Luelling, Morin win at David Douglas

Oct 30, 2011 by

Brett Luelling opened an early lead and held on for the win Saturday at David Douglas #2. ©Matt Haughey

By Matt Haughey

VANCOUVER — What started as a chilly, foggy morning gave way to a sunny day of racing at David Douglas park for the second time in the GPMC series. This course was similar to the previous outing with one big change: the second run-up was brutally long and steep, sapping energy from racers lap by lap. Overall, turnout was a bit on the low side given the competing Cross Crusade weekend going on in Bend, but there was plenty of good racing to be had.

In the Women’s A race, all four riders stuck together for the first lap until GPMC series leader and Sorella Forte racer Rhonda Morin and Upper Echelon Fitness’ Susan Peithman began to pull away. After a couple laps Morin maintained a 10 second gap that eventually grew, with Morin taking her third first place win in the GPMC series and
pulling farther ahead in the series standings.

The Men’s A race broke apart right from the start, with Portland Bicycle Studio’s Brett Luelling taking an early lead that went unchallenged. Several laps into the race his gap on the field was over 30 seconds and he continued to pull away to the end.

The GPMC series next stop is Nov. 5 on the flat and fast Apple Core Cross course near Salem.

Check out more Matt Haughey photos HERE.

Rhonda Morin added to her GPMC overall lead with another win Saturday. ©Matt Haughey

Grand Prix Molly Cameron
David Douglas #2
Oct. 29

Men A
1. Brett Luelling (Portland Bicycle Studio) 8
2. Zach Winter (Guinness Cycling Team) 8
3. Samuel Nicoletti (Gentle Lovers) 8
4. Colin Rowan 8
5. Seth Hosmer (HPChiro/Alpine Mortgage Planning) 8

Women A
1. Rhonda Morin (Sorella Forte) 7
2. Susan Peithman (Upper Echelon Fitness) 6
3. Jennifer Cree (Upper Echelon Fitness) 6
4. Joanna Mensher (Gentle Lovers) 6

Complete OBRA results are HERE.

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