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Bahati three-peats at Manhattan Beach

Rock Racing’s Rahsaan Bahati won his third consecutive Manhattan Beach Grand Prix on Sunday. Colavita Sutter-Home p/b Cooking Light rider Lucas Sebastian Haedo took second in the seaside Southern California NRC criterium while Ken Hanson of Team Type 1 placed third. In the women's race, 16-year old Proman Hit Squad rider Coryn Rivera took the win after riding a smart race and outkicking the competition out of the final turn.

By Mark Johnson

2009 Manhattan Beach Grand Prix: Hey Hey My My.

2009 Manhattan Beach Grand Prix: Hey Hey My My.

Photo: Mark Johnson

Rock Racing’s Rahsaan Bahati won his third consecutive Manhattan Beach Grand Prix on Sunday. Colavita Sutter-Home p/b Cooking Light rider Lucas Sebastian Haedo took second in the seaside Southern California NRC criterium while Ken Hanson of Team Type 1 placed third.

In the women’s race, 16-year old Proman Hit Squad rider Coryn Rivera took the win after riding a smart race and outkicking the competition out of the final turn.

With $15,000 and NRC points on the line, the call-up for the 48th annual edition of the race featured notable domestic pro names. OUCH-Maxxis brought Rory Sutherland and Floyd Landis. BMC’s Tony Cruz rode over to the race from his nearby home while Team Type 1 lined up six-year Euro pro Matt Wilson. Rock Racing wheeled out the serious artillery in defense of Bahati’s title, including newly-hired Ivan Dominguez and Freddie Rodriguez.

2009 Manhattan Beach Grand Prix: Coryn Rivera timed her jump perfectly.

2009 Manhattan Beach Grand Prix: Coryn Rivera timed her jump perfectly.

Photo: Mark Johnson

The 80-minute race on an out-and back course with one gentle 50-foot riser started with a flurry of attacks doomed by a steady headwind and the field’s willingness to chase. Twenty-one minutes into the race Kahala LaGrange rider Adam Livingston worked up a 17-second gap on the field, but was caught after a long lap off the front.

Attacks followed by Rock Racing’s Chris Baldwin, Kelly Benefits’ Neil Shirley, Kahala LaGrange’s Brandon Gritters and Cruz, but the field was having none of it and all the breaks were quickly reeled in. Forty minutes into the race a promising break nipped off the front including dangerous motors like Landis and Rodriguez, but the group was anything but cohesive and was once again swallowed by the 100-plus rider field.

2009 Manhattan Beach Grand Prix: Rock lines it up with two laps to go.

2009 Manhattan Beach Grand Prix: Rock lines it up with two laps to go.

Photo: Mark Johnson

At the five to go bell, Thomas Nelson (Liquid Fitness-Adageo Energy) and Steve Reany (California Giant Berry Farms) had one last go but the two-man effort was again shut down by a storming field. A crash with three to go didn’t stop Rock Racing from getting five riders massed at the front with two laps to go. The Rock train kept the field pegged into a single-file thread for the remaining laps. Yet on Manhattan Beach’s notoriously sketchy back stretch Team Type 1’s Ken Hanson managed to surf up the Rock train on the wheel of teammate Aldo Ilesic. Hanson took the lead position going into the final sweeping U-turn before the 300-meter sprint to the finish, but faded to third after Bahati and wily Argentinian speedster Lucas Sebastian Haedo.

Bahati is having a run on seaside Southern California victories. He also won the Dana Point Grand Prix NRC crit in April and the San Pedro Grand Prix last weekend. The Los Angeles-based rider has spent a tumultuous year at Rock Racing, where he started as a pro, then raced as an amateur, and again went back to the squad’s pro roster a week before Manhattan Beach.

2009 Manhattan Beach Grand Prix: Colavita's Haedo.

2009 Manhattan Beach Grand Prix: Colavita’s Haedo.

Photo: Mark Johnson

“I followed Ivan Dominguez the last three or four laps. He just kept saying ‘whatever happens don’t lose my wheel.’ That’s all I did,” Bahati said. He added that Team Type 1 disrupted the team’s lead-out plan on the dangerous downhill pitch to the final turn. “I did have to take off of (Dominguez’) wheel coming into the last turn because Team Type 1 had a great jump on us. So I just slid right in third spot and came out of the corner third and made it from there.” Bahati had nothing but praise for Team Type 1: “It was a great jump by those guys. That’s the way you’ve got to do it. But unfortunately for them I had better legs at the end.”

Team Type 1’s Santa Barbara-based Hanson gave teammate Aldo Ilesic credit for escorting him to the front on the stormy last lap. “I came through the last corner first. It was a little earlier than we wanted to, but it was either that or try and not go for the win at all. I ran out of gas with 75 meters to go. But it’s a prestigious race. It’s always good to get on the podium for third.”

