SCPS 4 – Los Angeles Cross @ O’Melveny Park
Dot's Short Report
What a great Saturday of cyclocross racing… a balmy-drizzly morning – we missed the rain by one day… again. It was a special day as the City of Los Angeles made this event part of their mission to get more people on bikes. Having cycling allowed in City Parks is a great way to provide families a place to ride. And fittingly SoCalCross offers kids racing for the young one with even 8 year olds able to jump into a race on the ‘real’ cross course.
O’Melveny Park is a special place. Located above Granada Hills in the San Fernando Valley, the park surrounds the Bee Canyon watershed and abuts the Santa Susana mountain range below Oat Mountain. Hiking trails and fire roads invite exploration of this 672-acre park. Outside of Griffith Park, O’Melveny Park is the city of Los Angeles’ second largest park.
So while hikers enjoyed the surrounding trails, SoCalCross Round 4 was underway with a most exciting day of racing. The sloped mostly grass course favored the climber as it twisted its way through the park. The hard charging paved uphill start.finish left little recovery each lap.
Youth Category Leader, 8 year old Brody McDonald (Omega Bike Shop) kept to his winning ways with a strong one lap time of seven minutes was so much fun to watch charging 200 meters to the finish line for a commanding win as the first winner of the day. The Juniors had an exciting race with the 10-14 Men taking it to a sprint finish H2o Overdrive Prestige Series Leader, Christian Husband (DARE) tried to hold off Duncan Reid (Bike Palace/BOT) but Duncan took the holeshot on the last lap for the victory. Amelia Tanner 10-14 Women (JET Cycling) and Leila Carrillo 15-18 Women (TEAM SoCalCross) won comandingly. In the 15-18 Men’s race. A fast charging group of riders including Series Leader Doug Hall (TEAM SoCalCross), Tyler Schwartz (Jet Cycling), Kyle Torres (Sho-Air/Sonance), Michael Stevens, and Erik Velotzky (Wheel World). The group sorted itself out and Kyle began to gap out the group after the first lap. Slowly Doug Hall started to inch back but only as best as 12 seconds back in the end. Great job!
The Masters Men’s winner’s were lead by Series Leader in the 45+ Bobby Langin Sr. (Platinum) despite a rolled tubie found his way back to the pit for a bike exchange and he continued to lead and win the race comandingly. His team mate Jon Miller on the otherhand had a great battle with Series Leader John Rubcic (UCC) in the 55+ race. In the SS B’s Scott Reeves (Sho-Air/Sonance) took the win. Scott and his club will also be helping to host Spooky Cross Night race this coming Saturday 10.23 in Irvine! And in the women’s SS race, a close battle between Sarah Brodsky (Bicycle John’s) and Nancy James Klinger (TEAM SoCalCross) took place the entire race. In the end, the fast spinning style of Nancy’s created the gap for the final lap gap on Sarah for the victory. Another exciting race!
My battery is running low on the computer. Eyes tired, so look for more from Dave Sheek’s ‘Outside All Day’ report. In the end… a great day for Southern California Cyclocross (SoCalCross) as we continue to build the fun and lots of new races coming to the sport each week!
Goodnight for now!