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Southern California ‘cross series kicks off with DTLA Historic CX

The men's race gets underway. The Southern California Prestige Series of Cyclocross kicked off this weekend with the DTLA Historic CX, aton Los Angeles Historic State Park, a course uniquely positioned against a backdrop of Downtown Los Angeles and its transportation corridor. Elite women: Allison Mann…

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2011 Southern California Prestige Cyclocross Series, Day 1
The men's race gets underway.

The Southern California Prestige Series of Cyclocross kicked off this weekend with the DTLA Historic CX, aton Los Angeles Historic State Park, a course uniquely positioned against a backdrop of Downtown Los Angeles and its transportation corridor.

Elite women:
Allison Mann (Rock N’ Road) rode aggressive from the start. She grabbed the holeshot with the largest elite women’s field to start the season. The long straight came to a loose gravelly turn where Mann went down. Christina Probert-Turner (The Team SoCal CX) came around Mann and took the lead through lap one with some teammates and the Cynergy girls, Jenna Jammer Kowalski and Julia Lafrachise hungry to get to the front.

2011 Southern California Prestige Cyclocross Series, Day 1
The women's podium

However, the same aggressive riding that got Mann the holeshot was the same effort that got her back to Turner coming through the finish of lap one. Mann did not look back. Turner pedaled with Mann at first but by the end it was Mann with almost a minute gap on the field.

Turner came in to take second only seconds ahead of her teammate Nancy James in third. It was Kowalski and Lafrachise who rounded out the top five for a glorious day of racing in the SoCal elite women’s field.

Elite men:
The field took its starting positions with all eyes looking towards Sid Taberlay

(Kenda/H20 Overdrive) to lead from the start but it was Ted Willard (SDG/Felt p.b. IRT) who tore down the starting stretch to grab the holeshot.

2011 Southern California Prestige Cyclocross Series, Day 1

The field lined themselves up and settled in as Willard set the pace for three-fourths of the first lap until he let teammate Jason Siegle pull through and set the first attack of the race. This split the field and made for some hard work as Taberlay pulled the front pack back up to Siegle who continued to lead the race through lap two.

The front group was down to five riders and saw its share of change on the front. By lap three Siegle again saw his chance to split the lead group apart, putting out a big effort on the front that only Taberlay and Brandon Gritters (Rock N’ Road) could match. The three rode away and continued to battle throughout the race.

With four to go Taberlay began to take charge leading the group through the barriers, Shimano CX rollers and Spy Hill, all of which he rode without dismounting.

Unfortunately, with a lap and a half to go Gritter’s rear tire went flat and he had to roll into the pits as him and Siegle chased Taberlay who monopolized on the issue to take the win. Siegle could not get back to Taberlay on his own but he also benefited from the flat to take second while Gritter’s swift bike change allowed him to finish third. Fourth was Gary Douville (SDG/Felt p.b. IRT) followed by Chris Jackson (BMC).

The Prestige Series Presented by SPY Optic heads north to the Sept. 25 Camarillo Pacifica Crossfest in Camarillo, California.