"There was guaranteed to be a new Knobbe Martens Women’s Elite A class winner this time out. Amanda Nauman, after dominating the first three rounds, elected to instead do some climbing miles and participated in the previous day’s El Grande Fondo in the San Gabriel Mountains. This ride was also produced by SoCalCross, in partnership with the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition and the National Forest Foundation.
Nicole Brandt (LaGrange/Michelob Ultra) didn't need to be asked twice to step to the top of the podium. “Maia’s Mom” has been battling to stay with Nauman all season, but had only Christina Probert-Turner (The TEAM SoCalCross/Turner Bikes/Jenson) to offer any resistance at Krosstoberfest. Turner and Brandt quickly dispatched the rest of the field, and when Turner went down on the third lap, aggravating an old arm injury, it was Brandt with clear sailing and her first victory of the season.
Turner held on for second place, well ahead of a spirited scrap for third between Marilyne Deckman (Stage One), Summer Moak (K-Edge/Felt) and Beatriz Rodriguez (Wolfpack Hustle). They finished in this order."
Christina Probert-Turner (The TEAM SoCalCross/Turner Bikes/Jenson) leads Nicole Brandt (LaGrange/Michelob Ultra) early in the Knobbe Martens Women’s Elite A race. © Philip Beckman/PB Creative. Photo: CX Magazine
Great work, Christina!!
PCG Coach: Tim Cusick