Rolling Thunder Cyclocross Race November 3rd

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Fiore Prepares to do BATTLE

After a solid weekend in Portland John Fiore is headed to nationals. His form is there and his head is in the right place. He left yesterday for KC. John's race is tomorrow at 3pm. Here's a couple JFiore quotes from this week:

"Just got back to work after 6 laps on the Sam Braxton "cross" course. Felt good and 80% recovered from the weekend. I'm going for a top 10 finish and plan on riding my brains out."

"I leave tomorrow AM and I'm getting really excited to hammer! Looks like highs in the low 40's for Friday's 3:00 pm start. I noticed the stairs on the course...yes!"

Totally John!!! I love it. So what are John's chances of a top ten? Well a top ten is for sure in the cards, especially if the conditions are sloppy. There are some fast 45-49 years olds who weren't in Portland. One of them is Montana's very own Geoff Proctor. Geoff has had an excellent season in Montana and looks to finish with a bang before Euro Adventure. Also in the race is Bill Cochran. He had a breakout 3rd place ride in Portland. His form is excellent and I would be surprised to see him riding well within the top ten. Another BIG name is the defending champ Steve Tilford. Yes, Steve Tilford. Tilford took a 3rd and 7th at Jingle Cross Rock this year. So.......his fitness hasn't gone anywhere (duh). Then you've got the cyclocross dad's who could still give their sons a run for their money. Randy Iddings and Russell Kappius (Ryan and Brady's dads). Fiore, Cochran and Proctor have got their work cut out for them. However with the whole state of Montana cheering from 2000 miles away maybe one of these guys can pull out a special performance and bring home the stars and bars (if that happened you better believe we'd have a national champ skinsuit made for Fiore). So tomorrow when your sitting at work in the afternoon remember John, Bill and Geoff are slugging it out with the best in the country. Give him a bell ring from your office. Go get em fellas!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

2009 Cyclocross Nationals Rumor Mill reports that Oregon and Washington have a shot at next year's cyclocross nationals event:

‘09 Nats in Oregon? At the final award ceremony at the USGP’s Portland Cup last weekend, Portland Cup (and Cross Crusade) promoter Brad Ross announced to the crowd that, “Next year the U.S. National Cyclocross Championships is sounding very much like it’s gonna potentially be in this state.” Needless to say, the crowd went wild, despite the disclaimer-filled language. Still, with a bid from Bend, OR submitted, does Ross have the inside scoop? Inquiries to USA Cycling about next year’s national championships were not immediately returned, but the chances of a Northwest nats is high, as another bid was submitted from eastern Washington.

What if nationals was in Eastern Washington! Montana would have a full contingent. Maybe Micheal Emde or a Badlands person put in the bid?? If it's anywhere in the northwest it will probably be in Oregon. You could just stay for a week with the USGP 5 and 6 and then nationals.

Also, if you haven't seen already has a race tracker for cyclocross. They will be at this weekend's event. I followed it for the USGP's. You can provide comments, it's a good time.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

The Portland Forgotten Soldiers

With all the great results in Portland I forgot to give props to the working man cyclists. Hdub and Freight Train Frykman also line up their rigs last Saturday and Sunday. Never mind the results (although Freighttrain was 25th on Sunday), these guys represented all you mid pack MT crossers. Major props to you to for racing on the biggest scene and representing your teams and your state.

Also, another shot of Bill Cochran on the podium. Way to go Bill!

Photos by The Currys

Monday, December 8, 2008

Portland USGP's - Montanans Ride the Mud

Montana racers did not disappoint. Lisa Curry won both days of mudding in the women's B! Lisa did it in a field of 40 women both days on courses that are the opposite of Montana terrain. I love it. Congrats to Lisa who deserves these results. Bill Cochran had an excellent weekend. He finished 5th on Saturday and 3rd on Sunday. Great racing from one of the most consistent performers this season. His time in the northwest must have helped with the muddy conditions. John Fiore also had a good weekend with a 6th and 7th. John said that Cochran was on fire and the MT guys came to play. Also in those races was Steve Muller who placed 17th and 19th. The results don't stop there. Frykmaniac and Dowd added to Curry's dominance in the category with a 5th, 9th, 10th, and 11th. Great riding by the Delphine ladies! Oh no it doesn't stop there either! Don't forget about John Flurry Curry. He entered the single speed category which had 55 entrants both days. Curry finished 3rd and 2nd respectively. Just to shed a little light on the level of the single speed race, Ian Brown finished 5th behind Curry, and he finished 10th overall in the Cross Crusade Series just behind Vanilla's Molly Cameron (Men's Elite). Great racing MT riders! We'll look for reports and photos.

Above is a photo of the men's elite start taken by Marzullo.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Portland Day 2

Bill Cochran gets 3rd in the masters! Fiore claims 8th. J Curry second in the single speed.

Nash puts the hurt to the field.