10 September 2011
Cyclocross season has begun…and now in the NCNCA with Saturday’s CCCX event at Fort Ord. The course was replete with everything needed for ‘cross racing except for the absence of rain and mud. It’s still September and dry and dusty were good enough.
The Elite Women’s race was contested between Devon Gory (Team Rambuski Law) and Stella Carey (HRS/Bay 101/Rocklobster) including some uncompromising defense of position by Gory. On an early lap, Carey made an attempt at the top of the hill to take over first place with Gory unwilling to yield and both racers then going side-by-side on single track. Gory went on to a narrow win over Carey, Katheryn Mattis (Webcor/Alto Velo) coming in third. Trina Baumsteiger (Team Rambuski Law) and Josie Jaques-Maynes (CalGiant) placing fourth and fifth, respectively.
The Elite Men’s race was more or less controlled by Andy Jacques-Maynes (Bissell Pro Cycling) for his dominant win. A battle for second took place later in the race between HRS/Bay 101/Rocklobster racers Scott Chapin and Aaron Bradford…Chapin finally taking the second step over his new teammate. Cody Kaiser (CalGiant/Specialized) and Burbank’s Chris Jackson (Team Rambuski Law) rounded put the five-place podium.
Next up for ‘cross racers is the Fosom Cyclebration (17 September) plus the season opener of the Sacramento Cyclocross Series at the Cyclery Compound on 24 September. The next CCCX at Fort Ord is 24 September.
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