1:30-3pm Fact & Fiction
Behind the Stare
Friday, November 30, 2012
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Big time kudos to Steve Fisher and JT Fountain for ripping legs at Rolling Thunder 2012. Steve has been battling Logan Owen in Seattle. This battle between Owen and Fisher is one of the best in the country right now.
It's time for the Montana Racers to migrate west. The MT all star crew heads to Woodland Park. John Curry, 4th at Thunder, and Montana State/Overall Champion, makes the trip. He also brings over his wife Lisa, perennial top 30 national racer, and up and comer Ingrid Lovitt, who wants a higher place then her top ten at Star Crossed. Adding to the lineup is Phil Grove. Pip notorious for the big stage, could be the real surprise. He's on sneaky late season form as he extends his cross season. A dominating win at Herron Park last weekend.
Looking at crossresults.com, Courtenay McFadden and Lisa Curry have never gone head to head. McFadden won last week at the Seattle Cyclocross Series. Kari Studley leads the series. In head to head battles with Curry she is 10 and 4. Meanwhile John Curry has gone head to head with Fisher (2nd to Owen last weekend) 7 times and lost all 7. Grove has gone head to head 4 times and lost all 4. The series leader is Kyle Mcgilvray who is 2 and 1 against Grove and 1 and 6 against Curry. Stats in cyclocross mean very little, but it's fun to look at stats.
Curry and Grove are not un-familiar with representing Montana on bigger stages. Let's take a look back at recent history.
2012 Missoula Pro XC
2012 CX Nats
2011 Marathon Nats
2011 MTB Nats
2010 CX Nats
|Grove is pushing on into a December Cross Season. photo by tomroberstonphoto.com|
|Curry here at Thunder has a shot at the win this weekend in Seattle. photo by tomroberstonphoto.com|
|Lovitt has had another good season and is hunting for another top place in Seattle. photo by tomrobertsonphoto.com|
Posted by Shaun Radley at 10:42 AM
Monday, October 29, 2012
2012 has proven to be a physically, mentally, and emotionally challenging year for cross racers in Montana. A hot and dry summer left thick smoke lingering for the first several races, rider numbers in the upper categories have been noticeably depressed, and injuries or illness plagued the strongmen and household names. And while it is easy to get discouraged about racing in the state this adversity has allowed our best riders to shine and garner the recognition that they deserve. In a lot of ways this weekend's State Championship races were fitting cap for the season. Saturday's Mule X featured a clay mud that wrought havoc on equipment and claimed at least have a dozen derailleur hangers before the race even started. Through the muck the race persisted and allowed an inspired ride by Bieber-Mule, who held onto Coach Curry until the Pug from the Great White North encroached on their gap and the pace hastened over the last few laps. In the end "Cougar Bait" Beckner stood on the top step for the last time this season.
Posted by Shaun Radley at 9:16 AM
Saturday, October 27, 2012
Can't miss cross action in Bozeman this weekend! Come for one come for both!
Muleterro and Bozeman two of Montana finest clubs are teaming up to give you the best double weekend in Western Montana.
Music, announcer, coffee, grub, Gallatin County Fairgrounds. Sunday is the State Championship.
visit montanacycling.net for more race info
Posted by Shaun Radley at 5:40 AM
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Click HERE for the Tom Robertson Photography Gallery
|Carey and Curry post race chat|
|Masters A, Cookie Montser with Neon TCH|
|The Snake Pit added a different dimension this year|
|The men's 3 race was one of the most competitive all day|
|44 ladies at the start|
|Steve and JT on the run up, 1st and 3rd, JT won Sunday's Race|
|SS jumping in a wig|
Posted by Shaun Radley at 6:44 AM
Monday, October 22, 2012
Sunday, October 21, 2012
Thursday, October 18, 2012
With only a few tracks on the course, 60+ brave souls jumped on a rough Thunder course. Lines were found and excitement was built.
Landen Beckner had to come from behind a bit, but only needed 2 laps to catch Toby, who looked at home on the technical terrain. They two rode together until Beckner was too much and the gap opened. Like many Wednesday Night Riders, Doll came straight from work to the start line. Once he learned the course, his power showed up and he took 3rd.
Ingrid Lovitt looks poised for another top ride this season. She maneuvered the course without much issue. Big shout of to Margie, Mara, Kristine, and Katie R for ripping Thunder, they will be forces on Saturday.
Lap times for the 1st group in Men's A were just above 5 minutes.
Posted by Shaun Radley at 6:55 AM
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
The Wednesday Night Cyclocross Series moves to American Legion Field for tonight. If you've never been this is the baseball field between the Equestrian Park and DNRC. Here are a couple notes on tonight's race:
- Please park in the grass field to the south (where you usually park for Thunder). The entrance is past the stadium driveway 200 meters on your left
- This will be our first time at this venue during the week. This area is county property and lots of people walk there dogs after work. Please be respectful of others.
- There will be a small opening to the left of the whoops for folks who don't feel comfortable on them. You can walk your bike.
