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SCPS #3 “Storm the Beach”
RACE REPORT By: David Sheek, www.outsideallday.com AND Dot Wong www.SoCalCross.org
The 2008-09 SoCalCross Prestige Series rolled on and so did the surf on the shorelines of Camp Pendleton Marine Base in Oceanside, CA home to Storm the Beach hosted by Celo Pacific cycling club of San Diego. While the weather was perfect, the high tide conditions and sandy course felt more like a 3k run than a cyclocross race. The early morning racers were definitely dealt a better hand as the low tide left plenty of room for riding on the hard packed shoreline sand, but as the day rolled on riders were running out of real estate and deeper into the surf.
Here is a recount from Master’s Women’s Series Leader and winner on the day, Robin MacDonald-Foley (Trek): “Wow...that was a kick a-- race! Carol & I were duking it out the entire time, but I finally did a surge last lap to take her on the beach front half way toward the first run-up. Dino has been great and I am happy to see her make podium. I have been giving her advice, and of course her hub Dave is great support. She thinks 40 is too old to start but look at the ages out there...we never retire....can't!! :)) She has made huge progress. Also, the 3rd place 3/4 woman finisher came up to me after the race and said she is going to try and stay on our wheels off the start and learn as much as she can. It is wonderful to help mentor the up and comers.”
In the second “wave” of racing, the elite women took to the course with the tide still holding back, though not without an occasional swell bringing up the foamy surf to take the ladies off course. The field kept it close through most of the first lap. Until, Redline Bicycles, Coryn Rivera launched the first attack with Carolyn Popovic of Team CICLE the only one able to follow the sprightly Rivera. The two held the race close in the end, but it was Rivera taking her second straight win of the Prestige Series as she chases down the Voler Points Leaders Jersey currently held by Dot Wong (CICLE) who finished 3rd on the day. MTB Expert champ, Lisa Crow battled it out with her CICLE team mate and Jr. National Crit Champ, Kendall Ryan on the final uphill sprint to the line with Lisa surging past Kendall, rounding out the women’s podium.
The elite men’s race hit the course luckily about the same time as high tide was subsiding allowing most riders ability to pedal through the long 200-yard Fluid shoreline returning riders back to start another lap and riders still needing to avoid the tide on occasion with the “fluid” flow of the waves managing to douse racers each lap. The start was fast. Spectators sat on the bluffs above the Clif Bar hill climb waiting to see who was going to be leading the field. It was SoCalCross Prestige Series leader Brent Prenzlow of Celo Pacific/Alan Bikes leading the pack on the first lap. When the riders reached the top of the climb, Prenzlow opened up a small gap with his chasers led by Jason Lowetz of Team Bearclaw. The racers dove full speed down into the Kool N’ Fit sand pit (basically the beach sand below) and Prenzlow able to make the biggest difference in his racing on the day pedaling through most of the deep sand each lap.
From here Prenzlow did not let up as he pounded out each lap opening up his gap on the competitors. In second it was Lowetz who formed his gap from the chasers during the grueling race. A close race formed with Fritz Bottger (PAA/Vitamix/Sixtufit) and Michael Easter (Action Sports) battling it out for the next two spots. Bottger seemed to strategically plan a last attack on the Clif Bar hillclimb on the final lap to gap himself from the powerful Easter. Easter did not let up as he put in a full sprint through the last stretch of deep sand, but it was too late as Bottger had enough of a gap to take third with Easter fourth on the day.
The highlight of the day was the Bikini and Board shorts fun race! Men and women of ‘cross took to the line in their brief outfits. As they rode to the finish in a four person sprint – Bobby Langin Jr and Heidi Kanayan surged ahead at the line. Victory went to Mr. Langin also for the wackiest beach attire! Clif Bar awarded t-shirts and hats and clothed the victors on the podium. Dot shared her winning Stone Brewing 22oz beverage from Adams Avenue CX race the day before in a final toast on the fine weekend of ‘cross racing!
It was another great day for the Prestige Series, epic conditions making it memorable for all. Thank you to Celo Pacific for the great race and venue, the spectators, riders, sponsors, and all others who volunteered to make this event a success.
The Prestige Series only gets better as next Saturday 10/25, will be Southern California’s first ever cyclocross night race with SCPS #4, Spooky Cross in Irvine hosted by Bike Religion. The best part of the evening is going to be the Spooky Costume Race taking place at 7:30pm with superheroes like Spiderman looking for the win. Until next week, go find a friend and continue the growth of cross even if you’re a cross dresser on a beach cruiser.
