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SoCal Prestige Series #2 - NE

Sylmar, California, USA, October 7, 2007


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Wind Burn, chapped lips and racing were the elements to the Southern California's Premier Cyclocross Series race #2! Dry gale-force winds attacked the course in gusts reaching up to forty miles per hour. Now, with two races finished and ten more to go, the competition is really starting to heat up.

The event was held at hilly Veterans' Memorial Park in Sylmar, California and the course was alive. The weather could have been warmer, but it was in the 80s for race number two. The wind changed things a tad by kicking up dust and blowing a few junior racers off their bikes. Besides the torturous winds, the racing was awesome, yet again.

This more technical course was quick, even with the sandy climbs, run-up and left sweeping double barrier dismount, which made it more enjoyable for all, even for those who came simply to watch. It was impressive examining the different lines racers took into each of these technical areas and in the twisting turns on the far-end of the course. A couple racers such as Craig Savage in the Men's Elite decided to bunny-hop the barriers while a few others just barreled into them. One of the better crashes of the day was during the Men's 3-4 race, a racer caught the front tire of his bike on a barrier as he ran through the section, causing him to spin around and lose his bike. The course designers/racers of Team Bear Claw (www.teambearclaw.com) should be rewarded for such a fantastic course design.

This week it was nice to see some more newcomers, from the road scene making their way to the race like Bobby Lea of Toyota United, racing cross the day after winning the Elite National Track Championship in the Madison and Rachel O'Connell of UCI Tradeteam: Cheerwine in the Elite races. In Women's Elite, it was Coryn Rivera of Velo Club La Grange Westwood who dominated this week.

It was a close race with three women holding together. It could have been an even closer finish if it were not for an unfortunate crash by Melodie Metzger (Team California Giant Cycling) in the last few turns where Carolyn Popovic (Team C.I.C.L.E) managed to save herself by rolling over Melodie and trying to sprint after young Coryn as she took off from the lead group, utilizing the crash to her advantage.

The Men's Elite was taken again by the power of Brent Prenzlow of the Alan Factory Team. It was a fleeting start with the pack close together, but just like last week Prenzlow began to creep away from the lead group to take the win. It should not go unmentioned that Mark Noble (Time Factory Team) and Fritz Bottger (Team Bear Claw) put out a grand attempt to catch Prenzlow by moving their way through the pack, creating their own gap between the lead group but it was Mark Noble who continued the attack spacing himself even from Bottger to capture second.


