Oberman anchors Bonelli Park US Cup weekend with Short Track podium.

Cole Oberman finished out a weekend of solid performances by RDC with a huge 2nd place finish in Sunday’s short track cross country event at the USAC US Cup series opener in San Dimas, California. With 22 nations represented, Rare Disease Cycling riders proved yet again that they are capable of performing at a top international level. 

 Elite Men 

 “Coming into this weekend I knew I was on some killer form”, said Oberman after Sunday’s short track cross country event. “I finished 29th in the the cross country on Saturday and given the quality of the field it’s not terrible but I was shooting for a much better finish. In the end I think this gave me a little more motivation to lay it out there in the short track”.  

Oberman bid his time riding mid pack for the first half of the highly tactical race waiting for the ideal moment to launch an attack. “They called the preme lap late in the race and so I knew this was the perfect opportunity to go for it. As soon as everyone sat up after the preme sprint I launched it off the front. I bridged up to Sergio Mantecon (Trek Factory) and we just drilled it together for the next 4-5 laps. He (Mantecon) jumped with one to go and opened a little gap on me. I was dying in the last couple of corners and just barely held off Todd Wells (Specialized)”.

 ” I would have loved to have won but in the end I’m so stoked to take 2nd in front of such a high quality field. For me it was really a confirmation that I belong at this level and that all the hardwork I did with my coaches Jeremiah Bishop and Mike Shultz is paying off”. 

 Elite Women 

Sornson on course at Bonelli. photo: Kenny Wehn

 Cheryl Sornson kicked the weekend off for RDC with a solid 16th place finish in a women’s Cross Country field that contained Olympic medalists and the current XC world champion. Even more impressive is that the Bonelli Park US Cup race was Sornson’s season debute, having had no oppertunities for tune-up races due to a particularly harsh winter on the East coast. 

 “Being in straight up winter on the east coast, it was a shock to the system in many ways to come out here. It was first race of the season for me and LA was experiencing a record high heat wave for this time of year”. 

However, Sornson adapted quickly, “I stuck it out for a 16th place finish.  I am super happy with that result among such a talented and big field of women”.  

Sornson also competed in Sundays short track event (placing 20th), using it as part of a larger workout as she builds fitness for the Kenda Cup East series which opens later this spring. “Being that I am escaping PA weather and using this week as a training week, I jumped into the short track race mid training ride and threw down as best as I could.  Not sure how that race ended up, but it felt good to bust out my lungs, heart and legs!”. 

Cheryl and Cole will be back in action next weekend for round #2 of the US Cup in Fontana, California.

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