Applequist, Tyrrell steal season openers at Cherry Pie

Feb 14, 2010 by

A group of out-of-state riders powered the early breakaway that stuck. Brian Hitchcock (Garage Racing) leads eventual winner Kai Applequist (Team Exergy) and Lang Reynolds (Hagens Berman). Echelon Gran Fondo/ZteaM rider Karsten Hagen is at the back of the group. David Root (Therapeutic Associates) is obscured.

A group of out-of-state riders powered the early breakaway that stuck. Brian Hitchcock (Garage Racing) leads eventual winner Kai Applequist (Team Exergy) and Lang Reynolds (Hagens Berman). Echelon Gran Fondo/ZteaM rider Karsten Hagen is at the back of the group. David Root (Therapeutic Associates/GENR8) is obscured.

Leia Tyrrell takes the win.

Leia Tyrrell takes the win.

ADAIR VILLAGE, Ore. — Leia Tyrrell put a stranglehold on the the Senior Women’s Cat 1/2/3 race with a first-lap solo move she pressed all the way to the finish at the 2010 Cherry Pie Road race Saturday.

“I decided to jump off the front just to see what happened,” said the cat 3 rider in the Oregon State U. team kit. “I was just giving it a try. I got a lead and I kind of kept going.”

Tyrrell’s attack on an uphill section about eight miles from the start finish may have caught her competitors off guard. She had a 30-second lead on the field starting her second and final lap, and when she hit the tailwind sections on the front side of the course, she really started smelling victory.

“I realized when I got up through the finish the first time that if I kept pushing and got back on the highway with a tailwind that I’d probably be able to keep it, so I kept pushing,” she said.

Mackenzie Madison (Therapeutic Associates/GENR8) won the field sprint for second place ahead of Jenny Slawta (Landshark) in third and Molly Mullane (Landshark) in fourth. Lifecycle’s Heather Hill finished fifth.

APPLEQUIST WINS FROM EARLY BREAK THAT STICKS

A swarm of out-of-state riders showed up Saturday and spoiled the party for Oregon’s Senior Men at the season-opening Cherry Pie Road Race.

Idaho’s Kai Applequist (Team Exergy) sprinted for the win from a seven-rider break group that started forming early during the first of two laps. Applequist’s winning move originally included just Therapeutic Associates/GENR8′s David Root and Seattle riders Lang Reynolds (Hagens Berman) and Brian Hitchcock (Garage Racing). Echelon Gran Fondo/ZteaM’s Karsten Hagen joined the leaders on his own before teammate John Browning followed suit, bridging up with Hagens Berman rider Sam Johnson in the early miles of the second lap.

With seven riders in the group, the breakaway was well positioned to hold off the charging pack of hungry Oregon riders — even on the relatively flat course.

“Everybody was working pretty even,” Applequist said. “It was either going to work or not, but we were doing all we could to make it work; not killing it but keeping it even.”

Even with the cooperation in the break, the bunch never let the leaders gain too much time, keeping them in their sights on the many long, flat straightaways over the course. Applequist said the close proximity of the chasing bunch kept his thoughts away from the finish until the final kilometer when he knew the group would stay away and thoughts turned to the sprint up the final finishing pitch.

“When we hit the 1k mark I knew I’d better get ready,” he said. “We came around the turn and I was fourth of fifth wheel.”

Applequist pulled ahead about halfway up the hill and held his advantage, fighting Browning all the way to the line. Reynolds crossed the line third, ahead of Hitchcock and Johsnon in fourth and fifth. Root grabbed sixth, while Hagen finished seconds later for seventh. Last year’s winner Jacob Rathe, riding for Jelly Belly this year but sporting his Portland State U. jersey, won the field sprint for eighth on his cyclocross bike.

Promoters said 535 riders turned out for OBRA’s season opener. Check out these unofficial, partial results:

UNOFFICIAL RESULTS
Cherry Pie Road Race
Saturday, Feb. 13
Adair Village, OR

Complete OBRA results are HERE.

Sr. Men Cat 1/2
1. Kai Applequist (Exergy)
2. John Browning (ZteaM)
3. Brian Hitchcock (Garage Racing)
4. Lang Reynolds (Hagens berman
5. Sam Johnson (Hagens Berman)

Sr. Women Cat 1/2/3
1. Leia Tyrrell (Oregon State U.)
2. Mackenzie Madison (Therapeutic Asssociates/GENR8)
3. Jenny Slawta (Landshark)
4. Molly Mullane (Landshark)
5. Heather Hill (LifeCycle)

Juniors 13-15
1. Jack Rising (Fred Meyer Cycling)
2. Grant McElroy (Beaverton Bicycle Club)
3. Trevor Schuaer (Specialized/River City)

Juniors 16-18
1. Austin Boswell (Hot Tubes)
2. Zach Bowden (Fred Meyer Cycling Team)
3. Phelan Koster (Team Oregon)

Sr. Men Cat 3
1. Adam Edgerton
2. Adrian Olmstead
3. Steven Hunter

Sr. Men Cat 4
1. Christopher Dubois
2. Kyle Murhpy
3. Lee Ordonez

Masters Men 40+
1. Brad Earl
2. Daryl Hemenway
3. Sal Collura

Masters Men 50+60+
1. Ivan Meadors (United Finance)
2. Jeff Micthem (Rapha Racing)
3. Lance Coffel

Masters Men Cat 4/5 50+60+
1. Ron Sines (Pacific Power Blue Sky)
2. Will Catlin (Nike Cycling)
3. Andrea Correan (Unattached)

Women Cat 4
1. Anna Christianson (Ironclad Performance Wear)
2. Sydney Running (Oregon State U.)
3. Sarah Eustis (Bicycleattorney.com)

Masters Women 40+
1. Jodie Bolt (Old Town Bicycles)
2. Leigh Lewis (Sorella Forte)
3. Christine Jerko (Sorella Forte)

Masters Women 50+
1. Debra Windus (Team Rose City)
2. Melissa Boyd (Pacific Power Blue Sky)

Tandem
1. Meadors/Adams (United Finance)
2. Jackson/Vannoy (Webcyclery.com)
3. Champion/Champion (Pacific Power Blue Sky)

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