Northern California Cyclocross Gets to November
7 November 2012
This past weekend saw exciting cyclocross racing in a number of ways.
The SacCX Lembi Park Men’s A race was a close battle between Cody Kaiser (California Giant/Specilialized), Keith Hillier (Team Rambuski Law), and Peter Knudsen (TBB.CX). In a show of commitment and determination, at one point in the race, Hillier and Kaiser went shoulder-to-shoulder racing toward the sand pit course obstacle. Both riders wanted to get into the sand first. Kaiser took the spoils both in that tête-à-tête and in the race whilst Hillier came home in second and Knudsen third. The next day, at the Folsom Rodeo Grounds, Knudsen and Hillier battled each other with the Team Rambuski Law rider taking a 4-second win. Knudsen’s second place keeps him ahead in the overall series standings for Men A.
For the Category A Women’s races, Emily Thurston (Team Rambuski Law) and Emily Kachorek (TBB.CX) traded victories in another pair of close races. Thurston’s challenge to the Kachorek was spoilt by a mechanical at Lembi Park but she grabbed a modicum of retribution with the win at the Folsom Rodeo Grounds. The TBB.CX racer has taken three wins out of four starts in a show of very strong racing.
The course at Stafford Lake Cyclocross had a little bit of everything. A long run up, long straightaways, plenty of off-camber, a double woop-de-doo through a dry stream bed, and grass. The big surprise, however, was the shoe and bike wash Many will remember this “Cesspool of Filth” from the Single Speed Cyclocross World Championships last year. Whereas at that event the weather meant racers would get wet anyway, the 2012 running of Stafford Lake Cyclocross was blessed with sunny skies and warm temperatures; the water crossing became a way for racers to cool off temporarily, at the expense of water logged kit. The obstacle was a definite ‘pleaser’ for the spectators.
For Elite Men’s, Tobin Ortenbald (California Giant/Specialized) held firm throughout but then pulled ahead for the win late in the race. Helene Drumm survived a couple of mishaps early in the Women’s Elite race to win ahead of Rachel Lloyd (dFL).