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Sager, Williams repeat wins at ‘Cross Crusade

Jason Sager secured his third win in as many weeks in the River City 'Cross Crusade series in Oregon. A pack of four emerged from the frenzied start at the third installment of the series held at Ranier High School October 19. Sager (SagerSports.com), Kona/Team S&M's Erik Tonkin, Sean Babcock (Team S&M), and Ryan Iddings of (Lapiexe) jockeyed for position through five laps before dropping Iddings.

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By Susan Sherman

Jason Sager secured his third win in as many weeks in the River City ‘Cross Crusade series in Oregon.

A pack of four emerged from the frenzied start at the third installment of the series held at Ranier High School October 19. Sager (SagerSports.com), Kona/Team S&M’s Erik Tonkin, Sean Babcock (Team S&M), and Ryan Iddings of (Lapiexe) jockeyed for position through five laps before dropping Iddings.

With two laps to go, it was Sager and Tonkin; Sager charged and Tonkin responded. Halfway through the bell lap, Tonkin flatted, opening up the lead for Sager. At the finish, it was Babcock in second, followed by Iddings and Vanilla Bicycles’ Shannon Skerrit, with Tonkin in fifth.

Wendy Williams (River City Bicycles) fought for control of the women’s race over the rolling, grassy
course under a cool October sun. Emily VanMeter (River City Bicycles), Williams and Alice
Pennington (Desalvo Custom Cycles Racing) led over a row of six barriers near the end of the first lap.

As they charged up the steep hill at the end of lap two, it was Williams in front, followed by
Pennington and Mazza. Mazza was tenacious in her effort to stick close to Williams, but a crash in lap four left her 20 seconds behind with a bloody nose. Pennington cruised in for third, followed by
VanMeter and Megan Farris (River City Bicycles).

The series continues with races four and five next week at the Clatsop County Fairgrounds near the
coastal town of Astoria.

Results

Men’s Elite

1. Jason Sager Sager Portland
2. Sean Babcock Team Corvallis
3. Ryan Iddings Lapiexe Seattle
4. Shannon Skerritt Vanilla Portland
5. Erik Tonkin Team Portland
6. Solomon Woras Vanilla Winthrop
7. Damian Schmitt Sunnyside Bend
8. Richard Mcclung Hagens-Berman Kirkland
9. Ben Thompson Sunnyside/cannondale Bend
10. Kevin Hulick Bicycles Vanilla
11. Molly Cameron Bicycles Vanilla
12. Spencer Paxson Team Troutlake
13. Brig Brandt Rebound Bend
14. Cary Miller S&m Team
15. Brett Luelling Capitol Salem
16. Gant Enderle Cyclepath Portland
17. Justin Finn Spooky Corvallis
18. Carson Miller Landrover/orbea Bend
19. Mark Blackwelder Gentle Portland
20. Davy Yeater River Portland
21. Jonathan Smith Team Portland
22. Scotty Carlile Therapeutic Bend
23. Steven Hunter Veloshop Portland
24. Jason Riffle River Portland
25. John Frey Hutch’s Bend
26. Ian Leitheiser Cyclepath Portland
27. Chris Brandt Collins/specialized Eugene
28. Matthew Wills Veloshop Portland
29. Lee Gilmore River Portland
30. Matt Mahoney Lovers Gentle
31. Jacob Rathe Team Portland
32. Kelly Ryan River Portland
33. Jeremiah Swanson Team Portland
34. Ryan Weaver River Portland
35. James Cloyd Mona Salem
36. Tony Kic Gentle Portland
37. Ira Ryan Ira Portland
38. Jeffrey Stuck S&m Team
39. Ben Dodge Sugar Portland
40. Spencer Bushnell Therapeutic Portland
41. Brian Vernor Crux Santa
42. James Ceccorulli Portland Aloha
43. Zachary Daab Hup Seattle
44. Matthew Hall Ira Portland
45. Joel Madrone Courage Portland
46. Adrian Olmstead 8
47. Jimmy Udall Veloshop Portland
48. Mike Kath Boy Danger
49. Andy Redden Salmon White
50. Pete Groblewski Gentle Portland
51. Jonathan Long Us Portland
52. Slate Olson Hup Portland
53. Anderson Folts Veloshop Portland
54. Jonathan Vinson Veloshop Portland
55. Aaron Coker Hpchiro/bike Tigard
56. Doug Wilmes River Portland
57. Seth Patla River Hillsboro
58. Jess Graden Veloshop Portland
. Patrick Wilder Cyclepath Portland
. Jame Carney Salamander Tucson
. Quinn Keogh 24 Eugene
. Alex Criss River Portland
. Chris Bagg Bikeridge.com Portland
. Ian Brown River Portland
. Tommy Tuite Veloshop Portland
. Ryan Miller Fred Corvallis

Elite Women’s results

1. Wendy Williams River
2. Rhonda Mazza Team
3. Alice Pennington River
4. Emily Vanmeter River
5. Megan Farris River
6. Julie Browning Cyclepath
7. Heather Gundersen Veloshop
8. Colleen Flaherty Veloce/felt
9. Erin Playman Gentle
10. Joanna Mensher Gentle
11. Anne Davis Bridgetown
12. Marila Alvares Bike
13. Tina Brubaker Vanilla
14. Betsy Platt River
15. Abby Jenkins
16. Anita Dilles Gentle
17. Dawn Riddle
18. Elizabeth Cardinal Veloshop
19. Megan Schubel 33
20. Sarah Sturdy Tireless
21. Jennifer Caldwell
22. Jennifer Schweitzer Veloshop
23. Kristin Wille Portland
24. Jennifer Wangerin Organicathlete
. Cayley Baird Bike
. Bridget Stoick River