Tuesday, December 25, 2007
Posted by Shaun Radley at 12:25 PM
Sunday, December 23, 2007
Props to Frank G for winning the MT Cross Championships, and making me look good in this photo (we were hanging on the back)
Props to Tim Johnson. It was a long time in between championships but he made it happen. He never gave up in the last couple laps and it paid off.
Props to US Cyclocross, folks are starting to make paper.
Props to MBRA for hopefully introducing the Best All Around Rider Award.......a step in the right direction. Also big thanks to the MBRA committee for putting in work.
Props to the Cascades for having hella snow right now (I'm headed that way tomorrow!).
Props to Snowbowl for actually having some of the better snow in the state.
Posted by Shaun Radley at 5:09 PM
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
This past August I had the opportunity of a lifetime. I got to ride my bike 100 miles a day for 21 straight days with full support (caterer), and with 9 of my best friends. This was the doing of Brent Ruby. He wanted to study recovery rates based on extreme fatigue. It seemed like a fantasy as we rode in matching kits, and were waited on by support. I felt like I was on a pro team. We rode from Missoula, MT to Granby, CO and back. There were numerous mountain passes, and flat stretches that I thought would never end.
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Monday, December 17, 2007
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Friday, December 14, 2007
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Monday, December 10, 2007
Props to B. Ferencz for the sick cross movie last Tuesday. Some of those dudes can do crazy stuff. It makes me want to get a fixie and rally. To bad there was three inches of snow when I woke up today. I put up the youtube preview. Check it out if you didn't see the movie.
Posted by Shaun Radley at 8:04 AM
Saturday, December 8, 2007
Todd Wells took the victory today at the Verge Series event. He beat out Jesse Anthony and Chris Jones. Looks like he's coming in to form for Nats. Watch out Trebon!
I went bc skiing at Lolo today. Sunny and beautiful, but the coverage isn't quite there. Hopefully it will get better.
Posted by Shaun Radley at 5:17 PM
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
He's originally from Durango, but he went to school in Bozeman and race on the MSU team for a couple seasons. This past year he race for Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory and travelled the NRC circuit as a neo-pro. The hard work has paid off. Jittery Joe's just announced they signed Ben for the 2008 season. Congratulations Ben! We'll be following your progress.
Posted by Shaun Radley at 12:24 PM
The Roubaix is tentatively scheduled for April 13th. Here's a picture from last year's race (courtesy of Twnya Morgan, www.gascyclingteam.com).
For all of you who have started training or are thinking about training, you've got 130 days till the Roubaix. Of course there are always early season races, like Cherry Pie in Corvallis, and the Mason Lake Series south of Seattle.
I'm excited to race the Roubaix. I've never raced it. I don't like the idea of a flat finish.....but I guess that's what Roubaix's are all about.
Posted by Shaun Radley at 11:58 AM
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
Todd Wells is a sick rider. This is a photo of him with his new GT cross bike, complete with the new SRAM Red group. I got this photo off of his blog http://www.toddwells.com/. Speaking of the Red group, Astana just signed a deal with SRAM for 2008.
Posted by Shaun Radley at 9:47 AM
Monday, December 3, 2007
This weekend's GP's looked like a slop fest. I was close on my predictions. Johnson took day one and Trebon took day two. How about Jamey Driscoll?!??! I thought he would win the U23, but I didn't think he'd be in the top 10 both days. That guy is animal, and a future star of US cross.
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Friday, November 30, 2007
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Monday, November 19, 2007
Ronnie Attaway made a sweet cross video of yesterday's race. Check out Dale riding up the sand.
Also, the Helena paper had a good article, http://helenair.
Posted by Shaun Radley at 10:58 AM
Frank took it to the house yesterday!!! He is the Montana State Champ. Other Champions crowned were Chance Cooke, Murphy Woodhouse, and Lisa Curry. What a great day of racing. The course was great and the racing was undpredictable and exciting.
The masters race was competitive. With Chance racing it didn't look like Steve would be able to run away with it. They formed a nice group at the front that also had John Fiore and a couple other riders. The Flathead guys worked together with Chance eventually riding away for the title. Steve won the spring for second. Props to B Ruby for racing!
The women's race was filled with drama. First off it was a great field. It looked like 10 or so riders, event without the Gaskill sisters. Early on Danyel Longmire took the lead and looked tough. Lisa fell and Danyel squirted to a 10 second lead. Danyel slipped in a tricky corner and banged herself up really bad. She could not finish. Lisa took the reins from there. Michelle raced consistent, like she has all year and was up there for second place.
In a suprising men's B, Murphy took the championship!!! He came out of nowhere to bring home the title. He battled all race, hanging with the leaders.
The men's A was won by Frank G. Him and John early on showed they were the one's to beat. It was a two man battle all race long. Frank took it in the end. John had a great race for second, and Bill Martin rounded out the top 3. Great racing by Bill, to get a Missoulian on the podium.
More race reports and photos coming soon......
