Sea Otter Stage Race
24 April 2013
Christopher Harland-Dunaway contributed to this report.
The four-day weekend that is the Sea Otter Classic wrapped up last Sunday with an emphatic win for Daniel Holloway (Team Mike’s Bikes p/b Incase) at the Pro-1-2 Men circuit race. Meanwhile, despite suffering a late crash, Kirk Carlsen (Predator Carbon Repair) finished with the leaders and took the general classification win.
Jacquelyn Crowell (Exergy TWENTY16) rode in a two-rider break to win at the circuit race and overtake Jade Wilcoxson (Team Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) in the general classification for Pro-1-2 Women.
Criterium, Thursday, 18 April
The Pro-1-2 Men began their Sea Otter Classic weekend with the early morning criterium along Laguna Seca Raceway’s start-finish straightaway. Cash Call Mortgage pushed a gruelling pace. As the race wore on, large groups of riders fell off the back to be eventually pulled by officials.
At the penultimate lap, Jelly Belly Cycling positioned their riders at the sharp end of the field with a couple of Team Mike’s Bikes p/b Incase riders immediately behind them. Team Mikes Bikes came over the top of Jelly Belly’s heads, forcing the pace extremely high over the course’s feature knoll in the center and perhaps launching their leadout too early for their sprinter, Daniel Holloway.
Cashcall Mortgage Cycling Team skulked along directly behind. With a finishing kick into the last chicane, Cashcall’s lead-out took control and launched Cole House and Fabrizio Von Nacher into the finishing straightaway with considerable daylight between them and the sprinters trailing behind. The two Cashcall teammates had time to celebrate well before crossing the line.
Ricardo Van Der Velde and Chris Kriek took third and fourth, respectively, for Jelly Belly Cycling. Daniel Holloway rounded out the top five.
The race for Pro-1-2 Women saw several individual attacks but the field stayed together, apart from riders falling off the back. Attacks came from Mary Maroon (SB Racing) and Alison Tetrick (Exergy TWENTY16). Colavita-Fine Cooking, with Jamie Bookwalter, Mary Zider, and Laura Brown, also occupied the front of the field on several laps.
The race came down to a sprint but it was Jade Wilcoxson the clear winner by five bike lengths over Heather Fisher (Exergy TWENTY16). Ally Stacher, the only Specialized-lululemon rider, took third place just ahead of Jacquelyn Crowell and Brown in fifth.
Road Race, Friday, 19 April
The road race proved challenging for Pro-1-2 Women as the field dropped off 10 riders in quick succession. Those remaining stayed compact for much of the race until the final deciding climb.
Wilcoxson drove hard up to the finish to edge out the win over Flavia Oliveira (DNA Cycling p/b Plan7) by a couple of bike lengths. Kristabel Doebel-Hickok (Spy-Giant Ride) took third place whilst Ally Stacher and Mary Zider rounded out the top five. Emma Grant (Pinnacle p/b Argon 18) was the highest-placed local team rider in seventh.
The Pro-1-2 Men’s race saw a break of three get away for almost the entire race. Connor McCutcheon (Get Crackin’), Zack Noonen (BikeReg.com/Cannondale), and Kennett Peterson (Team Rio Grande) at one point had worked their lead over 2 minutes. NorCal Cycling New’s favourite son Christopher Harland-Dunaway (Marc Pro-Strava) gave chase but the break managed to stay away until the final climb to the finish.
Without any fresh legs added the breakaway soldiered on until Jelly Belly rallied together for a push that decimated the advantage. The break was caught with 2 kilometers to go.
As the race entered its final minutes, Kirk Carlsen (Predator Carbon Repair) launched a big attack in a bid for victory. Alex Hagman (Jelly Belly p/b Kenda) was the only rider to follow and stayed on Carlsen’s wheel until the final 200 when he came around him and won the stage. Carlsen’s staunch effort was unable to retake Hagman before the line and Carlsen rode in for an impressive second.
Cole House, the GC leader from the first stage, grabbed third place to hold onto the leader’s jersey whilst Carlsen moved into second overall.
Time Trial, Saturday, 20 April
Stage 3 was a time trial over 1 lap of the road race course. The course had two punchy climbs and plenty of crosswinds in some sections.
Alison Tetrick went fastest for Pro-1-2 Women’s time trial with team mate Jacquelyn Crowell in second. Jade Wilcoxson kept her general classification lead with a third place finish.
For Pro-1-2 Men, Kirk Carlsen moved into first place overall in setting the fastest time. Justin Rossi (Marc Pro-Strava), an amateur, took second in the time trial and also moved up to second overall.
