2014 Rolling Thunder Cyclocross Race

November 1st and 2nd

Monday, October 17, 2011

Gue's in charge at Woodland, Curry wins an epic battle at Herron

John Curry has three Montana wins this year, and a Moose Cross victory. He is one of the favorites heading into Rolling Thunder weekend. John provided a good recap of the Flathead weekend.

Woodland:

Men’s B:

Overnight rains made for slick conditions on the tight and technical Woodland Park course. Muleterro's Erik Horn took an early lead and distaned himself from the group. In fact, his main competition was Lisa Curry from the Women's race and the two swapped leads several times. Erik used his technical skills and punchy power to pull away and take his first Montana series win, despite having to stop to add air to his tire late in the race.

Women’s:

Lisa Curry took to the front of the combined Men's B, Master B, and Women's race on lap one, and built a sizeable gap, taking the win and finishing 2nd overall. Megan Lawson was impressive on her singlespeed and powered over the slick course to take 2nd. Julie and Ingrid battled for the 3rd spot, with Ingrid pulling away after Julie's saddle broke late in the race.

Men’s A:

From the start Frank G and Owen drove a fast pace and after several laps a lead group of 5 was established with Frank G, Owen, Brad, Curry and Pippo (on his 29er). This group stayed together for several laps with Owen and Frank driving the pace. Brad crashed mid-race, and Curry fell off the pace. Owen pulled away to take a convincing win leaving Frank and Pippo to battle for 2nd. Crowd favorite Pippo put his MTB to use on the fast tricky descent and edged out Frank for 2nd.

Heron Park:

Men’s B:

The Heron park course is a Montana classic and is a racer and fan favorite. Erik Horn made it 2 for 2 on the weekend, taking the hole shot and never looking back.

Women’s:

Again it was Lisa Curry chasing Erik Horn for much of the race and pulling away from Megan Lawson who would finish a strong second ahead of Julie Z. Lindsy Campbell was the new addition to Sunday's line up but couldn't quite crack the podium finishing 4th.

Men’s A:

Sunday's 1/2/3 race proved to be one of the most exciting races in years in Montana 'cross. Curry was motivated after missing the podium Saturday and took the hole shot with Owen in tow. The duo went blow for blow on the punchy climbs and built a small lead over the first few laps. In an amazing effort the young Landon Beckner moved from 5th place all the way up to the leaders, only to roll his tubular shortly thereafter. With Landon out of the picture, his teammates Frank G and Scotty Herzig began working together to bring back the leaders, who were suffering a bit from the early race fireworks. With 3 to go there were 4 riders at the front of the race. Curry put in an attack after the double barrier section gapping the others. Herzig jumped in pursuit, leaving Owen and Frank behind. With 1 and a half to go, Herzig made the catch and attacked Curry going up the start/finish climb to the delight of the fans. Curry hung tight and the two swapped leads 4 times on the final lap. Curry made the decisive pass just before the final descent, leading out the sprint and edging Herzig at the line. Close behind, the battle for 3rd was raging. Owen and Frank sprinted for the line with Owen taking 3rd by inches.

I'll post any photos from the weekend. Send them my way.

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