John Seiber Men's B, Master, Women photos, http://www.jpsphotos.net/gallery/displaythumbs.cfm?e=71&c=1&m=3
J.W. Newton Missoula Race photos, WOW
Posted by Shaun Radley at 8:41 AM
Friday, November 16, 2007
The weather is still calling for a rain/snow mix on Sunday. With the polls closing Phil and John end in a dead tie with 9 votes each. The people's champion's have been decided. Who will take the prize??? I hope everyone in town is planning on watching. Mike Beltz is doing a great job promoting the race.
Katie Compton won the first ever World Cup by an American. She beat the competition by 45 seconds, and grabbed the most important victory in US Cross history. Check out cyclingnews or velonews for more information.
Posted by Shaun Radley at 10:12 AM
Thursday, November 15, 2007
The master's men has been a fun category to follow this year. Most of the top racers, are still in great form and have high level cyclocross skills. John W has dominated the series standings, but Steve M of late has really been winning big. Other good showings this season; John Fiore raced consistently all year, Tom Sullivan had a couple good races, and John Coulthard was always up there. Props to Byron from Great Divide as well as David Schoening from the Ridley Team, they had great years as well.
With the championship up for grasp, it could be a heated masters race. Here's my picks:
1st Place: Steve Mueller
Steve is a great cyclocross racer. He is consistent from the start of the race to the finish. Since this race is with the B's, look for Steve to win the whole 11am race. He's got great power, and he knows what he's doing on the cross bike. I don't see anyone beating him.
2nd Place: John Wehyrich
The series leader has yet to take down Steve when he's on his game. John had another great year taking down the overall title. If Steven faulters, look for John to capitalize.
3rd Place: John Fiore
John is another great crosser. He raced on the Fort courses all season, and shouldn't have much problem with the championship course. If Beltz makes it technical look for John F to be right up with John W. He's a skilled rider.
4th Place: Tom Sullivan
Tom is the masters phenom this year. He had a couple spectacular performances in the Missoula series, and has placed consistent in the Montana series. If Tom has a good start, don't be surprised to see him with the front group. He's a powerhouse.
5th Place: Walt Chauner
Walt has come on strong in the last couple races. He's a great road racer, and now is into the cross. If he's there this weekend expect to see him up with the leaders.
Posted by Shaun Radley at 1:11 PM
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
The weather for Sunday is calling for a high of 40 degrees, with 60% chance or rain/snow. Leading up to Sunday snow is in the forcast for almost every day. It will be a cold and slick race!
John Curry and Phil Grove are leading the people's champ pole. I think those are two good picks. Phil seems to be getting a little late season motivation. Although he did attend tri swim practice last night! Sorry Phil, I had to give you crap for that.
Posted by Shaun Radley at 3:29 PM
Ahhhhh, the men's B. The category that shows us the future of cross in Montana. It's hard to predict the men's B. There's always the possibility of ringer coming in and taking the glory. We saw this happen with Chris Connelly at Rolling Thunder, and Phil Hess at the Helena race last weekend. The Five Valley guys have had a strong showing in the men's B, essentially dominating the with Kyle, Erik, Howard and Ely all in the top 5. Since the championships is at the Fort, it gives these guys an added hometown advantage.
1st Place: Kyle Shannon
You can't not pick him to win. He won both the Missoula and Montana series, and is by far the most consistent rider in the B's. He's got great cross skills, and is a rider for the future. He knows the fort well and should be able to take advantage of certain sections.
2nd Place: Ben Raffato
Raffato breaks up the Five Valley podium. He's only raced once in his life and that was at Woodland Park. He's got a big engine for his xc skiing days, and can push himself past his limits. I've heard he's racing this weekend.
3rd Place: Erik Digby
Erik has been a great racer all season. He's a big part of the FVV domination of this category. He gets better as the race goes on. Watch him at the end of the race to start picking people off. Erik is another rider for the future.
4th Place: Howard Williams
Another consistent performer, Howard has been right there all season. He won the Lubrecht race in Missoula. If the tempo is to his liking watch for Howard to be in the hunt for the victory.
5th Place: Murphy Woodhouse
Murphy is always good for a top 5. He's had a great season in the Missoula series. Murphy is another one of those late charge guys. Watch out for him towards the end of the race.
Posted by Shaun Radley at 11:12 AM
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
The women's racing has been competitive this year with climax coming at Rolling Thunder. All three big name ladies crossers raced at Thunder (Michelle, Heidi, and Lisa). With new riders getting in the sport like Anna Clark, Kelly Grove, Sophia Kircos and Megan Gaskill the women's field should gain some more competition next season. Michelle has the lockdown on the Montana series, but who will win on Sunday? Lisa raced tough in Helena, and has proven she is nearly invincible when she's on her game. The Gaskill sisters will also be a threat.
The Montana women's cross scene has a bright future. We need to continue to introduce female athletes to the sport.
