Rolling Thunder Cyclocross Race November 3rd

Monday, December 14, 2009

Cyclocross Nationals Wrap-Up

Nationals ended with a bang yesterday. Seeing Tim Johnson win his third national cx title was sweet, but the real action was happening with the Montana Cyclocrossers.

Amy Frykman and Lisa Curry were representing in the ladies elite field. Frykman had a good start after an ok grid position. She passed people the whole ride and finished in the top 3rd. The results have her in 54th but she was well ahead of that. After a great start in the mid 20's, Lisa flatted her rear tubular and ran to the pits. Bill Cochran and Freightrain were working the pits. They quickly got her on the B bike and she was off. With a strong will Lisa battled to finish 38th. Rolling Thunder all star Kris Walker was 26th. Earlier in the week she defended her masters national championship jersey.

Next up was the collegiate race. Lindsy Campbell represented the Griz with a storming ride. They started the D2 race 1 minute after the D1 race. The gun went off and so did Campbell. She put together the best cx ride of her young career. Up and out of the saddle after every corner. She finished on the podium in 2nd for the D2 ladies, and worked her way up to 7th in the D1 field. Wow.

In the men's elite race FrankG and John Curry were repping MT. Both riders had solid rides. With the short course riders were getting pulled really quickly. In the end only 33 riders 120+ starters didn't get lapped. Curry rode well. He solidified himself in the top 40 early on and was riding with the likes of Molly Cameron and Jonathan Baker. Erik Tonkin and Sean Babbock were tearing through the field. I tried to warn John they were coming so he could jump on their wheel. He did his best and lasted to 2 laps to go in 45th place. Frank was holding is own in the middle of the pack, but ended up DNFing. I thought John rode an excellent race holding his position that long. He's right on the edge of that first group of pro riders.

Tim Johnson's legs.
Lots of people.
Amy at the start.
Lisa looking for John amongst her fans.
Campbell on the second step of the podium.

I've added all my photos to the picasa web album.

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