Good cross racers are hard to find in Montana. Most good Montana crossers have strong ties to the sport of cycling. Bob, Frank, John, and many others tried their hands at mountain, road, and were often inspired by friends who biked and got them into the sport. It's rare for a racer to show up on their own time and try cyclocross racing out of the blue. To take it one step further it's even rarer to have someone dominate the cat 4's move up to 1,2,3's and finish middle of the pack like it's nothing. Karl Vanderwood is the Montanacyclocross.com rookie of the year. He won every race he entered as a 4 except Rolling Thunder. Once he became a 3 he didn't miss a beat and finished 8th, 6th, and 9th in the last three races of the year. Quite the rookie campaign for a guy who can flat out ride. I'm excited to see what Karl can do next year. He joined Montana Velo for the second half of the season and will benefit greatly under the wing of Proctor, Frank, and Herzig. Karl received 37 votes (33% of the vote).
Second was Northern Rockies racer Jessie Doll receiving 30 votes. Jessie's late season burst proved to help sway voters. He finished 3rd in the 4's Montana series with top performances in Helena (1st), the State Championship (2nd), and FVV (2nd). His breakout ride was a 6th at Rolling Thunder riding the whole day solo in what was a stacked 4's field.
Third was Rolling Thunder champ Amy Frykman. Frykman was one of only two women up for rookie of the year and collected 21 votes. Amy had a good race in Helena, including a soloing of the front of the dirt crit, but then disappeared until her eye opening ride at Rolling Thunder.