1st Place: Lisa Curry
I made the mistake of not picking her for Rolling Thunder. I won't do that again! Boy did she prove me wrong. If she hadn't done any other cross races this year but Thunder, I still would have picked her 1st place for the championships based on that result. Her barriers are a notch above the rest of the ladies. Her race preparation and mental focus can only be matched by Michelle. I think Lisa will take it out hard, and will be tough for any women to grab her wheel.
2nd Place: Michelle Richardson
Michelle has been racing well all season. I first saw her race in Butte and was very impressed. However, she's seemed to have gotten better every race. She had a good 3rd place at Thunder, and a nice win at Herron Park. Michelle deserves to be on the podium. If there is a jam up at the start I think Michelle can hang with Lisa for awhile.
3rd Place: Heidi Gaskill
HG is an incredible talent. In her first full cross season she went undefeated in the Missoula series. She's got the biggest engine in Montana. Her technical skills, and pure power make her a threat in any kind of biking event. I have yet to confirm her racing status for this weekend, but if she's there I think she is the only women who could take down Lisa. She had a great win at Woodland Park.
4th Place: Danyel Longmire
Danyel had a good Missoula series finishing 2nd in the last two races. She is always good for a top placing. Her mental toughness, keeps in her in any race she starts. If any of the top women are having an off day don't be surprised to see Danyel creep into the top 3.
5th Place: Megan Gaskill
Like her sister Megan had a great cross season. The power is there. If her technical skills caught up with her power she would be a huge threat. Watch out for Megan in the future, she's a tremendous athlete. For now she settles for a top 5, and looks forward to spring triathlon training.
Ladies great job this season. Good luck on Sunday.
Posted by Shaun Radley at 1:27 PM
Monday, November 12, 2007
Men's A cross is interesting in Montana. There's no dominant force. John Curry was the killer early on winning Butte, and Missoula, but mechanicals have kept him out of the hunt consistently. Both Doug and Clint seem to have the power, but we've only seen them in a handleful of races. Frank and Bill are consistent racers, put between the two of them we've only seen one victory. It seems like they were all just one piece away from dominating this year's series. It's good to see strong riders get into the cross scene. This year Ben Parsons, and Bob Presta jumped right in and raced well. With these guys and the addition of some strong B's, the men's A field should be stronger for next year.
The Fort Missoula course's are a different breed. No matter how hard we try the course's always end up being flat and fast. I think using the Fort will change the outcome of the race. It will favor powerful riders. Since the Missoula series was held there, the local riders do have a bit of an advantage. Here are my predictions for the race. Feel free to leave comments - with your predictions???
1st Place: Doug "The Missing Link" Shryock
He's the only one who's beaten all the favorites atleast once this season. Now, we could argue that in some of those races folks had mechanicals, but as we know mechanicals are a part of cross. Doug takes the victory, by using Fort Missoula knowledge, and man strength. He confirms his unreal cyclocross potential. He's the only one who can race in a group and on his own. He's patient in a group, but can get into the chamber if he needs to grab a wheel or go on the attack.
2nd Place: John Curry
He's had a great season in all aspects of cycling. He deserves a podium place. The only time John has not been in the hunt for the victory was because of mechanicals. He's strong enough, and has the confidence. I'm sure most folks have noticed this but he's been riding a steel Bianchi Volpe (touring bike), I used to rock this bike - it's super heavy! Were talking like 30lbs! I think there will be a selection at the front which John will easily make. I also think he will be one of the people pushing the tempo trying to shed riders and get on his own.
3rd Place: Frank Gonzalez
Frank's a great cross racer. He's hot after his first win at Helena, and has the speed to be in the hunt at the championship. Like John, Frank will make the selection. I like Frank's cross skills, and race knowledge, but JC and Doug have a little more power and will slip past in the closing laps of the race. Frank is a killer rider on his own, if he gets by himself watch out. If there is a pile up, Frank will squirt away.
4th Place: Phil Grove
He's got two wins at the Fort this season. He hasn't been racing much recently, but Grove is always good for a result. It's super hard not to pick him considering his natural talent, and what he brings to the table. Like the other guys, Phil will make the first selection. Both him and Doug work well together, and that will benefit both of them. Watch out for the Club Passion Alliance, as Phil will work for Doug and vice versa if one is not feeling well. Grove wants to end his season on a high.
5th Place: Clint Muhlfeld
It's really hard to not pick Clint. He's got like a 50% win rate when he finishs races. I don't know if he's going to show or not, but I hope he does. He really makes the race interesting. The race dynamics change without him. Without Clint the race will start slower, and people like Phil, Doug, and Bill Martin will be able to get their feet underneath them. Doug and Phil would much rather be in a group and use some road tactics, then be in the chamber following Clint's wheel for the first 20 minutes. If Clint is there the hole shot will become crucial to who can hang on. If you don't have a good start your out.
