Decker, Brown win Crusade #2
RAINIER — With many of Oregon’s top riders competing this weekend at the US Gran Prix of Cyclocross in Colorado, Carl Decker (Giant) surgend to the front of the Elite men’s race to take an impressive solo win during round two of the 2012 Cross Crusade at Rainier High School. In the women’s race, River City Bicycles’ Brigette Brown benefited from a similar situation and rode to her first win of the 2012 OBRA ‘cross season.
Week #1 men’s winner Chris Sheppard (Rocky Mountain Bicycles) was a no-show in Rainier, while Barry Wicks (Kona), runner-up at last weekend’s series opener, and Alex Candelaio (Optum Pro Cycling), fourth last week, were racing the US Gran Prix of Cyclocross weekend at the SmartWool Cup in Fort Collins. Decker and Portland Bicycle Studio’s Molly Cameron battled for several laps until Decker’s power and skill at navigating through lapped traffic gave him an initial gap that he built into a significant lead by the end of the 60-minute race. Bend’ Brennan Wodtli eventually overtook Cameron for second, wile the Portland Bicycle Studio rider held on for third. Team Oregon-Laurelwood Brewing’s Scott Gray grabbed fourth, wile Corsa Concepts’ Shannon Skerritt rounded out the top five.
With the top four from last weekend’s women’s race, Jade Wilcoxson (Optum Pro Cycling), Serena Bishop Gordon (Silverado Gallery-Sunnyside Sports), Alice Pennington (Kona) and Beth Ann Orton (Team S&M Les Femmes) heading to Colorado as well, the women’s race was also wide open. Brown and Tina Brubaker (Speedvagen) gained an early advantage on the field before Brown separated fromthe Speedvagen rider and cruised to a solo win. Brubaker held on for second, while her teammate Laura Winberry finished third. Bicycleattorney.com’s Brooke Snyder crossed the line fourth, while Brenna Lopez-Otero (Bend Memorial Clinic) finished fifth.
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Cross Crusade #2, Rainier
October, 14, 2012
1. Decker, Carl (Giant) 54:37.00
2. Wodtli, Brennan 55:44.00
3. Molly, Cameron (Portland Bicycle Studio) 55:59.00
4. Gray, Scott(Team Oregon-Laurelwood Brewing) 56:22.00
5. Shannon, Skerritt (Corsa Concepts) 56:35.00
1. Bridgette, Brown (River City Bicycles) 1:00:13.00
2. Brubaker, Tina (Speedvagen) 1:00:41.00
3. Winberry, Laura (Speedvagen) 1:00:41.00
4. Snyder, Brooke (bicycleattorney.com) 1:01:26.00
5. Lopez-Otero, Brenna (Bend Memorial Clinic Total Care) 1:01:32.00
Remaining 2012 Cross Crusade Schedule:
October 21 — Race 3: Heron Lakes Course, Portland International Raceway Portland, OR
October 27 — Race 4: Deschutes Brewery, Bend, OR
October 28 — Race 5: Deschutes Brewery, Bend, OR
November 4 — Race 6: Barton Park, Barton, OR
November 11 — Race 7: Washington County Fair Complex, Hillsboro, OR
November 18 — Race 8: Pro Paddock Course, Portland International Raceway, Portland, OR