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A day of firsts for Parbo and Stetson-Lee

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Teal Stetson-Lee (California Giant Berry-Specialized) wins her first UCI cyclo-cross race.

Teal Stetson-Lee (California Giant Berry-Specialized) wins her first UCI cyclo-cross race. (Image credit: Laura Weislo)
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Zach McDonald (Rapha-Focus) gets the hole shot

Zach McDonald (Rapha-Focus) gets the hole shot (Image credit: Laura Weislo)
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Tyler Wren's bike is barely recognizable.

Tyler Wren's bike is barely recognizable. (Image credit: Laura Weislo)
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Tyler Wren looks happy after the race.

Tyler Wren looks happy after the race. (Image credit: Laura Weislo)
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Danny Summerhill rolls in after a tough race.

Danny Summerhill rolls in after a tough race. (Image credit: Laura Weislo)
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Sid Taberlay comes in second.

Sid Taberlay comes in second. (Image credit: Laura Weislo)
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Joachim Parbo takes the win

Joachim Parbo takes the win (Image credit: Laura Weislo)
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The mud pit was popular with the spectators

The mud pit was popular with the spectators (Image credit: Laura Weislo)
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Some parts were muddy, others dry and dusty

Some parts were muddy, others dry and dusty (Image credit: Laura Weislo)
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Cody Kaiser, after finding success the previous lap, continued to hop the barriers.

Cody Kaiser, after finding success the previous lap, continued to hop the barriers. (Image credit: Laura Weislo)
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But the clean version looks nice.

But the clean version looks nice. (Image credit: Laura Weislo)
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Teal Stetson-Lee leads the women's race.

Teal Stetson-Lee leads the women's race. (Image credit: Kenneth Kill / Light & Shadows)
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Teal Stetson-Lee celebrates her first UCI-categorized race win.

Teal Stetson-Lee celebrates her first UCI-categorized race win. (Image credit: Kenneth Kill / Light & Shadows)
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Elite men's podium

Elite men's podium (Image credit: Kenneth Kill / Light & Shadows)
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Joachim Parbo win the elite men's race.

Joachim Parbo win the elite men's race. (Image credit: Kenneth Kill / Light & Shadows)
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But it's all OK

But it's all OK (Image credit: Laura Weislo)
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Tyler Wren on the run-up

Tyler Wren on the run-up (Image credit: Kenneth Kill / Light & Shadows)
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The run-up during the men's race

The run-up during the men's race (Image credit: Kenneth Kill / Light & Shadows)
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Morgan Ryan out on course

Morgan Ryan out on course (Image credit: Kenneth Kill / Light & Shadows)
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Others try to hang onto the wheel of Tyler Wren.

Others try to hang onto the wheel of Tyler Wren. (Image credit: Kenneth Kill / Light & Shadows)
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Elite women's podium

Elite women's podium (Image credit: Kenneth Kill / Light & Shadows)
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Brent Prenzlow in the mud

Brent Prenzlow in the mud (Image credit: Kenneth Kill / Light & Shadows)
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And sometimes, a risk doesn't turn out so well

And sometimes, a risk doesn't turn out so well (Image credit: Laura Weislo)
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Danny Summerhill is looking to ease back into 'cross.

Danny Summerhill is looking to ease back into 'cross. (Image credit: Laura Weislo)
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Tyler Wren was on a Boo bamboo bike

Tyler Wren was on a Boo bamboo bike (Image credit: Laura Weislo)
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The Rapha-Focus duo Chris Jones and Zach McDonald led on the first lap

The Rapha-Focus duo Chris Jones and Zach McDonald led on the first lap (Image credit: Laura Weislo)
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Tyler Wren follows Summerhill in fourth

Tyler Wren follows Summerhill in fourth (Image credit: Laura Weislo)
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Danny Summerhill had a short-lived solo lead

Danny Summerhill had a short-lived solo lead (Image credit: Laura Weislo)
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Mountain biker Sid Taberlay has a quicker way over the barriers

Mountain biker Sid Taberlay has a quicker way over the barriers (Image credit: Laura Weislo)
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Sid Taberlay demonstrates how to ride the barriers

Sid Taberlay demonstrates how to ride the barriers (Image credit: Laura Weislo)
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The lead group heads along the water

The lead group heads along the water (Image credit: Laura Weislo)
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Fans put money in cans, but the elite men weren't biting

Fans put money in cans, but the elite men weren't biting (Image credit: Laura Weislo)
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Tyler Wren (Boo Bicycles) looks graceful on the barriers.

