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Rocket Parts Christmas 'Cross

Pierce College, Woodland Hills, CA, December 22, 2002

SoCal turns Belgian for Christmas 'Cross

by Ed Winchester

Southern California was treated to cyclocross "Belgian Style" at the Second Annual X-MAS X Cyclocross held December 22 at Pierce College in Woodland Hills. The rain and clouds cleared for a memorable muddy course along the farmlands of Pierce College. Air Temps were in the mid 50's with winds from the North.

The A-Men's race was fast and furious with five mud-bog sections, a water crossing and a mud covered up hill run-up. Brent Prenzlow (Celo Pacific), one of So. Cal's best crossers took an early lead. Victory was his but it wasn't easy with the hard chasing Erik Burgan (Spinergy) and cross strongman Tom Farley (Rocket Parts) nipping at his heels the whole way.

The Masters 35+ Men were treated to the rare appearance of Santa Claus (Team Rocket Parts, who else?) who at the start line intimidated his fellow masters with threats of not delivering toys to the children of anyone who bests him. Jolly ol' Saint Nick covered all the attacks for the first half of the race until breaking to the pressure of the hard driving Chris Defiebre of Team Cliff Bar. Once a broken man Santa, and to the sadness of children everywhere, was passed by Celo Pacific's Doug McWhinney who after the race was accused by Santa of hooking. Doug was cleared of the allegations and given second place by race officials who will not be getting anything in their stockings this year. Santa vows vengeance and says he will be back next year saying, "Oh, I will be back. And next time, Doug McWhinney, no more Mr. Nice Guy."

Another great race was in the 45+ Men were Rickey Russell (Simple Gree) led from the start but the tenacious old bull, Jonathan Livesay (Merrill Lynch) would not give up and finally caught Russell with 200 meters to the finish but could do nothing but hang on to Russell's wheel for Second.


Images by Jim Safford

  • In the Masters race Santa kept all in check early on but faultered in the end.
  • Roger DeVlamick was said to have started under an assumed name.
  • Kelly Bike's Dorothy Wong racing across the farmlands of Pierce College.
  • Santa focused on keeping the pace high so he can get to the "real" task at hand, delivering presents to children everywhere.
  • Once dropped by the leaders a bitter Santa scowls at the camera.
  • Vet racer Ed Morris handled the dismounts with ease but with no speed.


1 Brent Prenzlow
2 Tom Farley
3 Erik Burgan
4 Jeff Herring
5 Eric Luk
6 Matias Mendigochea
7 Ted Posch
8 Michael Eaton
9 Leonardo Sandoval
10 Paul Hernandez
11 Eric Fraer
12 John Parsons
1 Dorothy Wong
2 Keli Roberts
3 Jen Parsons
Junior 12-18
1 Chance "Hulk" Noble
2 Jake "Cherubrial Assassin" Morris
3 Conor Treinen
1 Thad Sparrow
2 Brett Hondorg
3 Chris Sproul
4 Kevin Knox
5 Marco Calzadilla
6 Aaron Shrier
7 Dan Nelson
8 Joe Vons
9 Tony Cruz
10 Dave Alva
11 Brad Young
1 Steve Scott
2 David Bales
3 Martin Van der Veen
4 Alvin Tolosa
5 Sean Zook
6 Jeff Nielsen
7 Matthew Hale
8 Forrest Hayashi
9 Joseph Puskarich
10 Brad House
11 M Prince
12 Robert Sandoval
13 Mark Thome
14 Eric Matthies
15 Marc Glenchar
16 John Johnson
35+ Men
1 Keith Defiebre
2 Doug McWhinney
3 Santa Claus
4 Mark Chance
5 Chris Gallup
6 Jessie Gascon
7 Johnny Rondash
8 Brian Starr
9 Robert Blanchette
10 Larry Vanzant
11 Gary Hanson
12 Ted Saville
13 Jeff Steinhart
14 Mike Treinen
45+ Men
1 Rickey Russell
2 Jonathan Livesay
3 Ed Morris
4 James Cushing
5 R Lee Willmore
6 Joseph Crabtree
7 Brian Olson
8 Kenneth Avechon
9 Brian Paloquin
10 Steve Burton
Single Speed
1 Chris Gallup
2 Damon McClellan
3 Aaron Shrier
4 Jed St Cloud
5 Dan Nelson

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