WILLIAMS, GUERRERO SCORCH SYCAMORE CANYON US CUP
Words and Photos by Phil Beckman/PB Creative
APRIL 28, 2013, Riverside, CA.— Sponsors may have looked on in bewilderment at
fifth round of the 2013 Kenda Cup West Series, held on a sultry Sunday at Sycamore Canyon Park. Jersey zippers were falling faster than congressional approval ratings, displaying not corporate or team logos but pasty white skin, heart rate monitor straps, chest hair and sports bras.
Mother Nature decided that it was time for summer in Southern California and turned the thermostat up past 90 degrees with very little wind to provide relief. A zipped-up jersey was not going to be a priority for anyone grinding up the sauna-like canyons, especially as the blazing sun reached its zenith.
Casey Williams (Whole Athlete/Specialized) handled the toasty conditions like it was just another day at his mountain home in nearby Big Bear. This 19-year-old up-and-comer has been on fire this season, posting several impressive rides against the best in the country in his quest to be part of the U.S. team competing at this year’s World Championships in South Africa at the end of August. Williams has trained and raced there before.