30 August 2012
Lost in the race coverage, of the penultimate weekend for the 2012 California Cup, were two crashes on the downhill section at the Winters Road Race. One involving a Michael David racer warranted some neutralization of racing. NorCal Cycling News understands the racer has a broken femur and we wish him a speedy recovery.
Jane Despas was the unfortunate racer in another crash and she goes into surgery today to “insert shiny equipment in shoulder”, as she wrote by e-mail. Again, NorCal Cycling News wishes Ms Despas well in her recovery.
The outcome of this incident is a significant change in the outlook for Women 1-2-3. Going into Winters, Despas was leading the series as an unattached racer. With five of the next seven points-earners at the time racing for Steven’s Bikes presented by Pactimo, the Cal Cup was looking at a possible battle between a strong team and a lone racer.
Coming out of the fourth week of Cal Cup, Amy Thornquist (Steven’s Bikes p/b Pactimo) now leads Women 1-2-3 on the heel of top-six finishes at Winters and Vacaville. Fiona Strouts (Steven’s Bikes p/b Pactimo) and Mary Elizabeth Maroon (Folsom Bike/Mercedes Benz) move into second place jointly with Maroon the biggest mover after taking second place on both days of the weekend. Nicole Justice (Steven’s Bikes p/b Pactimo) follows up her San Ardo win to move up to fourth place whilst Despas drops into fifth.
Justin Rossi (Marc Pro-Strava) took the win at the Vacaville Gran Prix to cap the a weekend of consolidating his lead for Men Pro-1-2. With a 28-point advantage over second place, Rossi can afford to give up a few places going into the final weekend of Cal Cup but still needs to produce by Giro to secure his crown.
After leading the standings following the first weekend of Cal Cup racing, Torey Philipp (California Giant/Specialized) is holding on to second place. Stephen Leece (California Giant/Specialized) and Kurt Wolfgang (SquadraSF) each scored well in week 4; they now hold third and fourth, respectively. Christopher Harland-Dunaway (Davis Bike Club Race Team) sits in fifth place of the standings.
Despite having two individual wins, Team Mike’s Bikes only has two racers in the top-ten, both tied for ninth.
Michael Buckley (Morgan Stanley/Specialized) has nothing but top-five finishes in his points-scoring races for Master 35+ 1-2-3. He holds the second biggest lead in this year’s Cal Cup competition but it is Andres Gil (Michael David Winery Cycling Team) that sits in second place.
Trevor Gomes (Delta Velo/Michael David Winery Racing Team) continues to hold onto first place for Men Category 3. Now it is Matt Rodrigues (Davis Bike Club Race Team) that sits in second place after his win at Winters. This category is closely spaced; all the 47 racers with points have a mathematical possibility to take the series win.
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