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River City Cross Crusade #2
Pier Park, Portland, Oregon, USA, October 12-13
Skerritt, Mazza Take Charge at Pier Park
By Brian Witty
Shannon Skerritt (Trek/VW/Bike Gallery) and Rhonda Mazza (Team S&M/Vanilla) each took different routes to cross the finish line first October 13 at Pier Park in North Portland. In the end they sent messages that they are leading contenders for the overall honors in this year's River City Bicycles 'Cross Crusade Series, as the day's winners also took over the points leads.
A summer-like day greeted the nearly 350 competitors at Pier Park in Portland's St. Johns neighborhood with temperatures hitting the mid-70s under a pristine sky. The popular course was slightly reconfigured so it had a "Jekyll and Hyde" personality. The 3.2-kilometer course opened with a fast, big ring-friendly one-kilometer stretch with only one tight chicane. A double barrier signaled a drastic change featuring three run-ups, screaming descents and short power climbs that criss-crossed a scenic gully and tested the competitors' courage. After emerging from the canopy of towering pines, the track descended to the finish line on turf and gravel roads.
'Three Amigos' Drop the Hammer
From the opening whistle, the contenders in the Category A Men's race were never in doubt. After the first of eight laps, the 'Three Amigos' of Skerritt and the Kona/Kenwood duo of Erik Tonkin and Barry Wicks had a substantial gap. This trio races on the road together during the spring and summer and invariably finds themselves reunited during the cyclo-cross season.
At the line, Skerritt snapped up a $100 cash prime and showed he meant business. Trek/VW/Bike Gallery teammates Derl Miller and John Leonard followed, with Mark King (Sunnyside Sports) hot on their tails. Over the next few laps, the leaders continued to put in sub-7 minute laps and were pulling away by more than 10 seconds per lap on the field. King was riding well as he moved ahead of Leonard on the second lap and then worked his way past Miller into fourth on the next circuit.
On the fourth lap, the face of the race changed significantly as Wicks succumbed to the blistering pace and gapped off the leading pair. This was 'cross at its Darwinian best. As the laps counted down, Tonkin and Skerritt continued to pour on the pace. With a little more than one lap to go, Tonkin threw down the gauntlet and went for broke. As he took the bell at the finish line, he had five seconds on the Skerritt and looked to be cruising in for a hard-earned victory. Skerritt had other ideas.
"I got on the straight and thought I had to get it on the big ring and bring him back," Skerritt said after the race. He did just that and got in front of Tonkin at the first barrier. Realizing the effort the Trek/VW/Bike Gallery rider had just put in, Tonkin forced his way past on the first run-up to try and crack him. The pair entered the long second run-up neck and neck, but Skerritt surged one more time and never looked back.
Emerging from the trees into finish area, the surprised crowd let out a cheer when it realized Skerritt had not only chased down Tonkin, but also dropped him on the bell lap. Skerritt finished with a 10 second gap on Tonkin with Wicks a further 20 seconds behind. A strong Mark King and scrappy Miller rounded out the top five.
Mazza Motors Away
Team S&M/Vanilla's Mazza is showing her power early this 'cross season to reveal she has ambitions to not only win the 'Cross Crusade again, but assert herself at the upcoming Pacific Northwest rounds of UCI-sanctioned races. Right from the start, Mazza sprinted at full bore to jump ahead of the long snaking line of the Category A Women's field.
The first time through the finish chute, Mazza was chased by Trek/VW/Bike Gallery's Pennington and the Sunnyside Sports' pair of Karen Kenlen and Suzanne King. As the laps wore one, Pennington continued to follow gamely, but Mazza was in a class of her own and was pulling away by five seconds per lap.
At the bell lap, Mazza and Pennington were in cruise control while King had gotten ahead of her teammate Kenlen. River City Bicycles' Marjon Marik was chasing in strong fifth place. Mazza crossed the finish line with a wave and looked quite fresh after the race, which is an ominous sign for the competition. Pennington followed her in with King, Kenlen and Marik in the top five.
Learn more about the Cannondale/PDX International Cyclo-Cross Classic at www.crosscrusade.com/PDXraceflyer.htm
Learn more about 'Cross Crusade at www.crosscrusade.com.
