Sage Brush Omnium – Truckee Bike Park
5 October 2014
Stetson-Lee and McGovern Winners at the Sagebrush Omnium
The day was another beautiful blue-sky, eighty-degree day for cyclocross as racers converged on the Truckee Bike Park and the second day for Sagebrush’s Omnium. The 2-mile course covered a variety of terrains including grass and pavement. Just as with the omnium’s first day, there was a long stair run-up. Race organizers also sampled the pump and BMX tracks to make a most unusual ‘cross race.
The race for Women’s A saw the same top-three finishers at Truckee as happened at Hidden Valley. Teal Stetson-Lee (Luna Pro Team) on the first lap already had a 19-second gap to second upon reaching the stair run-up, the effective turn around back to start-finish. Again it was Karen Brems (Team Rambuski Law) and Ellen Sherrill (Rock Lobster) making a claim for second place. On this day, Brems stayed with Sherrill for the first lap but the Rock Lobster racer took control come the next visit to the run-up.
Brems rode her usual solid race whilst Sherrill unusually had a smile on her face riding through the BMX track. Letting friends and spectators know she was well-pleased with this portion of the course, Sherrill secured second place ahead of Brems. Stetson-Lee was not only the winner on the day but also for the overall Omnium.
Brems’ fellow team rider ‘Trina Baumsteiger raced to fourth in the race with Leah Plack rounding out the top five women.
The Men’s A field had somewhat of a disappointing beginning; the previous day’s winner, Walton Brush (MashSF), arrived at the venue only to declare himself unable to race. The injury to his shoulder, from a mishap at a barrier, was unable to withstand the rigor of racing so Brush took a sensible tact to save himself for another day.
The situation left Curtis Smith (Team Bicycles Plus/Sierra Nevada), Chris McGovern (Real Wheels), and Nick Schaffner (Marc Pro-Strava) in a position to decide the omnium winner after they respectively finished second, third, and fourth at Hidden Valley.
There was still the race to settle and the early going saw McGovern and Zachery Heath racing side-by-side through the BMX track and contesting the lead. Unfortunately, the first of two flats for confident McGovern handed second place to the Michael Larson (Velo Reno p/b Tamarack Junction). A late charge by Justin Thomas (Audi) came to nought as he also suffered a flat. Liekwise, a mechanical ruined Smith’s chances for the race and the Omnium.
Heath took honors on the day with Larson in second. Despite a second flat, McGovern fought his way to third place and the win for the Omnium. Filling out the top five were Scott Hooper (Team Bicycles Plus/Sierra Nevada) in fourth and then Smith.
1. Teal Stetson-Lee (Team Luna Pro)
2. Ellen Sherrill (Rock Lobster)
3. Karen Brems (Team Rambuski Law)
4. Katrina Baumsteiger (Team Rambuski Law)
5. Leah Plack
6. Colleen Wanty (Delore Grotta)
7. Paige Galeoto (Reno Wheelmen)
8. Audrey Biehle (TBB.cx/Gheto)
9. Linda Elgart (LuxVue-SunPower Racing)
1. Zachery Heath
2. Michael Larson (Velo Reno p/b Tamarack Junction)
3. Chris McGovern (Real Wheels)
4. Scott Hooper (Team Bicycles Plus/Sierra Nevada)
5. Curtis Smith (Team Bicycles Plus/Sierra Nevada)
6. Noah Silverman (Reno Bike Project)
7. AJ Snovel (Folsom Bike/VW/Raleys)
8. Brad Handel (Fresh Air/Hunter Cycles)
9. Daniele Fernedi (Team Roaring Mouse)