Rolling Thunder Cyclocross Race November 3rd

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Bohart Bash

Bohart Bash brought out the best of Montana's two strongest riders; Frank Gonzalez and John Curry. Frank the Tank had a 40s lead heading into the 5th and final lap. Just like Granja Del Cerdo Curry didn't give up and pushed a crazy 5th lap. On the last rise he saw Frank and the two rode to the line together. Just like State Cross last year Frank pipped John at the finish. Great action! Hopefully we can get a photo of the finish in the coming days.

Overall, GAS put on another excellent Bohart Bash. All the usual elements were there; great raffle/prizes, support for beginners and youth, well organized, and the live band. They had big time sponsors with Smith Sunglasses, Intrinsik Architexture, and Gallatin Alpine Sports.

Lisa Curry took the ladies race, but there was no one to race against. Hopefully she'll be joined shortly by Michelle Richardson who took her second win of the season. Other ladies fields were strong with first timers, beginners, and sports. The Bozeman ladies dominated the sport division with Kelly Hayden taking the victory. Between the first timer, beginner, and sport there was almost 30 ladies racing. So while Lisa didn't have any competition, I think it's coming soon. Just to give Lisa some props, I calculated her average lap time at around 29 minutes for 4 laps. If you put her in the men sport and subtract 1 minute per lap (28 minute laps). It gives her a 1:25 for the race which would place her 12th out of 37 in the men's sport. So she was really moving.

The first five places in the men open race were decided early on, and held true. Frank, John, Ben P., Alex, and Dale all held their respective places. Following Dale was cyclocross star Geoff Proctor. His first mountain bike race of the season was a good one. Also, I think is son won his age group. Following Geoff was GAS stongman Alex Hassman, and Rich Chandler. Below that was the usualy suspects that I've been riding with the last couple months. Multerro Sten, Cman, Shane, myself and Herzig were all battling for the final places. Cman had a bio on lap 2 and threw up his Golden Arches breakfast. Herzig who I noticed was climbing way faster then us on the uphills couldn't hold it on the descents and joined our groupetto. Shane led our group for a lot of the race, and finished strong. We all exchanged places during the race, passing eachother at everyone's weak sections. It was good fun. I can't imagine racing with the top 5, so it's nice to have a race in second half of the open field. It's gotten me stoked on mountain racing again. Hopefully the groupetto will be back for cyclocross.

Great race, more photos to come.

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