More info on the SOCALCROSS PRESTIGE SERIES go to: www.SoCalCross.org
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 Bib First Name Last Name Team 1 778 Brent PRENZLOW Celo Pacific/ALAN 2 773 Frederick Bottger PAA/Vitamix/Sixtufit.com 3 790 Michael Easter Action Sports 4 792 Michael Lee Trek/VW 5 786 Jason Lowetz Team Bearclaw 6 781 Gary Douville Team Platinum Performance 7 791 Anton Petrov Team Prolong 8 780 Ted Willard Bike Religion 9 774 Donny Carroll DeWalt Racing 10 770 John Bailey Bailey Bikes 11 783 Bobby Langin Jr Platinum Performance Cycling Team 12 787 Greg Bourque Rock N Road 13 797 Scott Hammack Acqua al 2/SDBC 14 785 Mike Tettleton Team Bearclaw 15 782 Kevin Ryan Acme Racing 16 794 Damon Roberson Unattached 17 789 Griffith Vertican Celo Pacific 18 775 Derek Hermon Team CICLE/Bear Valley Bikes 19 793 Matt Freeman Team Redlands 20 795 Everett Hauser G S Adams Avenue Bicycles Masters Men 35+ 1/2/3 Place Bib First Name Last Name Team 1 305 Mike McMahon Team Velocity 2 310 John Bailey Bailey Bikes 3 304 Ben Jones Celo Pacific 4 306 Jeff Prinz Bike Religion 5 311 Garnet Vertican ODI 6 307 Alex Ter-Vrugt Celo Pacific 7 302 Phillip Gray Celo Pacific 8 309 Matt Brayer Team Possabilities 9 303 Jeff Herring Team C.I.C.L.E. Presented by Voler Elite Women 1/2/3 Place Bib First Name Last Name Team 1 522 Coryn Rivera Team Redline 2 515 Carolyn Popovic Team CICLE Presented by Voler 3 518 Dorothy WONG Team CICLE Presented by Voler 4 517 Kendall Ryan Team CICLE Presented by Voler 5 511 Lisa Crowe Team CICLE Presented by Voler 6 521 Sarah Kaufmann Roaring Mouse Cycles 7 523 Vanessa Humic Backbone 8 516 Alexis Ryan Team CICLE Presented by Voler 9 512 Heidi Kanayan Team CICLE Presented by Voler 10 519 Marian Hunting Velo Bella-Kona Women 3/4 Place Bib First Name Last Name Team 1 258 Susan Thompson Pasadena Athletic Assoc (PAA) 2 256 Genna McMahon Team Velocity 3 257 Hanh Nguyen Banning's Bikes 4 259 Rebecca Siegel Team CICLE 5 260 Kelley Brunson Bear Valley Bikes Masters Women 35+ Place Bib First Name Last Name Team 1 493 Robin MacDonald Judgement Velo/Trek Bikes of Ventura 2 495 Carol Ruckle Team Possabilities 3 492 Dinorah Lawson Celo Pacific 4 491 Maria Fahie Switchback 5 494 Annette Padilla Celo Pacific Junior Boys 10-14 Place Bib First Name Last Name Team 1 53 Zane Torre Sho-air/Sonance 2 54 Jordan Herschman Sho-air/Sonance 3 52 Duncan Reid Backontrack 4 51 Joshua Said Velo Allegro 5 55 Nathan Rico Sho-air/Sonance 6 56 Mathew Weir Celo Pacific 7 50 Drew Campaigne Celo Pacific Junior Girls 10-14 Place Bib First Name Last Name Team 1 81 Hannah Eckvahl Velo Bella 2 82 Emelia Tanner Sho-air/Sonance Junior Girls 15-18 Place Bib First Name Last Name Team 1 290 April Lembi Team CICLE Men 3/4 Place Bib First Name Last Name Team 1 374 Scott Hammack SDBC 2 371 Geoff McFetridge Mudfoot 3 361 Roger Wotton Cynergy Cycles Race Team 4 357 Eric Christensen OutsideAll Day.com 5 355 David Sheek Rock N Road/OutsideAllDay 6 363 Seth Bradley Unattached 7 369 Alex Hall South Bay Wheelmen 8 353 Erik Turner Bike Religion 9 345 Eric Colton Team CICLE 10 346 Erik DeKold FToP 11 360 Brant Hatton Kenda/Backbone 12 347 Andrea Martinelli Bike Religion 13 362 Max Foorman Liquid Fitness