Lange Twins Winery
Sacramento Cyclocross Series • 17 November 2013
Fresh off traveling to races in the East, Emily Kachorek (ghetomoto) grabbed the hole shot, held off an early challenge from Felicia Gomez, and went on to win the Women’s A race today at the Lange Twins Winery.
Later in Men’s A, Jeremiah Root (SBRacing) and Mitch Trux thrilled the spectators as they fought each other to the last lap. Trux used his big ring to take the victory.
The Lange Twins course was bumpy and dusty but utilized a good number of the available embankments. These were treacherous obstacles and a good number of racers fell foul to their loose soil.
Elsewhere, the course could flow and there were plenty of technical sections. The winery’s delivery ramp was put to use again in the now signature flyover. It spilled out into a fast hard left turn that could have presented problems with close fields flying down the ramp.
In the Men’s A race, big Jude Mayne (ibis/Buy-cell.com) fought hard with Chris McGovern (cycleutioncoaching.com) going up the flyover. Mayne took the hole shot and led the field away. Heading to the far side of the course, Mayne had the lead but it was Jeremiah Root in first place as the field headed back for the end of the first lap.
There was a new leader again on the second lap as McGovern led the slowly stretching field out and back again. McGovern’s grab was short lived as he crashed on the loose embankment, completely ruining his race for the day.
This left Root out front. In high pursuit was Mitch Trux and the pair kept spectators highly entertained as the leaders battle failed to give any indication as to which racer would cross the finish line first.
Both riders took turns leading. Trux’s early spell was short lived and, after relinquishing the lead back to Root, the gap between first and second hinted at growing in Root’s favour. However, did Trux stayed in touch.
Root swept through the boisterous cheering and heckling crowd ahead of Trux on the bell lap and they raced out to the back of the course. Then it was Trux cresting the flyover in front after putting in the fastest lap of the race. It was enough to take the win from the hard working Root. After a slow start to his season, following the birth of his new son, Trux was well pleased with a tactical win and a deserved result.
After falling away from his first lap lead, Jude Mayne rode a solid race to capture third place. Curtis Smith (Team Bicycles Plus/Sierra Nevada) crossed the line in fourth whilst Nick Schaffner (Marc Pro-Strava) came home in fifth place.
The Women’s A race had a small but quality field. Sarah Maile (Ventana Mountain Bikes) was on hand and continues to improve her race following time away for family. Felicia Gomez (Pinnacle p/b Argon 18) also lined up at the start alongside series leader Hollie McGovern (Real Wheels/cycleuetion.com).
The clear favourite was the returning Emily Kachorek (#Ghetomoto). After several weeks in the East for UCI races, Kachorek was keen to put to the test her recently gained technical skills.
Kachorek exited the flyover in front on the first lap. Yet, after the first time over the plank barriers, less than 10 seconds covered the five-racer field.
On the start of lap two, Kachorek had a small gap but Gomez and McGovern were racing hard to not let the race get away from them. This complexion changed very quickly, however, as Gomez tripped over the plank barriers.
Kachorek then set the three fastest laps of the race before going onto cement her win.
Gomez would later suffer a flat to drop her down to fifth as McGovern took over second place. Sarah Maile put in a hard charge late in the race to solidify her third place ahead of Maureen Kunz.
Preliminary report…more race coverage, results, and photographs to follow.
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