Cogburn, Thornquist win Hood overall
MT. HOOD NATIONAL FOREST — Multi-time US cyclocross junior national champion Logan Owen (California Giant/Specialized) conquered the Mt. Hood Cycling Classic’s final stage Sunday, winning the challenging Three Summits Road Race in wet conditions in front of teammate Robin Eckmann. Cameron Cogburn (CCB Racing), of Boston, finished eighth on the day and took over the final yellow jersey from previous race leader Logan Loader (CashCall Mortgage).
In the women’s race, stage 3 winner Katharine Hall (Metromint Cycling) kept her winning streak going by attacking away from a select group in the closing kilometers and taking the stage 4 win ahead of Anne Perry (K4 Racing-DNA Cycling). Breanne Nalder (K4 Racing-DNA Cycling) brought the rest of the group in about 90 seconds later to take third.
Pinnacle-Argon’s Amy Thornquist finished fifth and held onto the overall lead ahead of Exergy Twenty16′s Alison Tetrick. Perry finished third overall.
The women’s final stage included 112km and 2,500 meters of climbing up three significant ascents. The pace in the field whittled the main group down slightly up the first climb to Lost Lake before a group of five got away on the second ascent of the day to Vista Ridge. That group stayed away for about 20km before what was left of the main field brought it back after the long, harrowing descent into the valley below. The group approached the last climb to the finish at Cooper Spur Ski Area together, but Hall jumped away with Perry and gained a slight advantage. The QOM leader powered up the last 3.5km pitch to the ski area and soloed in to take the final stage win of the race.
Thornquist, a 40-year-old triathlete from Reno, Nevada, said the victory marked the first of her short cycling career and only occurred because of a late decision to start the race.
“I’m stoked,” she said. “I’m so surprised. I didn’t expect to do so well. I love climbing, so I really wanted to come out and do this course because it suited me well. I just decided on Sunday to come out and do this race. It was really last minute, really spontaneous.”
The men’s race featured 146km of racing with 3,200 meters of climbing over four significant ascents. The men climbed to Lost lake and then looped around for a second dose before heading off to Vista Ridge and the final ascent to the finish at Cooper Spur. A breakaway of five riders set out early on the first trip up to Lost Lake; Hagens Berman had two riders in the move, including KOM Steve Fischer; California Giant-Specialized had one rider, along with Rio Grande and Herriott Sports Performance.
Cal Giant apparently didn’t like the composition of the move an clawed it back before the second ascent to Lost Lake. This time the California-based team sent two of its own riders up the road, with Owen and Robin Eckmann taking off in what would prove to be the winning move.
Eckmann started the day 3:19 down on overall leader Loader, but as the gap grew out near four minutes he was the leader on the road. Loader was in the race without teammates and had to bide his time in the chase groups, hoping others would help with the workload.
“I knew my only chance was to kind of bluff a little bit and act like I wasn’t interested in defending and wait until late,” Loader said. “To be honest, with 20km to go I thought the race was over, but I had one chance, and that was to do one big effort.”
Loader took the front with 10km remaining and started drilling it. His efforts paid off. He pulled back significant time on the Eckmann and Owen, and his jersey started to look safe. But Cogburn had also been riding a smart race, conserving in the group until he picked just the right time to pounce.
“[Loader] put in a big pull to bring the time back, and then I just knew I had to go right then,” Cogburn said. “I split the group of about 20 down to about eight or so. We caught three of the guys, so I knew we were close and it was gonna be close.”
He was right. Owen dropped Eckmann in the final kilometers and finished 24 seconds ahead of his teammate for the second Cal Giant one-two finish in as many days. But the race for the overall was playing out behind. Cogburn came in 1:02 behind the leaders, but the 46 seconds he gained on Loader was enough to lift him onto the top step of the General Classification podium by just six seconds. Cogburn started the day fourth overall, and in the end, he said, not being in yellow for the final stage was a big benefit.
“I had an alright TT — I could have gone faster — but it ended up being a blessing in disguise because I didn’t have that big target on me,” he said, adding that he was “honored” to be the last man to add his name to Mt. Hood’s list of winners.
Loader held on for second overall, while Eckmann’s ride lifted him onto the GC podiums’ third step, 21 seconds off Cogburn’s time.
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Mt. Hood Cycling Classic
Stage 4: Three Summits Road Race
Pro/1/2 Men Stage
1. OWEN, Logan (California Giant/Specialized) 4.16’41″
2. ECKMANN, Robin (California Giant/Specialized) @24″
3. SLACK, Erik (Canyon Bicycles-Shimano-Specialized) @50″
4. COSTA, Adrien (Slipstream-Craddock Junior Development) @53″
5. LEECE, Stephen (California Giant/Specialized) @57″
Pro/1/2 Men Final General Classification
1. COGBURN, Cameron (CCB Racing) 9.41’31″
2. LOADER, Logan (CashCall Mortgage) @06″
3. ECKMANN, Robin (California Giant/Specialized) @21″
4. CRANE, Ian (Hagens Berman Cycling) @34″
5. RICHEY, Craig (Trek-Red Truck Racing) @51″
Pro 1/2 Women Stage
1. HALL, Katharine (Metromint Cycling) 3.52’38″
2. PERRY, Anne (K4 Racing-DNA Cycling) @08″
3. NALDER, Breanne (K4 Racing-DNA Cycling) @1:29″
4. TETRICK, Alison (Exergy-TWENTY16) @1’31″
5. THORNQUIST, Amy (Pinnacle-Argon) @1’35″
Pro/1/2 Women Final General Classification
1. THORNQUIST, Amy (Pinnacle-Argon) 18 8.06’35″
2. TETRICK, Alison (Exergy TWENTY16) @15″
3. PERRY, Anne (K4 Racing-DNA Cycling) @2’52″
4. VAN HOUWELING, Molly (Metromint Cycling) @3’07″
5. LOWE, Courtney (Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies) @3’16″
Complete results are HERE.