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Christian Heule (Stevens)
Swiss cyclo-cross champion Christian Heule swept the opening weekend of 'cross in the Pacific...
Swiss cyclo-cross champion Christian Heule swept the opening weekend of 'cross in the Pacific Northwest, taking both the Star Crossed race in Redmond on Saturday and then repeating his performance in the Rad Racing GP in Lakewood on Sunday.
In seasonably warm weather and unusually dry, dusty conditions, Heule was challenged by US Champion Ryan Trebon, and his Kona team-mate Barry Wicks, but was able to out-kick the lanky Trebon in the finish both days. Wicks took third both days, while Geoff Kabush crashed out of Saturday's race, but returned to finish fourth in Lakewood.
Wendy Williams took the sprint win on Saturday, besting Sarah Kerlin and Wendy Simms from a group of six, while on Sunday, Rachel Lloyd put in a strong performance to solo in to victory 34 seconds ahead of Williams.