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- Report courtesy of Casper Casparian
CBR NIKE VISION CRITERIUM
Sunday, June 22, 2003
Although the weather was cool and overcast, the
racing was hot as a smallish field of 15 women lined up for the CBR Nike Vision
Criterium on a slightly rolling course in Dominguez Hills, CA.
Sandra Kolb (Bicycle John's) stomped her authority all over the course, first
escaping on her own shortly after the start, then sustaining a 2-up breakaway
with companion Maria Farenholz (South Bay Wheelmen). Despite the efforts
of the women of Team Helen's/Trek-VW to reel her back, Kolb managed to put her
head down, drop Farenholz and pick up a few primes along the way.
courtesy of Casper Casperian
heroic day alone was not to be for Kolb, however. With four laps to go of
the one-mile, four-corner circuit, April Henderson-Anderson (Helens/Trek-VW)
launched across the diminishing gap between Kolb and the rest of the
hard-charging field. Opportunist Michelle Webster (Red 5/Vaniqa) joined
Henderson; the fresh infusion of speed gave the now-three-up breakaway the power
it needed to keep putting time on the field. Henderson's teammate Debbie
Durand parked herself at the front of the field at every opportunity,
effectively killing any attempts by the larger group to rejoin the escapees.
Although the field managed to give chase,
distance outran time, with Henderson charging ahead of her companions for
victory on the final rise to the finish line. After her long day behind no
one, Kolb took second and Red 5's Webster rolled in last of the break.
Farenholz won the field sprint for fourth place.
ELITE WOMEN I-IV,
1. April Henderson-Anderson Helen's/Trek-VW
2. Sandra Kolb Bicycle John's
3. Michelle Webster, Vaniqa/Red 5 Racing
4. Maria Fahrenholz South Bay Wheelmen
5. Lisa Hefferman
6. Sheryl Fauceglia, Cycles Veloce/Edge