Thursday, October 20, 2011

Halloween Super 'Cross III

Ok, I alluded to this at the end of the season, so here are some of the details with more to come.

Halloween Super 'Cross III will be on Saturday October 29 at Bancroft Park (Waldron Lake) starting at high noon. As before the timing will be sketchy if there are timers at all, and the results may or may not be posted. The requirements are as follows: You must have a costume to participate, otherwise you are designated as a timer. Bring a pumpkin to the race if you can, this could be tough if you ride to the race, but do your best.

I am planning on having a BBQ at my house just a block away from the race following the race, so bring some beers and chips or something and I'll get some sausages and hamburgers.

That's pretty much it for now. I'll post more as I come up with it.

*disclaimer* Halloween Super 'Cross is not affiliated with ArcticCross except that I am using the website to disseminate information.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

ArcticCross #7 Results and Lost & Found

Yet another season of ArcticCross without a single race in the rain. We tried to find any mud that we could, and all we came up with was a couple of little puddles, but even with that limitation, the course was fun and the racing was competitive. The Junior Women's race was the closest one of the day, Zoee Beiergrohslein and Cadence Stull battled it out for the whole race with Cadence leading for much of the way, but a last lap push from Zoee saw the two come out of the spiral together, then Zoee put in a great sprint to save her perfect season. The Junior Men saw series leader Max Beiergrohslien attack from the start and ride to the win once again. Logan Dennis came in second on the day and secured his second place in the overall standings as well. The Master Women's field was small but quality with the top three contenders for the overall series prize racing it out. In the end, Margret Cunningham rode to the win ahead of Shannon Titzel with Jill Valerius rounding out the podium. The overall series podium would be the exact same order. The Master Men's race was one of the most exciting on the day. Mike Howard came out with a sizable lead after the first lap, netting him the hot lap beer prime. Jens Beck on the other hand had a tough start that saw him behind nearly the whole field after the first lap. As the race progressed, Mike kept the pressure on, but Jens started cutting into his advantage. With 3 laps to go Jens had finally caught up and made his move. At that point, it was all Jens who rode in for the win. Mike took second and Greg McDuffie came in third. The overall Series was similar with Jens in first, Mike second, and Dick Quinn taking third. In the Open Women's race, Amber Stull showed why she was the champion last year by taking an early lead. Behind her, Nylene Wicks and Tiffanie Novakovich gave chase with Laurel Brady not far behind. As the race went on, Amber seemed to widen her lead and Nylene got a bit of a gap and was chasing alone in second. In the closing laps though, Tiffanie recovered and passed Nylene, and pulled back to within 25 seconds of Amber. The final podium was Amber in first, Tiffanie in second and Nylene third. Overall, Nylene had done enough to hold on to the title, with Tiffanie moving up to second and Laurel Brady coming in third. The Open Men's race was another good one with all of the top 10 contenders present. After a half lap that saw Will Ross fallout of contention with a mechanical issue, it was apparent that it would be a 2 man race for the win between Carey Grumelot and Brent Gorman, who won the first lap beer prime. Behind them and with some space between us the chase consisted of Dan Nordendale, Me, Tim Berntson and after a bad start Jeff Ellis was a little farther back. Dan set a fast pace, but Tim managed to catch back on, while Jeff was also clawing his way back into contention. I fell off the pace just as Jeff caught up, and pulled through to put the pressure on Tim and Dan. Up ahead, about half way through the race Carey got a gap on Brent, and didn't look back. He soloed in for a seemingly easy win with Brent coming through over a minute later. The battle for third saw Tim get a flat tire and was forced to run 1/2 lap, at that point Jeff put his attack in and opened up the gap to finish just under a minute ahead of Dan. Tim recovered and rode in to finish 5th. The overall series honors were again similar to the final podium on the day, Carey in first, Brent second and Tim taking third. Thanks to everyone for another great ArcticCross season, without you it would just be a couple of guys wandering around a field with pin flags and surveyor tape, so thanks again, we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did. Full results below:

Lost & Found:
I have a box of stuff that people left at the race, here's the list, please email me at to claim any of these items:
Sugoi Coeur d'Alene Ironman jacket
Fox Digit full finger gloves
Native polarized glasses
Louis Garneau helmet
The Sport Shop triathlon number belt
Swix pants
Sugoi insulated cycling cap
Sportful arm warmers
Pearl Izumi fleece lined tights
Camelback REI 500 ml water bottle
Nylon Lined throw blanket
Misc water bottles