Tyler Wren (Boo Bicycles) looks graceful on the barriers. (Image credit: Laura Weislo)
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Cody Kaiser (Cal Giant Berry Specialized) tries the bunny hop approach.

Cody Kaiser (Cal Giant Berry Specialized) tries the bunny hop approach. (Image credit: Laura Weislo)
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Chris Shepperd (Rocky Mountain) leads into the bog

Chris Shepperd (Rocky Mountain) leads into the bog (Image credit: Laura Weislo)
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Sid Taberlay can bunny hop the planks

Sid Taberlay can bunny hop the planks (Image credit: Laura Weislo)
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Devon Haskell (Bike Station) gets the hole shot.

Devon Haskell (Bike Station) gets the hole shot. (Image credit: Laura Weislo)
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Barb Howe (Ibis) has a little detour in the mud pit.

Barb Howe (Ibis) has a little detour in the mud pit. (Image credit: Laura Weislo)
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Teal Stetson-Lee (Cal Giant Berry-Specialized) takes the lead on lap two and never looks back.

Teal Stetson-Lee (Cal Giant Berry-Specialized) takes the lead on lap two and never looks back. (Image credit: Laura Weislo)
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Carolyn Popovic ends up fourth.

Carolyn Popovic ends up fourth. (Image credit: Laura Weislo)
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Teal Stetson-Lee (Cal Giant Berry-Specialized) rides along the water

Teal Stetson-Lee (Cal Giant Berry-Specialized) rides along the water (Image credit: Laura Weislo)
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Stetson-Lee handles the barriers with aplomb.

Stetson-Lee handles the barriers with aplomb. (Image credit: Laura Weislo)
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Teal Stetson-Lee heads to her first UCI win.

Teal Stetson-Lee heads to her first UCI win. (Image credit: Laura Weislo)
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Devon Haskell sees an opportunity to make some more cash

Devon Haskell sees an opportunity to make some more cash (Image credit: Laura Weislo)
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Devon Haskell goes for the dough

Devon Haskell goes for the dough (Image credit: Laura Weislo)
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Sarah Maile claims third.

Sarah Maile claims third. (Image credit: Laura Weislo)
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Congratulations all around for Teal Stetson-Lee.

Congratulations all around for Teal Stetson-Lee. (Image credit: Laura Weislo)
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Devon Haskell (Bike Station) needs a clean up

Devon Haskell (Bike Station) needs a clean up (Image credit: Laura Weislo)
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Race promoter Dorothy Wong found the time to play in the mud in the elite women's race.

Race promoter Dorothy Wong found the time to play in the mud in the elite women's race. (Image credit: Laura Weislo)
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It's all about the timing

It's all about the timing (Image credit: Laura Weislo)

The opening race of the first Southern California UCI doubleheader in two years proved to be a day of firsts for Dane Joachim Parbo and Colorado native Teal Stetson-Lee. The pair claimed their first ever UCI race wins, and while Stetson-Lee's was in her first season as an elite rider, Parbo's came after a long history in the sport.

Parbo slipped away late in the race, leaving behind mountain bike legend Sid Taberlay to claim second ahead of Chris Jones (Rapha-Focus) with Tyler Wren (Boo Bicycles) and Danny Summerhill (Holowesko Partners/Felt/Garmin) rounding out the podium.

Parbo overcame a sore throat which he blames on the heat in California combined with the air conditioning inside. After being sick for three days, he said, "I was so amazed that I could get to the front - I thought for sure there were more guys ahead. I couldn't believe it.