2009 Manhattan Beach Grand Prix: Rock Racing and Jelly Belly flank Floyd Landis.

2009 Manhattan Beach Grand Prix: Rock Racing and Jelly Belly flank Floyd Landis.

Photo: Mark Johnson

Speaking in Spanish, Argentinian Lucas Haedo explained that the last lap wasn’t ideal because his lead out man Alejandro Borrajo went down in a crash late in the race. “I fell behind on the last lap, but on the final stretch I was able to move up and get onto Bahati’s wheel in the final turn. The sprint was really fast and I couldn’t pass. But a second place isn’t bad!”

2009 Manhattan Beach Grand Prix: The women's field on the backstretch.

2009 Manhattan Beach Grand Prix: The women’s field on the backstretch.

Photo: Mark Johnson

Rock Racing’s Ivan Dominguez, who spent the early part of the 2009 season racing for Fuji-Servetto ProTour team and who placed second to Bahati in Manhattan Beach in 2007, said that Rock Racing intended to do all they could to defend Bahati’s title. “From the beginning that was the plan, to take Bahati to the finish. It went well.”

“It’s a crazy race,” the Cuban added. “It’s all about the last turn.”

A win on junior gearing

Because the women’s race did not have NRC status, it did not attract as many national women’s squads as in previous years. Proman Hit Squad’s 16-year-old Coryn Rivera went into the final turn in fourth spot and came around to take the win over more than 50 other riders ease — even riding as she was on junior gearing.

“I was hanging really patiently,” Rivera noted after the race. “I jumped with maybe 300 meters to go. Especially with junior gears it has to be a really hard jump and I just held it to the line.”

Jazz Apple’s Malindi Maclean took second while Catherine Fiedler-Cook (Tommassini) rounded out the podium.

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Results

Men’s results | Click for: Women’s results

  • 1. Rahsaan Bahati Rock Racing
  • 2. Lucas Sebastian Haedo Uci Ct: Colavita Olive Oil/sutter Home Pro Cycling Team
  • 3. Kenneth Hanson Uci Ct: Team Type 1
  • 4. Eric Barlevav Uci Ct: Team Mountain Khakis
  • 5. John Murphy
  • 6. Charles Huff Uci Ct: Jelly Belly Cycling Team
  • 7. Antonio Cruz Uci Pct: Bmc Racing Team
  • 8. Ivan Dominguez Uci Ct: Rock Racing
  • 9. Cody Stevenson
  • 10. Alejandro Borrajo Uci Ct: Colavita Olive Oil/sutter Home Pro Cycling Team
  • 11. Hayden Godfrey
  • 12. Diego Yepez Cimarrones Cycling
  • 13. Ben Jammin Wilder
  • 14. Kyle Gritters Southern California Velo
  • 15. Paul Che Pista Palace
  • 16. Jorge Pasqualetto
  • 17. Sterling Magnell Unattached
  • 18. Anthony Morrow Ca Pools Racing
  • 19. Uriel Rayo Socalcycling.com
  • 20. James Gunn-Wilkinson Nytro Racing
  • 21. Rudolph Napolitano Liquid Fitness/adageo Energy
  • 22. Raul Frias Kahala Lagrange
  • 23. Cody O’Reilly Uci Ct: Bissell Pro Cycling Team
  • 24. Nicholas Brandt-Sorenson Unattached
  • 25. Michael Van Eerd Now-Ms Society
  • 26. Neil Shirley Uci Ct: Kelly Benefit Strategies
  • 27. Bernard VanUlden Uci Ct: Jelly Belly Cycling Team
  • 28. Nicholas Onate Acqua Al 2/san Diego Bicycle Club
  • 29. Aldo Ilesic Uci Ct: Team Type 1
  • 30. Jason Lowetz Team Bearclaw
  • 31. Eric Marcotte Bicycle Haus Racing
  • 32. Danny Kam Team Bearclaw
  • 33. Brian Forbes Rideclean
  • 34. James Esser Southern California Velo
  • 35. Andrew Salcedo Acqua Al 2/san Diego Bicycle Club
  • 36. Victor Ayala Kahala Lagrange
  • 37. Ramon Moreno
  • 38. Mark Shimahara Team Clif Bar Cycling
  • 39. Martin Adamczyk Socalcycling.com
  • 40. Aaron Quesnell Acqua Al 2/san Diego Bicycle Club
  • 41. Josh Horowitz Liquid Fitness/adageo Energy
  • 42. Edgar Trevino
  • 43. Robert Kamppila Ca Pools Racing
  • 44. Patrick Briggs California Giant Cycling
  • 45. Travis Wilkerson Liquid Cycling Club
  • 46. Radames Trevino
  • 47. Haldane Morris Socalcycling.com
  • 48. Michael Telega California Giant Berry Farms/specialized
  • 49. Roman Kilun Uci Ct: Ouch Presented By Maxxis
  • 50. Matty Rice
  • 51. Oswaldo Hernandez
  • 52. Steven Beardsley Unattached
  • 53. Jose Quintero
  • 54. Rory Sutherland Uci Ct: Team Ouch Presented By Maxxis
  • 55. Nic Sanderson Rock Racing
  • 56. Floyd Landis Uci Ct: Ouch Presented By Maxxis
  • 57. Steve Reaney California Giant Berry Farms/specialized
  • 58. Osvaldo Olmos California Giant Berry Farms/specialized
  • 59. Kevin Phillips Ironfly
  • 60. Joshua Webster Southern California Velo
  • 61. Rafael Valenzuela
  • 62. Robert Frank Cynergy Cycles Race Team
  • 63. Emmanuel Gomez Pasadena Athletic Assoc (paa)
  • 64. Ruben Meza Socalcycling.com
  • 65. Aaron Heun Rideclean
  • 66. Thomas Nelson Liquid Fitness/adageo Energy
  • 67. Daniel Ramsey Uci Ct: Team Mountain Khakis
  • 68. Corey Farrell Swami’s Cycling Club
  • 69. Gustavo-Adolfo Mendez Kahala Lagrange
  • 70. Christian Walker Platinum Performance Cycling Team
  • 71. Andy Brown Dewalt Racing
  • 72. Patrick Caro Bike Religion
  • 73. Joseph Pasqualetto Bicycle Johns Serious Cycling
  • 74. Miguel Meza Coates /on Deck Foundation
  • 75. Adam Livingston Kahala Lagrange
  • 76. Frank Sarate Socalcycling.com
  • 77. Bobby Lea Uci Ct: Ouch Presented By Maxxis
  • 78. Gary Hanson
  • 79. Chris Daggs Swami’s Cycling Club
  • 80. Alexi Martinez Kahala Lagrange
  • 81. Tomo Hamasaki Acqua Al 2/san Diego Bicycle Club
  • 82. Charles (Joe) Eldridge Uci Ct: Team Type 1
  • 83. Philip Voorhees Gs Ciao
  • 84. Roger Rilling Momentum Cycling Powered By Hawk Relay

