Kristian Miller and the MSU Cycling Team once again kept the bar high on the first day of the MSU Cyclocross Weekend. The course remained similar to previous editions of the race, but offered more tight and technical corners. The infamous, off-camber "Hipster Christmas" section was ever present and promising to send a lazy racer into the pond, and hot, windy weather gave a notable advantage to racers who could talk their way into a water hand-up.
With home town favorites Anna Dingman (Gallatin Alpine Sports-Intrinsik Architecture) and Lisa Curry (Gallatin Alpine Sports-Intrinsik Architecture) opting not to toe the line this afternoon, the initial selection was made up of Amy Frykman (Gallatin Alpine Sports-Intrinsik Architecture), Julie Zickovich (Muleterro), and Lindsy Campbell (Big Sky Bikes-Montanacyclocross.com). Frykman looked strong early on, but Campbell and Zickovich were able to reel her in and punish her early act of aggression with a well executed counter attack. The two women traded body shots for laps until Campbell's superior acceleration out of the corners and prowess in the multiple sand pits proved too much for the motivated Muleterro rider. Campbell separated herself from the field with two laps to go and crossed the line alone.
A small but stacked field was made of of the who's who of fast Montana cross racers. John Curry (Gallatin Alpine Sports-Intrinsik Architecture), Brad Morgan (Gallatin Alpine Sports-Intrinsik Architecture), and a full complement of Montana Velo riders were in attendance and vying for a podium spot. After the first two laps Curry, Morgan, Geoff Proctor (Montana Velo), Landon Beckner (Montana Velo), Scotty Herzig (Montana Velo), and Frank Gonzales (Montana Velo) had shown why they're at the top of the sport and made a formidable group. The pace eventually proved to be too much for Proctor, Beckner, and Morgan, and the other three stayed together until the final laps. A technical faux pas left Herzig grasping to the podium as Curry used his superior power to distance himself from Gonzales.
Ben Horan Reporting