"It's just amazing - it's like a star dropping from the sky and drinks passed all around!"

The Rapha-Focus duo of Zach McDonald and Jones set out hard on the first lap, but Jones said he rolled a tire and spent much of the race chasing to get back on, leaving him lacking a bit in the sprint.

The lead changed hands several times during the first half, with Summerhill and Wren having some time at the front, but it was Canadian Chris Sheppard who spent the largest part of the race leading before fading back with four laps to go.

Parbo, who was in a second chase group for the mid-part of the race, made his way up to the lead group as Sheppard was reeled in, and then made his move on the penultimate lap.

"I developed a plan during the race where I would invest my power and not care about the others. I attacked at a point where the guys kind of slowed down," Parbo said. "Once you slow down on this grass you really slow down, so I attacked there, and I think Chris Jones went with me but he skidded out in a corner. When I heard that I said I should play it safe."

Parbo held onto just enough margin to take his first UCI victory, while Taberlay dispatched the chase group to solo in for second.

Taberlay had to fight his way through the field on the early laps from a poor starting position, bunny hopping the barriers to gain an advantage much to the thrill of the crowd.

"I'm not fit enough this time of year, that hurt," the Australian said. "I had fun in a couple sections but the rest of the time I was just hanging. When it actually got hard on the straights I was struggling and just getting back on in the corners."

Wren, who still has a stage race in China and the Tour of Japan on his road program, used the race as a way to stay fit and motivated late in the season, but said his technical skills were a bit lacking.

"It's hard to get away from them because every time I'd attack they'd come back to me on the corners," he said. Riding on a Boo Bicycles bamboo bike, Wren was excited to get in the race. "I've been excited and having insomnia thinking about setting up the bike and getting in the race. I was hoping for a top five so I'm happy with it."

Stetson-Lee powers to her first elite win

Teal Stetson-Lee (California Giant Berry/Specialized) claimed a commanding win in the women's race, soloing from the second lap to top Devon Haskell (Bike Station Aptos).

"It's kind of surreal. I've had dreams about this moment for a long time," said Stetson-Lee. "Even though it's a smaller UCI race, this is my first year racing elites, and it's my first UCI win. I've got a lot of work to do, but this is my dream and it's pretty exciting!"

Haskell took the hole shot and led for much of the first lap, but a minor crash saw her pulled back. Stetson-Lee didn't wait long to make her move, and by the second lap she was away solo and never looked back. She was briefly joined by Barb Howe (Ibis), but a bobble in the mud sent Howe into the tape, leaving Stetson-Lee to go it alone.

"I wasn't sure how fast the pace was going to be, so I sat in there to see what was going to happen. I'm from Colorado so I'm not used to the heat and humidity, so I didn't know how that would affect me. I thought I had the legs for it, so I attacked and I felt really good in the turny sections. So that was where I made up a lot of time, and I had enough energy to hold it."

"I tried to go out hard and not burn myself up," Haskell said. "Teal made a good move and I didn't have the punch for it. She's riding really well. I had to keep going strong because I had a couple chasers behind me."

Haskell held off the chase from Sarah Maile (Ventana Bikes), who took third over Carolyn Popovich (PAvalleys.com), while Howe rounded out the top five.

Full Results

Elite women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Teal Stetson-Lee (USA) California Giant Berry Farms/ Specialized0:36:49
2Devon Haskell (USA) Bike Station Aptos0:00:58
3Sarah Maile (USA) Ventana Mountain Bikes0:01:12
4Carolyn Popovic (USA) PAValleys.com0:01:13
5Barbara Howe (USA) Ibis and the Danger Twins0:01:26
6Emily R Thurston (USA) Missing Link0:01:36
7Courtney Dimpel (USA) Bike Station Aptos0:01:43
8Katrina Baumsteiger (USA) Team Rambuski Law0:01:55
9Allison Mann (USA) Rock N' Road0:02:10
10Sarah Jordan (USA) Bay 101/HRS/Rock Lobster0:04:08
11Amanda Schaper (USA) SDG Factory Team0:04:25
12Beverly Chaney (USA) Team Roaring Mouse0:04:50
13Tonya Bray (USA) Pablove Racing0:05:11
14Dorothy Wong (USA) The Team0:05:23
15Ivie Crawford (USA) The Team0:10:12
-2lapsAlexis M Ryan (USA) The Team
-4lapsAnnette Padilla (USA) Celo Pacific
DNFKendall G Ryan (USA) The Team