If the race is slower at first, which I think it might be look for Bill Martin, Scotty Herzig, Toby M, and Parsons to be up there. If Bill is near the front early on then that is a good sign for him. I wouldn't be suprised to seem him in the top 3 if that's the case. I like Scotty in this race for two reasons. One he's good on road biker friendly courses with some flats, and two he's an excellent teamate, and will be very motivated to make any selection to help Frank. Also, Scott has a good start so even if someone goes bannanas at the start, theres a chance Scott can hang for awhile. Toby has the local knowledge, and the skills to place in the top 5. I don't know if he's racing or not, but if he is and makes the selection......watch out, he's one of the best tactical cross racers I've ever seen. At the start the selection will be Doug, John, Frank, Phil, Clint, Scott, Bill, Toby, Ben, and Alex L. A couple guys will get mechanicals, but that's to hard to predict :). Either John, or Clint will push the tempo and shed the first couple riders. Scott, Alex, Ben, and Toby will be the first to go after being in position to help their teamates. The selection of Doug, John, Clint, Frank, Phil and Bill will last unless Clint races(also John C won't like this size). He will not like being in a group this size and continue to attack. If that's the case I think only Doug, John, and Frank have the fitness to stay with him. Eventually it will come down to Doug pulling his famous Fort Missoula block on the last lap, and putting it down for the victory.
Keep in mind this all how I'm picturing it, something completely different is most likely going to happen. Wouldn't it be sweet to have a group at the front throwing tactics and crap!!!! We'll see!!!!
Posted by Shaun Radley at 7:45 AM
Friday, November 9, 2007
The much anticipated State Championship has posted some information. The race will be Sunday November 18th at Fort Missoula. Like the Woodland Park race, there will be a seperate men's A race. The promoter is Mike Beltz from the Northern Rockies team. Myself, and other NRO folks will be helping Mike with all the usuals. The Fort courses are always relatively flat. I know Mike will be putting in a big run-up, on the southside.......other then that is should be flat and twisty.
In preparation for the biggest race of the season I will be posting a preview of each category, Monday (menA), Tuesday (women), Wednesday (menB), Thursday (master). Also, the polls will continue right up to the start. With only eleven votes so far, Frank G has taken the early lead with 3 votes. Frank might be benefitting from all of montanacyclocross.com's publicity. Hahaahahaha, I don't think so, Frank's just a chill dude.
Posted by Shaun Radley at 9:16 AM
This Sunday there is a cross race just north of Cour'd Alene. It's part of the Inland Northwest Cross Series, that Emde Sports puts on:
I looked at the recent results, and noticed that Spokane's finest has been showing up the the majority of this series. Both local pros, Kevin Bradford-Parrish and Erik Holden have swapped victories in the series. Also, some of the Whitman College racers have been showing.
It should be entertaining. I will provide a full report, including comparisons between Inland Northwest Cross and Montana Cross.
Posted by Shaun Radley at 9:07 AM
Thursday, November 8, 2007
I posted the State Championship poll early so everyone would have a chance to vote. Let's see who the people's champ is?????
Unrelated to cross, today's video featuree is Paolo Bettini. Check out the hightlights from Giro Lombardia (second from the left). The guy is a madman. He's attacking, he's descending it's flipping awesome!
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Tuesday, November 6, 2007
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Monday, November 5, 2007
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Friday, November 2, 2007
I haven't been in the cross scene long, but this is the most hype I've seen about Montana Cross. All this hype (especially in Missoula), will come to a climax November 18th in Zoo-Town. This year's state championships should be a wild ride. Not only is there a week of rest between Helena and the championship, but more crossers have stayed in shape longer this year.
Posted by Shaun Radley at 10:56 AM
Thursday, November 1, 2007
Last night's Halloween Cross race was amazing. This race has to be continued for years to come. John Wehyrich organized a great course. We all rode a nuetral lap, and then raced 4 total laps. There was a huge leaf pit, stair climb, and the "mound". Everyone I talked to had a blast. For more photos click on this link, http://jpsphotos.net/gallery/displaythumbs.cfm?e=65&c=1&m=3, John Seiber took some great photos.
The races started off at a blistering pace as the baseball player and wigged rider took the early lead. Soon the hunter caught up and took the lead. The business man, and ghost were still in the hunt. The hunter on his full suspension mountain bike could easily rider over every obstacle, giving him an advantage. The race came down to a sprint between the wigged rider and the hunter. The wigged rider took it in the end, with the businessman finishing third.
I was chilling in the leaf pile, after a lap. Myself, the goat, three blind mice, and the prisoner drank some nice Pabstttt in the leave pile until the last lap. The 1 and half bike crew was amazing, the agility to ride that thing while drinking Pabstttttt and smoking cigars was impressive. The hockey player was also impressive. Riding an old ass bike, he just kept motoring away in full pads. The Kiss rider had a good ride, especially through the tires. And don't forget the Hulk!! I love America!!
I've got to give a shoutout to the best costume of the night......even though he didn't race....the Optimus Prime costume from Transformers by far takes the cake.
