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Roseville speedway is a hit with cyclists

By: Robbie Enos/Roseville Press Tribune Correspondent
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After trading in engines for bike pedals, it was all smiles at All American Speedway on Sunday.

The inaugural Placer Valley Grand Prix Criterium took place all day with amateur and professional riders competing. Organizer John Novikoff of LeadOut Racing was happy with the event.

“Things have been going really well,” he said. “We definitely over-prepared, which is a good thing. We haven’t had any major issues, and everything has gone out without a hitch. I’ve gotten very positive feedback from the racers.”

The speedway is more known for its race cars, but the track provided a unique course for the bikes. The one-mile course included the one-third-mile paved speedway, surrounding streets and the pit area.

“The venue is awesome,” Novikoff said. “It’s unique, and that’s kind of the biggest feedback we get, how cool it is to race in a raceway. It’s a nice, technical course. Everyone seems really excited about it.”

Riders also were happy with the course and the event. Several local cyclists did well, including Elite 4 Women’s champion Karen Hutchins of Roseville.

“It’s actually a lot more exciting (being on a raceway),” Hutchins said. “When you’re racing out here, you get awesome speed and stretch. It’s fast, and if I can race, I want to go fast.”

Hutchins was closely followed by third-place Tamara Coulson of Granite Bay.

In other races, Heath Sherratt of Roseville placed sixth in Masters 35+5. Five locals placed in the top 15 in Masters 35+3/4, led by Roseville rider Rich Tabuso in fifth. Michael Medina of Granite Bay placed eighth.

“(The racetrack) plays great,” Medina said. “It’s nice to get the momentum of the speedway into your turns, so it’s actually an awesome venue.”

Other top-15 finishes were recorded by Dan Brown of Granite Bay in Elite 5 Men and Tim Blair, Jarrod Wyrick, Mike Giudicelli, Dan Pollard and Zachary Domagala in Elite 4 Men.

The main event was the Pro Men race, which was won by Charles Hutcheson of Sacramento. Eric Riggs of Antelope placed second and Joshua Carling of Rancho Cordova third.

Novikoff and riders hope the event will continue and are optimistic.

“I can’t say that there’s been a big learning curve,” Novikoff said. “After you do an event once, it’s easier to set it up the second time.”

Said Medina, “I absolutely want to do this again.”

PLACER VALLEY GRAND PRIX CRITERIUM

At All American Speedway

Winners

Pro Men 1/2: Charles Hutcheson, Sacramento. Elite Men 3: Curt Mills, Gold River. Elite Men 4: Ansel Mills, San Jose. Elite Men 5: Scott Hooper, Folsom. Elite Women 1/2/3: Mary Maroon, Sacramento. Elite Women 4: Karen Hutchins, Folsom. Masters Men 35+1/2/3: Robert Pasco, Belmont. Masters 35+3/4: Greg Cook, El Dorado Hills. Masters 35+/5 Men: Dan Garcia, Fair Oaks. Masters 45+/1-3: Dirk Himley, San Jose. Juniors 10-16: Garrett Marking, Paradise.