GT Dirt Coalition rider Keith DeFiebre......
The start of the Expert 35+ field before they hit the steep hill leading to the back country.....
Greg Heinz(Joselyns/Brunham Coaching) and MaryEllen-Ash(Sugar CRM) claimed top honors this past weekend at the CCCX XC #4 race held at Toro Park near Monterey. The Toro Park course features a steady climb of 2.5 miles with nearly 1000 feet elevation gained, followed by a ripping descent back down to the start-finish area. Recent trail work by course builder Keith DeFiebre(GT Dirt Coalition) made the route extremely fun to ride with the additions of berms, easy flowing rollers where riders can catch some air, and overall general trail maintenance. Over 180 riders tackled the challenging course. There was also a brand new section of single track trail used near the start finish making Toro Park one of the more scenic courses in Nor-Cal. In the end Heinz and Ellen Ash were strongest on the day. Heinz had to hold off hard charging former World Champion Rob Anderson(Team Specialized Racing), and Chad DeHerra(Willow Glen Bikes) who were 2nd and 3rd in the Pro/Semi Pro Division. While Mary Ellen-Ash outkicked Sharon Hill(Murray/Renaissance) for the win by a mere six seconds at the line. Carolina Villafane(Buy-cell.com) was third in the Women's Pro/Expert Division.
Buy Cell.com sponsored Carolina Villafane.......
Buy Cell.com sponsored Mike Sooder......
Specialized sponsored Rob Anderson throwing it down.....
Alex Work & Eric Ebberoth.....
Buy Cell sponsored Julian Villafane.....
Scotts Valley's Brent Carkeet.....
Women's fastest on the day was Mary Ellen-Ash.....
A little show boating at the finish from the InfoVista Cycling Team...
Race winners on the day:
PRO/EXPERT WOMEN Mary-Ellen Ash Sugar CRM
PRO/SEMI-PRO Greg Heinz Joselyn's/Burnham Coachin
EXPERT 18 & under Matt Dion Pleasanton
EXPERT 19-34 Nico Cerna VOS Racing
EXPERT 35-44 John Pattullo CCCX
EXPERT 45-54 Tim Sawyer Bicycle Trip/Team Symantec
EXPERT 60+ Larry Broberg Team Bicycle Trip
PRO/EXPERT SINGLE SPEED Erik Ebberoth Ebben Bikes
SPORT 18 & under Alex Wild EVOMO/ Trailhead
SPORT MEN 19-34 Joseph Brody Beaver Racing
SPORT MEN 35-44 Shane Flynn Hwy 68 Hillbillies
SPORT MEN 45-55 Jim Werle Sterling Sports Group
SPORT MEN 55+ Joseph Crabtree Forest Hill Bike Shop
SPORT SINGLE SPEED Jason McDonald Specialized
CLYDESDALE Daymon Prewitt Me
SPORT WOMEN 34 & under Megan Zemny Team Roaring Mouse
SPORT WOMEN 45+ Henrietta Stern Hot Flash Chicks
JUNIOR MEN 14-18 Nick Casaccia Family Cycling Center
BEGINNING MEN 19-34 Jett Chandler Salinas
BEGINNING MEN 35-44 Colin Gilbert Cavanaugh Color
BEGINNING MEN 45-54 Mark Knutson BSA Racing / SCCCC
BEGINNING MEN 55+ Rick Ortenblad Santa Cruz
JUNIOR MEN 13 & under Sagee Moyal Summit Bicycles
BEGINNING WOMEN 19+ Brianne Spiersch Joselyns
JUNIOR WOMEN 18 & under Rainee Chandler Salinas High