• The Hills are Alive

    by  • August 11, 2012 • Cal Cup, norcal scene, race coverage

    Dunnigan Hills Road Race
    11 August 2012

    Final report.

    Racers took to the Dunnigan Hills Road Race with temperatures already at 70°F by race time and surpassing 100°F as the last of the riders crossed the finish line. The event is part of both the Cal Cup and Premier Series.

    The Women’s 1-2-3 race was won by Molly Van Houweling (Metromint Cycling) after she and Marley Smith (Steven’s Bikes p/b Pactimo) worked an enormous gap late in the second lap. The Metromint racer picked up winner’s points for the Cal Cup but also puts herself into a strong position for the Premier Series. With a maximum of 40 points remaining, Van Houweling’s 34-point lead will be difficult to overcome in the last two events of that series.

    All smiles early in the race, Maroon was under the close attention of her rivals

    All smiles early in the race, Maroon was under the close attention of her rivals

    “I wasn’t in the break originally,” reported Van Houweling, “My team mate Amanda Seigle had attacked part way through the first lap after a series of attacks by other people. Lots of people had been active including Steven’s [Bikes presented by Pactimo], Metromint [Cycling], and Mary Maroon [Folsom Bike/Mercedes Benz]. [This] was impressive because we all had our eyes on [Maroon] for the sprint but she was aggressive from the beginning. Marley Smith (Steven’s Bikes p/b Pactimo) and Maroon ended up bridging across to Seigle and I watched that go because I thought it was a good opportunity to let Mary [Maroon] and Marley [Smith] use some energy. Those three came together up front and that period was a little dicey because that’s a really powerful break. Even though I had a team mate up there, I am also thinking about the Premier series and those two [Maroon and Smith] are awesome sprinters. For us to let a team mate go up the road taking [Maroon and Smith] to the line is a difficult situation.”

    Amanda Seigle on a solo break just beyond mid-way through the first lap

    Amanda Seigle on a solo break just beyond mid-way through the first lap

    Seigle’s early break under the day’s difficult conditions was a hard move to hold and she dropped off Smith and Maroon. Returning to the rest of the field, Van Houweling reached a pivotal point in her race. ‘We decided I would try to bridge to the [leaders]. I knew I could only do that if I had a Steven’s [rider] with me,” continued Van Houweling, “I talked to Amy Thronquist, an incredibly strong Steven’s rider. We decided we would work together. We brought Jane Despas and Amy Chandos [Steve's Bikes p/b Pactimo] but that ended up being Amy Thronquist, Jane Despas, and [myself] trying to make the connection.” At some point, Maroon was dropped by Smith, giving Van Houweling another pivotal decision. “This was my opportunity to separate myself from Mary [Maroon],” described Van Houweling, “So as we came up to [her] I attacked…and I made it up to Marley [Smith].”

    The field was decimated behind Smith and Van Houweling leaving a strong chase group in Maroon, Despas, and Thronquist. The leaders worked hard and created a gap of 11 minutes 22 seconds, to Van Houweling’s surprise, just before the pair headed down the long straight stretch toward the finish line, some 23km (14 miles) away. Van Howeling admitted to her team’s strategy of getting her into a break without Maroon but also acknowledged the Folsom Bike’s caliber, saying “Working a rider over, even when you have a great team, is hard when you have a rider of [Maroon's] quality.”

    Marley Smith and Molly Van Houweling with an 11-minute Gap

    Marley Smith and Molly Van Houweling with an 11-minute Gap

    Results for Women 1-2-3

    1. Molly Van Houweling (Metromint Cycling)
    2. Marley Smith (Steven’s Bikes p/b Pactimo)
    3. Mary Maroon (Folsom Bike/Mercedes Benz)
    4. Amy Thornquist (Steven’s Bikes p/b Pactimo)
    5. Jane Despas

    Eric Riggs (Team Mike’s Bikes) was the winner for Men Pro-1-2 and earned some valuable Cal Cup points to challenge last weekend’s two-race winner, Torey Philipp (California Giant/Specialized).

    Pro-1-2 Break Mid-Way through First Lap at Dunnigan

    Pro-1-2 Break Mid-Way through First Lap at Dunnigan

    Results for Men Pro-1-2

    1. Eric Riggs (Team Mike’s Bikes)
    2. Frank Spiteri (Marc Pro-Strava)
    3. JD Bergmann (Team Clif Bar)
    4. Christopher Harland-Dunaway (UC Davis Aggies/Davis Bike Clib)
    5. Jesse Moore (California Giant/Specialized)

    Michael Buckley (Morgan Stanley) was the winner for Men Master 35+ 1-2-3. Runner-up Andres Gil (Michael David Winery Cycling Team) secured enough points to take the Premier Series crown.

    Results for Master 35+ 1-2-3

    1. Michael Buckley (Morgan Stanley)
    2. Andres Gil (Michael David Winery Cycling Team)
    3. Bryan Hoadley (R4R/Make-A-Wish)
    4. Trevor White (SquadraSF)
    5. Nathan Parks (Morgan Stanley/Specialized Cycling Team)

    Results for Men Cat 3

    1. Chris Corbett (David Bike Club)
    2. Jeffrey Buscheck (UC Davis)
    3. Brennan Percy (Chico Corsa)
    4. Trevor Gomes (Delta Velo/Michael David Winery Racing Team)
    5. Scott Witthof (Fusion Sport)

     

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