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Wicks and Kerlin top CCCX series opener

Manzanita Park, Prunedale, California, September 24, 2006

By Keith Defiebre

Some 250 of Northern California's Cyclocross enthusiasts braved balmy summer-like conditions to contest the Central Coast Cyclocross Series opener. When the dust settled it was Barry Wicks (Kona) and Sarah Kerlin (Velo Bella) taking top honors in very competitive Elite fields.

After two very fast laps in the men's elite race, Wicks, Simon Vickers (HMS Rock Lobster), and Chris McGovern (Sonic Cycles Cross) established a break at the front. These three riders traded attacks until Wicks pulled out a allen tool, made a handle bar adjustment on the fly, and proceeded to pull a flyer on his breakaway duo of Vickers and McGovern.

At the finish Wicks was clear by a comfortable 16 seconds from a hard charging Vickers in second. McGovern suffered a last lap flat on the bumpy, technical course and was passed by National Masters Champion Mark Noble (California)for third. McGovern salvaged fourth place while dual National Masters champion Justin Robinson (Cal Giant Inc./Specialized) rounded out the top five.

The Elite women's race saw a great run from former Masters National Champion Sarah Kerlin (Velo Bella), as she clawed her way through the fast female group and took a deserving victory. Kerlin had chased down the Stella Carey and Shelley Olds as well as the Cal Giant Inc. duo of Josie Beggs and Melodie Metzgers.

After 40 minutes of racing Kerlin lead Carey home by 11 seconds with Olds a further two seconds adrift. Metzgers and Beggs had to settle for fourth and fifth respectively.


Elite Men - 10 laps
1 Barry Wicks                       58.03 
2 Simon Vickers                      0.16 
3 Mark Noble                         0.34 
4 Chris McGovern                     0.51 
5 Justin Robinson                    1.23 

Elite Women - 5 laps
1 Sarah Kerlin                      39.58
2 Stella Carey                       0.11 
3 Shelley Olds                       0.13 
4 Melodie Metzgers                   1.11 
5 Josie Beggs                        1.19 

Master Men 35+ 
1 Henry Krammer (Cal Giant Inc./Specialized) 
2 Gannon Myall (Cal Giant Inc./Specialized) 
3 Jessie Scatton (Bulls Eye/East) 
4 Mark Howland (Black Market Racing) 
5 Anastasio Flores Jr.(Cal Giant Inc)

Local results 2006