The North American Cyclocross Trophy is the new series on the block for cyclocross in the US. The series has four classic cyclocross weekends. It starts with the new big race on the block Star Crossed. The second race is the Rad Racing race in Lakewood, WA. The next weekend is Gloucestor, which should bring out perenial east coasters Anthony, Johnson, and Powers. Then one of the more festive weekends in cyclocross Boulder. Which should be hot for Trebon, Wicks, Compton, and the power crew. The series closes out with the Whitmore Landscaping races. These were sweet last year boasting a big prize purse and excellent racing. Last year was so cool to see the Kona twin towers vs. Verecken. The cyclofile video was awesome.
So, Star Crossed this year should have a start list reflecting a who's who of cyclocross in north america. Expect the Kona crew to be out. Perenial Star Crosser's include Kabush (fresh off his first ever World Cup podium), A. Jacque Maynes, and Troy Wells.
As for Montana racers we will have a solid crew. Team Montanacyclocross.com will be making it's debut. It starts with the Master's 1/2 race with Missoula legend John Fiore. Then in the 3's race we've got Bessetto fresh off a breakout road season, Horanimal who's racing in front of family, KSS who is the most improved racer front last season, and Seattle Toby who is always a beast. Then closing out the night we've got a couple fellas to scream at while were sipping Pabst Blue Ribbon. Pipo and Dale will rep MT Cross in the Elite race. Pipo is always good in his hometowns (Missoula or Sammamish) and Dale races to the limit no matter what. Pipo's best place is 20th and Dale's is 32nd, but for 2008 I would say anything below 30th will be a victory.
The following day at Rad Racing we've got more solid MT Crossers coming out to test their early season form. In the 4's race we've got M. Shryock who has promised to be more focused on cross this year, Downtown Joel Brown who has done nothing but impress in early season workouts, and possible rookie of the year Bryce Davies.
Should be a good weekend. I'll be there for all the action and provide updates pre/present/post.