wins Men's A division as regional circuit's season ends
The trip home may have gotten a little
longer for a few competitors as the result of the final
Southern California Cyclo-cross Cup series event Sunday at
Carlsbad's Brent Prenzlow took care of business,
winning the Men's A division event, but his Celo Pacific
teammate -- and ride home -- John Behrens fell short.
Behrens needed to finish ahead of Leonardo Sandoval in
the race to enable Prenzlow to secure second place in the
overall points race.
But Sandoval, like his fellow "crossers,"
outlasted the mud and rain to finish third, one position
ahead of Behrens.
"Oh, yeah," said Prenzlow with a good-natured
smile when asked if he would give Behrens a hard time on
the way home. "We were plotting all the way up for
him to do it, but Leo was too fast today, so hats off to
Prenzlow took control of the race from the outset,
distancing himself from series champion Mark Noble of
Oxnard and the rest of the seven-man field on the opening
"I pulled away right there," said Prenzlow,
pointing to the first hill. "I was really surprised
that Mark Noble wasn't closer in the
beginning. By the time I got up the first run-up, I
already had a sizeable gap on him.
"Once I had a lead, I just tried to increase it as
much as possible to discourage him, and I had the lead the
As it turned out, Noble was less than 100 percent after
competing in a velodrome cycle race Saturday night.
"I was hurting," said Noble, who had already
clinched the points title heading into the race. "I
was just trying to get through it today, but Brent ran a
good ride. I hoped I'd be able to go with him, but I
In other action, Dorothy Wong of Altadena continued her
dominance in the Women's A division, cruising through the
field to solidify her points championship.
"The conditions made it a lot harder," said
Wong, who is one of many competitors that also helped
staff the event. "It was very slippery; it was steep
and sticky. Once the bike touches sticky mud, it sticks
and mud gets on your front brakes and makes it harder.
"So now suddenly you're riding a bike easily in a
normal, dry scenario and now you have 10 extra pounds of
mud and grass kind of sticking."
Other winners include Ryan Rickart (Men's B), Chris Gallup
(Master's 35-and-older), Robert Abell (Master's
54-and-younger), Lee Willmore (Master's 55-and-older), Al
Morinaka (Men's C), Graysen Oldham (Junior A), Logan Board
(Junior B) and Susan Cooper (Women's B).
"We usually don't have this much mud in Southern
California, but this year we've had more muddy
races," said Prenzlow, who has won five of the seven
races he has entered in this season's SoCal series.
"It makes it a little more interesting, a little
tougher, but this is true cyclo-cross conditions -- a
treat for SoCal racers."