Monday, October 29, 2012
2012 has proven to be a physically, mentally, and emotionally challenging year for cross racers in Montana. A hot and dry summer left thick smoke lingering for the first several races, rider numbers in the upper categories have been noticeably depressed, and injuries or illness plagued the strongmen and household names. And while it is easy to get discouraged about racing in the state this adversity has allowed our best riders to shine and garner the recognition that they deserve. In a lot of ways this weekend's State Championship races were fitting cap for the season. Saturday's Mule X featured a clay mud that wrought havoc on equipment and claimed at least have a dozen derailleur hangers before the race even started. Through the muck the race persisted and allowed an inspired ride by Bieber-Mule, who held onto Coach Curry until the Pug from the Great White North encroached on their gap and the pace hastened over the last few laps. In the end "Cougar Bait" Beckner stood on the top step for the last time this season.
Posted by Shaun Radley at 9:16 AM