Images by Doug Ollerenshaw
Master Men 1 Troy Tucker (Bike Gallery/Trek/VW) 2 Micheal Sylvester (Bike Gallery) 3 John Mitchem (Presto Velo/Bike n Hike) 4 Martin Baker (Presto Velo/Bike n Hike) 5 Michael Jones (Disco Velo) 6 Alan Pruder (Nike Logie Velo) 7 Greg Talbert 8 Brian Johnson (Half-Fast Velo) 9 Todd Rosier (RCW) 10 Mark Damon (Hutch's Cannondale) 11 Kent Johnston (Lakeside/Rivers Edge) 12 Robert Huff (Team S&M) 13 Andrew Deen (Disco Velo) 14 Brad Ross (Bike N Hike) 15 Mike Colesar (Disco Velo) 16 Mark Duff (Nike Cycling) 17 Tim Ellerback (RCW) 18 Kelly Wieber 19 Robert Jacbos 20 Don Leet (Sunnyside Sports) 21 Dan Houghton (Presto Velo/BikenHike) 22 Chauncy Curl (Rubicon) 23 Colin Yates (Bike Gallery) 24 Paul Mautner (Lakeside/Rivers Edge) dnf Jeff Mitchem (Nike Logie Velo) dnf Greg Ariens Category A 1 Shannon Skerritt (Bike Gallery) 2 Erik Tonkin (Kona Kenwood) 3 Barry Wicks (Kona Kenwood) 4 Mark King 5 Derl Miller (Bike Gallery/ Trek Velo) 6 John Leonard (Bike Gallery Trek NW) 7 Jon Myers 8 Shane Beers (Vision Cyclery SF) 9 Chris Brandt (Collins) 10 Mike Schirdler (Sunnyside) 11 Chad Swanson 12 Brody Anderson (River City) 13 Rich Cramer (Presto Velo) 14 John McCaffrey (Presto Velo) 15 Zac Houghton 16 Tim Coffey 17 Alex Rock (Gary Fisher) 18 Sean Garvin (GS Cameratti) 19 Marie Matson 20 Omer Kem (Team O) 21 John Frey (Hutche's of Bend) 22 Chris Snyder (Hampston Cycles) 23 Jeff Struck 24 John Walrod (Prime Alliance) 25 Mike Martin (Team Compass) 26 Mikkel Bossen (Team O) 27 Scott Willson (GS Cameratti) 28 Otis Rubottom (Logie Velo/ Nike Racing) 29 Timmy Evans 30 Brian Austin (Giant/ Bike Nttne) 31 John Knowlson (GS Cameratti) 32 Ian Eglitis (Presto Velo) dnf Ryan Weaver (Gentle Lovers) dnf John Gorman (Sunnyside) dnf Damian Schmitt (Sunnyside) dnf Scott Robinson (GS Cameratti) dnf Todd Stewart Women 35+ 1 Kristen Dillon 2 Maula Lieuallen 3 Lindy Mount (Tri- D Sports) 4 Debbi Krichlco 5 Laurie Binder 6 Pam Reid (Team O) 7 Kirti Walpole (Team O) 8 Evelyn West (Team S & M) 9 Connie Vine 10 Roxy Cate (Enselle) 11 Renee Pipe (Team S & M) 12 Therese Waldrow 13 Meg Mautner (Enselle) 14 Melody Ross (Club Vivo) 15 Laura Wiles dnf Bonnie Saurer Women A 1 Rhonda Mazza (Team S & M/ Vanilla) 2 Alice Pennington (Bike Galley) 3 Suzanne King (Sunnyside Sports) 4 Karen Kenlan (Sunnyside Sports) 5 Marjon Marik (River) 6 Becky Walter (Nike - Velo) 7 Emily Babcock 8 Julie Wilson (Disco Velo) 9 Tina Reeb (Team Reeb) dnf Joanne Stevens (Sunnyside Sports) Women B 1 Mandy Lozano (River City) 2 Bridgette Stoick 3 Marila Alvares 4 Susan Robinson 5 Shannan Whitlatch (Lakeside/Rivers Edge) 6 Megan Schuble 7 Valerie Groesz (Team S & M) 8 Stephanie Yenne (Capitol Velo) 9 Wendy Williams (River City) 10 Rachel Bagley 11 Kellie Peotter 12 