RACE REPORT – Savannah 2015

Amy Ross (Peachtree Bikes) captured her first win of the year in the Women’s Cat. 4

The Savannah Superprestige Cyclocross Weekend was held at Oglethorpe Speedway in Pooler. Sunday’s race was part of the National Cyclocross Calendar for the Elite Men and Women. This drew larger than usual fields with some of the best riders in the region. The course was Classic Savannah, flat and fast, around the Speedway grounds. There were three dismounts-a barrier set, triple stairs, and a set of railroad ties on the backside of the pond. The Flyover made its annual appearance and did not give riders any trouble this year. The threat of rain held off for most of Sunday, much to the delight of racers, who are tired of getting pummeled every weekend.

Sunday’s action started with the Women’s Cat. 4. Carol Baldwin went to the front with her usual quick start. Behind her, Amy Ross (Peachtree Bikes) and Cambrie Epperson were hot on her wheels. With 2 to go, Carol dropped her chain on the backside of the course and had problems fixing it. Amy seized the opportunity to take the lead. Carol chased for a lap and a half but could only come to within 10 seconds of first. Amy took the win with Carol in second and Molly Russell (Spindle) in third. In the Cat. 5, AJ Jessee claimed the top step of the podium followed by Brad Beadles and Jose Rojas. The Waine twin and Reese Latham (Mission Source-NCGA) battled it out for supremacy in the Juniors 10-14. Using his crit skills, Reese roared through the flat sections like he was on a road bike. He held on for the win. Troy beat out Leon in the sprint for second.

In the Elite Masters 40+, a large group stayed together until the half way mark. Wesley Garland (Peachtree Bikes) pulled a little bit ahead for the win. Ian Prunier (Smyrna Bicycles) was second, and Daren Comer (Litespeed-BMW) was third. In the Elite Masters 50+, Chris Isenberg (Mission Source-NCGA) took charge from the start, maintaining the lead through most of the first lap. As the mostly intact group exited the trees along the edge of the track Alan Burton (Toyota Forklifts) moved to the front, staying on the gas. The group began separating through the infield section with Alan and Steve Noble (Sarasota Cycling Club p/b SeaSucker) opening a lead on the chasing field. While Steve and Alan took turns setting pace in front, Chris was never far behind and eventually bridged to make it a lead threesome by midpoint of the race. While each made attempts to split the group, they stayed together into the last lap. While leading the group, Steve accelerated heading into the pond loop, which caused Chris to lose contact. Alan hung on until the flyover when Steve’s continued fast pace became too much. Steve soloed in for the win followed by Alan and Chris.

The largest field this year lined up for the Elite Women. With a holeshot prime on the line, Rhys May (Loose Nuts) took off to try to claim the tires. She wasn’t quite able to hold on and was over taken by the field. Things quickly spaced out with Peachtree Bikes teammates Shannon Greenhill and Paula Burkes along with Kristin Apotsos going to the front. They put a gap on Kim Blodgett (Atlanta Beltline Bicycles) and Sorella teammates Jean Miller and Brittnay Hopson. Paula took the win with Krisitin in second and Shannon in third. In the Men’s Cat. 4, Kenneth Ingersoll claimed the top step of the podium and was joined by Chris Bulloch (Faster Mustache) and Ruben Jacobo-Rubio.

The rain would not hold out any longer, and it began falling just as the Elite Men and Cat. 3 took the start. Saturday Nick Van Winkle (Litespeed-BMW) and Artur Sagat (Mrs. Roses) worked together to take 1-2. Not wanting a repeat, Frank Treveiso (UHC-706) took an early flyer off the front. He would never let go. Behind him, Nick, Artur, and a small group gave chase but to no avail. Nick was second, and Hank Beaver (Litespeed-BWM) won the sprint for third. In the Men’s Cat. 3, Andy Luettgen (EPTC) took home the first prize followed by Eric Palacio and Michael Packard.

Frank Treveiso (UHC-706 Project) won the Elite Men’s race on Sunday.

The Single Speeders and Master Cat. 4/5 35+ got to race in the heaviest rain of the day. Parts of the course started to get slick and caused a few minor wrecks. In the SS, Dave Marbut (Toyota Forklifts) took an early lead. He held on for the win with Mike Manthey (Faster Mustache) taking second and Murphy Davis (Toyota Forklifts) in third. In a small but competitive Masters 4/5 race, Jose Rojas won with Tony Blansit (GA Neuro) and Bill Hansen (Peacthree Bikes) rounding out the podium.