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