Hillsboro, OR- With mud in their teeth and brown slop covering their spandex, Katerina Nash (Luna
) won the women's race and Tim Johnson (Cannondale/ Cyclocrossworld.com>
) took the men's race at the Scion Stumptown Cup, the final stop for the 2006 Crank Brothers U.S. Gran Prix of Cyclocross. (www.usgpcyclocross.com)
Overall series winners are Ryan Trebon
(Kona) and Lyne Bessette (Cyclocrossworld.com).
*The morning downpour changed the course from mostly grass to almost all mud. One section had the riders pedal through a foot deep mud puddle more than six feet in length (see third photo down).
*A hot tub filled with speedo clad fans greeted riders at the top of a hill section, along with a DeeJay spinning Jamaican Dancehall and Twisted Sister
*Micro-brew toting fans cheered riders all along the race course, with many of them ringing cowbells
a couple inches away from riders' heads.
*On the last lap, Bessette hooked her handlebars to give Nash enough of a cushion to hang on for the win.
*Local Women: Rhonda Mazza (Team S&M
) took 9th place in the women's race. Sue Butler and Wendy Williams (River City Bicycles
) followed in at 14th and 16th respectively.
*Local Men: Shannon Skerritt
(Vanilla Bicycles) took 17th in the men's race. With Erik Tonkin
(Kona) in at 23rd. Molly Cameron
(Vanilla Bicycles) and Michael Gallagher (U.S. Armed Forces) came in at 35th and 36th.
*Geoff Kabush (Maxxis) broke his wheel toward the end of the last lap and ran with his bike through the finish line for second place.
To read more about Portland's Cyclocross scene, check out WW's Nov. 2005 cover story Mud, Sweat And Gears
by Angela Valdez.
All photos taken by Bradley Campbell and Emily Steen