Pro-1-2 Women’s Time Trial Results
1. Alison Tetrick (Exergy TWENTY16) 19’47.36″
2. Jacquelyn Crowell (Exergy TWENTY16) +1″
3. Jade Wilcoxson (Team Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) +3″
4. Laura Brown (Colavita-Fine Cooking) +28″
5. Amy Thronquist (Pinnacle p/b Argon 18) +33″
6. Flavia Oliveira (DNA Cycling p/b Plan7) +48″
7. Anne Usher (Upper Echelon Fitness) +58″
8. Jamie Bookwalter (Colavita-Fine Cooking) +61″
9. Emma Grant (Pinnacle p/b Argon 18) +61″
10. Breanne Nalder (DNA Cycling p/b Plan7) +74″
11. Kristabel Doebel-Hickok (SPY-Giant Ride) +74″
Pro-1-2 Men’s Time Trial Results
1. Kirk Carlson (Predator Carbon Repair) 17’25″
2. Justin Rossi (Marc Pro-Strava) +7″
3. Michael Olheiser (Cash Call Mortgage) +15″
4. Geoffrey Curran (Get Crackin’) +18″
5. Ricardo Van Der Velde (Jelly Belly Cycling) +22″
6. Morgan Schmitt (Jelly Belly Cycling) +23″
7. Kennett Peterson (Team Rio Grande) +27″
8. David Santos (Cash Call Mortgage) +29″
9. Michael Weicht (Cash Call Mortgage) +35″
10. Daniel Harm (Stage 17-Cylance) +37″
11. Roman Kilun (Team Mike’s Bikes p/b Incase) +37″
Circuit Race, Sunday, 21 April
The Laguna Seca Raceway is famous in auto racing for its Corkscrew – it’s a fast left-right with the equivalent of a five-story drop. The final stage of the Sea Otter Classic Road Race can see bicycle racers exceed 80kmh as they sweep through this section of the circuit.
The Pro-1-2 Women raced second on the day. Fairly quickly, Jacquelyn Crowell got away in a two-racer break with Flavia Oliveira. The pair pushed out their lead beyond 50 seconds. With current GC leader Jade Wilcoxson back in the field this was just the tonic, after three days of hard racing, for Crowell to overcome the 17-second deficit for the overall lead.
Crowell took the comfortable win ahead of Oliveira. Kristabel Doebel-Hickok broke away from the pack on the last lap to take third place. Laura Brown won the field sprint for Colavita-Fine Cooking as Emma Grant rounded out the top five women.
The race for Pro-1-2 Men, the day’s most dangerous breakaway formed midway through, featuring Geoffrey Curran (Get Crackin’), who sat in 4th place overall, and early yellow jersey wearer Cole House. The move isolated Kirk Carlsen who lead a vicious chase up the hill every lap. He was helped by Justin Rossi on the backstretch, who joined Carlsen in an alliance to keep their standings on the general classification.
The alliance worked and the breakaway was reeled back in.
Eric Riggs (Team Mike’s Bikes p/b Incase) took up the pace until the final lap. His teammate Shawn Rosenthal rode the lead-out on the backstretch after Roman Kilun towed Daniel Holloway from the middle of the pack up to front, purportedly passing 20 riders in one move by taking the right side line off the corkscrew.
Coming around the final corner, Daniel Holloway was in an excellent position for the sprint with Zack Noonen level off to his right. Holloway was up for the task; at 20 meters out with the rest of the pack battling for second, the Team Mike’s Bikes racer was pulling away and already raising his arms.
Ricardo Van Der Velde took second place. Sam Bassetti (California Giant Berry Farms/Specialized) finished third to bring a highlight into his team’s quiet weekend.
Kirk Carlsen arrived at Sea Otter Classic as the only representative of Predator Carbon Repair. By underestimating him, teams like Jelly Belly Pro Cycling and Cashcall Mortgage fell prey to his cunning and poise in the road race, ferocity in the time trial, and pure strength and determination in the circuit race. During the chaos of the last 2 laps of the circuit race, a rider caused Carlsen to crash. He had broken his bike, but managed to finish without losing the leader’s jersey. Eric Riggs waited for him.
Final GC Standings
1. Jacquelyn Crowell (Exergy TWENTY16)
2. Flavia Oliveira (DNA Cycling p/b Plan7) +43″
3. Jade Wilcoxson (Team Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) +56″
4. Alison Tetrick (Exergy TWENTY16) +1’22″
5. Laura Brown (Colavita-Fine Cooking) +2’1″
1. Kirk Carlsen (Predator Carbon Repair)
2. Justin Rossi (Marc Pro-Strava) +21″
3. Morgan Schmitt (Jelly Belly Cycling) +31″
4. Geoffrey Curran (Get Crackin’) +32″
5. Michael Olheiser (Cash Call Mortgage) +39″
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