Klipper, Walle win their Cakes
PERRYDALE — Guinness Cycling’s David Klipper waited in the field as it whittled an all-day breakaway down to slivers then sprinted for the win at the Piece of Cake Road Race Sunday west of Salem. In the women’s race, Brianna Walle (Ironclad Performance Wear) kept this season’s unbeaten streak alive by out sprinting the afternoon battle of attrition’s survivors.
Oregon’s wet spring skies cleared Sunday to provide a beautiful day of racing in the valley. Wide-open roads, a three miles of gravel per lap and a herd of flat tires animated the second race of the 2012 Oregon Cup as the Cat 1-2 men tackled five laps of the course in the morning for a total of 87 miles, while the combined Cat 1-2-3 women’s field covered the loop twice for a 34.8-mile test.
Walle continued her tear through the early season races with another sprint win Sunday. The Banana Belt overall winner added more points to her Oregon Cup lead by making the select front group and powering away on the long straightaway into the finish. Upper Echelon Fitness rider Heather VanValkenburg came in next to take the Cat 3 win. Kenda’s Zayda Maguire crossed the line next, followed by Brenna Lopez Otero (Bend Memorial Clinic Total Care) and Emily Charbonneau (Sorella Forte/St Honoré Bakery).
Walle now leads VanValkenburg 200 to 160 in the Senior women’s Oregon Cup. Lindsay Fox (Athlete’s Lounge) is third with 85 points.
Early Breakaway Pressures Men’s Race
A first-lap breakaway powered by the well-represented Team Oregon/Laurelwood Brewing squad of Oregon Cup leader Stephen Bedford breathed fire into the belly the Cat 1-2 men’s race. Team Oregon’s Adam Edgerton and Carl Hoefer joined Mark Blackwelder (Gentle Lovers) and Chris Hamilton (Rapha Racing NW) in a move that had 1:45 over the field as they turned for the start of the second lap. The group coordinated its effort well and had a lead of nearly four minutes before both Blackwelder and Hamilton fell victim to the gravel sections and flatted out of the group.
While Blackwelder quickly faded back into the bunch, Hamilton fought for nearly a lap before succumbing to the increasingly energized chase. Starting the penultimate lap, Hoefer and Edgerton maintained a lead of 2:30 over the field, but the attacking and counter attacking going on behind them, combined with their own fatigue, started taking a toll on the two teammates’ advantage.
The Team Oregon riders carried a 25-second lead over a chasing trio as they started the fifth and final lap, while the field was trailing now by just 1:40. Hamilton had joined Veloce/Smith&Nephew’s Michael Benno and Guinness Cycling’s Zach Winter in a bridge attempt, which closed on the leaders quickly and added more power, and possibly fresh legs, to the nearly all-day escape. Benno flatted out of the lead group as it passed through the gravel section for the final time, but he got a quick wheel change and was already leading the chase — which by then had closed to within 30 seconds of the leaders — as it left the gravel section.
With the leaders now easily within eye shot amid the long straightaways on the back side of the course, capture seemed inevitable. As the race closed out the final kilometers, a small group of contenders for the win, including Klipper, Paul Bourcier (Veloce/Smith&Nephew), Donald Reeb (Cyclocrossracing.com) and Chris Sheppard (Rocky Mountain) peeled off the front and made contact with the leaders just as they approached the finishing straight.
Winter led the way for his teammate as Klipper and Bourcier slipped past Hamilton for first and second, respectively. Reeb grabbed fourth, followed by Winter and Hoefer. Sheppard came in next, while Zac Kovalcik led the field in about 20 seconds behind the winner.
Bourcier and Hamilton are now tied for first int he Senior men’s Oregon Cup, each with 135 points. Bedford is third with 125. Klipper moved into fourth by scoring the winner’s 100 points.
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Piece of Cake Road Race
Cat 1-2 Men
1. David Klipper (Guinness Cycling)
2. Paul Bourcier (Veloce/Smith&Nephew)
3. Chris Hamilton (Rapha Racing)
Cat 1-2 Women
1. Brianna Walle (Ironclad Performance Wear)
2. Zayda Maguire (Kenda)
3. Brenna Wolford Lopez-Otero (Bend Memorial Clinic Total Care)
Cat 3 Women
1. VanValkenburg, Heather (Upper Echelon Fitness)
2. Ramos, Mary (Bend Memorial Clinic Total Care)
3. Osborn, Maire
1. O’Neill, Keegan (Word-RCB by Cyclisme)
2. Webb, Emerson (Beaverton Bicycle Club)
3. Oliver, Adam (Hutch’s-Co-Motion)
Masters Men 40+ Cat 2-3
1. Campbell, Dave (Hutch’s-Co-Motionn)
2. Hagen, Karsten (Evolution Racing Team)
3. Tresser, Christian (Evolution Racing Team)
Masters Men 50+
1. Hamilton, Joe
2. Wilson, Michael (Upper Echelon Fitness)
3. Miller, David (Team Rose City)
Cat 4-5 Men
1. Andrewss, Kevin (Therapeutic Associates)
2. Guernsey, Ben (Trusty Switchblade)
3. Johnson, Shane (Trinity Bikes)
Cat 4 Women
1. Glover, Erin (Bike Central)
2. Dezendorf, Caroline (West Coast Women’s Cycling Team)
3. Armstrong, Alana (Ironclad Performance Wear)
Masters Women 40+
1. Moore, Daphne (Hammer Velo)
2. Jorgenson, Rachelle
3. Horton Gapay, Angela (Hammer Velo)
Masters Men 40+ Cat 4-5
1. Schock, Todd (Boneyard Cycling)
2. Anderson, Eric (Pacific Power Blue Sky)
3, Etzel, Nathan