Photos & Report: Beating the Odds at DTLA Historic CX

SoCalCycling.com October 10, 2012 0
Photos & Report: Beating the Odds at DTLA Historic CX

The 1.9-mile course at the DTLA Historic Cyclocross, round two the 2012-13 SoCalCross Prestige Series, consisted of grass, gravel and poker chips. Not literally, but in terms of racing luck, a long, twisty section ribboned throughout a field of insidious wood chips may as well have been the kind you find at a casino. It was as slippery as a back-alley blackjack dealer and tougher on tires than that hilltop hooligan at this year’s Tour de France. Entering this area every lap was like going all-in at the craps table: you roll the dice and hope for the best.

Maybe that’s overstating things a bit, but there’s no denying the inordinate number of flats and elbow/knee strawberries witnessed on this warm day at the Los Angeles State Historic Park. In some cases it had real repercussions on the race results.

And speaking of race results, going through them is like reading “Hoyle’s Rules of Games.” For the second week in a row, rider attendance records were shattered like imported pottery hitting the sidewalk in nearby Chinatown. The Men C class had 108 competitors alone. Add in the extra spectator draw of CicLAvia — a cultural/ecological event that took over the nearby streets at the same time — and there’s no question that this was a big day for the series.

Check out the photos and captions for more. We’ll wager you’ll like and by chance even share them.

The next stop on the SoCalCross schedule is the Pacifica Crossfest in Camarillo on Saturday, October 13, followed the next weekend by the must-do Spooky Cross and Krosstober-Fest, October 20-21. This is part of the inaugural L.A. Bikefest, which will be taking over the Fairplex in Pomona big-time. For details, visit SoCalCross.org.

Report  & Photos by By Phil Beckman / PB Creative

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Winner of the Under 23 race was Tyler Schwartz (SDG/Felt p/b IRT).

Winner of the Under 23 race was Tyler Schwartz (SDG/Felt p/b IRT).

Jason Siegle (SDG/Felt p/b IRT) came out on top of a chaotic Men’s A race.

Jason Siegle (SDG/Felt p/b IRT) came out on top of a chaotic Men’s A race.

Hey, let’s run up to L.A. for the day.

Hey, let’s run up to L.A. for the day.

Round and round she goes… The Circulus mini velodrome was an interesting addition to the proceedings. This race was held in conjunction with CycLAvia, a cultural/ecological event that took over the nearby streets at the same time. The CX race drew a lot of those participants in to view the proceedings.

Round and round she goes… The Circulus mini velodrome was an interesting addition to the proceedings. This race was held in conjunction with CycLAvia, a cultural/ecological event that took over the nearby streets at the same time. The CX race drew a lot of those participants in to view the proceedings.

Anton Petrov (SDG/Felt p/b IRT) managed to avoid the drama that befell much of the Men’s A race, and was rewarded with third place.

Anton Petrov (SDG/Felt p/b IRT) managed to avoid the drama that befell much of the Men’s A race, and was rewarded with third place.

With a variety of musical acts, it might have been hard to focus on the racing.

With a variety of musical acts, it might have been hard to focus on the racing.

Despite three bike changes, two flats and at least one crash, previous round winner Brandon Gritters (Rock n Road) persevered for fourth in Men’s A.

Despite three bike changes, two flats and at least one crash, previous round winner Brandon Gritters (Rock n Road) persevered for fourth in Men’s A.

Chris Jackson (Castex Racing p/b Felt) leads Brandon Gritters (Rock n Road), Jason Siegle (SDG/Felt p/b IRT) and Gareth Feldstein (Ritte CX Team) through the barriers. It was anyone’s guess what the order would be on the next lap.

Chris Jackson (Castex Racing p/b Felt) leads Brandon Gritters (Rock n Road), Jason Siegle (SDG/Felt p/b IRT) and Gareth Feldstein (Ritte CX Team) through the barriers. It was anyone’s guess what the order would be on the next lap.

Jason Siegle (SDG/Felt p/b IRT) rode off into the sunset with the Men’s A victory.

Jason Siegle (SDG/Felt p/b IRT) rode off into the sunset with the Men’s A victory.

Chris Jackson (Castex Racing p/b Felt) was more than a little disappointed with the way the finish of the Men’s A race played out — again.

Chris Jackson (Castex Racing p/b Felt) was more than a little disappointed with the way the finish of the Men’s A race played out — again.

The Men’s A race podium finishers celebrate a great day of racing in DTLA.

The Men’s A race podium finishers celebrate a great day of racing in DTLA.

Top three in Under 23, topped by Tyler Schwartz. It was a good day for the SDG/Felt p/b IRT squad.

Top three in Under 23, topped by Tyler Schwartz. It was a good day for the SDG/Felt p/b IRT squad.

Top five in Women’s A, from left to right: McKenzie Melcher (The Team), Hannah Rae Finchamp (Cynergy), Carolin Shiff (SDG/Felt p/b IRT), Amanda Schaper (Ritte CX Team) and Rebecca Siegal (SoCalCross).

Top five in Women’s A, from left to right: McKenzie Melcher (The Team), Hannah Rae Finchamp (Cynergy), Carolin Shiff (SDG/Felt p/b IRT), Amanda Schaper (Ritte CX Team) and Rebecca Siegal (SoCalCross).

 

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