Monday, September 15, 2014

CCCX II Ft. Ord 09-13-14

This course was all about speed. There were no real hills , just a couple of run-ups and two sets of barriers. This made for some really fast and risky racing with a few folks being victims of the loose and sandy corners. Early in the day, Benoit Dubuisson rode a solid race in the single speed B category to get 3rd.Michael Schaller rode to 15th in the mens 45 B race in a big field. Matt Garcia improved on last weeks crash fest by staying upright and coming in 9th in the open mens B race.
Michelle Perez fought hard in a closely contended womens 45+ race and landed a podium spot in 3rd. Campbell Steers was near the front in the womens A race when an early crash took her to the back. She fought her way back to 6th, just a handful of seconds from the podium.
Rick  Ortenblad and myself had no crashes in the mens 55+ race and finished 4th and 5th .
 The mens A race was a fairly large field and we had five of our best entered . The start saw a repeat of last week with Alex Work leading out the field and later causing a split of 5-6 riders to pull away from the rest of the field. In that lead group were Scott Chapin and team newcomer Max Judelson.
 Alex stayed in front for more than half the race until another separation caused by an attack from Scott Chapin reduced the lead group to three. Alex and Max would ride together to the finish and not get caught by riders behind. Scott rode at the front and would wind up finishing a very close second.....two seconds behind the leader. Alex was 4th, Max was 5th. Kailin Waterman got a bad start but fought up to 9th with a very strong race. Brendan Lehman followed in 12th place , not liking the absence of hills but still staying on the lead lap. Ian Stowe in the mens single speed A race suffered with too small a gear but still came in 7th.

 Boston Transplant Max Judelson gets his introduction to local CCCX racing and finished on the podium.
 Max and Alex were only a few feet apart at the finish.
Kailin Waterman riding strong on the day with an elite top-ten finish.
 Three out of five podium spots in the mens A race were covered by our team-a great result.
Brendan Lehman near the end of a fast dry race-next week will be the deep sand of CSUMB.

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