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Into The Lion’s Den criterium: Justin Williams and Olivia Ray take wins - Gallery

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Justin Williams comes out on top in the Into The Lion’s Den criterium (Image credit: Kit Karzen)
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American road rider Rahsaan Bahati (left) at the Into The Lion’s Den criterium (Image credit: Kit Karzen)
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A pre-race ride ahead of the Into The Lion’s Den criterium (Image credit: Kit Karzen)
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Olivia Ray (Rally Cycling) wins the women's criterium at Into The Lion’s Den (Image credit: Kit Karzen)
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The media gather around Justin Williams after the Into The Lion’s Den criterium (Image credit: Kit Karzen)
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L39ion of Los Angeles put on a show in their home criterium (Image credit: Kit Karzen)
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The women's podium at the first-ever Into The Lion’s Den criterium in Sacramento (Image credit: Kit Karzen)
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US national crit champion Kendall Ryan finished second to Olivia Ray (Image credit: Kit Karzen)
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The women's podium: Amy Pieters, Olivia Ray and Kendall Ryan (Image credit: Kit Karzen)
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The men's top three at the Into The Lion’s Den criterium (Image credit: Kit Karzen)
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Into The Lion’s Den criterium: The men's podium and the huge crowd in front of them (Image credit: Kit Karzen)
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The men's and women's podium finishers at the Into The Lion’s Den criterium (Image credit: Kit Karzen)

Justin Williams (L39ION of Los Angeles)  and Olivia Ray (Rally Cycling) came out on top in the inaugural Into The Lion’s Den criterium on Saturday in Sacramento.

The event had a huge $100,000 prize purse for a total of 140 minutes of racing on October 30 with the prize money split evenly between the men's and women's field.

The event, sponsored by SRAM, saw the racing take place on a one-kilometre circuit around the California Capitol grounds, with the Start/Finish line located on 11th Street and N Street. 

Each pro race offered $10,000 in primes and $40,000 in prize money, paid to the top 10 riders in each field. An Amateur Open was held in the afternoon, with prizes rather than cash awarded to the riders.

The race provided a local spectacle for cycling fans but also set out to broaden diversity within the sport of cycling, which is L39ION's primary aim. 

“My vision has always been to make the sport of cycling great for everyone,” said Justin Williams, who along with his brother Corey founded the UCI Continental team, L39ION of Los Angeles, last December. 

After his win Williams took to Instagram to share his delight: "Your dreams are yours. Never stop the pursuit of fulfillment and happiness. It won’t come easy, but it will be worth it!" he wrote.

Ray also posted a message on her social media to celebrate her victory: "Well, this sure was one way to go out with a bang 💥 Super grateful for @rally_cycling and everyone who made that happen, especially all the lovely messages! Off-season begins… NOW!"

Pro Women Invitational
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Olivia Ray (Rally Cycling) 1:15:28
2Kendall Ryan (L39ION of Los Angeles) 0:00:01
3Amy Pieters (Team SD Worx)
4Makayala Macpherson (LUX Cycling) 0:00:02
5Kaia Schmid (LUX Cycling)
6Heather Fischer (Terun Elite)
7Olivia Cummins (LUX Cycling)
8Danielle Morshead (LA Sweat)
9Emily Ehrlich (TWENTY24) 0:00:03
10Rachel Canning (LABC LADIES)
11Antonieta Gaxiola (CWA Racing p/b Trek)
12Demi Vollering (Team SD Worx)
13Shayna Powless (TWENTY24)
14Alexi Costa (CWA Racing p/b Trek)
15Sammi Runnels (La Sweat)
16Skylar Schneider (L39ION of Los Angeles) 0:00:04
17Laurel Rathbun (LABC LADIES)
18Samantha Schneider (LA Sweat)
19Lily Williams (Rally Cycling) 0:00:05
20Coryn Labecki (Team DSM) 0:00:06
21Marlies Mejias (TWENTY24) 0:00:07
22Ashleigh Moolman Pasio (Team SD Worx) 0:00:09
23Krista Doebel-hickok (Rally Cycling) 0:00:11
24Jessica Bonilla (CWA Racing p/b Trek) 0:00:15
DNFRebekah Potter (LABC LADIES)

Pro Men
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Justin Williams (L39ion of LA I) 1:17:32
2Luke Lamperti (Trinity Racing)
3Cory Williams (L39ion of LA I)
4Lucas Bourgoyne (Austin Outlaws)
5Tyler Williams (L39ion of LA I)
6Cole Davis (Sac Town) 0:00:02
7Sebastian Cano (South Florida)
8Eamon Franck (Compton)
9Osvaldo Mora (Compton)
10Cesar Reyas (Long Beach)
11Clever Martinez (Miami)
12Dante Young (Socal)
13Yumeto Shigihara (Santa Monica)
14Frank Travieso (Miami)
15Joseph Lupien (Labc)
16Lucas Strain (New York)
17Kyle Cooper (Boston)
18Gabriel Porterfield (Austin Outlaws)
19Sam Benedict (Golden State)
20Conor Delanbanque (South Florida)
21Josh Carling (Sac Town)
22Nick Baird (Boston)
23Tyler Locke (Socal)
24Hasani Hennis (Miami)
25Eddy Hunstman (Socal)
26Tim McBirney (Cal)
27Brad Wiggs (Sac Town)
28Cameron Piper (Boston)
29Jamual John (Miami)
30Miles Hubbard (Golden State)
31Eric Fischer (Boston)
32Rene Corella Braun (Labc)
33Ty Magner (L39ion of LA I)
34Stefan Roche (South Florida)
35Cole Lewis (Santa Monica)
36Mike Easter (Long Beach)
37Mario Crespo (New York)
38Aaron Wirthwein (Santa Monica)
39Jason Paez (Labc)
40Imeh Nsek (Long Beach)
41Jason Cianfrocca (Labc)
42Giovanni Lovell (Central America and Carribean)
43Canyon Emmott (South Florida)
44Leo Bugtai (Socal)
45Natnael Mesmer (Compton)
46Tice Porterfield (Austin Outlaws)
47Milus Clarke (Central America and Carribean)
48Kenny Tsuda (Boston)
49Justin Bolde (South Florida)
50Duncan Clark (Santa Monica)
51Devin Wilson (Cal)
52Lance Haidet (L39ion of LA II)
53Quinn Felton (Cal)
54Eric Anderson (Long Beach)
55Jovanni Stefani (Cal) 0:00:23
56Caedan Aveling (Santa Monica)
57Austin Carroll (Labc)
58Eder Frayre (L39ion of LA II)
59Oscar Quiroz (Central America and Carribean)
60Josh Kelly (Miami)
61Cameron Bond (Compton)
62Chris Hildreth (Compton)
63Hugo Scala Jr (Austin Outlaws)
64Evan Bausbacher (Austin Outlaws)
65Angel Munoz (L39ion of LA II)
66Cormac Daly (New York)
67Tyler Pearce (Boston)
68Nigel de Sota (Long Beach)
69Brody McDonald (Austin Outlaws)