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Saturday, October 27, 2007

Woodland Cross, Montana #6, Shryock Wins!

Doug finally got his Montana victory. Winning out of three man group comprised of Phil and Bill Martin, Doug powered away to claim his 4th cross victory this year. Both Phil and Bill raced well to hang in the lead pack for most of the race. I crash by Phil, opened the door for Doug to put an effort in and not look back down the descent. Rounding out the top five was Ben Parsons and Frank Gonzalez. Frank had an earlier mechanical??, that took him out early. Ben showed that he's learning the cross game quickly and hammered to 4th place. The course was relatively straight and fast besides at nasty climb, and run up on the backside. I was somewhere towards the tail end of the group, but I felt the best I have all year. I dueled with Brad Morgan for a couple laps, but he was too strong in the end. It was nice to have good spectators. Doug is really coming into form. Phil seems to have recovered from his mid-season slump. I expect to see Frank back up there tomorrow.

In the men's B Chris Connelly took home this win. Despite crashing 4 times, Chris hung on for the win. In second, making his cross debut was Ben Raffato. Ben was impressive in 2nd place hanging with lead pack. I don't know how took 3rd. It might have been Erik Digby, but I think he got 4th.

The men's masters was dominated by Steve Mueller from the Flathead. He pulled away from the men's B and masters to take a nice victory. 2nd was John W., and third was John Fiore.

The women's race was won by Missoullian Heidi Gaskill. Heidi pulled away from Michelle Richardson and never looked back.

Thanks to Clint and the Sportsman's crew for a great race.

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