Cycling: Dinuba welcomes criterium

The Fresno BeeFebruary 20, 2012 

More than 150 bike racers from across the state celebrated Presidents Day on Monday by pedaling through the streets of downtown Dinuba in the annual Dinuba Criterium.

Vincent Owens of Fresno and his Sierra Pacific racing teammates dominated the 60-lap men's 1/2/Pro event. Owens won, followed by Brian Bosch of Fresno in third, Sydney Newsom of Fresno in sixth, Danny Rondon of Tulare in seventh and David Hunt of Fresno in eighth. The course was a 0.7-mile flat loop.

Fresno's Ruste Sasser (Cycles Fanatic Factory Racing) was the top local finisher in the 27-lap women's 1/2/Pro race won by Danielle Haulman of Davis. Sasser made the winning breakaway and took fourth. Lisa James of Clovis, Felicia Gomez of Fresno and Ashley Marcinkowski of Clovis, all of Pinnacle Women's Racing, were fifth, sixth and seventh, respectively.

The Dinuba Criterium capped a busy weekend for local cycling in the Valley after the Pine Flat Road Race on Sunday and Saturday's Cantu Creek Road Race outside Coalinga.

More local-level cycling races are on tap, including the Original Merced Criterium (Feb. 26), Merco Cycling Classic (March 1-4) and Madera Stage Race (March 9-11).


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A photo gallery from Monday's event can be seen at fresnobee.com/picturethis

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