I haven't been in the cross scene long, but this is the most hype I've seen about Montana Cross. All this hype (especially in Missoula), will come to a climax November 18th in Zoo-Town. This year's state championships should be a wild ride. Not only is there a week of rest between Helena and the championship, but more crossers have stayed in shape longer this year.
Friday, November 2, 2007
Posted by Shaun Radley at 10:56 AM
Thursday, November 1, 2007
Last night's Halloween Cross race was amazing. This race has to be continued for years to come. John Wehyrich organized a great course. We all rode a nuetral lap, and then raced 4 total laps. There was a huge leaf pit, stair climb, and the "mound". Everyone I talked to had a blast. For more photos click on this link, http://jpsphotos.net/gallery/displaythumbs.cfm?e=65&c=1&m=3, John Seiber took some great photos.
The races started off at a blistering pace as the baseball player and wigged rider took the early lead. Soon the hunter caught up and took the lead. The business man, and ghost were still in the hunt. The hunter on his full suspension mountain bike could easily rider over every obstacle, giving him an advantage. The race came down to a sprint between the wigged rider and the hunter. The wigged rider took it in the end, with the businessman finishing third.
I was chilling in the leaf pile, after a lap. Myself, the goat, three blind mice, and the prisoner drank some nice Pabstttt in the leave pile until the last lap. The 1 and half bike crew was amazing, the agility to ride that thing while drinking Pabstttttt and smoking cigars was impressive. The hockey player was also impressive. Riding an old ass bike, he just kept motoring away in full pads. The Kiss rider had a good ride, especially through the tires. And don't forget the Hulk!! I love America!!
I've got to give a shoutout to the best costume of the night......even though he didn't race....the Optimus Prime costume from Transformers by far takes the cake.
Best Ride with Bulky Costume: The Hunter (w/BOB Trailer)
Best Technical Ride: Chainsaw hand (riding with one hand for 4 laps!)
Best Costume: Ghosts on 1.5 bike
Most Patriotism: Hulk Hogan
Best Fall: Ghost with trenchcoat into the leave pile head first
Most Heart: Hockey Player
Posted by Shaun Radley at 10:17 AM
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Posted by Shaun Radley at 12:58 PM
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
This past weekend was the first stop for the US Grand Prix Series. Over the past couple seasons the Kona duo of Wicks and Trebon have dominated the series. However, last weekend was not meant to be for the twin towers. Cyclocrossworld.com had put together a strong team with Jeremy Powers, Tim Johnson, and Lynn Bessette. They took advantage of wounded Trebon and tag teamed the crap out of him. Powers eventually went on for the victory. He has three UCI wins this year. Johnson rode away from Trebon and finished second. On Sunday, it came down to Johnson and Trebon. This time it was Johnson's turn, as he distanced the Kona rider on almost all the technical sections of the course. In the women's races number one ranked rider in the world Katie Compton won both days fairly easily. Georgia Gould got within 30 seconds on Sunday's race, but that was as close as anyone got. Lynn Bessette was under the weather and did not have a good weekend.
Some other peformances of note. Danny Summerhill won both U23 races, and continues to show why he is the future of the sport. Chris Jones from the Nerac squad is the surprise of the year. He's getting top 5's and top 10's consistently in all the UCI races this year. The Portland based River City Cycles ladies team had two nice top 10's with Wendy Williams and Sue Butler. Also, Sam Krieg, who won both Bozeman cross races this season placed in the top 40 I believe. So, that's a good indication of where Montana's elite stand.
Posted by Shaun Radley at 12:15 PM
Monday, October 29, 2007
Flathead Cycling and Steve Mueller put on a great race on Sunday. The course was technical and long.
The men's A had 10 or so starters and kicked off quick with Matt Butterfield grabbing the hole shot. As the field came together a little more at the front Doug rode away solo and took his second victory of the weekend. Bill Martin was also impressive finishing second, passing everyone but Doug. Rounding out the top 3 was Matt Butterfield, who took a great holeshot and was able to hold on for third. Ben Parsons was 4th and Eric Greenburg was 5th. I had a bad race, finishing in last place. Not all of us can get crunk the night before and race. I rode as hard as I could but the dehyradtion and sore legs, had me watching Brad Morgan and Chance Cooke easily ride away. Doug is looking awful tough, maybe it was the homecoming factor??? I think it was the beer. The more beer he drinks the better he rides. I'm excited to watch John Curry and Doug race. Hopefully, in Helena or maybe at the State Championship in Missoula. Bill Martin had a great weekend with a 2nd and a 3rd. He seems to be getting better each week.
The men's B was won by a guy from the Spokane Rocket Velo team, Micheal Sirrot. He outlasted the field by surviving crashses and technical terrain. Kyle Shannon had a great ride finishing 2nd. I thought we might have been saving something on the last lap, but he couldn't get around the 1st place rider. Chris Connelly took 3rd, riding with determination through crashes. In the early going Chris fell over the barriers taking out Erik Digby, who was unable to contine due to mechanicals.
The masters race was easily won by Steve Mueller who was also the race's promoter. Steve is an animal on the cross bike. He passed me with ease halfway through the race. Steve was consistent all day. 2nd place was Walt Chauner who passed John W. late. John was 3rd but suffered mechanicals on the last couple laps to force him out contention
The women's race was won by Michelle Richardson. I believe it was her first victory of the year. It was well deserved. She has raced consistently all year long and deserved to get the W. She took the lead and never looked back. Ady Wygman was second and Lynetter Van Aken was third.
Best Ride: Doug Shryock, Michelle Richardson
Most Aggressive: Bill Martin
Hanging Tough (crashes/mechanicals): Phil Grove
Posted by Shaun Radley at 8:19 AM