Clark takes West Sacramento Cyclocross Grand Prix win

Anthony Clark (Squid Squad) grabbed the top step of the podium for the men Saturday n the opening day of the West Sacramento Cyclocross Grand Prix.

The men’s race started off fast with a group of five quickly distancing themselves from the 41-rider field. Front group included Clark, Troy Wells (Team CLIF Bar), Lance Haidet (Donnelly Cycling), Allen Krughoff (Chocolove - Specialized), and Cody Kaiser (LangeTwins / Specialized) who took the holeshot.

“I had to go as fast as I could to hold the pace,”said Kaiser with a laugh. “We’ve had a couple of heavy weekends of racing with the World Cups, going all the way back to Labor Day straight so I was a little flat this whole past week, starting on Sunday. I knew that if the pace slowed, that acceleration punch was going to kill me so I was just going to hold it as hard as I could, for as long as I could.”

The five fought for position, taking turns at the front to set the pace, and then trying to draft in the group to get some shelter from the blowing wind.

“Through pit 1, after the barriers all the way to the north end of the track, there was a block headwind. You can definitely sense it,” Kaiser said of the wind. “It helped me a couple of laps because I was sort of dangling, and I was actually to roll back in because they would ease up, you could sense the group slowing.”

“This race is really fast and a lot of variation in speed . If you’re on the back of the group of five, you’re working a lot harder than if you’re the first guy. But then at the same time, we had a ton of wind today, so you have this balance of saving energy versus having to sprint out of every corner. And it was kind of just a group of five, everybody trying to be in a good spot so there was a lot of switching of position,” Krughoff explained.

Wells was the first rider to fall off the pace after accelerations from Clark and Krughoff after four laps of racing. Haidet was the next one to drop out of the group.

“The fourth lap through I went to the front and halfway through, I think Lance bobbled and my mechanic Chris in the pit yelled ‘dude you have a gap’ so I went,” said Clark. He was joined by Krughoff with Kaiser dangling about 10 seconds behind.

Clark continued, “Then I was like ‘I guess I have to stay on the throttle’, so I stayed going hard. We went through for three to go, and Allen and I probably had 10 seconds and then halfway through that lap, Allen wasn’t pulling through, so I was like ‘what do I do?’ So I attacked over the barriers and he didn’t respond and I was like ‘well, everyone is solo so I just have to ride smart, try to ride my race, go hard on the hard sections’ and that’s what I did and I was able to hold those guys off.”

“Anthony was just punching it, he has a very punchy riding style, it’s good to be behind him but at the same time, it’s not because he sprints so hard out of every corner. If you’re smoother you don’t have that energy savings if you’re drafting him. So I was just hanging on and working really hard to be there,” Krughoff said. “He just rode away from me at one point.”

With less than two laps to go, Clark had a small gap on Krughoff. Kaiser was still chasing solo in third. Haidet and Wells were battling it out for fourth place.

Clark claimed his first victory of the year in a time of 59 minutes and 23 seconds. Krughoff crossed the line 31 seconds later for second place. Kaiser took third place, 37 seconds back.

Krughoff enjoyed the course, though he could feel the effect of sudden accelerations and the impact of the wind. “ I think a lot of people probably see it and they think, oh it’s in a little park by the river, but it floats up and down this hill, there are technical off-camber corners and as you saw throughout the whole race, it all splintered, there were no groups of five or 10 guys, “ he said . “Towards the end, after I fell off of Anthony, I felt like we never stopped pedaling for the second half hour, and at that point, I felt like the course was riding me.”

For Kaiser, the secret to racing well on the course is “to find the flow. If you try to force the speed you’re going to have trouble, for sure.”

More wind is in the forecast for day 2 of WSCXGP racing on Sunday.

“I just don’t make plans, I just ride my bike,” said Clark. “I’m not that kind of guy, I just ride my bike and see what happens. You just never know. Some guy can make a mistake, the wind could be worse, the wind could be less. I really don’t make plans about anything, I don’t want that kid of stress on myself.”


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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Anthony Clark (Squid Squad)0:59:23
2Allen Krughoff (Chocolove - Specialized)0:00:31
3Cody Kaiser (LangeTwins / Specialized)0:00:48
4Lance Haidet (Donnelly Cycling)0:01:12
5Troy Wells (Team CLIF Bar)0:01:15
6Tyler Cloutier (TCCX)0:02:36
7Allan Schroeder (High Desert Hustle)0:03:07
8Max Judelson (Voler/Easton/HRS/Rock Lobster)0:04:00
9Kevin Bradford-Parish (Gillespie Eye Care/SETcoaching/Specialized)0:04:13
10Josh Direen (Groove Subaru-Excel Sports)0:04:29
11Kyle Johnson (Team Yacht Club)0:04:44
12Ian Tubbs (AUDI)0:04:48
13Robert Cummings (Mettle Cycling)Row 12 - Cell 2
14Brendan Lehman (Voler/Easton/HRS/Rock Lobster)0:05:13
15Nathan Barton (Top Club Cyclocross Team)0:05:24
16Noah Hayes (Voler/Easton/HRS/Rock Lobster)0:05:45
17Terol Pursell (Amy D Grassroots)Row 16 - Cell 2
18Ryan Rinn (vive la tarte cx)0:06:13
19Stephen Hartzel (Breadwinner Cycles)0:06:33
20Sean Estes (Cycle Sport - Specialized)0:06:40
21Josh Kelley (Breadwinner Cycles)0:06:59
22Ian Megale-2 laps
23Ryan Grenier (The fast foward)-2 laps
24David Sheek (SDG-Muscle Monster)-2 laps
25Calder Wood (Top Club Cyclocross)-2 laps
26Alex Work (Voler/Easton/HRS/Rock Lobster)-2 laps
27Derek Yarra (MASH SF)-2 laps
28Andrew Loaiza (Cyclepath PDX)-3 laps
29Anastasio Flores (Spokesman CX)-3 laps
30Aj Snovel (Team Mike’s Bikes)-3 laps
31Rhys Louis (Roca Roja)-3 laps
32Kobi Gyetvan (CX Nation)-4 laps
33Kell Mckenzie (King Kog)-4 laps
34Bryan Torian (Olympia Orthopaedic Associates)-4 laps
35John Behrens (Knobbe Martens IP Law)-4 laps
36William Youngman (Kinetic Cyclocross)-4 laps
37Brent Franze (giant co factory ?Buena Park Bikes)-5 laps
38Mark Severy (Adventure's Edge)-5 laps
39Dean Poshard (Voler/Easton/HRS/Rock Lobster)-5 laps
DNFJustin Thomas (TCI Wealth Advisors)-6 laps
DNFSawyer Bosch (High Desert Hustle)-6 laps


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