Best Ride with Bulky Costume: The Hunter (w/BOB Trailer)
Best Technical Ride: Chainsaw hand (riding with one hand for 4 laps!)
Best Costume: Ghosts on 1.5 bike
Most Patriotism: Hulk Hogan
Best Fall: Ghost with trenchcoat into the leave pile head first
Most Heart: Hockey Player
Posted by Shaun Radley at 10:17 AM
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
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Tuesday, October 30, 2007
This past weekend was the first stop for the US Grand Prix Series. Over the past couple seasons the Kona duo of Wicks and Trebon have dominated the series. However, last weekend was not meant to be for the twin towers. Cyclocrossworld.com had put together a strong team with Jeremy Powers, Tim Johnson, and Lynn Bessette. They took advantage of wounded Trebon and tag teamed the crap out of him. Powers eventually went on for the victory. He has three UCI wins this year. Johnson rode away from Trebon and finished second. On Sunday, it came down to Johnson and Trebon. This time it was Johnson's turn, as he distanced the Kona rider on almost all the technical sections of the course. In the women's races number one ranked rider in the world Katie Compton won both days fairly easily. Georgia Gould got within 30 seconds on Sunday's race, but that was as close as anyone got. Lynn Bessette was under the weather and did not have a good weekend.
Some other peformances of note. Danny Summerhill won both U23 races, and continues to show why he is the future of the sport. Chris Jones from the Nerac squad is the surprise of the year. He's getting top 5's and top 10's consistently in all the UCI races this year. The Portland based River City Cycles ladies team had two nice top 10's with Wendy Williams and Sue Butler. Also, Sam Krieg, who won both Bozeman cross races this season placed in the top 40 I believe. So, that's a good indication of where Montana's elite stand.
Posted by Shaun Radley at 12:15 PM
Monday, October 29, 2007
Flathead Cycling and Steve Mueller put on a great race on Sunday. The course was technical and long.
The men's A had 10 or so starters and kicked off quick with Matt Butterfield grabbing the hole shot. As the field came together a little more at the front Doug rode away solo and took his second victory of the weekend. Bill Martin was also impressive finishing second, passing everyone but Doug. Rounding out the top 3 was Matt Butterfield, who took a great holeshot and was able to hold on for third. Ben Parsons was 4th and Eric Greenburg was 5th. I had a bad race, finishing in last place. Not all of us can get crunk the night before and race. I rode as hard as I could but the dehyradtion and sore legs, had me watching Brad Morgan and Chance Cooke easily ride away. Doug is looking awful tough, maybe it was the homecoming factor??? I think it was the beer. The more beer he drinks the better he rides. I'm excited to watch John Curry and Doug race. Hopefully, in Helena or maybe at the State Championship in Missoula. Bill Martin had a great weekend with a 2nd and a 3rd. He seems to be getting better each week.
The men's B was won by a guy from the Spokane Rocket Velo team, Micheal Sirrot. He outlasted the field by surviving crashses and technical terrain. Kyle Shannon had a great ride finishing 2nd. I thought we might have been saving something on the last lap, but he couldn't get around the 1st place rider. Chris Connelly took 3rd, riding with determination through crashes. In the early going Chris fell over the barriers taking out Erik Digby, who was unable to contine due to mechanicals.
The masters race was easily won by Steve Mueller who was also the race's promoter. Steve is an animal on the cross bike. He passed me with ease halfway through the race. Steve was consistent all day. 2nd place was Walt Chauner who passed John W. late. John was 3rd but suffered mechanicals on the last couple laps to force him out contention
The women's race was won by Michelle Richardson. I believe it was her first victory of the year. It was well deserved. She has raced consistently all year long and deserved to get the W. She took the lead and never looked back. Ady Wygman was second and Lynetter Van Aken was third.
Best Ride: Doug Shryock, Michelle Richardson
Most Aggressive: Bill Martin
Hanging Tough (crashes/mechanicals): Phil Grove
Posted by Shaun Radley at 8:19 AM
Saturday, October 27, 2007
Doug finally got his Montana victory. Winning out of three man group comprised of Phil and Bill Martin, Doug powered away to claim his 4th cross victory this year. Both Phil and Bill raced well to hang in the lead pack for most of the race. I crash by Phil, opened the door for Doug to put an effort in and not look back down the descent. Rounding out the top five was Ben Parsons and Frank Gonzalez. Frank had an earlier mechanical??, that took him out early. Ben showed that he's learning the cross game quickly and hammered to 4th place. The course was relatively straight and fast besides at nasty climb, and run up on the backside. I was somewhere towards the tail end of the group, but I felt the best I have all year. I dueled with Brad Morgan for a couple laps, but he was too strong in the end. It was nice to have good spectators. Doug is really coming into form. Phil seems to have recovered from his mid-season slump. I expect to see Frank back up there tomorrow.
