Sacramento Cyclocross Series
Lange Twins Winery
18 November 2012
Marja-Liisa Magnuson (Kinetic Cycles) battled hard on a rapidly changing course and won the Women’s A race. Later in the day, Max Jenkins (Folsom Bikes) waited until the third lap to take charge of the race for Men A. Jenkins battled a little more before racing on to the win.
The sun was shining at Lange Twins Winery and helped to quickly dry out the course. Earlier racing also had its effect, squeezing the mud, forming ruts, and packing the sand. The mud was tacky in certain sections that riders were unable to coast without quickly coming to a stop. All-in-all, the racing was hard and enjoyable for spectators and riders.
Emily Kachorek (TBB.CX) and Magnuson quickly established themselves as the leaders in the race for Women A, battling hard for the lead. Kachorek lead on the first lap coming out of the difficult off-camber sections, over increasingly sticky mud, with Holly McGovern (Real Wheels/Cycleution) in a close third position. In the earlier race that day, it was faster to run the off-camber though riding was possible. Racers for Women A had to quickly adjust expectations from their pre-ride had they chosen to run; with good bike handling, the fastest approach became riding.
Magnuson and Kachorek went side-by-side contesting the lead and even accidentally touched wheels. By the time they passed the off-camber sections on the next lap, Magnuson had the lead. She would hold this position with a small gap but Kachorek stayed in touch. With two-to-go, Magnuson bumped up her gap to second as Kachorek, in her first muddy cyclocross race, toiled on the sticky stuff. This gap was enough for Magnuson as she raced over the fly-over, boasted the biggest in cyclocross, with a 50-second gap and the win.
“I thought [Emily Kachorek] was right behind me the whole time,” said Magnuson, “but I think I heard her drop back a little bit and I tried to go a little bit harder on the corners and the off-camber section. At a certain point she wasn’t there. I passed [Kachorek on the paved section after the start] and just held it. I’m not used to pace-lining behind people so I put my head down and went. On the next lap she was right [on me]; I thought she was coming around me and that was when she rubbed my wheel. I just stayed in front.”
Kachorek’s second place was over a minute ahead of third-place McGovern. Vicky Sama (Adventure’s Edge) crossed the finish line in fourth. Further back and in her first bicycle race after a long layoff, Amanda Siegle (Metromint Cycling) came home in fifth place. Stace Cooper (The Bicycle Business) took a seventh-place finish to maintain hold of the series lead. In the best six-of-eight races, with two races remaining on the schedule, there are still many permutations for the top six in the series to win the overall standings.
The race for Men A started off fast and a train of four quickly pulled out in front. In this group were Jude Mayne (Velo Reno), James Williams (Adventure’s Edge), Peter Knudsen (TBB.CX), and Jenkins. They stayed close for the first three laps. Williams and Jenkins then surged ahead and exchanged leads with each other with Knudsen and Mayne contesting third at the time.
“I got the hole shot at Lembi Park; I really didn’t like that because it suffered way too much after the first couple laps,” commented Jenkins, “I wanted to start [today] a little bit easier [and] spend the first of the laps on the wheel, just to settle into the race. Then I got an opportunity to go up the inside of the hairpin near the beginning of the [third] lap and I took it. That got rid of Jude [Mayne] and Pete [Knudsen] because I did a hard attack there. I was with James [Williams] for a couple more laps and we were working together.”
Eventually Jenkins pulled out a gap on Williams and rode away for the win.
“I went into the barrier section, about half-way through the race, a little faster,” continued Jenkins, “I got a couple second gap. After that [I said] ‘well, I might as well keep going.’ If you have enough to get rid of a racer you might as well take it. If he comes back that’s another matter but if he can’t come back it’s easy. Then I just tried to keep it smooth and not make any dumb mistakes.”
Williams fell back to Mayne and Knudsen and the three contested for position in the remaining laps. Mayne, on his second race of the weekend, eventually pulled ahead to take second place. The sprint up the fly-over for third between Williams and Knudsen was decided by three-tenths of a second in favour of the TBB.CX rider. Clint Williams (Chocolate Fish Coffee Roasters p/b Ikon Cycles) took fifth place.
Knudsen keeps the series lead but will have his hands full in the last two races; at second, Mayne is within a race win on points whilst three others have mathematical possibilities.
Full race results are available from TimeYourRace.com.
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