Thursday, October 8, 2009
Posted by Shaun Radley at 8:42 AM
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Doug is the owner operator of Wild Rockies Landscaping. He has a deep Rolling Thunder heritage. He has groomed our courses, mowed fields, moved dirt, and held back the south hills. In 2007 Doug took part in an epic battle with Clint "the lung" Muhlfeld. He finished second. Doug is super pumped about a new edition to this year's race. He wrote a little piece.
A Thrilling Thunder
Promoters Note: Right as the ladies race ends Chez-Ice Shryock will lead us in the Thriller Dance.
Posted by Shaun Radley at 3:04 PM
*Kids Race, Juniors Race, and First Timers Race - 1:30pm start time for the kids.
*Men Category 4 winner receives a complete bike from Hellgate Cyclery
*Womens winner receives a Specialized Tricross Pro frame and fork from Big Sky Bikes
*Mens winner receives a Major Jake frame and fork from Missoula Bicycle Works
Posted by Shaun Radley at 8:32 AM
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Phil Grove rides for the Sportmans Ski Haus Cycling Team out of the Flathead Valley. This past summer he won the Big Mountain Mountain Bike Series and has finished 2nd at Rolling Thunder in 2006. He recently returned to competitive cyclocross this past weekend in Helena. Below is his report.
Cox Lake CX marked my return from a two year absence of "competitive" cross racing. I was super pumped to race with my new boys Ben and Matty B on the famed Sportsman Ski Haus race team. Its always easier to go hard when your with amigos.
Posted by Shaun Radley at 8:13 AM
Monday, October 5, 2009
I was only able to attend part 2 of the Helena Omnium. Proctor, Herzig, Frank, Karl, Michelle, and Rick did an amazing job promoting the Omnium. The junior race was super cool, the course was legit, and the race was run professionally.
The uphill prologue was won by John Fiore. Second was Frykmaniac.
Yesterday's cx race was hard. With riders not used to the cold yet it took awhile to get the engines going. This was no more prevalent than with winner Ben Parsons. Halfway through the race his engine starting firing on all cylinders. He made a late charge on Curry and took the victory. W/O the Velo boys racing I thought it might be a GAS heavy race, but Sportsmans stepped up big. Big Bad Grove took 3rd on his mountain bike with a horrible start. Rounding out the all around day for the boys in black was Butterfield in 7th. Unofficially here's what I saw:
Parsons, Curry, Grove, Toby, Bob, Lussier, Butterfield, Brad, Fiore, Frykman, Jamul
The first race of the day was exciting. A hot battle between RT champ Frykman and Curry was the highlight. At one point Curry was leading the whole race. Frykman battled back into the lead, but LCurry was too much and took the win. Kristian Miller from MSU was up front for most of the race, but he couldn't hold off a hard charging Cameron Johnson. Cameron made up ground all day.
Report from Overall Omnium Winner John Fiore. He won by one point over a hard charging Bryan Frykman. They battled through three events.
The 1,2,3 race began with about 10 riders. GAS had a strong line up and as the lone MTCX racer, I formed an alliance with Grove, Parsons and the Broadmark rider (Jeremy?). GAS went from the gun, sending Curry, then Morgan. We handled the initial attacks, then Bryan F. went, I chased, Parsons blew, and riders were lapped and pulled until it was down to Morgan and Curry off the front, then Bryan F, then Alex L. and I trading laps. Alex got me in the sprint as I had no sprint to offer. I took 5th in the crit which was good enough for the overall.
Posted by Shaun Radley at 8:31 AM