Rolling Thunder Cyclocross Race November 3rd

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Star Crossed Arrival

We made it to Star Crossed. We arrived at my folks house with 3 cars and 9 bikes. Everyone found a place to sleep last night. Bessette went on a night ride to scope the course. This morning we woke up to rain. The usual dry Star Crossed course could turn to mud quick. Joel and Bryce were up early tuning bikes. Joel is doing an excellent job making sure everyone's bikes are race ready. Sophia and Kelly race a 2:15, Fiore at 5, Kyle, Horan, me, Toby, and Elliot at 6, and Doug at 8.
Everything is good this morning. I'm about to hit a big breakfast and some hot drip. I'll report back with the latest.

Friday, September 19, 2008


I added a link a couple weeks a go titled "Team"

Yes, the blog now has an affiliated cyclocross only team. The team website contains, short bios on team members, race results, and a race schedule. I am dedicated to helping riders reach their full potential. The team is comprised of riders who are full of potential or riders who can provide the guidance needed to get others to the next level. The team's mission is: A cyclocross specific team dedicated to fostering young talent, and promoting the sport of cyclocross. The first year the team will travel to primarily Montana Races, but hopefully in the next couple years we'll be able to send racers to bigger races.

The team will aslo be writing a blog containing race reports and short stories.

2008 Roster
Doug Shryock
Phil Grove
Toby Meirerbachtol
John Fiore - coach
Tom Sullivan
Bob Presta
Elliot Bassett - fitness director
Ben Horan
Joel Brown - equipment director
Matt Shryock
Bryce Daviess
Shaun Radley
Kyle Shannon
Josh Tack
Adam Jensen
Daniel Sullivan

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Star Crossed Preview Ladies

For 2008 the women's field has beefed up. The defending champ Wendy Simms returns again coming after a good mountain bike season. Pictured above is Rachel Lloyd the technical master. Also racing is Portland killers Wendy Williams and Sue Butler. Another tough rider is Amy Dombroski. I'd say the winner if going to come from that group of five.

My pick is Rachel Lloyd. After her performance at nationals last year I'd call her the most underatted ladies crosser. After Lloyd, top five will be Simms, Dombroski, Butler and Williams.

My sleepers in this race are Washington native Tela Crane, and Bob's rider Jenni Gaertner. Also, look for Josie Jacque-Maynes to be riding with the leaders.

Should be a great race and good way for the ladies to kick off there season.

Lars Boom likes American cyclocross interviewed World Champ Lars Boom:

American cyclo-cross continues to attract the top cyclo-cross talents in the world. However, Boom confirmed with Cyclingnews that he will only be competing in the Superprestige series, the World Cup series and the World Championships this season.

"I don't think I'll be racing in the USA this year," he said. "I've thought about it a lot. I've seen the American 'cross racing on TV, I bought all the DVD's with all the American races from the winter of 2006 and 2007 and it looks so good."

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Star Crossed Preview

This will be the best contested Star Crossed yet. It's always weird at the first race of the season, but there shouldn't be to many surprises. The big names include, the Wells' brothers, Cyclocrossworld's Powers and Johnson, Team Giant Graig and Decker, Team Kona Trebon, Wicks, Tonkin, and Sneddon, westside all stars Cameron, Skerrit, Woras, Stevenson, Swanson, Iddings, and Neyens. We've also got 06 champ Andy Jacque Maynes. I looked into any early season training and found a couple tips. My pick for Star Crossed is Trebon. He's got a teammate in Wicks who will make the final selection. Don't be surprised if Wicks goes for the W. Sometimes in the early season Trebon works for Wicks. It depends on who's feeling good. My top 5 is Trebon, Powers, Wicks, Craig, and Johnson. While he's my favorite crosser Timmy J is coming off the Tour of Missouri and probably hasn't put to much cross specific training in. Besides he never has a good early season, and the non technical course doesn't favor him. Trebon ends up being to powerful. Expect most of the top 15 to be covered by the pros listed above. If your looking for sleepers and up and comers here's a brief run-down for cross nerds like myself; Chris Parrish is one to watch, he's a WWU grad and seems to get better every year, he placed well at U23 nats last year and if he has a good race watch for him in the top 15. Bart Gillespie, yes the best working man cyclist will be there, the guy is a killer and don't be surprised to seem him riding comfortably with the front group. Other up and comers Kyle McGivalry, Ben Chaddock, two young guys with great cross specific skills, mostly just racing the local scenes but I wouldn't put a top 20 past either of them.

As for sleepers in the front group watch out for Russell Stevenson. This cagey veteran doesn't like losing in the Seattle area. Also, don't forget Carl Decker has won this race twice and knows the course well. The Vanilla boys always race well. If they get together in a group look for them to teach a lesson on team cross tactics. Last on my list is Steve Fischer. One of Rad Racing's finest has the potential to ride with the big boys.

So where will our only MT Crosser Doug finish? Ole Dale hates these predictions so Doug if your reading up to this point, STOP NOW.

Dale's got a big engine and a good start, two things you need to do well at Star Crossed. A stacked field and bad starting position work against the big Whitefish native. I think he'll ride into the top 35. :)

Stayed tuned for the ladies preview tomorrow.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Cyclocross Series

Could the Northern Rockies Region get the participation for a big time cyclocross series? That's the question I've been pondering the past couple days. The Northwest has the Cross Crusade,, the East has the MAC,, and it seems like big cross series' are all over the place.

I'm thinking Spokane area, Montana, Wyoming, and Idaho. Races weekends in Spokane, Missoula, McCall, Boise, and Jackson.

I'll keep thinking.....

In the meantime check out this sweet photo of J Tack out by my house.