter Morris Celo Pacific 4 191 Norberto Galvan United Cycling Club 5 192 James Forward Home Depot Center Team Junior Men 10-14 Place Num First Name Last Name Club 1 174 Erik Volotzky Major Motion Cycling Club 2 173 Andrew Hazeltine South Bay Wheelmen 3 170 James Buessem Team Stoller 4 175 william Lenkeit 5 176 Devin Arenas 6 172 Jackson Sproul Team Chicken Ranch 7 171 Bronson Moore 177 Mateo De Sousa Junior Women 10-14 Place Num First Name Last Name Club 1 160 Danielle Hazeltine South Bay Wheelmen Masters Men 45+ Place Num First Name Last Name Club 1 202 Bobby Langin Platinum Performance 2 210 Charles Morris Celo Pacific 3 215 James Pappe Action Sports/SSC Racing Team 4 214 Brian Starr Team Tailwinds 5 211 Gregory Page Lightning Velo 6 213 Robert Meeker Team Bearclaw 7 204 Greg Castaneda Lightning Velo 8 203 Robert DeFerrante Pasadena Athletic Assoc (PAA) 9 201 Paul Bracken Pasadena Athletic Assoc (PAA) 10 209 Roberto Jourdain Unattached 11 200 Jeff Steinhart Bicycle John's 12 206 Dale Raymond Southern California Velo 13 212 Arnie Fernandez Amgen 14 207 Mark Luke Platinum Performance 15 208 Jeffrey Hazeltine South Bay Wheelmen 16 216 Wayne Cottrell Ogden One 205 Bruce Temesy Palos Verdes Groupo Ciclismo Masters Men 55+ Place Num First Name Last Name Club 1 245 Jon Miller Sho-Air 2 248 John Rubcic Sun Coast Velo 3 241 Jonathan Livesay Team Bearclaw 4 246 John Erwin 5 240 Robert Llamas Team Bearclaw 6 243 Thomas Reilly Pasadena Athletic Assoc (PAA) 7 249 Howard Miller Paramount Racing 8 247 James Cushing-Murray Celo Pacific 9 244 Scott Sampson Da Hui Race 10 242 R Lee Willmore Celo Pacific Masters Men 35+ 3/4 Place Num First Name Last Name Club 1 362 Peter Sproul Team Chicken Ranch 2 365 Matt Breyer B&L 3 375 M Alex Ter-Vrugt Celo Pacific 4 380 Mark Campaigne Celo Pacific 5 371 Neil Browne Specialized/Long Beach Elite 6 368 Robert Kmetz Team Velosport 7 366 Stephan Smith 8 356 Glenn Masuda Celo Pacific 9 351 Chad Rivetti Team Bearclaw 10 381 James Stathas Pasadena Athletic Assoc (PAA) 11 373 Tom McDonald 12 377 Newman Bellis Coates Cyclery/Arce Bros 13 363 Jeffrey Goble Canyon Velo 14 378 Al Morinaka Team Velocity 15 355 Tak Tsubota Team Ridley 16 359 Mark Luke Platinum Performance 17 376 Jim Padilla Pasadena Athletic Assoc (PAA) 18 374 Bryan Martinez Pasadena Athletic Assoc (PAA) 19 352 Eric Hess Unattached 20 361 Mike Carlson Hup United 21 354 David Lawson Guys Racing 22 382 Robert Minn South Bay Wheelmen 23 367 Michael Lilly 24 353 Ron Hunt Newhall Bicycle Co. 25 360 Eddie Ramirez 26 370 Steven Totleben Pasadena Athletic Assoc (PAA) 27 369 Richard Murphy Celo Pacific 28 372 Michael Miller Banning Bikes 358 Jerry Sanders Pasadena Athletic Assoc (PAA) 364 Max Burgos Century Road Club Association Men 3/4 Place Num First Name Last Name Club 1 322 Rodney Sauser Team Dayton Bicycling 2 321 Bobby Langin Team Platinum 3 334 Scott Hammack Karl Strauss/SDBC 4 319 Erik Turner Liquid Fitness/1031market.com 5 326 Brant Hatton Backbone Kenda 6 16 Michael Hotten SBW 7 313 Robert Kmetz Team Velosport 8 323 Everett Hauser G S Adams Avenue Bicycles 9 324 Timothy Sparks Bicycle John's 10 320 Daniel Lowetz Team Bearclaw 11 333 Alex Ter-Vrugt PAA 12 305 Chase Schoen Amgen 13 316 Neil Browne Specialized/Long Beach Elite 14 335 Mark Campaigne Celo Pacific 15 327 Michael Eaton Amgen 16 328 Alex Boone Bearclaw 17 303 Allen Lin Pasadena Athletic Assoc (PAA) 18 331 Alec Durrell PAA 19 309 Ben Bertiger Team CICLE 20 315 Dan Breyer Celo Pacific 21 310 Max Burgos Century Road Club Association 22 330 Ian Ford Team Stoller 23 306 David Reilly Celo Pacific 24 329 Todd Munson Team Stoller 300 Wendel Woodford 301 Ted Willard Liquid Fitness/1031market.com 302 Cole Maness Unattached 304 Jon Miller Amgen/Giant Masters 307 Alex Hall South Bay Wheelmen 308 Matthew Conner Team Velosport 311 Brian Dallas Ride Ventura 312 Mason Miller Amgen 314 Michael Negrote InCycle 317 Kevin Chiang Pasadena Athletic Assoc (PAA) 318 David Sheek 325 Erik Volotzky Major Motion Cycling Club 332 Matt Breyer B&L Singlespeed Open Place Num First Name Last Name Club 1 280 Joshua Wiggins Spike Racing 2 278 Everett Hauser G S Adams Avenue Bicycles 3 276 Paul Hernandez Bicycle Johns Serious Cycling 4 277 Bobby Langin Team Platinum 5 282 Cole Maness Unattached 6 7 279 Miguel Sutter Pasadena Athletic Assoc (PAA) 8 281 Sacha Mac 9 274 David Sheek Outside All Day 10 275 Thad Sparrow Celo Pacific 11 272 Jeffrey Goble Canyon Velo 12 271 Geoffrey Albert Unattached 13 270 Todd Whitehouse BikePalace/BackOnTrack 14 273 R Lee Willmore Celo Pacific 283 Kyle Kelly