Elite Men 1/2/3
1 Brent Prenzlow (Alan North America Cycling)               
2 Mark Noble (Time Factory Team)                            
3 Frederick Bottger (Team Bearclaw)                         
4 Michael Easter (Time Factory Team)                        
5 John Behrens (Bailey/Black Mountain)                      
6 Jason First (Voodoo)                                      
7 Nat Faulkner (Team Action Sports)                         
8 Jason Lowetz (Team Bearclaw)                              
9 Bobby Lea (Uci Ct: Toyota- United Pro Cycling Team)       
10 Gary Hanson (Giant)                                      
11 Matias Mendigochea (Kahala Lagrange)                     
12 John Bailey (Bailey/Black Mountain)                      
13 Jason Siegle (Jax Bicycle Center)                        
14 Samuel Ames (Simply Fit/Action Sports)                   
15 Garnet Vertican (Giant)                                  
16 Morgan Ryan (Team Cicle)                                 
17 Robert Weyman (Kahala Lagrange)                          
18 Craig Savage (Outside All Day)                           
19 Paul Hernandez (Bicycle Johns Serious Cycling)           
Master Men 35+ 1/2/3
1 John Tzinberg (Velo Club La Grange Westwood)              
2 Donny Carroll (Dewalt Racing)                             
3 Jamie Goldstein (Platinum Performance)                    
4 Jeff Herring (Team Cicle)                                 
5 Mike Mcmahon (Team Velocity)                              
6 Theo Posch (Team Velocity)                                
7 Phillip Gray (Celo Pacific)                               
8 Bill Dean (Now-Ms Society)                                
9 Robert Kramer (Ridley Factory Team)                       
10 Kevin Ryan (Acme)                                        
Elite Men 1/2/3 & 35+ 1/2/3 Combined
1 Brent Prenzlow (Alan North America Cycling)               
2 Mark Noble (Time Factory Team)                            
3 Frederick Bottger (Team Bearclaw)                         
4 Michael Easter (Time Factory Team)                        
5 John Behrens (Bailey/Black Mountain)                      
6 Jason First (Voodoo)                                      
7 Nat Faulkner (Team Action Sports)                         
8 Jason Lowetz (Team Bearclaw)                              
9 Bobby Lea (Uci Ct: Toyota- United Pro Cycling Team)       
10 Gary Hanson (Giant)                                      
11 Matias Mendigochea (Kahala Lagrange)                     
12 John Bailey (Bailey/Black Mountain)                      
13 John Tzinberg (Velo Club La Grange Westwood)             
14 Jason Siegle (Jax Bicycle Center)                        
15 Donny Carroll (Dewalt Racing)                            
16 Samuel Ames (Simply Fit/Action Sports)                   
17 Jamie Goldstein (Platinum Performance)                   
18 Garnet Vertican (Giant)                                  
19 Jeff Herring (Teamcicle)                                 
20 Morgan Ryan (Team Cicle)                                 
21 Mike Mcmahon (Team Velocity)                             
22 Theo Posch (Team Velocity)                               
23 Phillip Gray (Celo Pacific)                              
24 Robert Weyman (Kahala Lagrange)                          
25 Bill Dean (Now-Ms Society)                               
26 Craig Savage (Outside All Day)                           
27 Paul Hernandez (Bicycle Johns Serious Cycling)           
27 Robert Kramer (Ridley Factory Team)                      
Elite Women 1/2/3
1 Coryn Rivera (Velo Club La Grange Westwood)               
2 Carolyn Popovic (Teamcicle)                               
3 Melodie Metzger (California Giant Cycling)                
4 Dorothy Wong (Team Cicle)                                 
5 Tonya Bray (Team Cicle)                                   
6 Rachel O'connell (Uci Wpt: Cheerwine)                     
7 Beatriz Rodriguez (Teamcicle)                             
8 Heidi Kanayan (Team Cicle)                                
9 Kendall Ryan (Team Cicle)                                 
10 Ankie Trollegard (Team Cicle)                            
11 Kristine Church (Human Zoom Cycling)                     
Elite Women 3/4
1 Shannon Castle (Team Cicle)                               
2 Carley Kenwey                                             
3 Genna Mcmahon                                             
4 Jen Easter                                                
5 Brooke Warner (Team Cicle)                                
6 Daisy Farial                                              
Master Women 40+
1 Carol Ruckle (Team Possabilities)                         
2 Robin Macdonald-Foley (Team Cicle)                        
3 Melanie Peterson (South Bay Wheelmen)                     
4 Mary Sandor                                               
5 Christina Orlossy                                         
Jr Men 10-14
1 Erik Volotzky (Team Cicle)                                
2 Ethan Lawrence (Shimano)                                  
3 Andrew Hazeltine (Sbw)                                    
4 Jackson Sproul (Team Chicken Ranch)                       
5 Nathan Coffey (Team Chicken Ranch)                        
Junior Men 15-18
1 Ben Bertiger (Team Cicle)                                 
2 Jake Snyder                                               
Master Men 35+ (3/4)
1 Johnny Dalton (Team Velocity)                             
2 Peter Sproul (Team Chicken Ranch)                         
3 Michael Hutson (Aiage Cycling Club)                       
4 Michael Hotten (South Bay Wheelmen)                       
5 Matt Brayer (B&L Bikes)                                   
6 Newman Bellis (Coates Cyclery/Arce Bros)                  
7 Rich Holtzman (Hup United)                                
8 Adam Austin (Team Bearclaw)                               
9 Mark Campaigne (Celo Pacific)                             
