After back to back Montana wins Karl Vanderwood emerged as the late season man to beat. His win at the State Championship over Bob and The Lung was impressive. If you asked Karl about racing against John Curry he would probably politely say, Oh I don't know if I'm on that level. However, many of us racers/fans in the Montana Cyclocross Scene would have disagreed with Karl and said that this weekend's racing in Helena showcased a much anticipated battle between the Flying Dutchman and Flurry Curry. Some of the MTcx.com riders and the Working Man Breakfast Crew had some underground bets going the week before. The predictions were coming out pretty much 50/50.
What did I think??
Well, as a betting man a usually play the odds. Something, that John said after the race really sums it up for me. "I really don't ever have problems with equipment." Not only does he not have problems with equipment but he rarely has "bad" days. Sam Krieg wrote a blog post last year that I think really sums up the Curry philosophy.
"If you are in shape…and have trained a decent amount… and your legs hurt and burn…it is a pretty good sign you are going hard…not that you have bad legs, but that you have fit enough legs to suffer. Somewhere along the way on the delusion train we have decided that going hard should feel good. That is crazy talk. The only time racing and training feels good…is when you are not going hard enough to make any gains or to win." - Sam Krieg
Karl is one of my favorite racers on the MT circuit, but I felt like everyone was making the trendy pick. He had just one the state championship, and was really on the up and up. John hadn't raced the last two weeks and I know it was because he was re-charging his batteries for a the final push. Sorry for the long explanation. In short I picked Curry to win.
Big intro to the actual race report :). Curry grabbed the hole shot and didn't look back. Scotty Herzig rode great in what was his final race of the season. I wish he would continue to Nats one of these years. He seems to be getting better at cx every year. Eventually KV caught Scotty and they rode together for awhile with KV netting the sprint for second. 4th was Josh B. Great to see him out. Props to Videographer Dan Pierce on his first 1,2,3 cx race. He kicked my ass :).
I had to stay home for Sunday's race so I didn't get a first hand report. Look for a race report tomorrow.
It looks like the Montana Nationals contingent is getting ready (Currys, Frykmans, AliG, Fiores, Jdoll, FrankG). How exciting!
Shout out Byron and the Great Divide crew for putting together a solid course and great organization.
I can't wait to see what Seely has in store for Polson CX.......capture the flag, two people one bike, pumpkin waffles, chilli......are you kidding me