- The course has some technical features, but now is the time to ride and get comfortable before the weekends races. I'll be at the venue from 1pm on today if anyone needs instruction.
- The stadium driveway and parking area will be open to traffic, please look before you get onto the finishing stretch.
Thanks and enjoy the course. Feel free to ride as many laps as you want from today until Saturdays Event.
Email me with questions, firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted by Shaun Radley at 5:48 AM
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
|Nylene Wicks wins the inaugural Thunder for UM Cycling. Photo by John Sieber|
|2007 Curry rides the "Pit of Dispair" to victory and starts to think big. Photo by John Sieber|
|2008 Amy Frykman makes the road to cross transition look easy on a techy course. Photo by John Sieber|
|2009 The "Tire Trap" leads to Curry taking her 2nd Win.|
|2010 Curry text book form over the barriers, flies high for her 3rd Thunder win. Photo by John Sieber|
|2011 Anna Dingman rides away from the field and launches her elite cx career. Photo by John Sieber|
Posted by Shaun Radley at 7:11 AM
Monday, October 15, 2012
The Cycling House Beer Tent - $750 - $1000 cash for women's and men's elite purse
Mery Storb is donating $150 to most aggressive rider in the ladies race. She's matching that with a donation to feeding children in Ghana.
Kent Brothers Automotive - Apparel, jerseys
Big Sky Brewery - Beer!
Joel Brown is donating $100 to most aggressive rider in the mens elite race.
Sapphire PT donated $500 cash to be spread around the podiums.
Hammer Nutrition - product and clothes
Le Petite, 5 cycling LPO jerseys
Cafe Dolce - Food and coffee cards
Big Sky Bikes - clothing, gift cards, Easton SLX wheels for men's category 3 winner
Missoula Bicycle Works - clothing, and a box of goodies, and money from MBW bbq
Hellgate Cyclery is donating $100 for a first lap prime in the ladies race and clothing
Mountain Khakis - gift cards for clothes
I Love Cowbell - shirts
Of course much more day of. If you'd like to donate, drop me a line. Thanks!
Posted by Shaun Radley at 10:55 AM
Registration link added to the right side column.
Online registration closes on Thursday night at 10pm MDT. Day of registration is available. It closes 30 minutes before each race and at 6pm. That means elite men have to register before 6pm on Saturday.
Sign up now!
|Curry Slaying Moose Cross Day #2|
Posted by Shaun Radley at 9:16 AM
Thursday, October 11, 2012
The tradition continues. The Cycling House Beer Tent and Crow's Nest V2. Big shout out to Big Sky Brewery for supporting Thunder once again.
All money raised goes to the men's and women's elite prize purse.
Also, new one off TCH Truck Hats.
|The Crow's Nest was a top place to watch in 2011. Pictured center, Matt Shryock will once again be the "voice" of Thunder.|
Posted by Shaun Radley at 6:51 PM
Posted by Shaun Radley at 6:49 AM
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Our mountain friends are doing it once again....MOOSE CROSS. Brew, top notch cx, and local vibe!
Moose Cross and Rolling Thunder are cut from the same cloth, and this year it can't be laid out any better. Back to back weekends of Rocky Mountain Cross Action!
|Photo by Lisa Curry|
Posted by Shaun Radley at 10:04 AM
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
New for this year the Kent Brothers Hot Lap Race. The idea behind the race/ride is to get folks out and experience cyclocross. You can ride your commuter or whatever you got.
One lap around the course
-no previous experience required
-any bike welcome
-ride or race
Thunder 2008, SS debut, Pip on mtcx.com, Sam Krieg, Proc front row
Posted by Shaun Radley at 1:17 PM
Monday, October 8, 2012
The folks who've kept the brew flowing for 7 years now!
The Cycling House - training destination, HED Wheels
Hammer Nutrition - #training, Perpetum Solids!
Big Sky Bikes - Missoula Bike Shop
Missoula Bicycle Works - Missoula Bike Shop
Hellgate Cyclery - Missoula Bike Shop
Schaffer Hardscapes - Best hardscapes in town. 406-370-0324
Kent Brother Automotive - Subaru auto repair and maintenance
Zillastate - Real Estate for cyclists.
Cafe' Dolce - Coffee, breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Sapphire Physical Therapy - John and company will take care of you
Wild Rockies Landscaping - Been repping since the original!
Le Petite Outre - Pastries, coffee, great service
Northern Rockies Race Team - The best race volunteers in the region.
Black Coffee - Top coffee, top apparel
Momentum - Learn to train for your sport.
Big Sky Brewery - Helping us from getting thirsty.
I love Cowbell - Apparel to raise money for up and coming cross racers.
Mercantile Deli - Food at the race venue!
New for 2012!!!
Have you been practicing Gangnam Style?
|Photo by John Sieber, www.jpshotos.net|
Posted by Shaun Radley at 3:58 PM
Thursday, October 4, 2012
Posted by Shaun Radley at 11:29 AM