In the men's B Chris Connelly took home this win. Despite crashing 4 times, Chris hung on for the win. In second, making his cross debut was Ben Raffato. Ben was impressive in 2nd place hanging with lead pack. I don't know how took 3rd. It might have been Erik Digby, but I think he got 4th.
The men's masters was dominated by Steve Mueller from the Flathead. He pulled away from the men's B and masters to take a nice victory. 2nd was John W., and third was John Fiore.
The women's race was won by Missoullian Heidi Gaskill. Heidi pulled away from Michelle Richardson and never looked back.
Thanks to Clint and the Sportsman's crew for a great race.
Posted by Shaun Radley at 4:27 PM
Friday, October 26, 2007
So far Dave is winning our poll. I think he's a good pick. This past Wednesday Dave was flying Don't underestimate Clint. We saw what happened at Rolling Thunder. John Curry will not be racing. Doug is also getting alot of votes. Look forward to the races this weekend. Hope to see everyone out there.
Posted by Shaun Radley at 12:12 PM
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Cross in Missoula wrapped up last night. Well, atleast until the State Championships. There were a couple battles to be fought for the series titles. Dave, Toby, and Doug were all still in the hunt for the series victory.
The men's A started of in usual fashion. Dave, Phil, Doug, and Toby powered away from the rest. Trailing was Brink and myself, followed by Bill, Elliot, Bob, Erik, Mike and John Fiore. Eventually, Phil got a flat and Toby was dropped from the lead group. Doug and Dave powered on. Doug said Dave was on his A game, and was putting him into serious difficulty. They came into the finishing stretch with Doug using his blocking tactics to take the victory. Doug won 3 of the races, and Phil won the other 2. Toby rode good for 3rd. Dave took the series with his second place, with Toby and Doug tying for 2nd. As usual, on lap 2 Bill powered past me and then Brink to hold on for 4th place, and 4th place in the series. 5th and 6th was between myself and Brink. I got close but not close enough. He put a good surge on the last lap and buried me for good. The course suited my strengths with lots of turns, and technical ups and downs. I felt good about my race and look forward to this weekend at the Flathead. John Fiore had a nice race for 7th. The course suited his strengths as well. He was followed by Bob, Erik, and then Mike. We had a great series this year. I'm excited for the Cross-Halloween next week.
The women's series title was sewn up by Heidi Gaskill. She was undefeated in the series. It was an impressive cross debut. Also, props to Heidi for making dinner after the race. Kudos to Sophia Kircos for finishing second in the series and Anna Clark for finishing third.
The men's B series went to Kyle Shannon. It was a well deserved victory. He was consistent all year, and seems to have gotten stronger in the second half of the season. Bookwalter gave him a run but couldn't get close enough. In yesterday's race Dylan Johnson, a local mountainbiker took the victory on his Trek Fuel. He was flying up and down every technical section. He rode almost the entire course. What an animal! He was followed by Bookwalter, Murphy, and Kyle.
The master's race was all but wrapped up by John Wehyrich. Tom Sullivan was giving him a late season run, but was unable to attend the last race. John easily won the series and last nights race. Tom Sullivan finished second in the series. Props to Tim B. the series promoter for finishing 3rd in the series and 2nd yesterday. Thanks Tim!
Thanks to everyone who raced, I'll put photos up by the end of the day.
Posted by Shaun Radley at 7:52 AM
Photos by John Sieber
Posted by Shaun Radley at 7:51 AM
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
The temperature's were cold for stop number 5 of the Montana Cross series. The men's A had 10 or so starters, but with Clint, John C., and Frank you knew it was going to be a competitive race. After getting the whole shot John Curry powered away from Frank and Clint to take an impressive victory. It was quite the performance. John really proved that 5th place at the Thunder was not the result he was hoping for. With a showing like that I wouldn't be suprised to see John take the rest of the Montana races. It was a fight for second between Frank Gonzalez and Bill Martin. Bill got the best of the duel, benefitting from a chain slip by Frank. After the top 3 Ben Parsons, Alex Lussier, and Thomas powered in. Both Ben and Alex had consistent performances all weekend. Looking forward to next weekend in the Flathead it should be quite the duel again between Doug, Clint, John C., Frank, and Phil.
In the men's B Howard Williams took a great victory over teammates Kyle Shannon and Erik Digby. These fellas stayed together most of the race. With Erik coming in too hot on the last corner and Howard taking advantage.
The women's race was won by Lisa Curry. Who complete her Missoula cross sweep. She is flying!
See you at the Northern!!!!
Posted by Shaun Radley at 11:16 AM
Sunday, October 21, 2007
We had an excellent evening of racing on Saturday night. It was a great atmosphere. The racing was exciting and entertaining. The first race was the men's B. I knew this was going to be a competitive race. It lived up to it's billing. My pick for the win Bob Presta ended up in 2nd place. He was overtaken by a flying Chris Connelly. Connelly, used superior technical skills to distance himself from the rest. Holding on for third was Erik Digby. He benefited from a great start, and showed determination holding onto that third spot. 4th was Kyle Shannon who had a nice solid race. Murphy Woodhouse battled with Matt Shryock for 5th, with Murphy winning the battle for the last podium position. There were some Spokane riders in the men's B. It was nice to see some other guys out there.
