This year's batch of cyclocrossers headed to Bend is the best of the best in Montana.
Race's to Watch:
LISA CURRY - Mstr 30-34 - 1pm Friday - You don't really think of Lisa as a master but she's going to lay it out for a title in the 30-34 category. Defending champ Barb Howe is not registered but but 3rd and 4th Smith and Studley are. Head to head Curry has only beat Studley once (Jingle Cross #1 6th and 7th). Smith rode well in New England last weekend and Studley finished 21st to Currys 24th in Portland #2. Still Lisa is a favorite for the podium and if the course is technical don't be surprised to see her up there. Also registered for this race is Julie Z. JZ has had a good 2nd half and could be in the top 15.
AMY FRYKMAN - Mstr 35-39 - 2:15pm Friday - Last year in this event Amy was 8th. This field is stacked. The top 7 return and Howe (mstr 30-34 champ) joins the category. Frykman has been gaining form in anticipation of this race. If the rumor is true about the addition of pavement to the course then Amy could be competing for a top 5. Also in this race is 15th from last year PATRICIA DOWD. PDowd has been racing a bunch in the 2nd half of the season and would love a top ten in this one. Also in this category is Thunder all star Gaertner (4th last year).
FRANK GONZALEZ - Mstr 45-49 - 9:30am Saturday - Frank has had his best season to date. Top mountain bike performances in his age group and then a state title in Montana on the cx bike. Last year he was 13th in this race. The top 5 are all returning, with strongmen Bold and Coats as the favorites. However, Franky was 13th last year during a down season for him and I think those fellas better make some room on the cx podium. Frank represents one of the best chances for Montana to podium.
JOHN CURRY - Mstr 30-34 - 3:30pm Saturday - Defending champ Berry is not registered, but 2nd place Pacocha is back and has been having a solid year. This category isn't as stacked as one might think. In my opinion John has the ability to ride into the top 5 on a good day. Looking at the start lists and other results my favorites are Schempf, Rasmussen, and Shriver (who could spoil the party for everyone if he rides to his ability). MTcx scoured the net for a Curry head to head against someone and found it. 2009 Moose Cross Day 2, John Curry 2nd, Eric Rasmussen 3rd. Double A, Alan Adams is also in this category and don't be surprised to see him sneak into the top 20.
LINDSY CAMPBELL - Collegiate D2 - 8am Sunday - Representing for the Grizzlies, Campbell comes back after a 2nd place performance last year. Defending champ Filiberti returns. Top starters include Antonneau, James, and Boursaw. LC will have her hands full to defend that 2nd place, but I would put nothing past her. She has confidence in this race venue, and has the right mindset headed to Bend