Sunday, October 30, 2011

Kurth, Luzadder take elite honors in Yorktown CX race


Here's the wrap-up for Saturday's CX elite races at Yorktown. Look for at the usual outlets later today or tomorrow. Big props to my teammates Scott Hallberg, who won our Cat 4 35+ race -- I was ninth -- and Mike Minichello, who took first in the Cat 3 35+ race.
For the second week in a row, two Marian University students dominated the elite fields at Planet Adventure’s Lion of the Den cyclocross race in Yorktown Saturday.

Jackie Kurth, who finished third in last week’s Planet Adventure race, overcame some early crashes to beat second-place finisher Janelle Renschler of the Speedway Wheelmen by more than a minute. The two had been racing neck-and-neck for the early part of the race, but Kurth pulled away right before the third lap.

“Janelle had a blip on the course, so I took advantage of it,” Kurth said. “I put the hammer down and was able to settle in.”

Kurth said she was able to take additional time out of Renschler on the many hilly sections of the course as well.

Bob’s Red Mill racer Nicole Borem rounded out the women’s podium.

In the men’s field, Weston Luzadder, riding for the elite Nuvo Cycling Team, won by nearly a minute over J’s Bikes Andrew Boneff. Speedway Wheelmen racer Josh Prater finished a strong third.

Luzadder, who finished fourth last week, allowed Boneff to set the tempo for the first lap, then attacked immediately after.

“He was going pretty hard that first lap,” Luzadder said. “When we hit the pavement, I decided to go for it and see what cards he was holding.”

Boneff wasn’t able to match Luzadder’s sudden acceleration, allowing the Marian student to open up a sizeable gap.

Marian’s Josh Johnson and Katie Antonneau won their respective elite races the week before on a course just a few short pedal strokes off the Marian campus. Planet Adventure will return to the course Nov. 19 for the second of three races this season.

For full results or to register for the Nov. 19 race, visit Planet Adventure’s website, www.planetadventurerace.com.

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