Vacaville Gran Prix
26 August 2012
Today’s Cal Cup was contested at the Vacaville Gran Prix under cooler and windier conditions than the previous day’s Winters Road Race. Maura Kinsella (Vanderkitten-Focus) crossed the line solo to win Women’s 1-2-3, after much effort by Touchstone Climbing during the first few laps. Heather Nielsen and Marissa Axell each led early but they failed to receive any reward with a racer in the break. Kinsella attacked out of a six-racer break and stretched out a lead all the way to the finish line. Mary Elizabeth Maroon (Folsom Bikes/Mercedes Benz) won the sprint for second. Jane Robertson (Metromint Cycling) came home in third place with Amy Thornquist and Nicole Justice, both of Steven’s Bikes p/b Pactimo, taking fourth and fifth places, respectively.
Justin Rossi (Marc Pro-Strava) won the Men’s Pro-1-2 race in another solo break late in the race. As is often typical of this category, there was plenty of activity in the early laps but Rossi’s jump seemed timed very well by the Marc Pro-Strava squad. Chuck Hutcheson (Marc Pro-Strava) beat out Tyler Brandt (Team Mike’s Bikes) in the sprint for second. David Grundman (Michael David Winery Cycling Team) took fourth place with Kurt Wolfgang (SquadraSF) finishing in fifth.
The Cat 3 winner was Tom Edwards with Nick Baird (Sierra Pacific Racing p/b Dayke & Hackett) in second and Don Chapin (Don Chapin Monterey Bay Racing Team) in third. Closing out the top five were Cal Cup leader for the category Trevor Gomes (Delta Velo/Michael David Winery Racing Team) and then Eric Davis (SquadraSF). After seven events, Gomes leads the series by 14 points over Winters’ winner Matt Rodrigues (David Bike Club race Team). Oddvar Kaarboe (Webcor/Alto Velo) is a further seven points behind in third place.
Larry Nolan (Team Specialized Racing Masters) won the Master 35+ 1-2-3 race in a sprint. Ben Albracht (GNARLUBE/LANDSHARK Racing) finished in second place, Scott Fonseca (Zenn Racing Team) was third, Michael Buckley (Morgan Stanley) took fourth, whilst Jason Boynton (Folsom Bike/Mercedes Benz) came home in fifth. Securing points in both races this weekend, Buckley continues to lead the Cal Cup Masters 35+, 22 points ahead of Andres Gil (Michael David Winery Cycling Team). Jonathan Eropkin (SAFEWAY/GA PRC Group/Bicycles Plus) sits two points behind Gil.
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