Rolling Thunder Cyclocross Race November 3rd

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Helena High Race Report - by Lisa Curry

B/Women's race - 17 total with 3 women (Laurel, a Great Divide lady, and I) Jim Nallick (GAS Master's racer) took the hole-shot and led the entire first lap. Le Petite Master's rider Pat Scharfe was in 2nd. I managed to get up to 3rd wheel by the start of the second lap and took the lead coming through the parking lot after the volleyball court and before the barriers. If you've done this race at Helena High, you'll know what I'm referring to.. After about a lap on the front, I think Jim and Pat dropped back a few places and a guy I didn't recognize (on a mountain bike) was following 2nd wheel with Mark Brooke third wheel and a guy from Flathead was fourth wheel and had moved up from a conservative start. The Fitzgerald rider Dave Byers who led the first few laps of Saturday's race was in the top group as was Ed Warner of Great Divide. The top four or five of us stayed pretty close for most of the race with 2nd - 5th shuffling a little. Tim ended up moving into second and was putting quite a bit of pressure on the last few laps. I thought for sure he would catch me by the finish, but I pushed out the last couple laps really hard and held him off to win.

Men's A race - had some heated battles. Alex G. got the hole-shot and hammered the first lap.
Karl led and crashed toward the end of lap 1. Karl and John hung with him and created a gap, leaving Bob as the odd man out in 4th. Behind Presta was a solid group of 4 that stayed together for quite a bit of the race...Josh Bezecny, Jesse Doll, Jamal, and one of the Flathead guys (I think Tim Noonan). Toward the end of lap 1 or 2 (I don't quite remember), Karl took the lead and crashed on a tricky side-hill one-eighty corner and John squeaked by. John got a little gap on Karl, who quickly made his way past Alex to chase in 2nd. The gap between John and Karl was minimal and consistent for about a lap or two. After a couple of laps, it appeared as though John turned the screws a little harder and opened up the gap a bit more. A couple of laps into the race, Alex G. got caught by Presta and they rode together for quite awhile until Bob pulled away. Jesse and Jamal got away from Josh and the FH rider and rode together until 2 laps to go, at which point Jesse pulled away and finished with about a 5-8 second advantage. John Fiore moved up after a slow start and ended up catching and passing Josh Bezecny. Noonan ended up flatting mid-way through the race but was able to get a new wheel and finished.

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