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Celo Pacific Cyclocross Race #1
Buena Vista Park, Vista, CA, October 19, 2003
By Brent Prenzlow
Deep fog and wet grass greeted so-Cal crossers early Sunday morning for Celo's season opener. While this may seem like normal cross conditions for Belgium or Europe, this was a treat for us after enduring a long dry summer. The 1.7 mile course had a combination of fast and wide dirt trails (sometimes hardpacked, sometimes sandy), a short paved finish roadway, and a twisty hilly grass section.
There were four dismount challenges per lap: a fast flat triple on dirt, a steep run-up (no barriers), a double barrier run-up on grass, and a double barrier on wood chips. Besides these planned obstacles, the early waves turned a simple twisting grass decent into a greasy mud slide of tire ruts. This was both good fun and good practice for Portland Nationals, and the course received rave reviews from the racers.
Brent Prenzlow (Celo Pacific/Felt Bicycles) pushed the pace from the start and created a gap that only Emilio Cervantes (Excel Sports) was able to close down. Once the two got in sync, they quickly opened up a sizeable lead on the chase, which was lead by Erik Burgan (Pacific Sunset Velo), Gary Hanson (Amgen), and Jeff Herring (Kelly). In the last 20 minutes, Prenzlow soloed away from Cervantes, and they finished one two with Burgan dropping his chase companions to take third. Also finishing in the money (top 8) for Celo Pacific were Tony Smith (6th) and Thad Sparrow (8th).
Dorothy Wong opened up a lead on the first lap and never looked back as she easily won the women's race. The closest battle was for second place as Rebecca Cooke (Landis/Trek VW) narrowly defeated Jennifer Franklin (unattached).
Images by Mitchell Clinton/www.clintonphoto.com
Elite Men, 60 minutes 1 Brent Prenzlow (Celo Pacific/Felt Bicycles) 2 Emilio Cervantes (Excel Sports) 3 Erik Burgan (Pacific Sunset Velo) 4 Jeff Herring (Kelly Bike Company) 5 Gary Hanson (Amgen) 6 Tony Smith (Celo Pacific) 7 Michael Eaton (Amgen) 8 Thad Sparrow (Celo Pacific) 9 Paul Cusick (Pacific Sunset Velo) Elite Women, 45 minutes 1 Dorothy Wong (Kelly Bike Company) 2 Rebecca Cooke (Landis/Trek VW) 3 Jennifer Franklin (unattached) 4 Joan Wilson (TDS) Juniors, 40 minutes 1 David Mendoza (Excel Sports) 2 Luis Zamudio (Excel Sports) 3 J.D. Swanson (College Cyclery) 4 Spencer Spagnola (Excel Sports) Masters 30+, 45 minutes 1 Jason Vorell (Velocity) Masters 35+, 45 minutes 1 Mike McMahon (Velocity/Felt Bicycles) 2 Steven McKovich (Steelman Cycles) 3 Erik Luk (Peninsula Cycles) Masters 40+, 45 minutes 1 Charles Morris (Universal Cycle) 2 Chris Gallup (Unattached) 3 David Bales (Celo Pacific) 4 John Swanguen (College Cyclery) 5 Jeff Steinhart (Bike Johns) 6 Dale Dorman (Paramount Racing) Masters 45+, 40 minutes 1 Paul Cooke (Landis Trek) 2 Rick Swanson (Excel Sports) 3 Tom Harvey (San Diego Bike Club) 4 Mike Gourley (Tangelo Velo) 5 Greg Townsend (Adelante) 6 Jonathan Livesay (Merrill Lynch) 7 Rickey Russell (Cycles Veloce) 8 Joe Aidaoc (Celo Pacific) Masters 55+, 40 minutes 1 Paul Springer (San Diego Bike Club) 2 Jim Cushing-Murray (Celo Pacific) 3 Steve Brown (So. California Velo) 4 Dean Ferrandini 5 Lee Willmore (Ryders) Mens B, 45 minutes 1 Jim Vance (unattached) 2 Dan Breyer (Celo Pacific) 3 Greg Page (Lightning Velo) 4 Luke Magilke (Woodlands Cycling) Mens C, 40 minutes 1 Brian Blair 2 Blain Mars (Rancho Cycling) 3 Kevin Reilly (San Diego Bicycle Club) 4 Joshua Peters 5 Jeff Rowe 6 Jim Manton (Monex) 7 Robert Davis (San Diego Bicycle Club) 8 Mark Salmon (Felt Bicycles) 9 Dan Fahle 10 Steve Ford