Thursday, November 20, 2008
DNRC Cyclocross - Lots to talk about and not very much time
Montanacyclocross.com is back. I thought it was lost in cyberspace forever. Thanks to everyone who emailed, phoned, and facebooked. I appreciate the comments. To make a long story short I forgot to renew the domain name for the blog. However, it took me a week to finally figure out what was going on. The renewal notice was sent sent to an old email. Techno crap.
So, back to cyclocross! I didn't even get to post about our home race DNRC cross. I thought the course was wonderful. A nice touch of mud and some tricky corners over varied scenery. Good turnout for a late season Montana race. I saw lots of Missoulians, and some usual MT CX suspects. Props to Soph SAK "Captain Kirk" Kircos for loaning me the Ramblumtick. In my rushed state back to the pit area I had three options; fix the chain, ride KG's Ridley, or ride SAK's Ramby. Easy decision.... as I still stare at my old Ramblumtick frame in the spare bedroom quite frequently. As for the racing it was fairly predictable. I watched the men's 4's with Kid Curry and Martini. Two excellent people to watch a race with. Curry thought Delmue would be up there and we all agreed, but I knew that Chad Dear was a smart racer and wouldn't let him get away. Also, I thought the two NRO bros would be high up JDoll and DPierce. It turns out we were close. Delmue rode away with the victory but had to shake Doll and Chad. JDoll powered to 2nd followed by a late surging DPierce. Pierce's best race, and Doll's best besides Thunder. Delmue looked solid as usual. Chad thrived on the technical stuff early but faded just a bit to finish fourth. Picture is Dr. Ruby who had the ride of the day in 5th. He was the last person off the line!!!! In the coming days I'll post some Euro shots of the Ruby.
The ladies race was great entertainment. Lisa started with the men 4 and, so the ladies race was bump and grind all the way to the finish. Tracy T and P Dowd were banging heads early until TT caught a gap to claim her first MT win (she should race more cross).
In the men's race the most shocking event was seeing the Vertical Earth van pull up. Until the van showed I figured it would be a battle between MT Velo and GAS. Hopefully everyone remembers this years Rocky Mountain Roubaix and how VE dominated Montana's Queen Classic. I had not forgotten. I was even keeping up with the fellas in their own series over in Spokane. Kris Holden had been racking up results and Mike Gaertner killed the Masters 30+ at Star Crossed and Rad Racing. Also, Gabe Varela had a breakout rode season, and put the hurt to me and Bessetti at Rad Racing. I knew it would a great battle. I don't know how the racing played out, but Curry bobbled in the woods and FRANK the TANK strolled back into to victory lane. Proctor was doing battle with Holden. It was great to watch. Holden who I noticed had a bad start surged to third place with Proctor and Gaertner rounding out the top five. Beyond that I thought everyone played suit. I was willing Bobby and Fiore into the top five but Martini, Varela, and Gaertner were too strong. I thought the race was great and on a side note Montana has some seriously fast cx racers. I can't wait for the next month where we get to see some of our finest riders compete on the national stage.
STATE CHAMPIONSHIP THIS WEEKEND