Friday, August 1, 2008
The pro/expert field was pretty tiny, just me Frank, Alex, Brad, and John Coulthard. Alex took off fast and led for a while. Eventually I surged around him and Frank followed and the two of us built a gap. I continued to lead for half the first lap with Frank on my wheel. I kept attacking Frank but he always fought back onto my wheel. Going into the longest climb he came around me and set a mean tempo that eventually put me into the red and I had to back off or totally blow. I watched him power away and rode the rest of the race solo. Frank absolutley killed it and put about 5 minutes on me by the end. Alex rode strong and finished 3rd not too far behind me. Frank will be racing the semi-pro field down at the NMBS finals in Brain Head in a month. All I can say is watch out!
In the Men's Sport, Sebastian took the win just ahead of Tomas. I'm not sure about 3rd. The men's field was still pretty small at maybe 15 or so.
There were a handful of women racers. Michelle Richardson was there and rode really strong and took the win just ahead of Lisa. Lisa had some good pre-race drama. Her frame cracked on her pre-ride lap and she scrambled to borrow a bike right before the start. She ended up on a 5 in travel trail bike owned by a Bob Waggoner who happended to have the same pedals and a similar inseam. Thanks Bob! Unfortunatley for Lisa both the front and rear suspension were locked out the whole race so Lisa got all the disadvantages of the heavy bike without any of the cush! Anyway, she was happy just to be able to race. Michelle looks to be some good competition for Lisa in the coming races.
Frank GGGGGGG (3 mtb wins!)
Thursday, July 31, 2008
Oct 1, 8, 15, 22
Once again the series will be put on by cyclocross staple Tim Bechtold. For a local Montana series, these races have sure seen a lot of talent. Teejay used to trade blows with Tom Robertson and others. Sam Schultz came out on a mountain bike. Jamul Hahn put on many shows during his hayday. Proctor, Fiore, Brink, and Weyhrich have all raced the series hard. The last couple years have seen the infusion of the next generation of Missoula crossers. Doug Dale, Pipo, Toby, and Hartman are the new names of the series. Who will be the next name of the Missoula Cross Series? Will someone step out of the pack fodder to join Missoula's elite?
Here's some more info on the series from Tim:
*Advance notice of the Missoula Wednesday Night Cross Series, starting September 24 and continuing until October 22 at Fort Missoula.
*Sam Schultz has won one of these races on a mountain bike, though.
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
-Carlos Sastre and his Team CSC road a tactically superior race. The only better tactician besides Riis is Bruyneel (I'm reading his book right now "We might as well win" great book." Since Bruyneel wasn't there Riis destroyed any hope of someone else winning. CSC didn't waste energy and go for early wins (Valverde, Kirchen, Evans) they wasted as little energy as possible. Popovych is a world class rider.......where was he on the climbs. The one day he was away it looked like he was riding for himself.
-Freire winning the green jersey has been a long time coming. When he is healthy he's the best bike rider out of the sprinters. It was just a matter of time before he won the green. So, don't be surprised that he beat the Viking.
-Sastre won't repeat. With Contrador coming back next year, and A Schleck looking real strong I think Sastre timed his victory right. Contrador will win by 3 minutes next year.
-Garmin Chipolte is the real deal. Pate had killer TT performances and almost won an alpine stage?!?!? Who knew Pate could climb like that (he looked like death most of the time). VaneVelde is a new American hero and Frishkorn's journal has been great to follow. How about Vaughters slipping the F bomb in the team car?? There are real team, and it's hard not to like them.
-The Frenchman make their mark. Chavanel and Dessel are great riders but they will never win the tour. So instead they claimed amazing stage victories. That's the way to ride. I was never a huge fan of Chavanel but the way he rode this tour was great to watch. He attacked and was in the break 8 times!