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Big Bear Shootout - Big Bear Resort, California

Posted by: Jens Raz |July 10, 2011 10:33 PM
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Big Bear Shootout #2 - Big Bear Resort, California

Cross Country & 50 Miler 

I feel fortunate to have enjoyed another fun and exciting weekend in Southern California’s mountains. Big Bear Lake is a premier winter and summer destination for outdoor enthusiasts. It offers hiking, climbing, four wheeling, water sports and cycling of all flavors. There are many restaurants and hotels to choose from offering great hospitality, food and entertainment.  Team Big Bear is known for putting on some of the most exciting and most competitive XC racing across the nation.  Tom Spiegel of Team Big Bear has been famous for putting on creative races.  Everything from XC races to 50, 100 milers as well as multi day races have been in his repertoire. (Remember the Brian Head 50 and 100 epic and stage race?)

The premier "Kenda Cup” series runs throughout Southern California providing great use of trails. With only a short three week notice Tom and Ty Kady from Sho-Air created a 50 mile option on the famous "Long Course” at Big Bear Lake.

An experienced field of 60 racers including two Olympians from two different continents set out to take on the inaugural 50 mile event. Tinker Juarez (Cannondale) and the Tasmanian Devil Sid Taberlay (Kenda H20 Overdrive) were the two most feared protagonists. Doug Andrews and Cody Phillips (both with Sho-Air) also joined the battle. Evans Plew (www.evanplews.com) the notorious single speeder was the SS threat on the mountain.

The start seemed more like a XC type start. The first two miles before the dirt were a leg breaking 15 %+ grade on paved road before the official cross country course. Once up the hill battle ensued and the first casualty was Sid with an unfortunate crash taking him out of the race before the start of the 2ndlap.  The race settled into an almost expected chase of Tinker. With his challengers gasping for air at elevations topping 7,800 feet, this efficient climber with a skilled descent took the win by 10 minutes.  2ndplace went to Romolo Forcino with Ely Woody close by (both with "Chains Required”). Just as, if not more impressive was Evans Plew riding just one gear and finishing 3rd overall, less than 1 minute behind Romolo to take the Single Speeders top honors.  50 miles, 6,700’ of climbing all at 7,000’+ elevation completed in less than 4 hours is blazing fast. The woman’s title went to a dominating Karen Lundgren (Bear Valley Bicycles) over her team mate Liz Carrington.

The Cross Country was just as difficult. The pro XC field started 30 minutes after the 50 mile endurance racers entered the gauntlet. Southern California’s Hemet High School Senior, Zachary Tanner Valdez, (Whole Athlete) from Hemet has been racing as a pro and placing more and more consistently. His race came down to a battle with Miguel Valdez (Ellsworth) as described by Zach "From the start, Miguel Valadez and I got out front. He attacked a few times on the first hill but I managed to hang on and get a bit of a gap going into the first descent. I put a little more time into the gap on the descent and just kept it pinned from there. I had a fairly nice lead on him going into the second single track. Unfortunately, Miguel took a wrong turn there, misguided by a random spectator who was giving incorrect directions all day. I had no idea that this had occurred until I was told about it at the finish. Miguel is an incredible racer and a great guy. I wish he had been able to take the right course. It definitely would have made for a more exciting race.
I'm stoked on earning my first Pro win! A big thanks to Whole Athlete - Specialized for all the support I have received from them, and of course my parents!” Nice job Zac! Hope to see more of your victory speeches in the future!

In the woman’s Pro race, local favorite Allison Mann (Sho-Air/Rock’n Road) took a tight race over the Ellsworth sponsored Deyanira Guerro.  The flatlander was able to take the lead on the infamous fire road climb leading to the first descent and never relinquishing her lead. 

Results

Open Men 50 Miler

1,

Tinker Juarez

Cannondale

3.48.56

2,

Romolo Forcino

Chains Required

3.58.34

3,

Ely Woody

Chains Required

4.05.59

4,

Jason Siegle

SDG/Felt

4.09.12

5,

Doug Andrews

Sho-Air

4.11.44

6,

Cody Phillips

Sho-Air

4.19.03

7,

Travis Wilkerson

Surf City

4.28.55

8,

Scott McClare

Platinum Performance

4.30.56

9,

Paul Romero

 

4.31.11

10,

Josh Maule

 

4.35.33

11,

Guy McDermott

 

 

12,

Peter Smith

 

 

DNF

Richard Merrick

 

 

DNF

Sid Taberlay

 

 

 Open Women 50 Miler

1,

Karen Lundgren

Bear Valley Bicycles

4.54.36

2,

Liz Carrington

Bear Valley Bicycles

5.37.41

DNF

Heather Ranoa

 

 

 Singlespeed 50 Miler 

1,

Evan Plews

www.evanplews.com

3.59.29

2,

Mark Scheetz

Coates Cycles

5.08.21

3,

Geoffrey Albert

Celo Pacific

5.40.04

DNF

Bryce Dupriest

Incycle

 

 Pro Men Cross Country

1,

Zachary Valdez

Whole Athlete

 

2,

John Nobil

Bear Valley Bicycles

 

3,

Vincent Lombardi

Steven K Cycles

 

4,

Brendon Davids

Team Jeep

 

5,

Matt Freeman

Fisher 29er

 

6,

Eric Bierman

Steven K Cycles

 

7,

Paul Freiwald

Pivot Cycles

 

8,

Alex Estrada

World Cycles

 

9,

Derek Hermon

Bear Valley Cycles

 

10,

Steve Kinney

 

 

 Pro Women Cross Country

1,

Allison Mann

Sho-Air/Rock ‘n Road

2.01.06

2,

Deyanira Guerrero

Ellsworth

2.04.02

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