Randy Angel

Williams breaks away for Chevron Manhattan Beach Grand Prix title

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Racers jockey for position in the tight turn at 15th Street during the 56th Chevron Manhattan Beach Grand Prix. Photo by John Post (JohnPost.com)

by Randy Angel

A $21,500 purse was offered at the 56th Annual Chevron Manhattan Beach Grand Prix, held Sunday on a newly designed, reversed course along Valley/Ardmore drives, in front of Live Oak Park.

The Grand Prix also attracted 100 kids from throughout Southern California. They competed in four-wheel, three-wheel and two-wheel races.

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Cory Williams, 24, of Los Angeles, riding for Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling, captured the Men’s Pro race with a breakaway finish. Williams finished ahead of Mario Zamora (Vumedi Cycling Team) and Randall Coxworth (Monster Media Racing).

In the Women’s Pro Cat 1/2/3 race, 25-year-old Norwegian track cyclist Anita Stenberg (Pickle Juice Cycling Team), used a strong sprint to hold off Joelle Numainville (Cylance Pro Cycling) and Laura Van Gilder (Mellow Mushroom Racing).

In the Men’s Cat 3 race, Aliso Viejo’s Alexander Romanenko was first to cross the finish line and in the Men’s Cat 4 competition, Brian Uno (Racekleen Cycling Team) came out on top.

Craig Miller (BBI-SIC Cycling) won the combined Masters 50-60+ 1-4 race and Daniel Caldera (Impact Racing Team) won the Master’s 35+ competition.

The Juniors 15-18 race continues to grow with Jules Gilliam (Team Specialized Racing) taking top honors, besting Oswaldo Mora and Thomas Fuller.

For complete results for the professional races, visit usacycling.org.

The kids’ 50- to 250-yard yard races took place at noon, between the professional men’s and women’s races. The kids races were organized by Steve Collins and Ken Liebowitz of Hermosa Cyclery.

Kids race organizer Ken Liebowitz of Hermosa Cyclery with top finishers. Photo by Kevin Cody

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