Anna K. (Saltonstall) 13 Kris Rotan 14 Alicie Streit 15 Regina Wicks 16 Courtney Lauer 17 Cheryl Wilson (Steelman Cycles) 18 Jill Anderson 19 Karen Carter 20 Kelly Witty (Nomad) dnf Darien Curl (Rabicon) dnf Erin Mitchell Beginners 1 Todd Maderis 2 Greg Mylet 3 Lennis Herburger (Disco Velo) 4 Nathan Spear (Lakeside) 5 Paul Curran (Red Lizard) 6 Nicholes Citriglia 7 Paul Blackburn 8 Scott Saulsbury 9 Tom Hoffman 10 Alan Snodgrass 11 Steyen Basden (Lakeside/River's Edge) 12 Brad Farra 13 Shane Young 14 George MacDonald 15 Troy Scott 16 Jeff Liebert 17 Kevin Wolfe 18 Steve Meyer 19 Jim Hayhurst 20 Kirk Botero 21 Mark Liebert 22 Dan Hitcheck 23 Vern Sekafetz 24 Jim Naas 25 Thomas Thompson 26 Michael Beckman (BBC) 27 Charles Cartis 28 Evan Day 29 Lon Canaday (B.I.K.E./ Cyclisme) 30 Bart Brush 31 Jason Jones (Corben/Huntair) 32 Peter Mersereau 33 Bryan Provencher (River City/Team Rose City) 34 Jeff Vine 35 Chris Cottingham 36 Jeff King 37 Rich Toth 38 Scott Hayhurst 39 Karl D (Jackson) 40 Sean Bowen 41 Allen Sickles 42 Leeann Leece (Velo) 43 Eric Goodney 44 Peter Kaufman 45 David Cansler 46 Dave Liebert 47 Steve Hayes 48 Millie Layman dnf Phil Merick dnf Sean Coster (Pacesetter) dnf Mark Jenkins (S & M) dnf Kurt Krasneski Category B 1 Jeff McNamee 2 Andreas Oswald (Giant/ Bike N Hike) 3 Chris Cashbaugh 4 Shawn McDonald (Sunnyside) 5 Greg Talbert 6 Nathan Hult (Corben/ Huntair) 7 Jake Brimlow 8 Ryan Weaver (Gentle Lovers) 9 Geoff Raynak (LakesideRivers Edge) 10 Solomon Woras (Team Oregon) 11 Ian Brown 12 Brian Schultz (MWH/ Lenderboy) 13 Molly Cameron (L'Equipe Velo) 14 Andrew Reed (GS Cameratti) 15 Joe Marek (Team S & M) 16 Michael Dunn (Lakeside/ River's Edge) 17 Daniel Rockholm (Team S & M) 18 Jonathan Smith (Team S & M) 19 Lonny Knable (KNABE) 20 Jon Gallaguur (Cole Sport) 21 Kent Heli (MWH) 22 Dononvan Grabowski 23 Aaron Sander 24 Doug Evans 25 Matt Mahoney (Gentle Lovers) 26 Steve Davee 27 Marc Riera (GS Cameratti) 28 Matt Botti (Disco Velo) 29 Peter Zlatnick 30 Chris Cook (Team O) 31 Philip Edwards 32 Matt Berg 33 Daniel Pasley 34 Jason Pfeifer (Presto Velo) 35 Paul Anderson (Lakeside/ River's Edge) 36 Bruce Cannon 37 Peter Parker 38 Brian Peotter 39 Brian Mitchell (Collins Cycle Shop) 40 David Garcia (GS Cameratti) 41 Clark Ritchie (Lakeside/ River's Edge) 42 Shane Wilson (Disco Velo) 43 David Thompson (Sunnyside) 44 Brian Spears (Lakeside/ River's Edge) 45 Aaron 'Rambo' (Harrison BBC) 46 Ernie Conway (Team O/ RCB) 47 Dan Larson (Team S & M) 48 Damon Schaefer (Tri-D Sports) 49 Robert Jenkins 50 Ian Penner (VCM Racing) 51 Peter Drach (Lakeside/ River's Edge) 52 Eric Romney (BBC) 53 Saki Blackpine dnf Chris Bright (Corben/ Huntair) dnf Jon Bridenbaugh dnf Mathew Braun (GS Cameratti) dnf Ian Marshall (I.C.U.P.) dnf