Wicks’ wild weekend ends with Bear Springs Trap win
McCUBBINS GULCH — Barry Wicks (Kona) capped off his three-day weekend of racing with a win at the Bear Springs Trap cross country race on Mt. Hood Sunday. Alice Pennington (Team S&M) got her second consecutive Oregon XC Series win in the women’s race ahead of newcomer Lizzy English (Northstar).
Wicks had been testing his road legs with teammate Ryan Trebon at the Cherry Blossom Cycling Classic in The Dalles since Friday, and it proved to be a good enough warm up to take Sunday’s win in a tight two-up dash for the line after more than two hours of racing. Wicks beat Team S&M’s Spencer Paxon by less than three seconds. Erik Tonkin finished nearly five minutes later for third.
Wicks and Trebon, both six foot, five inches tall, were easy to spot in the pack of road riders at Cherry Blossom, especially on Saturday’s circuit race that featured 8,000 feet of climbing and multiple runs up a 1.5-mile gravel climb.
“It was great,” said Wicks, who combines his rode and mountain bike skills to excel during cyclocross season. “It was really hard you know. Probably one of the harder circuits I’ve ever done. There were no flats. It was up or down. It was cool, though. I really had a good time. It’s nice when races are really selective like this. Being a mountain bike and cross racer, it’s frustrating in those flat road stages. You can’t really hide out in race like this, so that was kind of nice.”
Wicks and Trebon hung with the first chasing group after a breakaway of four riders applied the pressure and blew the field apart. Wicks ended up finishing 16th on the stage, more than nine minutes down over a stage in which some riders finished more than an hour after the leaders. Trebon eventually dropped off the lead chase group and abandoned the race, complaining of severe neck and back pain.
Although Wicks called the challenging Saturday stage “awesome,” he said his mountain bike skills didn’t really come into play over the gravel.
“That dirt climb wasn’t that hard,” Wicks said. “It was gravel, but it wasn’t gnarly enough to make a difference. Maybe if it was pouring rain and slippery that would have helped. But it’s a cool feature. I think that throwing in that kind of stuff is awesome. It takes some guts by the promoter to do it, but I think it’s awesome.”
Even more awesome for Wicks: wrapping up his weekend of “training” by adding to his long list of results in his natural environment in the dirt on Mt. Hood.
Check out the Bear Springs Trap photos at OregonVelo.com
Bear Springs Trap XC
Sunday, April 25
1. Barry Wicks (Kona) 2:13.50.92
2. Spencer Paxon (Team S&M) 2:13.53.21
3. Erik Tonkin (Team S&M) 2:18:49.67
4. Justin Finn (Spooky Bikes) 2:23.34.24
5. Luke Pennington (Team S&M) 2:25.03.09
1. Alice Pennington (Team S&M) 2:46.21.74
2. Lizzy English (Northstar) 2:49.49.87
3. Heather Clark (Bend memorial Clinic) 2:04.34.16
4. Serena Bishop (Sunnyside Sports) 2:52.17.86
5. Heidi Faller (Webcyclery.com) 3:00.09.74
Complete results are HERE.