(The complete Cycling Action photo gallery for this race is now posted online HERE).
Gentle Lovers' Steven Beardsley followed up his Tuesday night win at PIR with a victory Wednesday night in the Senior Men's race of the inaugural 2009 Mt. Tabor series. Sue Butler (MonaVie-Cannondale) notched another win in the Senior Women's race, fresh off her win of the Queen Stage of the Mt. Hood Cycling Classic, the 92-mile lung busting Wy'East Road Race that started and finished at Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort.
Butler made her winning move early in the 8-lap race and held her advantage to the line. Veloforma's Alice Pennington came across the line second, ahead of Sam Yeo (Hammer Velo) and Katy Petross (Portland Velo).
Beardsley seemed determined to make something happen in the men's race, which was shortened because of the quickly fading daylight. The Gentle Lovers' rider initiated an early move with HPChiro's Seth Hosemr and GMC Racing's Austin Arguello. The trio opened a gap of nearly 45 seconds before the chasing field slowly reeled the move back in.
The field stayed mostly intact until about four laps to go when Kyle Valenta (HPChiro/hammer Nutrition), Spencer Moersfelder (River City Bicycles) and Matt Braun joined Beardsley in a late-race move that built a small gap on the field, setting up Beardsley's blistering last-lap attack that earned him the win with plenty of room to spare. Valenta crossed the line for second. Moersfelder was third. HPChiro/Hammer Nutrition's Aaron Coker finished fourth.
Mt. Tabor Series, Week 1, June 10
1. Brush, Walton
2. Sheppard, Mike
3. Tardif, adam
Women Cat. 4
1. Schweitzer, Jennifer (Veloforma)
2. Reeve, lisa
3. Tyrrell, Leia
1. Wenzel, Kendra (Wenzel Coaching)
2. Bothe, Elaine (Sorella Forte)
3. Leitheiser, Ann (Cyclepath Racing)
1. Butler, Sue (MonaVie-Cannondale)
2. Pennington, Alice (Veloforma)
3. Yeo, Sam (Hammer Velo)
4. Petross, Kaytee (Portland Velo)
5. Chase, Stephanie (Veloforma)
Men Cat. 5
1. edick, Andy
2. Rankin, Shane (Portland Velo)
3. Siemens, Jordan
Men Cat. 4
1. Curtes, Jeff (TWIN 6)
2. Bibler, Neal (Team S&M)
3. Tardif, Adam
Men Cat. 3
1. Liverman, Ryan (Veloce/Felt)
2. Green, Tyler (River City Bicycles)
3. Hansen, Jake (Word-RCB)
1. Haverty, Chris (Bridgetown Velo)
2. Mitchem, John (Guinness Cycling Team)
3. Meadors, Ivan (Finnegans Toys/Discover Chiropractic)
1. Beardsley, Steven (Gentle Lovers)
2. Valenta, Kyle (HPChiro/Hammmer Nutrition)
3. Moersfelder, Spencer (River City Bicycles)
4. Coker, Aaron (HPChiro/Hammer Nutrition)
5. Fawcett, Todd