Charlie Sheridan (River City/ Team O) dnf Ira Ryan (Mag Pie Messenger) dnf Dan Silvernail Category C 1 Alex Ebright 2 Kirk Slack (Pacesetter) 3 Kevin Thompson (Lakeside) 4 Brad Cockman (Reno Hilton) 5 Wade Goff (Lakeside/ River's Edge) 6 Chris Bowning (Presto Velo) 7 Tony McCray (Team O) 8 Chris Alling (CRV) 9 Cameron Vanderstoep 10 Ashley Brown (Logie Velo) 11 Dan Naughton (Bike N Hike) 12 Craig Sinanian (Lakeside) 13 Scott Hock (Collins Cycle Shop) 14 Dan Moeller (Sellwood) 15 Dean Giblin 16 Michael Romasco 17 Grant Bergstrom 18 Rob Burkhart 19 Evan MacKenzie 20 James Cavalier 21 Tim Schauer (Columbia River Velo) 22 Aaron Leriz 23 Patric Hultgren 24 Ben Langsdorf 25 Jon Bloomfield 26 Ernie Conway 27 Curtis Milander 28 Chris Meilinger 29 Craig Carter 30 Chuck Kraeuter 31 Chris Page 32 Craig Austin (Lakside) 33 Sam Taagen 34 Jason Franklin (Team S & M) 35 Nathan Wicks 36 Ed Chrisman (Team S & M) 37 Trig Rogers 38 Mike Quigley 39 Randell Hemingsen 40 Amit Kobrowski (Self) 41 Carl Anton (North River Racing) 42 Jim Rantula 43 Shawn Irwin (Bicycle Jones) 44 Steve Landen (Team S & M) 45 Dick Busby 46 Dan Burton (Team S & M) dnf Damon Webster (Columbia River Velo) dnf Ken Finch (Team S & M) dnf Bryan Carry (Lakeside) dnf Andy Starr Juniors 1 Andy Brooks (Bike Kraft) 2 Brett Williams (Team O) 3 Taylor Kneuven (BBC) 4 Jon Long (Team O) 5 Aaron Love (Logie Velo) 6 Ricky Bossen (Team O) 7 Luke Harrison (Corben/Huntair) 8 Julian Bryant 9 Kenny Bossen (Team O) 10 Dallas Lazinka 11 Keith Beckman (BBC) 12 Jeff Hopkins (Corben/Huntair) 13 Ken Ethridge (North River Racing) 14 Ilana Hiphman (Performance Multisport) dnf Marty Cahill (Corben/Huntair) dnf Anj Stadnik Master Men 45+ 1 Dean Lucas (Bike Gallery) 2 Dave Zimblemen (Sunnyside) 3 Mark Schwhart (Bik N Hike/Presto Velo) 4 Steve Yenne 5 Harold Klein (Lakeside/Rivers Edge) 6 Rick Potestio (Club Vivo) 7 Larry Hopkins (Corben/Huntair) 8 Joe Lieuallen 9 George Schreck (Corben/Huntair) 10 David Luoma 11 Mark Hildebradt 12 Bruce Werner 13 Paul Montgomery (Team S & M) 14 John Paul (Sage) 15 Vern Krist 16 Darell Provencher (River City/ Team Rose City) 17 Lance Murty 18 Robert Wory dnf Mark Nurre (Capitol Velo) Master Men 55+ 1 Richard Marantz (Corben/Huntair) 2 Mike Resnick (Nomad SC) 3 Del Scharffenberg (Corben/Huntair) 4 Michael Strabel 5 Joe Kregal 6 John Forbes (Emerald Velo) 7 Robert Manddson (Enselle) 8 Jim Bailey 9 Jim Haase (Team S & M) Single Speed 1 Brad Cockman (Reno Hilton) 2 Chauncy Curl (Rubicon) 3 Matt Pellieo 4 Mark Meikle 5 Erik Hansen (Unatt) 6 Bijorn Fernarus (Team S & M) 7 Douglas Moak 8 Darien Curl (Rubicon) dnf Brian Witty (Half-Fast) dnf Wade Goff (Lakeside / River's Edge) dnf Richard Marantz (Corben/Huntair) Courtesy Doug OllerenshawPrevious results from the USA