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Black Cat 'cross / Urban CX #1

Palos Verdes Estates, CA, October 26, 2003

Crossers brave smoke in urban series opener

The story from So Cal this week was certainly the terrible wildfires that consumed over 500,000 acres and more than 1200 homes. Despite the thick pall of smoke and drifting ash hanging over the usually clear skies in Palos Verdes Estates, many crossers decided to take a chance with their lungs and race. Points, you know.

The twisty, constantly turning course was a very slippery and technical mix of cinder running track, gravelly hardpack and super fast barriers. Tailor made for an adept technical rider.

In the Men's A's the first lap was a max attack effort by Emilio Cervantes (Excel Sports) to make local hot shoe Brent Prenzlow (Celo Pacific / Felt Racing) work a little. Junior standout Perry Paolini (Balance Bar / Devo) bunny hopped the high speed double barrier just at the base of the long run up allowing him to scoot from 3rd to 1st on the opening lap. Just down the course lied another fast barrier that Paolini cleared at full speed. The ensuing battle between Prenzlow and Paolini exploded the field with the duo staying away and battling the rest of the race. The junior aerialist gained a few seconds on each hoppable barrier only to be gradually reeled in by the veteran's horsepower. Prenzlow said "He made me work, that's for sure". The Celo Pacific rider on Felt Racing's lovely new F1X cross bike surged away from Perry at the end to secure the win.

In the Bike Palace Women's A event, Dorothy Wong (Kelly Bikes) survived a mid race pinch flat on one of the many dirt to pavement transitions to chase back and defeat Kelli Roberts (PAA/Merrill Lynch) who temporarily inherited the lead and tried valiantly to fend off the inevitable.

In 35+ saw local cross stalwart Mike McMahon charge back from the tail of the field courtesy of a first lap crash to 2nd. In 30+, Jeff Herring (Kelly Bikes) fought for the win by a small margin over Brian Keate (Velocity) and still had enough left for the A event.


Masters 45+
1 Rick Swanson (Excel Sports)
2 Jonathan Livesay (PAA/Merrill Lynch)
3 Rickey Russell (Cycles Veloce)
4 Frank Said (Velo Allegro)
5 Joe Aldalo (Celo Pacific)
6 Mark Choney (San Clemente Velo)
7 Gil Mangabat Jr.
Masters 50+
1 Joseph Crabtree Open (Air Bicycles)
2 Brian Olson (Bicycle Johns)
3 Willy Bondurant (Velo Velocity)
4 James Cushing-Murray (Celo Pacific)
5 Steve Brown (SC Velo)
6 Dean Ferrandini
7 R. Lee Willmore (Ryders)
Juniors 15/18
1 Austin Carroll
2 Travis Barnes (Encino Cyclery)
Women B
1 Mandy Gambie (PAA/Merrill Lynch)
2 Lisa Vorell (Syntace USA)
3 Dana Kozak
4 Beth Gentry
5 Casey Jones
Men's B 3/4/5
1 Chris McNeil (Canary Cycles)
2 Roger Wotton (South Bay Cycles)
3 Jay Brodie (South Bay Cycles)
4 Dan Breyer (Celo Pacific)
5 Greg Page (Lightning Velo)
6 Victor Viscio (Whittaker Meyer)
7 Austin Carroll
Bike Palace Women's A
1 Dorothy Wong (Kelly Bikes)
2 Kelli Roberts (PAA/Merrill Lynch)
3 Dede Roberts
4 Mandy Gambie (PAA/Merrill Lynch)
5 Casey Jones
Masters 30+
1 Jeff E. Herring (Kelly Bikes)
2 Brian Keate (Velocity)
3 Jason Perkins (Ravens Syntace)
4 Jason Vurell (Velocity Syntace)
5 Paul Welsh (Lightning Velo)
Masters 35+
1 Ted Posch (Velocity)
2 Mike McMahon (Velocity)
3 Scott Evans Encino (Velo)
4 Scott Graham (SCOS)
Masters 40+
1 Chris Gallup ()
2 Eddie Arnet (MBA)
3 Charles Morris (Universal Cycle)
4 Mike Fantacone (Whittaker Meyer)
5 Paul Bracken (Bicycle Johns)
6 Greg Page (Lightning Velo)
7 David Bales (Celo Pacific)
8 Victor Viscio (Whittaker Meyer)
Men's A or Pro 1-5
1 Brent Prenzlow (Celo Pacific)
2 Perry Paolini (Balance Bar/Devo)
3 Emilio Cervantes (Excel Sports)
4 Leonardo Sandoval (Team Helen's)
5 Erik Burgan Team (Dare)
6 David Mendoza (Excel Sports)
7 Thaddeus Sparrow (Celo Pacific)
8 Jeff Herring (Kelly Bikes)
Men's C 4/5
1 Brian Blair (Syntace)
2 Kevin Reilly (SDBC)
3 Coley King
4 Daniel Fahie
5 Jim Cushing-Murray (Celo Pacific)
6 Michael Baldivino (Lightning Velo)
7 Merlyn Plumlee (South Bay Wheelmen)
8 Colin Schiller (South Bay Wheelmen)
Men's D or Public 18-34
1 Sky Boyer (Outer Circle Racing)
2 Cameron Dickinson
3 Mark Mollenkoff
Men's D or Public 35+
1 Andy Lightle (Syntace)
2 Jay Williams
3 Ken Kaya

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