Rolling Thunder Cyclocross Race November 3rd

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Rolling Thunder Videos

I was worried about not having a video for Rolling Thunder, but thankfully John Curry and the GAS team put something together as did Bill Martin from Muleterro. Thanks!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Rolling Thunder - A man with a plan - Tyler Hurst

I know he didn't plan it this way, but Tyler Hurst's emergence onto the cyclocross scene has been flawless. It started in the late summer where his roommates (DT JB, Horanimal, and Baby Matty) began harassing him and his girlfriend Ali to race cross. Honestly, I was more interested in getting his girlfriend to race. I knew it would be cool if we could get another strong women out there. I'd ridden with Tyler a couple times and knew he was strong rider, and a good bike handler but I thought his motivation to race had come and gone with his youth. After his Wednesday night debut he placed 26th, and I thought that he was just out for fun this year, and it was great having him in the scene. The next week he figured his crap out and came in with a plan coming in 2nd. The week after that even more motivated he won his first race. He won by leading into the most technical downhill and not looking back. His bike handling skills are good, but what's under estimated is his desire to win. I think many of us saw it on Saturday afternoon. I've heard lots of stories about Vanderwood having mechanicals, but the bottom line is that T Hurst was well off the leaders in the middle of the race, tagging with the leaders in the middle of the race, and coming around the last corner in first place. We didn't see a race like that all day. Someone who was in the chamber work his way to the front, and then win the race. Excellent riding.

The race was fun to watch. It was great to see a couple others join Delmue and Vanderwood at the head of a 4's race. Dustin Phillips and T Hurst latched onto the two leaders to form a group of four. I think Jason had a mechanical, because on one of the laps he came around a little off the leaders. Into the last lap it was Phillips leading followed by Vanderwood and then Hurst. Delmue, Vanderwood, Hurst, and Phillips all rode brilliantly on the front. I was thinking Karl would take the W, but Hurst came around that last corner and I couldn't believe it. Great exciting racing. Hurst, Phillips, Vanderwood, and Delmue.

Rounding out the podium was another consistent performance by A Genco. He's leading the Wednesday night series, and been up in the top 5 all year long in the Montana Cup. He rode solo for most of the race. As did 6th place Jessie Doll. Great ride by the NRO man to hold off a nice group behind him. His teammate Dan Pierce held off a hard charging DT Joel Brown to grab 7th. JB was 8th, 9th was Jeff Seaton who was riding excellent technically, rounding out the top ten was 5VV rider Justin Cloute. 7-10 were riding together for a long time before Dan broke it up.

Other notable performances included to solid riders coming in 11th and 12th, Chad Duvall and Murphy. I thought Cory Hard rode a nice race and had the best post race outfit. Props to the juniors Wyatt, Sullivan, and Lucca for riding two races.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Rolling Thunder - I'm not Surprised, and neither should you be - Sam Krieg

For those of you who were surprised to see Sam Krieg take the Rolling Thunder victory.........don't be! He's a heck of a cyclocross racer and has been winning races (including last year's Bozeman races) for a while. Last November MT Cross posted a short blurb about him nabbing 6th and 7th at Jingle Cross, After he won the Bozeman races last year we did a short little email interview, We've actually been covering him since the inception of the blog one year ago. He's a great rider and one the only guys who races with the big boys on a consistent basis. Anyone who has talked to Sam knows he's a super nice guy. We were so lucky to have him at Rolling Thunder and we wish him well with the rest of his season. I think he's got 100 new fans in Montana.

Bobby P grabbed the hole shot and looked tough early on. He was followed by the Montana all stars Brad, Frank and John, and the two Sam's. The second group contained Geoff, Toby, Dale, Lussier, and a believe a couple others. As the adrenaline wore down so did the racers. Things started to settle in and the lead group formed. Sam Krieg, Frank G, J Curry, and Sammy Schultz hanging on the back. Curry and Frank looked excellent. Everyone seemed to be swapping turns nicely. I liked the dynamic of the group, thinking it's kind of a 2 vs. 2 situation. Both Curry and FG put in surges that only Krieg could follow. Finally right at about the halfway mark Krieg put in a surge past the finish that put the MT riders into difficulty. Sam didn't look back much and through the course, looking faster and faster on each lap. Curry and Frank took turns pulling and I think even had a crash or two that didn't help the chase. Those Montana fellas looked fast. I feel like we've been covering Frank and John alot and saying how fast they are, but at Rolling Thunder I think they proved to a local Montana audience that they really are on the next level. While the two MT fellas were going at Sam Schultz was getting his brakes figured out and powering towards them. He towed Dale around for a bit and rode as well. Eventually the Subaru Gary Fisher rider was too strong and passed FG and JC to take 2nd. Frank got his second 3rd in two years and really earned it. Curry came in for a strong 4th and Brad rounded out the podium in 5th. Brad rode the whole race by himself. He held off a surging Geoff Proctor and Alex Lussier. Who finished 6th and 7th. AL had a great sprint on the pavement to take 6th. In 8th looking great was top finisher Toby Meierbachtol. He rode with Martini for second half of the race. Martini surged through the field and took the 9th spot. Rounding out the top 10 was Tomas Dumbrovsky who just like I thought had a heck of a race.

Other performances of note were John Wehyrich's impressive masters A win. He took it from Bill Cochran who'd been killing that category this year. I think John was riding somewhere near 13th for most of the race. Fastest over the barriers was by far Craig Prather of Great Northern Cycles. He was flying over those things. I loved the triathlete battle which started as Halpin, Seely, Bessette, but ended with Bessette getting the better of the two. I also though Freight Train Frykman rode a great race. After mechanical issues for most of the season he looked awesome.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Rolling Thunder - Frykman Stands Alone

In a crazy ladies, race Frykman stands alone. When you've only raced cyclocross 2 times and in your 3rd race you win the biggest ladies cross race in Montana you've gotta be feeling good. Amy Frykman won the ladies race and the Kona Major Jake frame/fork. She did it by confident, steady riding. In only her 3rd cyclocross race ever Amy started steady in the top 5 and slowly moved her way up. The first part of the race was dominated by super fast Lisa Curry. She took the hole shot and didn't look back. An untimely flat took her out of contention. Curry battled back to claim her 3rd place and make it 3/3 in Rolling Thunder podiums. For several laps Erika Krumpleman pushed Frykman but the strong Team Delphine rider held her off to take her first cyclocross victory. The rest of the top ten looked like a who's who of ladies cross in MT. 10th was Frykman's teammate Patricia Dowd who rode brilliantly in her cross debut. 9th was ever present Michelle Richardson who looked strong. 8th was Wednesday night all star Megan Slivka, who started off super well. 7th was Julianne "Julie" (thanks Julie), from Muleterro. 6th was Tracy Thomas, who was a surpise entrant but looked great almost climbing on top of the podium. Missoulian Rhea Fuller took 5th on an mtb and was super smooth through the techy sections. 4th was Laurel Douglas Douglas who along with Frykman I thought had one of the rides of the race. She didn't let anything effect her as she climbed into 4th and held it all race long. Ladies thank you for the excellent racing. I had a great time watching as did everyone else. Congrats to Amy Frykman and all the other ladies!

Rolling Thunder - Juniors/Men 4/Master B/LADIES all shine!

We had great racing all day Saturday. 122 racers ran the course. Including 23 women and 36 men 4! The 23 strong ladies race was so cool!!

Thanks to all our sponsors; Sapphire Physical Therapy, Great Northern Cycles, Missoula Bicycle Works, Big Dipper, Hammer Nutrition, and the Cycling House.