by: Jens Raz
especially endurance racers in Southern California sure are spoiled. Racers and
Chasers has always run their XC events alongside a 3 ½ hr Marathon for the guy
and girl that like it a little longer.
past weekend, the series known for creating races in the San Diego California
area, put on another gem of an event in Sycamore Canyon.
Each lap consisted of a brutal 6.66 miles with roughly 1,271 feet of climbing.
A mix of fast, technical, loose and rocky single track, 28 mph+ descents, steep
dirt roads and wickedly fun and tight single track combined with scorching
temperatures left racers challenged. Luckily each of the 130 participants were
greeted at the end with Rockstar recovery drinks,
cookies, fruit and plenty of shaded seating under the Racer’s & Chasers
cyclocross Pro, Brent Prenzlow (Celo Pacific), who recently took 1stat Julian Death March and 4thplace at the Lumberjack 100 Mtb (NUE Series)
in Michigan lined up with Tinker Juarez(Cannondale Factory), Charles Jenkins (KHS 650B) and Paul Friewald (Pivot
Bikes) to fight for the top price money. Brent in his onw words: "I took
the hole shot to lead down the first single-track and stay out of trouble. It
worked and three of us (Brent, Tinker and Paul) were off the front at the
bottom. I continued to lead until the climb to Martha's Grove,
where Tinker set the pace dropping Paul Friewald. I stayed on
his wheel and then re-passed him before the single-track to keep him in check.
I kept the lead until the final fire road climb where I fell off the lead and
went my own pace from there on out.” Meanwhile, an unlucky Chuck Jenkins
experienced a flat and had to chase. He was never able to catch up. The top
step and $265 was taken by the Cannondale man, followed by $150 and Brent Prenzlow
(Cello Pacific) and Paul Friewald (Pivot Bikes) taking home $120 for a painful
endurance racers started 1 hour earlier under a cool and moist cover. The 30
some guys and gals went off together. Guy Sutton (Cal Coast Cycles) and Zac
Stein (SDSU) took the lead early on towards the first single track. Not to be
seen again by the majority, Guy Sutton had a fight on his hand with Zac Stein.
Being dropped on the descents, Zac came back on Guy’s wheel on the climbs. The
college student faded towards the end and finished out of of the top 5. Alex
TerVrught (Celo Pacific) and Jens Raz (MTBRaceNews) had a similar battle going
until the flying Dutchmen, also known as ATV encountered a mechanical. The
rocky 20mph+ descent after the start/finish threw the chain in between the
cassette and spokes, virtually pulling the emergency brake on Alex’s Kona. It
took the 2 rivals quite a bit of cursing, a bloody knuckle and soft words to
loosen the stubborn chain. Back on the dirt, Alex caught back on to the
MTBRaceNews dude and continued playing cat and mouse until the end, graciously
letting the German walk one step higher to a 2nd place finish behind
Guy Sutton and taking 3rd in the process.
women’s race was taken by Christin Gray who lapped her nearest threat, Christin
Gillis with enough time in the bank to have done one more lap!
1, Guy Sutton (6 laps) 3:37:41
2, Jens Raz (6 laps) 4:08:41
3, Alex Ter-Vrugt (6 laps) 4:08:42
4, Hans Garcia (6 laps) 4:10:35
5, Dee Folse (6 laps) 4:11:20
1, Christin Gray (4 laps) 3:15:46
2, Christin Gillis (3 laps) 3:18:04
1, Tinker Juarez (Cannondale) 1:52:05
2, Brent Prenzlow (Celo Pacific) 1:54:07
3, Paul Freiword 1:59:15
4, David Sullivan 2:00:16
5, Stehane Roch 2:04:26
6, John W Beherns 2:04:33
7, Chuck Jenkins 2:10:43