Rare Disease Cycling continued it’s successful start to the season with another podium finish in the short track cross country at the Fontana City National, round 2 of the USA Cycling US Cup presented by Sho Air Cycling Group. Sunday’s short track brought a close to a weekend that saw solid finishes for both Sornson and Oberman in the UCI HC cross country event on Saturday.
Oberman again finished out the weekend with a podium finish in Sunday’s short track race. “It was great to prove that my success last weekend wasn’t a fluke. I had a solid start but the more technical course at Fontana caused a bunch of crashes early on in the short track. I got caught behind a couple of these and it was a lot of work to get back towards the sharp end of the race. In the end I made up enough ground to find myself on the podium again”.
Jumping from 10th position to 5th in the closing laps of the race, Oberman eventually led out and out sprinted current USA short track national champion Stephen Ettinger (Sho-Air). ” Going into the last lap, I attacked our group and led it out into the finish straight. I just stayed on it full gas and in the end it was enough. I’m totally stoked to make the podium 2 weeks in a row. Definitely in good company!”.
Saturday’s UCI HC cross country event also went well for Oberman. He finished 28th overall, 7th among the Americans in a truly international, world cup caliber field. “The start at Fontana is always a struggle, the ground is loose and immediately off the line there are a series of tight turns. There’s just no way to move up and you inevitably lose some time on the leaders as things sort out, especially starting on the 7th row”.
Still Oberman rode a steady race, working with other riders to try to get to the front. “The course at Fontana really suits me, its technical and also has a single, long climb on the course. I rode the first couple of laps with a couple of the other Americans, Spencer Paxson (Kona) and Mitch Hoke (The Pro’s Closet), we made some good progress together but eventually I was just rolling a little better on the climb and ended up by myself. I tried to stay on pace for the final 3 laps and made up a few more positions. I know I can do better than 28th but it’s only my 2nd xc race of the year and I’m super happy to see some solid improvement over last week”.
Cheryl Sornson continued to have a stellar opening to her season by placing 20th in the women’s UCI HC cross country event. Sornson drew on her endurance background to ride a consistent race, finishing strong and reeling in competitors until the last lap. Following an equally impressive result at last weeks race in Bonelli, Sornson now finds herself sitting 15th place overall in USAC US Cup series. Not to bad for someone that claims she, “only went to California to get in some good training”!
Sornson also raced the short track on Sunday. Again working the race into the middle of a larger workout, she battled back form a rough start to finish with the lead group in 13th place.