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Report and Results - Pro XCT #2 Bonelli Park, CA

Posted by: Shannon Boffeli |March 21, 2012 2:34 AM
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Pro XCT #2 - Bonelli Park, California

Alison Mann and Ignacio Torres take cross country titles at Pro XCT #2

USA Cycling's Pro XCT started its 2nd stop of the 5-race tour on a sunny morning in Southern California this past Saturday, with the top Cat 1 racers going off at 8:30 am.

Pro Women staged under warm and sunny skies and were set to start at 11:30 am.  With many top international pro's choosing to travel to South Africa for the following weekend's World Cup opener, Bonelli Pro XCT saw a diverse crop of talented racers from the United States, Canada, New Zealand, and even South Africa.  There was a vast group of U23 women on hand as well.

The gun went off and racers charged hard on the pavement toward the start lap, with one racer missing a sharp 180 from dirt to grass before the group sped back through the start/finish to begin lap 1 of the 5 lap race.  

Heading through the feedzone to start off lap 1 was South African Mariske Strauss (Pepper Palace.Spin-Tech Training p/b ABR) leading So Cal local Allison Mann (Bikes for Boobs / Rock N' Road) and Canadian Andreanne Pichette (Opus-OGC/Equipe Quebec).  Charging hard in the chase group was New Zealander Jennifer Smith, Zephanie Blasi, Andreane Lanthier Nadea, and Erin Huck.

The racers set out on course up Bonelli's first steep fire road climb that quickly funneled into tight singletrack.  Strauss still led, with Pichette attacking, and Mann following.  After a short descent around a tight 90-degree turn Pichette went in a tad too hot coming off the bike, and Mann squeaked through to charge up toward the course's first rocky descent.  Not looking back, she charged the back side singletrack overlooking Puddingstone lake.

Mann stretched out her lead on lap 2, as the chase group of Blasi and Huck formed.  Unsure of the time splits and pushing the pace a little too hard, Mann went down hard on the far side rocky descent.  After getting back on the bike, she continued her solo flight to the finish.

The lead never changed, with Mann finishing 1st, taking her first Pro XCT win, ahead of WXC World Racing's Zephanie Blasi and Toyko Joe's Erin Huck.  Jamie Busch and Andreanne Pichette rounded out the podium.

The menís event also saw a group of fresh faces at the front. Even with the top pros being in South Africa, Saturdayís event included a strong international group with Canada, Mexico, and the US being represented at the front.

In a surprise move American Ryan Woodall (Top Gear Bicycles) jumped out front and held the lead for the opening half of the race.

The 27-year old Woodall, from Ocala, Florida, hammered off the front of the race. A stalwart on the South East Regional Championship series, Woodall impressed many with his ability to stay out front for the opening laps of the race.

The pace eventually got to him as Ignacio Torres (Turbo) and Colin Cares (Kenda/Felt) surged past the quickly fading rider.

Once out front the experienced Torres, who has been successful on the US national circuit for years, took control of the race with Cares never far behind.

In the end Torres took the win by just 20 seconds over Cares.

Canadian Raphael Gagne (Rocky Mountain Factory) took third followed by Emmanuel Valencia (Turbo) and Kerry Werner (BMC Developmental).

After two rounds of the Pro XCT Colin Cares and Zephanie Blasi are now leading the series.

Results

Pro Men

1,

Ignacio Torres

Turbo

1.27.13

2,

Colin Cares

Kenda/Felt

1.27.33

3,

Raphael Gagne

Rocky Mountain Factory

1.28.21

4,

Emmanuel Valencia

Turbo

1.28.29 

5,

Kerry Werner

BMC Developmental

1.28.49 

6,

Menso DeJong

Santa Cruz Bicycles

1.29.35 

7,

Antone Caron

Subway

1.29.41 

8,

Alex Grant

Cannondale

1.30.28 

9,

Rotem Ishay

Jamis

1.30.51 

10,

Russell Finsterwald

Subaru/Trek

1.31.12 

11,

TJ Woodruff

Momentum Endurance

1.31.21 

12,

Peter Glassford

Trek Canada

1.31.28 

13,

Ryan Woodall

Top Gear Bicycles

1.31.35 

14,

Jeremy Martin

 

1.32.20

15,

Dana Weber

Pro Bike Supply

1.32.29 

16,

Brendon Davids

Sho-Air

1.32.57 

17,

 Macky Franklin

Yeti/SRAM

1.34.01

18,

Ben Bostrom

Sho-Air

1.34.17 

19,

Kalan Beisel

 

1.34.23 

20,

Zachary Valdez

Whole Athlete/Specialized

1.34.24 

21,

Andy Schultz

Kenda/Felt

1.35.33 

22,

Adam Snyder

3D Bicycles

1.36.17 

23,

Graham Aldredge

Mesa cycles

1.36.28 

24,

Anthony Smith

Whole Athlete/Specialized

1.36.33 

25,

Felix Cote

 

1.36.51 

26,

Brennan Wootli

 

1.37.09 

27,

Sean Donovan

KHS/Cytomax

1.37.55 

28,

Ernie Watenpaugh

Tokyo Joeís

1.37.56 

29,

Miguel Ramos

Bear Valley Bikes

1.38.22 

30,

Sebastian Cadrex-Duval

Espresso Sports

1.38.55

31,

Garrett Gibson

 

1.39.36 

32,

Charles Jenkins

KHS 650B Crew

1.39.40 

33,

Kevin Bradford-Parish

 

1.40.14 

34,

Zachary Keller

Focus Cycling

1.40.24 

35,

Hal Helbock

Cytomax/KHS

1.40.28 

36,

Matthew Hosey

Marin Factory Team

1.40.33 

37,

Matthew Connors

Bicycle Ranch

1.41.23 

38,

William Curtis

Santa Cruz

1.41.40 



Pro Women

1,

Allison Mann

Sho-Air/Specialized

 1.28.25

2,

Zephanie Blasi

WXC World

 1.30.50

3,

Erin Huck

Tokyo Joeís

 1.31.43

4,

Jamie Busch

 

 1.32.03

5,

Adreanne Pichette

Opus-OGC

 1.32.51

6,

Erica Tingey

Kuhl

 1.33.40

7,

Jennifer Smith

Stanís NoTubes Elite

 1.34.15

8,

 Sarah Kaufmann

Stanís NoTubes Elite

 1.35.58

9,

Mariske Strauss

 

 1.37.14

10,

Sage Wilderman

Kenda/Felt

 1.38.08

11,

Cayley Brooks

 

 1.39.42

12,

Vicky Barclay

Stanís NoTubes Elite

 1.41.48

13,

Valerie Meunier

 

1.42.18 

14,

Liz Carrington

Bear Valley Bikes

1.44.14

15,

Andreane Lanthier

 

1.46.14

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