So Cal 4/5 Team 14 349 Kerry Need Bike Religion 15 358 Dan Nielsen Team CICLE/Bear Valley Bikes 16 350 Troy Perkins Bike Religion 17 372 Paul Springer Acqua al2/SDBC 18 370 Jesus Ortega Celo Pacific 19 366 Tomas Petricko Mafia Racing/PBR Masters Men 35+ 3/4 Place Bib First Name Last Name Team 1 551 Timothy Sparks Sho-air/Sonance 2 552 Robert KMETZ Rock N Road 3 559 Theodore POSCH JR Team Velocity 4 558 Jamie Stathas Team MBS 5 557 Newman Bellis Coates/Freedom 2 Doit/Felt 6 542 Daniel Fahie Switchback Cyclery 7 545 David Lawson Celo Pacific 8 555 Aaron Jones Unattached 9 556 Tom McDonald Unattached 10 548 Tak Tsubota Team CICLE Masters Men 45+ Place Bib First Name Last Name Team 1 808 Charles Morris Bike Religion 2 805 Joe Gallal Team Velocity 3 802 Alan Braff Nonstop Ciclismo 4 809 Larry Price Ladera Cyclery 5 816 Vernon Smith Palos Verdes Groupo Ciclismo 6 817 Gregory Page Lightning Velo 7 801 Wes Barton NOW-MS Society 8 804 Robert deFerrante Pasadena Athletic Assoc (PAA) 9 815 Michael Marckx Palos Verdes Groupo Ciclismo 10 807 John Lembi TBL 11 811 David Lawrence Team Shimano 12 819 John Langton Las Vegas Velo 13 812 Keith Greene 14 813 Charlie Stone Southern California Velo 15 824 Roberto Jourdain Black Mountain Bikes/Celo Pacific 16 814 Frank Said Velo Allegro 17 810 Brad House PenCC/BackonTrack 18 821 Steve Bertrand Platinum Performance 19 803 Grant Chu Celo Pacific 20 806 Chris Hipwell Cynergy Cycles Race Team 21 820 Jay Cormier Unattached 22 818 Bryan Butler Friends 23 822 Rich Fersch Race Haus Masters Men 55+ Place Bib First Name Last Name Team 1 38 Jon Miller Rock N Road 2 34 John Rubcic UC Cyclery/JW Flooring 3 36 Jonathan Livesay Team MBS 4 30 Stan Appel Fog Racing 5 39 Howard Miller Paramount Racing 6 35 R. Willmore Celo Pacific 7 32 John Donaldson Unattached Singlespeed 1/2/3 Place Bib First Name Last Name Team 1 49 Noah Holcomb Cannondale Factory Team 2 40 Geoff Albert HUP United 3 48 Chuck Morris Bike Religion 4 46 Tom McDonald Unattached 5 43 Miguel Sutter Pasadena Athletic Assoc (PAA) 6 47 Mark Hoover Celo Pacific 7 45 David Sheek Rock N Road/OutsideAllDay 8 44 R. Willmore Celo Pacific Singlespeed 4 Place Bib First Name Last Name Team 1 702 Andrew Anderson Bike Religion 2 707 Barry Walshe The Path 3 703 David Lawson Celo Pacific 4 704 Frank Sison Sho-air/Sonance 5 708 Rudy Melendez Pasadena Athletic Assoc (PAA) 6 706 Steve Berg Team Redlands Men 4 Place Bib First Name Last Name Team 1 140 Fritz White Two Wheels One Planet 2 125 Wendel Woodford Unattached 3 135 Jon Mason Team CICLE 4 121 Jerry Sanders Pasadena Athletic Assoc (PAA) 5 139 David Turner Pasadena Athletic Assoc (PAA) 6 132 Robert Shaw Pasadena Athletic Assoc (PAA) 7 144 John Lembi TBL 8 133 Allen Lin Pasadena Athletic Assoc (PAA) 9 111 Chris Baldewin Team Velocity 10 116 Sean Fenner Team Velocity 11 129 Colby Weber Metal Mtn 12 145 Paul Ruggiero Triathletix 13 123 Matthew Speer VCRC Factory Racing 14 120 Matthew Panzarella ScottGrimshaw.net/Maxpowercycling.com 15 131 Joseph Hernandez Backbone/Kenda 16 136 Franklin Johnson 17 113 Chris Blanton Sho-air/Sonance 18 142 Goro Kataoka 19 146 Tim Lewis Velo Allegro 20 126 Steve Marshall Team CICLE/Bear Valley Bikes 21 141 Mike Dalbratt DeWalt