Rathe Tops Cherry Pie Men’s Field

Feb 15, 2009 by

A trio of 17-year-old juniors dropped the hammer on the men’s pro 1,2 field at the 2009 Cherry Pie Road Race, which kicked off the OBRA season Sunday on roads northwest of Albany.

The Hammer CMG Racing Team stamped its mark on the field by claiming three of the top four spots. Portland’s Jacob Rathe, a member of the U.S. Junior National Team, out-sprinted Kennett Peterson (Life Cycles) and teammates Austin Arguello and Wes Stein over the uphill finish to claim the top prize. Arguello is also a member of the Junior National team.

Breakaway attempts met with little success over the 52.2 mile course, which combined long flat straightaways with a handful of gentle rollers and a deceptively tough uphill finish. Small groups in the men’s pro 1,2 field tried in vain to animate the race with repeated breaks, but none gained more than 20 seconds before the field reeled them back.

The combined women’s 1,2,3 field followed pretty much the same pattern, with the group remaining intact until the finishing climbs, where Lisa Turnbull sprinted away from the field to take an easy win by seven seconds. Jen Akeroyd (3) fought hard for second, and Libby Evans (3) finished third, nipping Jackie Cohen (3) at the line.

Men Pro,1,2
1. Jacob RATHE
2. Kennett PETERSON
3. Austin ARGUELLO

Women 1,2,3
1. Lisa TURNBULL (1,2)
2. Jen AKEROYD (3)
3. Libby EVANS (3)

Men 3
1. Andrew BENNETT
2. Zak KOVALCIK
3. Sage FREEMAN

Juniors 13-15
1. Colby WAIT-MOLYNEUX
2. Lance PUGH
3. Gabriel NOLLER

Juniors 16-18
1. Joe PRETTYMAN
2. George ZACK
3. Brian FAWCETT

Masters 40+
1. Karsten HAGEN
2. David ZIMBELMAN
3. Matt SLATER

Check OBRA’scomplete results here.