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Quad Knopf Cross Weekend - Bakersfield, California, November 11-12, 2006

Prenzlow and Popovic win; Noble takes $100 "Run Up Challenge"

Light winds, cool weather, and a dusting of rain on Saturday greeted crossers at the Quad Knopf Cyclocross race in Bakersfield, California. Rounds 5 and 6 provided good cross weather and a departure from the 85 degree heat in most the previous Southern California (SoCal) Cross Prestige Series races.

Hart Memorial Park provided two fast and challenging world class courses for riders. Over 100 racers each day provided racing action and close finishes.

Flat tires and mechanicals plagued riders in all races, but the winners of the elite men's and women's races were spared. Carolyn Popovic of Figueroa Farms-Redline Racing battled both days with junior phenom, Coryn Rivera (Major's Motion). Saturday, it was Popovic trading the lead with Rivera. By the halfway mark, Popovic established her lead for the win. Sunday, Popovic and Rivera gapped the field early. An on-form Popovic broke Rivera leaving teammates, Many Eakins and Dorothy Wong to reel in Rivera and take second and third respectively for a TeamRedFig.com podium sweep.

In men's elite category, Brent Prenzlow (Celo Pacific/Salsa) showed impressive form. He bided his time for a lap or two then powered away both days for double wins. Saturday, Prenzlow and the dynamic duo of Mark Noble (Cal Raisins) and Chance Noble (Cal Giant-Specialized) got away from the group in lap three with Chance chasing hard after Prenzlow in the final lap. 500 meters from the line it was close, but Prenzlow took the win with Chance second and Mark Noble third. Sunday was a faster course, but the results were almost the same. The group stayed together for over two laps until Prenzlow surged ahead with the Nobles. Prenzlow took the win with Mark Noble second and Chance third.

The buzz of the day was the $100 challenge. At the conclusion of the final race, Race Director Sam Ames threw out a $100 cash challenge… an open race for all in which riders started at the line and the first one to the top of the 400 meter hillside run up with his or her bike won the cash. It was crazy. Riders from all categories took off, some without wheels and scrambled up the insanely steep and challenging run up. Many gave up halfway, but Mark Noble blazed a trail towards the flag narrowly taking the prize ahead of Bobby Langin. It was an unique event and one sure to be an annual affair.

The seventh round of So Cal Prestige Series continues Sunday, November 26th with the Turkey Trot Cross in Glendale, California.


Day 2

Men Cat 1-3

1 Brent Prenzlow (Celo Pacific/Salsa)                                  12 pts
2 Mark Noble (Amgen Cycling Club)                                      11
3 Chance Noble (California Giant Cycling)                              10
4 Nat Faulkner (Action Sports)                                          9
5 Michael Easter (Shoreline Cycles)                                     8
6 John Behrens (Celo Pacific)                                           7
7 Jason Lowetz (Merrill Lynch)                                          6
8 Keith Defiebre (Lapierre Ritchey)                                     5
9 Samuel Ames (Simply Fit/Action Sports)                                4
10 Garnet Vertican (Unattached)                                         3
11 Lyle Warner (Unattached)                                             2
12 John Bailey (Celo Pacific)                                           1
13 Ryan Rickard (Bicycle Johns)                                          
14 Lawrence Leonard (Tangelo Velo)                                       
15 Grant Van (Horn Simply Fit/Action Sports)                             
16 Zack Griffin (Action Sport)                                           
17 Paul Hernandez (Bicycle Johns Serious Cycling)                        
18 Gary Hanson (Amgen Cycling Club)                                      
19 Michael Lilly (Shoreline Cycles)   
Men Cat 3-4

1 Didier Jourdain (Celo Pacific)                                       12 pts
2 Bobby Langin (Unattached)                                            11
3 John Bailey (Celo Pacific)                                           10
4 Michael Hutson                                                        9
5 Chris Ellefson (Unattached)                                           8
6 Phillip Gray (Celo Pacific)                                           7
7 Bret Suding (Unattached)                                              6
8 Michael Lilly (Shoreline Cycles)                                      5
9 Brian Monroe (Simply Fit/Action Sports)                               4
10 John Parson (Fresno State Cycling Club)                              3
11 Michael Bennet                                                       2
12 Jay Seymoure (Sonoran Cycling)                                       1
13 Chase Schoen (Amgen)                                                  
14 Gregory Townsend (Unattached)                                         
15 Peter Nesmith                                                         
16 Ryan Wilson (Sonoran Cycling)                                         
17 Mark Campaigne (Celo Pacific)                                         
18 Adam Hensley (Action Sports)  
Junior Men 10-14