Next up was the masters and womens race. Chance Cook out of the Flathead took a huge lead and never let up. I'd never heard of him until Rolling Thunder, but I guess he's a strong rider. He looked impressive all race long. Holding true to form John W. was 2nd, followed by John Fiore, Scott Smith, and Tom Sullivan. Tom traded bikes halfway through the race and powered through most of the field to take the last podium spot.
In the women's race the battle I had anticipated never played out. Lisa Curry took the hole shot and never looked back. It was probably the most impressive performance of the night. She dominated the field, and made the technical sections look easy. In second, was crowd favorite Heidi Gaskill. Heidi had a solid race, and wore a sweet outfit. After Heidi was Michelle R, Allison??, and Megan Gaskill.
In the men's A we saw all sorts of suprises. Clint Muhlfield was in control all night long. Even with a couple mechanicals, when Clint was on his bike he looked like he was in charge. Doug gave him a challenge, but it just wasn't meant to be. The closest he got was when Clint switched bikes and Doug passed him before the pit of dispair. Doug held the lead for a couple laps, until Clint not panicking slowly grabbed his wheel. He sat on him awhile and some road tactics came into play. Clint waited until the right moment and gapped Doug for good. The barriers action between these two was amazing. Neither of them lost speed through the barrier section. In an impressive third place was Frank Gonzalez. At one point Frank came painfully close to catching the two leaders. He looked strong from start to finish. In a suprising appearance Jamul Hahn took fourth. He flew through the course, and didn't really had to defend his position. John Curry rounded out the top 5. It's a case of what might have been for John. He had a dropped chain on the first couple laps, and fell out of the top ten. He battled all race long, passing people and making headway to finally finish 5th. The battle for 6th was fun to watch. Toby ended up in 6th with a nice move on Ben Parsons in the final barrier section, but between Dave, Ben, Toby, and Alex L. the battle was heated. I was super impressed with Ben Parsons and Alex. I thought they both rode a strong race and maintained very well. You can't be to impressed with Ben considering he went from at cat 5 on the road to a cat 2 in one season. Also, Dave I thought had a nice race. At the start he took the hole shot, then faded, but didn't fade to far back and battled to stay in the top ten. Elliot had a great race riding to 12th place, and never letting up.
Overall, I thought everyone at the race had a good time and that's whats important. I will be posting links to photos as soon as I get them.
Posted by Shaun Radley at 7:16 PM
Posted by Shaun Radley at 7:14 PM
Thursday, October 18, 2007
You'd like to call the Missoula races tune-ups or practice races for the Montana weekend events. In theory they are, but in Missoula they have formed into the who's who of bicycle riding. Beyond the top 4 in the men's A group, riders are fighting tooth and nail for every place they can get. Yesterday, as I started my usual race fade from front to back, I started falling farther back then normal and got the pleasure to see some of these battles. The Men A started off ok, with Dave, Toby, and Doug forming a group and putting the pressure on early. Bill did his usual thing, by passing all of us took take a solo fourth place. Doug attacked Dave and Toby on the bunny hop log and then blocked them through the S-curves to take the victory. He did it on his new bike, which I think will give him the confidence he needs to get on the Thunder podium. Dave consistent again, showed why has owned this series for the past couple years and finished 2nd. I believe that puts him on top of the series. Toby, mastered the art of hung over racing and held on for third. I don't quite no where all the A's finished up, but I believe Elliot grabbed and impressive 5th place, followed by Mike, Brink, Horan, and Erik D. This is where some real racing is going on. The 5th-10th places are battled for each week. There is never a pack, it's just every rider going all out trying to catch the person in front of them. It's great racing. Each rider has their own strengths. It was nice to see Horan up there again, he's definetly established himself as a rider for the future. Also, Erik had a good race, staying steady the whole time.
In the men's B Kyle Shannon put on an impressive showing. Some say it was fueled by his lack of being in the pre-Thunder race predictions. Whatever the case Kyle showed the B's what was up last night. Tom Sullivan and Kyle teamed up for the second half of the race and distanced themselves from the masters and men's B fields. Speaking of Tom Sullvian.....he the performance of the night. Tom, came out on a mission and easily won the masters. He's got a new cross bike and he's racing Thunder, watch out! John W., came in a consistent 2nd holding on to his masters series lead. Bookwalter finished second in the B's and continues his impressive riding on a mountain bike.
In the women's race Heidi G. continued her domination. I don't know who came in after that, but I'd really like to know. Megan G. was up there for sure as well as Kelly G. and Danyel. Looks like it will be a strong women's field at Thunder.
