Rolling Thunder Cyclocross Race November 3rd

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Bozeman #1

Curry wins, followed by Franky, and Jdoll.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Bozeman Cyclocross Weekend

Wednesday Night Cyclocross #2

Sam Schultz has found his cyclocross legs.

For the first time in many years, Sam rode a cyclocross bike at last night's Wednesday Night Race. It worked out for him as he took his first cx win of the season. He's un-decided on the bike choice for Rolling Thunder. 2nd place was series leader Jesse Doll and 3rd place was a Moab bound Toby Meierbachtol.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Rolling Thunder - 2008 Who the heck is Tyler Hurst?

The category 4 race at the 2008 Rolling Thunder had numerous story lines. None better, then that of Tyler Hurst. The first year racer, with a competitive spirit and solid bike handling skills.

If you don't remember the 2008 cat 4 cyclocross scene, let me know take you back in time. 2008 was the year we met Karl Vanderwood. The Flying Dutchman was not yet on MT Velo, and was sweeping cat 4 races left and right. Also, in the mix during 2008 was Jesse Doll, Dan Pierce, and Jason Delmue.

At Rolling Thunder, there were several potential winners. Dustin "Bandito" Phillips made a surprise last minute entry, Flying Dutchman of course, GAS's Delmue, NRO Pierce/Doll combo, and Andrew Geneco was riding well.

During the race the selection was made early. Hurst, Bandito, Delmue, and KV were in a group of 4 navigating the technical course. As the race wore on attacks started to fly. Each rider took turns trying to punish his opponents. Each time the riders would claw back together. From the Wild Rockies Trailer I could see the Tyler Hurst fan club starting to buzz. Hurst's family and friends began to realize he could win this thing. Going into the last lap, in my head I gave Tyler less then a 2% chance of winning. I'd seen Karl and Jason race all season, and I quickly learned of Bandito's racing resume. I think he was even gapped a little bit heading into the sections I couldn't report on. We waited patiently to see who would come around the last corner first. I saw the bright yellow jersey and laughed a little into the microphone. Not because it was funny, but because I couldn't believe it. Hurst had 10m on his nearest opponent. He came into the finishing straight and the crowd gasped. The Red Dragon and his family rushed the straightaway. THurst looked at his dad and said "That one was for you."

In half a season Hurst went from Wednesday Night mid pack, to Wednesday Night Winner, to Rolling Thunder Champion. It's still one of the best stories in Thunder Lore.

I look forward to this year's story.

Wednesday Night Cyclocross Tonight 5:45

Photo by John Sieber

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Phil Grove - Silent Assasin??

Phil "Pipo" Grove doesn't do much quietly, but some how he's been sneaking in some top notch cyclocross performances.

Grove started his season at Star Crossed (34th), then moved to Rad Racing (24th) and recently finished 2nd at the Starbuck's GP.

Pip rode his mountain bike at the MFG Cyclocross Series event. He jumped out early with ex-WWU Cyclist Kyle McGivalry and top local rider Soloman Woras. Grove couldn't stop Woras, but finished alone in 2nd.

Thinks are looking up the Hammer Man. Next stop Moab.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Moose Cross

Once again Moose Cross did not disappoint. Good courses, competitive racing, and lots of extracurricular activities. Here are my highlights from the weekend:

- Jason Sager and Amanda Carey winning both days. John Curry getting second both days.

- Day 1, Frank wins the masters race and then places third in the 1/2/3 race.

- Erik Horn winning the keg toss in spandies and cowboy boots.

- GAS ladies cyclocross team is on fire. Frykman, Curry, Dingman all racing well. Watch out at the Thunder.

- The Knotty Pine in downtown Victor has good food and a sweet atmosphere.

I'll try and get a link to some photos and results. I said this on last year's post but Moose Cross really is a can't miss event. It's the best family/community oriented bike race I've ever been too.

Bozeman cross is coming.......