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SoCal CycloCross Cup- Hart Park, Bakersfield, CA


"SoCal Cyclocross Cup Finale a Wet One!"

By: Sam Ames, race director

The SoCal Cyclocross Cup wrapped up this weekend in Bakersfield with a finale dinner and cyclocross film screening of   "PuresweetHell by Santa Cruz film makers, Brian Vernor and Willie K. Bullion.   Sunday morning the racers headed to Hart Park under treacherous and wet conditions. The fast, European style course was turned into a slippery race of attrition with some riders even running down the downhill sections due to clay and mud. The infamous "Sammy Special" running up section blew apart many a riders legs and lungs. More than 100 riders turned out to brave the elements and support what has become a formidable cross series.   Many riders felt this was the toughest course of the season and a true example of good hard Euro style cyclocross.

The men's elite race was won by Brent Prenzlow of Celo Pacific/Salsa Cycles who led from the gun with current national 40-44 age champion Mark Noble of team Amgen in 2nd. Leo Sandoval fought a tough race to round out the top 3.   Noble also took the overall series prize for the elite men.   In the women's race, "tornado" Dorothy Wong of Kelly Bike Co. took the women's race and the overall series title as well. Dede Moore of Mission Hospital finished second today and overall and Mandy Gamble/Bicycle Johns rounded out the top three in the series.

The "So. Cal Cross Cup" which started in October in Vista, CA has traveled the southland of California. The series has seen a strong showing of junior riders under the age 18 and newcomers.

Cyclocross in Southern California is steadily growing, and with memorable competitors unriveled in many cyclocross hotbeds... the incomparable Lance Armstrong and his team mate Antonio Cruz, World Champion Daniele Pontoni, World Class mountain biker Tara Llanes, top-ranked crosser Gina Hall, National Champions Alan Coates and Dan Norton.   So Cal Cross has soared to new heights!   We are already discussing plans for a bigger and better series next season!

Thanks to all our sponsors for their tremendous support!






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Cross Nationals: December 10-12, 2004 Portland, OR

Portland Oregon -- Kelly Factory Team rider Dorothy Wong sloshes and slogs her way to a 4th place podium finish in the Masters 40-44 class at the USCF Cyclocross National Championships held in Portland Oregon.

Like any other average day in Oregon one could expect conditions nothing less than desirable for cross – very muddy, rain and more rain.

Dorothy who rode 10 seconds off the lead the first few laps of the race was caught off guard like a deer in the headlights as she was cresting one of the many large mounds of mud by the strong flash of a photographer’s camera.

“I’m really surprised because camera flash has never bothered me before, but this one time I must have been looking right at it when it went off,” explained Wong, “By the time I got up and got it together, a few of the girls had passed me so worked my way up to 4th” -- it’s cool though, I still had a lot of fun and the other girls were really great”.

photos courtesy of Roman Roth

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