Posted by Shaun Radley at 7:42 AM
Monday, October 15, 2007
With Rolling Thunder coming up this Saturday, I thought I would come up with my official predictions, thoughts, and observations:
The men's A race has been built up by the lack of appearances by Missoula racers in the Montana races. This includes Phil Grove, Dave Hartman, Doug Shryock, and Toby Meirerbachtol. All four of these guys have been dominating Missoula cross for the past three weeks. However, in the Montana races John Curry has continued his form from road and mountain and had impressive showings in all three races. You can't count out Frank Gonzalez or Bill Martin both guys have been having great cross seasons so far, particularily Frank who seems to be having his best cross season to date. Then there are the Flathead guys, consisting of Clint and Ben Parsons. Clint is the defending Rolling Thunder Champion and will be making is cross season debut this year at Rolling Thunder. Clint "the lung" Muhlfield cannot be counted out. Especially after his impressive Rolling Thunder performance of 2006. Ben Parsons jumped onto the scene this year in road biking, taking a couple big races. He is an unkown quantity in cross but you can't count him out. Don't forget about the legend, Geoff Proctor, he's always up for suffering.
1st: Phil Grove (he's on a roll in Missoula racing, 2 victories Missoula cross, 1st hillclimb 13:04, 2nd at the Duathlon the kid doesn't even run!, 2nd at least year's Thunder motivates him for the W this year)
2nd: John Curry (the guy is a legite athelete, so far he has two 2nd's, and a win in this year's Montana Cross, I'd say he's good for a podium at Rolling Thunder)
3rd: Doug Dale Shryock (it's always a risk picking Doug with his mechanical problems, but when this guy is problem free he puts the power into the cross bike, he has one victory in the Missoula series, but he will make the podium at Thunder I guarentee it)
4th: Clint Muhlfield (Clint's fast and will always be fast, but I haven't seen him race this season, he's in 4th because of last year's result at Thunder, and I know he won't let Shryock's wheel go)
5th: Toby Meirerbachtol (his new bike has been the difference this year, he's got a 2nd and 3rd in the Missoula series, and is hungry for a top 5 at the Thunder, besides Dave he could be the best technical rider in the field)
The men's B is always highly contested as we saw at last year's Rolling Thunder. It's a great group of up and comers and fit, but not as serious racers. This year we have lots of racers who are really on the border of A's and B's. Rimrock Racing has been at the Montana Cross races and had strong showings. However, the Missoula guys are still showing the B field what's up.
1st: Bob Presta (if he doesn't upgrade to A's, he'll be hard to beat in B's, his technical skills are starting to catch up with his natural power and fitness, watch out)
2nd: Ben Horan (if he races B's watch out, he's been building fitness and focusing on cross this year, no mistakes or mechanicals and he's on the podium for sure)
3rd: Warren Smith (a Rimrock racing guy he's posted consistent results, and is poised for a podium spot at Thunder)
4th: Erik Digby (impressive showings at the Missoula series as well as in Butte grabbing the hole shot, I expect Erik to be in the top 5)
5th: Murphy Woodhouse (Murphy is winning the Missoula series, but I'm nervous about his consistency, he's pumped for the Thunder should be in the top 5 if he races to his potential)
Just like the Men's A we have a showdown between Missoula racers who have yet to prove themselves at the Montana level versus proven Montana-wide talent. Heidi Gaskill has stormed onto the Missoula scene with two victories. Lisa Curry continues her presence on the Montana circuit, she won in Butte and I'd expect to see her in the hunt at Rolling Thunder. Also, we have Michelle Richardson, Danyel Longmire, and Megan Gaskill all fighting for a spot on the podium.
1st: Heidi Gaskill (when she races she wins, it's as simple as that, I watched her at mountain bike nations......."an untapped well of natural talent")
2nd: Lisa Curry (she is the best racer in the field, she knows how to race, and gets results)
3rd: Danyel Longmire (I gotta go with my teamate on this one, she is getting faster, and her running will put her over the top on a run heavy Thunder course)
4th: Michelle Richardson (consistent performances put her in the top five, but Danyel will be peaking for this race)
5th: Megan Gaskill (not as good on the dirt is she is on the road, but still unlimited power, watch out for her on the pavement sections)
The master's men is another hottly contested field. I'm convinced most of these guys could and should race A's. However, it provides great racing and competition. The perenial Missoula racing legend John Wehyrich will be the hunt, but there are also some newcomers.
1st: John Wehyrich (he's to consistent not to pick, plus he's been getting better all season, I'd be suprised if he wasn't in the top two)
2nd: Scot Smith (another Rimrock guy who's got what it takes, I believe he's new to the sport but I expect big things from him at the Thunder)
3rd: John Fiore (the legend of Missoula cross will again show we he kills at a technical course)
4th: John Coulthard (another consistent racer, who always seems to be up there, expect to seem him in the top five)
5th: Tom Sullivan (he's a tough rider with tons of power, even on a mountain bike I wouldn't be suprised to see him in the top five)
Posted by Shaun Radley at 11:41 AM