Rolling Thunder Cyclocross Race November 3rd

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Weekend Events

Moose Cross - One of the best regional races. Don't miss it, more info here

Alley Cat Race - Big Sky Bikes, Saturday 2:30pm

Western Montana Hill Climb Championships - Sunday, Pattee Canyon, more info here

Wednesday Night #1 - JDoll get's his first W


John Wehyrich set a great course last night. The racers came out in force. Non stronger then Jesse Doll, who wins his first Wednesday Night.

Photos by John Sieber, Link to album here

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Wednesday Cyclocros - Tonight 5:45

Tim Bechtol is back and better then ever. Wednesday Day Night Cyclocross is here. Tonight's course will be set by Mr. John Wehyrich. Be sure to thank John when you get out there. Setting up takes at least half a day and is stressful. Also, don't forget about the beer in hand clean up party at the end of the race. If you don't know what I'm talking about then shame on you because that means you've never cleaned up! When your done racing, grab some cones and bring them back to the base area. Shout out to master cleaner uppers; Ely, Ed, and Jeffro

As the fun of Wednesday Night starts here are a couple things to remember:

1. Post party is at Cafe Dolce. Beer and pizza hook ups for racers.

2. Thank the course setter every week.

3. If you see a new face, welcome them with open arms and tell them you saw them out their racing and they looked super fast.

4. Stay on course, red cones on the right, green cones on the left.

5. Visit businesses who support cyclocross in Missoula (Le Petite, MBW, BSB, Betty's Divine, Big Sky Brew, Hellgate Cyclery, Kent Bros, Cafe Dolce, Momentum)

6. Be patient with officials. T-money is going to do the best she can and if she has you in 27th and you were for sure in 26th then zip your lip and grab a cold one and cheers the dude you duked it out with.

7. HAVE FUN!!!! Missoula cross season has begun.

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photo by John Sieber

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Butte Cyclocross - Gentleman at Large Reports

Herzig snatches the first win of the season at Homestake Pass and Curry cleans up at the Copper Mountain Complex.In the ladies race Mimi Matsuda took Homestake and Lisa Curry ran the show at Copper.

Mark Janikula and Billings Cross Promoter Rob Newsome swapped victories in the cat 4's and John Dub swept up the weekend in the masters.

Ben Horan Reports In:

It's been a while since I toed the line seriously for anything competitive, much less a cyclocross race. After a couple of seasons of riding chairlifts, exploring scotch, and generally living "the good life", I finally realized that "the good life" is really bad for you. Last April I starting chipping away at a few extra pounds and trying to resuscitate some semblance of fitness, and came into the Copper Mountain Cross Race feeling cautiously optimistic and vaguely ready for what would be my season opener. When I think of cyclocross, images of blowing wet snow, frigid temperatures, burning lungs, and numb extremities rush fondly into my mind; this fantasy was in stark adversity to the conditions that the small but competitive field endured on Sunday. As the day wore on and the thermostat rose, the nor'wester (that's Boston for "400 degree death wind") continued to muster enthusiasm, and Toby and I discussed water hand-ups from the pit. We weighed the pros and cons. Now, a rationally thinking individual would have concluded that absolutely no harm can come from leaving a water bottle in the pit area, and that he could simply choose not to drink from it. We decided instead that the race was only 50 minutes, and that we were very tough, and that we could suffer through being a little bit thirsty for a few minutes. This was, of course, brilliant decision making. I've never been so hot and thirsty on a bike. Ever. After 10 minutes I legitimately thought that I would not finish the race. Before long a few folks wound up in the pit handing up neutral(ish) water support. Manacled by my pride, I insisted that the race was only 50 minutes, and that I was very tough, and that I could suffer through being a little bit thirsty for a few minutes more. By lap 5 I was greeted by my obligatory revelation (I remember this about myself between laps 4 and 6 of every 'cross race that I enter) that I hate cyclocross racing and love bicycle touring. My enthusiasm faded slightly and I felt my power diminish significantly. It felt like chasing Jensen (DDS) around the Rattlesnake in late July: it was hot and dusty, I had no water, it wasn't all that fun, and I knew that I would never catch him (or anyone). My next trip past the pit I managed to swallow my pride (which is the only thing easier to swallow with cotton mouth) and began to drink water and regulate my temperature a little bit. After a lap or two of sipping water I regained a few of my facilities (although the allure of full panniers, the open road, and 8 mph lingered), and I began to race again. In the end I was left with a back of the middle of the pack finish, general satisfaction that I should be racing in the As, and a hella (California for "Wicked [Boston for "rather"]") salty skinsuit. Big thanks to John C. and his crew for putting on another great race, and for everyone who made it out to test their mettle in the hot, hot, heat.

Gentleman at Large

Photos by Wendy Doll