Cory Williams, 24, of Los Angeles sprinted away from the field to win the 56th Chevron Manhattan Beach Grand Prix held at Live Oak Park last Sunday. Williams won the main event, which was the men’s Pro 1/2 race and a check for $1,680.
“This is my first pro win, but I’ve done this race five times and won four (other divisions),” Williams said.
The champion took the lead about 40 minutes into the race.
“There were a couple moves going up the road,” Williams said. “I didn’t really feel like they were going to stick and everyone started getting tired. I saw a couple guys on the same team going up the road. There were three of them from Premier Bank. I thought they were really good guys, so I went across to it and then once I got to it, that was the end of the deal.”
On the last lap, Williams had a 12 to 15-second lead on the main group of riders and was able to hold them off along with several others that broke away from the pack.
“There were three guys from the same team, they might attack me, so I had to save a little bit of energy,” Williams said. “I didn’t pull as much as they did. Going into the last lap, I knew one of the guys was going to go off the front and I just had to follow.”
Williams attended Crenshaw High School in Los Angeles and has been attending the Manhattan Beach Grand Prix since he was a kid.
“I started coming here when I was about 4 years old, doing the kid’s race,” Williams said. “It was really big—my whole family comes out and I just wanted to get the win for everyone.”
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