Rolling Thunder Cyclocross Race November 3rd

Friday, October 3, 2008

Montana Ladies and Cyclocross

Thanks for voting on the ladies poll. I thought that with a big prize giveaway at Rolling Thunder more ladies would race. The poll disagrees, and ranks first timer/beginner races as the best way to get more women involved. Great feedback, thank you. Also, the idea of having female cyclocross role models is really worth while. I think beginners would be more receptive to a pro lady then a pro man. Maybe we could get Sue Butler to roll out for a camp. Even better let's just wait till L Curry becomes a pro and use her services :).

Rolling Thunder registration is now open. Like Geoff's Helena race starting position will be based off of MBRA series standings. The one change for Thunder is that last year's winners all get a front row spot. This only applies to champions racing in the same category they won last year. For folks who don't have MBRA points the call up will be based on registration order.

Isn't that a sweet photo of Dave hopping the barrier at Wednesday night #2?

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Missoula Wednesday Night Cross Series #2 - Bob doubles up

Bob notched another victory last night at the Wednesday Night Cross Races. He outlasted Dave and Dale. The course was well laid out by Dave. Lots of turns and really fluid. The three leaders broke away early and were never seen again. Dale crashed hard and that put him out of contention. Bob used his good form and rode away from Dave. Elliot rode well and got within 5-10 seconds of Dave on the last lap. He claimed third. Troy and I rode most of the race together, and both fought through crashes. Fiore rode strong in 6th followed by Kyle.

Unofficial: Bob, Dave, Elliot, Shaun, Troy, Fiore, Kyle, Dale

The ladies race was taken by Megan Slivka. She rode hard from the start and held off all challengers. A new crosser took 2nd. I heard her name tossed around, I think it was Nicky Phear. She rode great. Sak hung on for third and Laurel had a bad crash that took her out of competition.

Unofficial: Megan, Nicky, Soph

Men's B was another huge turnout. With fields almost in the 30's the holeshot is becoming more and more important. The men's B riders are starting to realize the importance of cross tactics and positioning. J Dunphy with the help of Dusty snatched the hole shot. Soon enough mountain bike Dillon started putting the power down. He was hopping the single barrier and making the course look easy. He grabbed his first Wednesday night win of the year and looks tough to beat on anything with obstacles. There was a nice group on the front working together. I'm going to throw out some names of jerseys I saw; Dunphy, T Hurst, Dillon, Larsen, Bookwalter, JB, T Sullivan. The B's have so many entrants I'm loosing track of the results. I know Dillon won (great job), but I won't post unofficial results beyond that cause it would be way off. Go men's B's!

Masters A and B was hard fought. Alex and Wehyrich got tangled at the start, allowing T Sullivan to jump away. I don't know the results of this race either, but I think Sully grabbed the victory in the A's and don't know who won the B's.

Photos by John Sieber in the next couple days.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Ladies Poll - Inspired by Sue Butler

I watched Star Crossed and was inspired by Sue Butler. I've followed her career in cyclocross over the past couple seasons primarily because she's from the Portland area and I like to see the northwest folks do well. Also, I was intrigued seeing her and Wendy Williams continue to ride for River City Cycles. It's a sweet team but I always thought both of them had the talent to ride for a bigger team if they wanted too. For this season Sue has moved to the Monavie Cannondale Team. She's only been racing cross for 4 years and really made a name for herself at Start Crossed. She's a product of Portland grass roots racing. I don't know a ton about the scene in Portland but I do know that it doesn't hurt having local top notch riders stay around and develop the local scene.

The ladies poll this week was inspired by Sue Butler. She has made a name for herself in the Portland area. She raced the cross crusades and became a role model for cross ladies in Portland. She's now made it to a bigger stage, and continues to be a beakon for ladies in the northwest.

For the poll if you ladies think I missed an option that really says how you feel please write a comment. You can make it anonymous.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Montana Cyclocross #1 - Butte - Currys, Fiore, Vanderwood

John Coulthard did another great job with the Copper Mountain CX Race. The course was similar to year's past with the long run-up and technical back side. The only difference was time spent in the Montana traditional field of bumps. Most Montana courses have them and Butte was no different. We switch backed up a field of bumps on the back half of the course.

The day started off hot with the ladies, men's 4, and men's master B. Great showing for the ladies. All the MT Cross Stars were in attendance. Lisa Curry jumped from the gun and a grabbed a big lead on the first lap. H Gaskill chased hard in second but soon flatted her rear tire. Lisa was out in front and wasn't slowing down. Michelle Richardson raced strong for second followed by new comer Laurel Douglas "Douglas" in 3rd. Julianne for Multerro looked super smooth and grabbed 4th ahead of a revived Gaskill and charging KG. It was super fun to watch. Lisa picked up where she left off last season, but Michelle is fit, and wildcards Douglas Douglas and Gaskill should challenge. Great win LC.

The men's 4 race didn't have the numbers I expected but the competition was hot. Missoulian Geneco stole the hole shot and led the first lap. Soon after Karl Vanderwood rode up and passed the leader and never looked back. What initially seemed like the start of a battle at the head of the race snuffed out quickly with Vanderwood powering away from the rest of the field. Alex Schoenfelder on the mountain bike was equally impressive. He towed that beast around the course and held off Geneco for 2nd. The top five was rounded out by Downtown JB and Muleterro's Cory Hardy (nice race big timer). Men's master B was won by Byron Deford who had to battle with all the crazy 4's.

In the new Montana format there are two races. The second race is men 1,2,3 and master men A. There was a great turnout with 19 men 1,2,3 and 7 master men A's. John Curry and Frank G battled for the first part of the race. They rode on a different level. Geoff Proctor looked super good coming in 2nd after a Frank G mechanical. There was a short battle for 4th between Alex Lussier, Bobby, and Dale, but the strongman Lussier outlasted the two MT crossers and they finished in that order. Great ride by Jared Nelson to sneak up into 7th after early troubles. Around that group is where the master's A's were decided. It was a three way race between Fiore, Wehyrich, Longmire, and at times AG. Fiore outlasted everyone except Longmire who grabbed the veteran's wheel. Eventually Fiore wore Longmire down and took a great win. Spectators said Fiore was the fastest up the run-up all day. Wehyrich took a good third followed by Muller and Schoening. After Nelson in the 1,2,3 it was all riders who had there early problems and were trying to recover. Frykman snapped a chain right off the bat and I think Brad passed me back and forth 4 or 5 times. It was great fun and the turnout was awesome. If this is a sign of things to come John Curry is going to be extremely tough to beat not only in Rolling Thunder but in every MT race this year.

Copper Mountain Race Results

Copper Mountain Race Photos - Tom Robertson