Jeff Cincoski has had quite the year. He completed is second Ironman in Couer d' Alene and upgraded to a cat 3 on the road bike. Yesterday, was his one year wedding anniversary. Look for Jeff on the cross bike this year rocking the MTcx jers.
The great thing about the state course, set up selflessly by John Wehyrich, of 5VV, was the out-and back nature of each leg, which allowed for great spectating off the back.
Following are my favorite mental images from the race:
Mile 10 Masters early glory: Big Al Gallego staging a dominating solo break off of the Masters A pack. He had a solid mile lead.
Mile 45: Men’s 1,2 field absolutely decimated by the rollers on the out and back just south of Georgetown lake. These climbs, which immediately followed Flint Creek pass, would establish the fate of most racers.
Mile 60-65, the grind from Anaconda up to Georgetown: Brian Williams on the brink as he fought the headwind a mere 20 second off of race leader John Curry. The situation would be similar for all of the riders. Noteable was eventual women’s champ Linsey Corbin, who appeared to be gaining, ground on men’s 3rd place Brian Frykman. The highlight of the grind was seeing the solid NRO CAT 4 domestiques pulling a pack hard into the wind as they raced among the Masters A field. Eventual podium finishers SteveZ. and Longmeyer bided their time well as their teammates brought back a break of early aggressors.
In the end I was really proud of my team. Folks did work all day on a course that definitely trumps Cow Country as the hardest in Montana. The trio of John, Eli and Miles provided exceptional support from the organizers, in spite of their few numbers. It made for a well-organized and safe race. Hats off to the organizers, overall champs Curry and Corbin, and the picturesque Pintlers for a real butt-whoppin’.