10 Michael Eaton (Amgen)                                    
11 Al Morinaka (Team Velocity)                              
12 Ryan Ferro (Pasadena Athletic Assoc (Paa))               
13 Carlos Bautista                                          
14 Jim Padilla (Pasadena Athletic Assoc (Paa))              
15 Mike Carlson (Team Stoller)                              
16 Scott Joiner (Ridley Factory)                            
17 Jeffrey Goble (Canyon Velo)                              
18 Tak Tsubota (Ridley Factory)                             
19 David Lawson (Guy"S Racing)                              
20 Michael Miller (Banning Bikes)                           
21 Peter Nesmith                                            
22 Todd Whitehouse (Bicycle John's Serious Cycling)         
Master Men 45+
1 Bobby Langin (Platinum Performance)                       
2 James Pappe (Action Sports/Sierra Bicycle Werks/Ssc C)    
3 Bradley Galindo (Paa)                                     
4 Brian Starr (Team Tailwinds/Michelin)                     
5 Michael Hines (Velo Club La Grange Westwood)              
6 Paul Bracken (Pasadena Athletic Assoc (Paa))              
7 Robert Deferrante (Pasadena Athletic Assoc (Paa))         
8 Robert Meeker (Team Bearclaw)                             
9 Jeff Steinhart (Pasadena Athletic Assoc (Paa))            
10 Greg Castaneda (Lightning Velo)                          
11 Rickey Russell (Motortabs Cycling Team)                  
12 Roberto Jourdain                                         
13 Jeffrey Hazeltine (Southbay Wheelman)                    
14 Brian Casey (Unattached)                                 
15 Michael Heenan (Ridley Factory)                          
16 Greg Townsend (Team Cicle)                               
17 Bruce Temesy (Palos Verdes Groupo Ciclismo)              
Master Men 55+
1 Jon Miller (Amgen/Giant Masters)                          
2 John Rubcic (Uc Cyclery/Jw Flooring)                      
3 Robert Llamas (Team Bearclaw)                             
4 Jonathan Livesay (Team Bearclaw)                          
5 R Lee Willmore (Celo Pacific)                             
Men 4: Beginner
1 Ted Willard (Liquid Fitness/1031Market.Com)               
2 Daniel Lowetz (Team Bearclaw)                             
3 Erik Turner (Technocycle Brc)                             
4 Allen Lin (Pasadena Athletic Assoc (Paa))                 
5 Thomas Kanusky (Bike Barn Racing Team)                    
6 Jesse Scarantino (Team Bearclaw)                          
7 Miguel Sutter (Pasadena Athletic Assoc (Paa))             
8 Stephan Kozowyk                                           
9 Ricardo Pena (Unattached)                                 
10 David Summers (Team Velocity)                            
11 Paul Avila (Bicycle Johns Serious Cycling)               
12 Michael Dalbratt (Dewalt Racing)                         
13 Scottt Searway (Fast Friday)                             
14 Jory Hoffman (Bike Barn Racing Team)                     
15 Kevin Chiang (Paa)                                       
16 Justin Kro                                               
17 Gerlad Gegbrang (The Rocket)                             
18 Greg Karathonas (Fast Friday)                            
19 Mark Tschanz (Team Stoller)                              
20 Jess Sims (Higher Cadence/Bannings Bikes)                
21 Wendel Woodford                                          
22 Thomas Thompson (Team Helen's)                           
23 Brendan Foran (Vicious)                                  
24 Brandon Sincock                                          
25 James Zumberge (Unattached)                              
26 Jay Kwan                                                 
27 Cliff Chang                                              
Men 3/4
1 Bobby Langin (Platinum Performance)                       
2 Alex Boone (Team Bearclaw)                                
3 Anton Petrov (Ucla Cycling-Uscf)                          
4 Coley King (Unattached)                                   
5 Alex Hall (South Bay Wheelmen)                            
6 Everett Hauser (G S Adams Avenue Bicycles)                
7 Matt Pewthus (Unattached)                                 
8 Michael Hotten (South Bay Wheelmen)                       
9 Roger Wotton (Cynergy Cycles Race Team)                   
10 Ted Willard (Liquid Fitness/1031Market.Com)              
11 Scott Hammack (Karl Strauss/Sdbc)                        
12 David Sheek (Outside All Day)                            
13 Thomas Kanusky (Bike Barn Racing Team)                   
14 Allen Lin (Pasadena Athletic Assoc (Paa))                
15 Daniel Lowetz (Team Bearclaw)                            
16 Ben Bertiger (Team Cicle)                                
17 Chase Schoen (Unattached)                                
18 Curt Dosier (Paramount Racing)                           
20 Miguel Sutter (Pasadena Athletic Assoc (Paa))            
21 Matt Sheremeta (Celo Pacific)                            
22 Daniel Breyer (Celo Pacific)                             
23 James Stathas (Pasadena Athletic Assoc (Paa))            
24 Matthew Conner (Afp Team Velosport)                      
25 Chad Rivetti (Team Bearclaw)                             
26 Brian Kappus (Ucla Cycling-Uscf)                         
Singlespeed - Open
1 Everett Hauser (G S Adams Avenue Bicycles)                
2 Corey King                                                
3 David Sheek (Outside All Day)                             
4 Cole Maness                                               
5 Noah Holcomb (Cannondale Mtb Team)                        
6 Miguel Sutter (Pasadena Athletic Assoc (Paa))             
7 Mark Hoover (Celo Pacifc)                                 
8 Todd Whitehouse (Bicycle John's Serious Cycling)          
9 R Lee Willmore (Celo Pacifc)                              
10 Matt Simonet