1 Ben Bertiger (Bicycle Johns Serious Cycling)                         12 pts
2 Peter Morris (Unattached)    										   11
Junior Men 15-18

1 Tyler Carr (Action Sport)                                            12 pts
2 Tim Brasier                                                          11
3 Josh Uhalt                                                           10

Junior Women 15-18

1 Coryn Rivera (Major Motion Cycling Club)                             12 pts

Masters 35+

1 Jeff Herring (Celo Pacific)                                          12 pts
2 Keith Defiebre (Lapierre Ritchey)                                    11
3 Carlos (Matias) Mendigochea (Kahala LaGrange)                        10
4 Mark Fluss (California Raisins/Central Coast Masters Cycling Team)    9
5 Robert Weyman (Sakonnet Technology)                                   8
6 Mike McMahon (Team Velocity)                                          7
7 Christopher Gallup (Celo Pacific)                                     6
8 Mike Nicolarides (Samy Boy)                                           5
9 Richard Murphy (Celo Pacific)                                         4
10 Paul Welsh (Celo Pacific)                                            3
11 Paul Bracken (Bicycle Johns Serious Cycling)                         2
12 Todd Whitehouse (ADT Event Center)                                   1
13 David Rous (Simply Fit/Action Sports)                                 
14 Jim Carr (Action Sports)                                              

Masters 45+

1 Bradley Galindo (Merrill Lynch)                                      12 pts
2 Charles Morris (Celo Pacific)                                        11
3 Larry Vanzant (Camarillo Bike Company)                               10
4 Jonathan Livesay (Merrill Lynch)                                      9
5 Roberto Jourdain (Celo Pacific)                                       8
6 Robert Meeker (Tangelo Velo)                                          7
7 Mathew Van (Horn Unattached)                                          6
8 Jeffrey Steinhart (PAA)                                               5
9 Gregory Page (Lightning Velo)                                         4
10 Gregory Townsend (Unattached)                                        3
11 Scott Sampson (Da Nui Race)                                          2

Masters 55+

1 Jon Miller (Amgen Cycling Club)                                      12 pts
2 Doug Miller (Celo Pacific)                                           11
3 Robert Llamas (Merrill Lynch)                                        10
4 R Lee (Willmore Celo Pacific)                                         9


1 Todd Whitehouse (ADT Event Center)                                   12 pts
2 Carl Cashen (Bishops Peak/Arts Cyclery)                              11
3 Joe Gutcher                                                          10
4 R Lee (Willmore Celo Pacific)                                         9

Women Cat 1-3

1 Carolyn Popovic                                                      12 pts
2 Mandy Eakins (Velosport Racing)                                      11
3 Dorothy Wong (Bicycle Johns Serious Cycling)                         10
4 Coryn Rivera (Major Motion Cycling Club)                              9
5 Tonya Laffey (mtbcick.com)                                            8
6 Celestina Galindo (Redline Racing Ltd)                                7
7 Amy Bowen                                                             6
8 Carol Ruckle (Team Redlands)                                          5

Women Cat 3-4

1 Megan Cordes (Bishops Peak/Arts Cyclery)                             12 pts
2 Jennifer Easter (Unattached)                                         11

Beginner Men

1 Mark Champaigne (Celo Pacific)                                       12 pts
2 Mason Miller (Bitchin' Ass)                                          11
3 adam austin (Unattached)                                             10
4 Jeffrey Goble (Canyon Velo)                                           9
5 Chad Rivetti (Amgen Cycling Club)                                     8
6 Matt Sheremeta (Celo Pacific)                                         7
7 Joel Darrah                                                           6
8 Steve Uhalt                                                           5
9 Richard Miller                                                        4
10 Jay Cryderman (Unattached)                                           3