Southern California Prestige Series of Cyclocross
UCI CXLA Weekend: DTLA Historic CX
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The second round of UCI weekends in Southern California (SoCal) is part of the premier California Gold Crown Events presented by Shimano. The elite races started to the beat of the Dragon Dance as group from Chinatown came to share its rich history. The park is immediately adjacent to Chinatown, the Metro Gold line, and a short walk from Dodgers Stadium and Olivera Street. The location hosted the first race of the SoCal season and was a good spot to for promoter Dorothy Wong to hold her second UCI weekend this year. The park has a great backdrop of downtown and as Dr. Leonard Pitt said, “No other available 32 acres holds as much opportunity to enlighten us about history and culture of Los Angeles and this region.”
The course made for some strategic racing as the long straights led into slow, loose, and tricky turns that made the racing exciting. From the start riders began through long fast straight, into a challenging loose left and into an immediate right. Once riders came through the twisting front section they opened up again on the back straight. Each of these long straights really picked the pace up each lap, grouping riders together. It was a strength in numbers game all day as the gusty winds swept across the granulated sections. The flyover and fast right hand banked turn were a definite favorite of riders all day.
photo: Keneth Hill
It was Sue Butler (River City Bicycles) who took the holeshot and through the first part of the course but by the first technical section Julie Krasniak (Rapha-Focus) came around to lead with Nicole Duke (Cannondale/Cyclocrossworld.
On the first lap Duke flatted far out from the pits and was slowing off the lead group. She made an exchange and got back out on course but a second flat put her out of the race. The front three kept driving hard and increasing their gap on the field. The chase broke into two and by the end it was Devon Gorry (Rambuski Law) and Katherine Sherwin (Stan’s NoTubes) who sprinted it out. SoCal series leader Allison Mann (Rock N’ Road) had a great ride and rolled in for sixth. Gorry beat Sherwin to the line to take fourth.
The battle up front was going back and forth and with two to go it looked like it was going to be either Butler or Miller. By the last lap it was clear Miller was in control as she rode ahead of Butler to take the win. Krasniak rolled in for third.
photo: Keneth Hill
The first lap held a big group together and it was Cody Kaiser (California Giant/Specialized) who took the holeshot but early into the lap Allen Krughoff (Boulder Cycle Sport) took the lead. By the second lap more riders started working the front and the accelerations of the group eventually started taking the numbers down in the ten-man group.
Eventually, the front group split as Tim Johnson (Cannnondale/Cyclocrossworld.
With two laps to go Johnson put in a big attack on the far back stretch of the course that left Krughoff and Shepperd to chase. With one to go Shepperd continued to chase hard but rolled in comfortably for fourth as Krughoff flatted and had to change bikes to take the final podium spot in fifth. Up front Johnson went early and ran away with it for the win with Berden second and Jones third.
Day two will be another exciting day of UCI racing in downtown Los Angeles as the course will see some minor tweaks. It seems as if old man winter has taken the weekend off to allow these cyclcross hero’s another bluebird day in SoCal.
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Updated on May 10, 2013, 12:06am