Babcock, Pennington win soggy Hornings Hustle

Apr 12, 2011 by

Sean Babcock (Team S&M) climbed to the top spot at Horning's Hustle this year after finishing third in 2010. Alice Pennington (Team S&M) repeated as the Pro women's winner. ©Pat Malach / Archive photo

NORTH PLAINS — Rain the night before and the morning of Hornings Hustle turned the course off Pumpkin Ridge Road in these hills northwest of Portland into a slog-inducing power and endurance test as riders needed well over two hours to ride, run and push their bikes around the cloverleaf course.

Alice Pennington (Team S&M) repeated her winning performance from last year to take the top step on the Pro women’s podium for the second consecutive year. Serena Bishop Gordon (Sunnyside Sports) finished second and may have ridden into the Oregon XC Series lead. Laura Winberry was third.

Recent Echo Red to Red winner and 2010 Hornings runner-up Sue Butler didn’t race Sunday, and neither did Echo runner-up Rebecca Rusch, leaving the door open for Bishop to take over the series lead with 48 points.

Team S&M’s Sean Babcock used his power to ride away with the Pro men’s win, covering the course quicker than Buy Local’s Brett Luelling, who finsihed second, and teammate Erik Tonkin in third. Babcock moved up two spots from his finish last year, when he ran second to Chris Sheppard, who didn’t race this year. Tonkin was second last year.

None of the Pro men’s leaders in the Oregon XC Series after race #1 in Echo were on the course Sunday, and none of the podium riders from Hornings were at the first race, so the men’s series is clearly up for grabs. Justin Finn appears to be in the lead after wracking up 46 points from finishing fifth at Echo and fourth at Hornings.

North Plains, April 10

Pro Men
1. Sean Babcock (Team S&M)
2. Brett Luelling (Buy Local)
3. Erik Tonkin (Kona)
4. Justin Finn (Spooky)
5. Josh Kelly (0)
Pro Women
1. Alice Pennington (Team S&M)
2. Serena Bishop Gordon (Sunnyside Sports)
3. Laura Winberry (Upper Echelon Fitness)
Complete OBRA results are HERE.

Remaining Oregon XC Schedule

  • April 23 — Peak Sports Mudslinger
  • May 1 — Bear Springs Trap,
  • May 8 — Cascade Chainbreaker
  • May 14 — Spring Thaw XC,
  • May 29 — Sisters Stampede
  • June 5 — Return on the Jedi
  • June 19 — Test of Endurance 50
  • June 26 — Picketts Charge (finals)