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Sid Taberlay (Sho Air-Specialized) and Krista Park (NoTubes-Magura) claimed victory at the Bonelli Park cross-country race in San Dimas, California on March 1. The race was the opening round of the inaugural US Cup, a 13-race series of mountain bike races across the United States. The race was also the first event of the Kenda Cup West, the seven-race West Coast half of the US Cup.
The race opened with motorcycle rider Jason Britton, star of Speed Television’s show “Super Bikes,” riding a wheelie at the head of the men’s field through the neutral start on his stunt motorcycle.
Taberlay, who hails from Australia, made the initial selection with teammate Sam Jurekovic, Andy Schultz (Kenda-Tomac-Hayes) and Mexican rider Emmanuel Valencia (Turbo) on the first of four 7.5-mile laps. The Australian and the Mexican gapped the two other riders on the opening climb of the second lap, however Taberlay eased off the pace to allow Jurekovic time to catch up, preferring to use team tactics to his advantage.
Jurekovic and Taberlay, who owns five Australian national titles, took turns gapping Shultz and Valencia until the Australian took his winning advantage midway through lap two. The Aussie held his advantage to the line, with Jurekovic, Schultz and Sean Donavan rounding out the podium.
“It was a fast course and the weather was a bit warm for this time of the year,” Taberlay said. “After I settled in I made an initial attack to test the guys because Valencia was climbing really well today. Once Andy and Sam got back on, Andy punched it again. But once we brought it back and got ride of Valencia, I thought I should take another go at the front.”
In the women’s race, Park rode on the heels of Xterra triathlete Melanie McQuaid (Sho Air-Specialized) for the opening two laps. Park, who also organizes skills clinics at the US Cup events, closed the gap on the McQuaid, and rode to a one minute advantage.
The race attraced 680 participants across all of the classes and age groups. SoCal restaurant chain In-N-Out Burger offered a free lunch to the first 500 riders to register.
The next round of the US Cup is the Fontana National, held March 28-29 at Southridge Park in Fontana, California.
1 1 1 TABERLAY SID M 29SO PASADENA CA SHO-AIR/SPECIALIZED 1:48:03.92 60
2 213 JUREKOVIC SAM M 23COLORADO SPRING CO SHO-AIR SPECIALIZED 1:48:19.91 55
3 358 SCHULTZ ANDY M 26MISSOULA MT KENDA/TOMAC/HAYES 1:50:19.77 51
4 205 DONOVAN SEAN M 31TUSTIN CA CYTOMAX/KHS 1:57:18.50 47
5 284 PRADO MANUEL M 28LAKE FOREST CA SHO-AIR/SPECIALIZED 1:57:22.40 44
6 916 VALENCIA EMMANUEL M 26TECATE CA TURBO 1:58:23.72 41
7 27 JENKINS CHARLES M 35SAN DIEGO CA CYTOMAX/KHS 1:59:48.24 38
8 297 SNYDER ADAM M 25WESTMINSTER MA 3-D RACING 2:00:26.99 35
9 149 WEBER DANA M 28ALISO VIEJO CA TREK/WORLD BICYCLE R 2:01:34.60 33
10 177 DE JONG MENSO M 20CUPERTINO CA SANTA CRUZ BICYCLES 2:04:52.26 31
11 138 LEE MICHAEL M 43MISSION VIEJO CA OAKLEY 2:05:03.28 29
12 549 TELEGA MICHAEL M 34DANA POINT CA CALIFORNIA GIANT BER 2:06:00.62 27
13 348 VALADEZ MIGUEL M 24TECATE MEX-AMERICA 2:07:58.43 25
14 556 FORCINO ROMOLO M 38HESPERIA CA BEAR VALLEY BIKES 2:08:07.23 23
15 572 HELBOCK HAL M 42SUN CITY CA CYTOMAX/KHS 2:08:10.30 21
16 273 NEISSER MILES M 33SAN LUIS OBISPO CA ARTS CYCLERY 2:08:15.13 19
17 371 MAKA JUSTIN M 29ALBUQUERQUE NM SDG/AZONIC/TEKBOLT 2:09:14.79 17
18 331 CONNORS MATTHEW M 22SCOTTSDALE AZ FISHER 29er CREW 2:12:39.42 15
19 555 ANDERSEN PETER M 42SAN DIEGO CA CAPBOLS RACING 2:12:42.39 13
20 207 KOERNER TOM M 42SANTEE CA BEAR VALLEY BIKES 2:13:40.98 11
21 36 CLARK RYAN M 31ALISO VIEJO CA CYNERGY 2:13:47.42 10
22 365 SANDOVAL LEONARDO M 31LAKE BALBOA CA 2:13:53.00 9
23 300 SIEGLE JASON M 30LAGUNA NIGUEL CA BEAR VALLEY BIKES 2:14:36.29 8
24 933 MCKELVEY SCOTT M 34CATHEDRAL CITY CA PALM SPRINGS 2:15:16.36 7
25 578 FREIWALD PAUL M 35LAKE FOREST CA KENDA 2:15:23.67 6
26 361 STOEHR CHAD M 31SAN LUIS OBISPO CA BLUE COMPETI 2:16:09.15 5
27 923 FREEMAN MATT M 36MENTONE CA PASS PT/GARY FISHER 2:18:15.67 4
28 161 BOONE ALEX M 24PASADENA CA HELENS/SUBAR 2:18:16.71 3
29 290 SULLIVAN BEN M 30FLAGSTAFF AZ RED ROCK RACING 2:20:07.80 2
30 28 HOLCOMB NOAH M 26ALISO VIEJO CA CANNONDALE FACTORY 2:26:19.51 1
31 339 WILLIAMS DAVID M 26GIG HARBOR WA 2:33:52.56 0
32 576 ELMER CHAD M 34APPLE VALLEY CA BEAR VALLEY BIKES 2:45:52.65 0
1 288 PARK KRISTA F 35MADISON SD UNATTACHED 1:40:40.85 60
2 250 MCQUAID MELANIE F 36VICTORIA BC SHO-AIR/SPECIALIZED 1:42:11.66 55
3 911 HERNDAY NATASHA F 38VENTURA CA AMGEN 1:44:16.98 51
4 281 RANOA HEATHER F 33MURRIETA CA INTENSE CYCL 1:52:24.00 47
5 204 DUERKSEN JOY F 30LOMA LINDA CA PASS PHYSICAL THERAP 1:53:14.29 44
6 573 KAUFMANN SARAH F 28HESPERIA CA TITUS/ROARING MOUSE 1:54:10.87 41
7 574 POPOVIC CAROLYN F 31HESPERIA CA BEAR VALLEY BIKES 1:55:09.38 38