Monday, December 04, 2006

District Champions Crowned at CCCP

A gorgeous Fall day and a humdinger of a course greeted racers on Sunday at Coyote Point for the NCNCA District Cyclocross Championships/Bay Area SuperPrestige Series Finals. District medals in 10 different categories and augmented (not quite double) series points were up for grabs in the day's races. The Pilarcitos crew laid out a great course that snaked up the hill, then blasted back down to the questionably ride-able "walk on the beach" before tackling the twists and turns and grass of the flat East end of the course.

In the Elite Men's Race, Ben Jacques-Maynes (Cyclocrossworld.com) left the group behind early in the 2nd lap to solo for the win ahead of Dave Wyandt and Josh Snead. BTW here's my race report from the race.

The Elite Women's Race saw another familiar outcome, with Rachel Lloyd (Proman) solo-ing away for the District Title in front of Shelley Olds and Stella Carey.

The Juniors race was an amazing race, with a 4-man race all the way to the finish - Logan Loader (Alan) outsprinted his companions Jeremy Ferguson, Cody Kaiser, and Jeremy Blalock for the Gold Medal.

As expected, the Masters 35+ race was a nailbiter, though going into the final lap it was already apparent that Todd Hoefer would emerge District Champion, as his companion Mark Noble races in the S. Cal district. Mark managed to outsprint Todd for the race. Gannon Myall and Alan Coates were close behind and gathered up the remaining District medals.

The Masters 45+ race saw Henry Kramer repeat as District Champion, but was never that far in front of Mark Abele, Brett Lambert, and Steven Gile, who finished in that order.

The Masters 55+ saw a dominating win by Frank Cuaresma over Gary Noe and Hank Mini. I didn't catch what happened to favorite John Elgart...I'm sure someone can enlighten me in the commments below.

The three Womens Masters races were sorted out in one event that saw Kathleen Bortolussi win the outright race as well as the 35+ Title. Joan Gregg's 2nd place was more than enough to win her the Gold for the 45+ Masters, and Betty Jordan captured the 55+ Title.

The big surprise of the day wasn't that Rich Maile won the Single Speed title, but that he didn't try defend his Masters 35+ title. Pat Schott and Cesar Chavez took the Silver and Bronze medals behind Rich.

Congratulations to all our new District Champions!

1 Comments:

Blogger Linda Elgart said...

Re: John in the 55's:

John tore or pulled a muscle in his quad earlier in the week, and was just basically "walking" the race. He did 2 17 minute laps. Getting last place points was enough to hold onto the series overall. Good news is he is improving day by day and hopefully will be ok, if not perfect, for nationals.

I was in a similar position, having had stomach virus and respiratory virus the entire week. Luckily I was able to hang onto the overall. Whew!

thanks,

Linda

12/5/06, 8:17 AM  

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