Women’s results | Click for: “#men”>Men’s results

  • 1. Coryn Rivera Proman Hit Squad
  • 2. Malindi Maclean Jazz Apple
  • 3. Catherine Fiedler-Cook Tommasini
  • 4. Anna Lang Unattached
  • 5. Maria Lechuga Helens Racing
  • 6. Pamela Schuster Helens/cannondale
  • 7. Erika Graves Kahala Lagrange
  • 8. Jennifer Weinbrecht Swami’s Cycling Club
  • 9. Beatriz Rodriguez Kahala Lagrange
  • 10. Jennifer Reither Vanderkitten Racing
  • 11. Karen Meske Kahala Lagrange
  • 12. Tiffany Pezzulo Dft P/b Treads
  • 13. Cecelia Pleva Radical Media
  • 14. Jennifer Johansen Now-Ms Society
  • 15. Morgan Kapp Kahala Lagrange
  • 16. Jenny Rios No License Info
  • 17. Cheryl Roth Helens/cannondale
  • 18. Lauren Liscinski Now-Ms Society
  • 19. Kristina Seley Touchstone Climbing
  • 20. Priscilla Calderon Now-Ms Society
  • 21. Christen King Proman Hit Squad
  • 22. Laura Hines Southern California Velo
  • 23. Summer OBlack Dewalt Racing
  • 24. Anna Drakulich Kahala Lagrange
  • 25. Sabrina Savage Veloforma
  • 26. Lana Atchley
  • 27. Belinda Eschenwald Team Simple Green
  • 28. Dara Rogers Helens/cannondale
  • 29. Gwen Inglis Dft P/b Treads
  • 30. Bonnie Breeze Helens/cannondale
  • 31. Deborah Durand Helens/cannondale
  • 32. Lauren Ellis Jazz Apple
  • 33. Monika King South Bay Wheelmen
  • 34. Maria Monica Touchstone Climbing
  • 35. Melinda Johnson Acqua Al 2/san Diego Bicycle Club
  • 36. Kelli Jones South Bay Wheelmen
  • 37. Ryan Hostetter Velo Bella
  • 38. Melinda Weiner Kahala Lagrange
  • 39. Lea Adams Helens/cannondale
  • 40. Nicole Brandt Proman Hit Squad
  • 41. Linsey Bradshaw-Sandoval Dft P/b Treads
  • 42. Maren Spillane Acqua Al 2/san Diego Bicycle Club
  • 43. Amy Hutner Kahala Lagrange
  • 44. Susy Pryde Velo Club Monterey Racing
  • 45. Sheri Baldwin Slo Nexus-Gym One
  • 46. Kathryn Donovan Kahala Lagrange
  • 47. Tammy Wildgoose Ca Pools Racing
  • 48. Julia Lafranchise Now-Ms Society
  • 49. Charlayne Barger Bicycle Johns Serious Cycling