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Take chances. Anneke Beerten, Sea Otter Classic dual slalom.

Meanwhile in Cali…. San Dimas Stage Race

Local girl Amber Neben of Specialized-lululemon gives a preview of this weekend’s San Dimas stage race. Neben is also doing a fundraiser for her Dare To Be project on Sunday after the race. Dare To Be raises money to give bicycles to kids whose families can’t afford to buy them. Amber, Loren Rowney, Ina-Yoko Teutenberg, Clara Hughes, Katie Colclough, and Ally Stacher will ride for Specialized-lululemon.

There should be some fab racing going down this weekend with all the top U.S. teams – Tibco, NOW/Novartis, Vanderkitten, and Optum – fired up and in the house. The race starts today with an uphill time trial on Glendora Mountain Road. Youch.

Best of luck to all my friends racing!

Meanwhile in Cali…. San Dimas Stage Race

One of my favorite parts of interviewing women riders is hearing the story of how they started bike racing. Because it’s always something. It’s never a straightforward story of starting to ride the bike when they were six years old and dreaming their whole lives of winning the Tour de France or the Ronde van Vlaanderen. Always, there’s something.

Loes Gunnewijk from GreenEdge won the European season-opener. Specialized-lululemon put two riders on the podium when Ellen van Dijk finished second and Trixi Worrack third. A twelve rider break formed on the Côte de Trieu, then Gunneswijk went up the road solo when the race hit the cobbles with 20 kilometers to go.

“Twenty kilometres before the finish, I attacked on the cobblestones, and I immediately got a gap,” Gunnewijk explained. “I rode alone for five kilometres, and then Ellen came up to me. We shared the work until the finish and I beat her in a sprint to the line.”

Trixi Worrack won the eight-up sprint for third ahead of Pauline Ferrand-Prevot of Rabobank. Full results are over at Wielerland, though not it appears on the official race site. Go figure.