Elite men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Joachim Parbo (Den) Kch Leopard Cycles0:59:25
2Sid Taberlay (Aus) Sho-Air/Specialized0:00:02
3Christopher Jones (USA) Rapha Focus0:00:04
4Tyler Wren (USA) Boo Bicycles
5Daniel Summerhill (USA) Garmin/Holowesko Partners0:00:07
6Sean Babcock (USA) Kona0:00:12
7Chris Sheppard (Can) Rocky Mountain Bicycles/Shimano/Giro/Trp0:00:21
8Jeremy Ferguson (USA) California Giant Berry Farms/Specialized0:00:40
9Craig Richey (Can) Cyclocrossracing.Com P/B Blue0:00:55
10Alexander Candelario (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies0:01:43
11Aaron Schooler (Can) Team H&R Block0:01:45
12Frank Spiteri (USA) Peninsula Velo/Pomodoro0:02:00
13Brent Prenzlow (USA) Celo Pacific/B+L Bikes0:02:02
14Zach Mcdonald (USA) Rapha Focus0:02:09
15Joseph D Schmalz (USA) Kccx/Verge Presented By Challenge0:02:41
16Adam Mcgrath (USA) Feedback Sports/Van Dessel Cyclocross0:02:42
17Josh C Snead (USA) Bay 101/Hrs/Rock Lobster0:02:46
18Cody Kaiser (USA) California Giant Berry Farms/Specialized0:03:04
19Scott Chapin (USA) Hrs/Rocklobster0:03:06
20John Behrens (USA) Bailey Bikes0:03:22
21Kyle J Gritters (USA) Rock N Road Cyclery0:03:27
22Jason Siegle (USA) Bike Religion0:04:01
23John Bailey (USA) Bailey Bikes0:04:08
24Morgan Ryan (USA) The Team0:04:40
25Aaron O'dell (USA) Bay 101/ Hrs/ Rock Lobster0:04:44
26Adam R Mills (USA) Kccx/Verge Presented By Challenge0:04:51
27Donny Carroll (USA) Bailey Bikes/Donny'S Café0:04:57
-1lapEric J Christenson (USA) Sdg Factory Team
-1lapAnton A Petrov (USA) Sdg Factory Team
-1lapBrue Syvertsen (USA) De La Paz
-1lapChance A Noble (USA) California Giant Berry Farms/Specialized
-1lapSergio A Hernandez (USA) Jelly Belly Cycling
-2lapsBenjamin L Dodge (USA) Bay 101/Hrs/Rock Lobster
-2lapsFrederick Bottger (USA) Sdg Factory Team
-2lapsEric Colton (USA) The Team
-3lapsDerek Yarra (USA) Box Dog Bikes
-3lapsDavid Sheek (USA) Sdg Factory Team
-3lapsTony Smith (USA) Focus Bikes Usa
-3lapsTed W Willard (USA) The Team
-4lapsTyler Wertenbruch (USA) Slo Nexus-Gym One
-4lapsDean Poshard (USA) Rock Lobster
-4lapsGregory Osborn (USA) La Velocity
-5lapsAlex F Boone (USA) Pablove Racing
-6lapsLawrence Leonard (USA) Successful Living
DNFGary Douville (USA) Platinum Performance
DNFBrandon Gritters (USA) Rock N Road Cyclery
DNFMark Noble (USA) Franco Factory Team
DNFMolly Cameron (USA) Portland Bicycle Studio
DNFJonathan Baker (USA) Hudz-Subaru

 

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