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Arctic Cross #6 Results

ArcticCross #6 saw another great day of cyclocross racing. Some mud, some sand, and some fast pavement made for great racing. In the Junior Women race, Zoee Beiergrohslein faced her toughest competition of the year today in Cadence Stull, the two rode together for the first part of the race, then Zoee proved to have just a bit more experience on the hills and pulled away and held the gap to win by just over 15 seconds. Zoee is the first ArcticCross racer in 2011 to post a perfect 300 point season, congrats Zoee! The Junior Mens race had a big field today and saw Davey Biegel edge Jonathan Burgess for the win. Max Beiergrohslein came through third and in doing so, claimed an unassailable lead in the overall competition. The Master Womens race saw the usual suspects come out and hammer it down, and once again Margret Cunningham took a convincing win over Shannon Titzel with Jill Valerius coming in third, just three seconds later. The Master Mens race also saw many of the same faces battling it out at the front. After a hot first lap that won him a fine beer, Mike Howard succumbed to a hard charging Jens Beck in the second lap and eventually finished just over two minutes down on Jens who is looking like a strong candidate for the overall ArcticCross series honors. Behind them, Ed Sniffen came through in a solid third place. The Open Womens race saw the return of last year's champion, Amber Stull, and she didn't dissapoint. After the second lap, she had already ammassed a lead of 1:30 over Nylene Warner, and she kept the pressure on to finish just under two minutes ahead. Jill Simek, Laura Gardner and Laurel Brady battled it out for third place and in the end Jill took the honors, finishing just 13 seconds behind Nylene. The Open Mens race saw it's fair share of carnage, mostly in the second lap. From the start, Will Ross put the hammer down with the goal of winning the coveted first lap, hot lap beer prime and he delivered, taking the prize easily. At that point, the lead group was still fairly large at 8 riders including Will, Carey Grumelot, Brent Gorman, Tim Berntson, Jeff Ellis, Dan Nordendale, Jamie Stull and me, but going into the second half of the course, first Jeff, then Will had flat tires, then Dan took an unfortunate line and found himself watching the rest of us pass by while he was on the ground. After all the carnage, it came down to two groups: Carey and Brent off the front and Jamie, Tim and I racing for third. Brent and Carey were fairly evenly matched with Carey having a slight advantage in the technical sections and Brent having the edge on the faster sections. In the end Brent dropped his chain coming on to the field, and Carey rode on to a hard fought first place. Behind them, Tim, Jamie and I were trading attacks, until, with about 1.5 laps left I got a gap on the pavement, Tim rode back up to me, while Jamie almost managed to get back on as well once we hit the roots. In the end Tim and I rode into the field together on the last lap, but third place was decided when Tim bobbled around the last switchback and I was able to coast across the line. Results below:

Tomorrow we have another great course planned, and there will be an after party with food, drinks, prizes and a raffle with lots of good stuff. Come out, enjoy what is supposed to be another beautiful day and ride the heck out of the last race of the year!!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Pre-ride, Season Finale and Awards

It was pointed out by one of our loyal ArcticCross followers, who's entire family has been coming out and cleaning up on the competition every weekend, that there has only been brief mention of an awards ceremony and after-party after the last race of the season this year. Never fear, there will indeed be an after-party with awards and prizes following the last race, this Sunday, Oct. 9, starting at around 1pm just after the Open Men's race concludes. We'll be providing grillable items and beverages, if you feel so inclined, please bring some sort of side dish or dessert to share.

Also, don't miss your chance to pre-ride the course tonight (Thursday) at 6:30pm. We've been scouring the area for potential run-ups and other interesting features, and we have a few in mind, so come out and see what goodies might make it into the courses this weekend.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Pre-Ride ArcticCross #6 and #7

I will be out at Goose lake at 6:30pm tonight (Monday) and at the same time on Thursday night to check out the courses for the weekend, and see if there is anywhere that we can possibly add a run-up. Come out and join me if you want to see approximately what the courses are going to look like.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

ArcticCross #5 Results

It was another great day of racing this weekend, ArcticCross #5 on government hill proved to be a fine course with lots of different features and changes of pace. For the fourth time this season, Zoee Beiergrohslein dominated the junior womens field assuring her place as the series champion with 2 races left to go. In the Junior Mens race, Zoee's brother Max came out fast and held on to win the race in convincing fashion. The Master Womens race was a good one, and in the end, Margret Cunningham put in a strong ride to finish over a minute ahead of Shannon Titzel in second and Jill Valerius rounded out the podium another 2 minutes back. In the Master Mens race Jens Beck seems to have sorted out his bike issues that plagued him at the start of the season, and after riding with the lead group for 2 laps he decided that it was time to attack, and immediately put a big gap on the rest of the chasers. He continued on, opening up the gap on Mike Howard in second place and eventually finished over two minutes ahead. Greg McDuffie rode a great race to finish in third place, just 50 seconds down on Mike. In the Open Womens race, Nylene Warner put on another dominating showing and managed to get a good lead from the start. There was a heated battle behind her with three riders trading places in the second position. Laurel Brady eventually managed to distance the others with 3 laps to go and started to claw her way back up to Nylene. The finish came one lap too early for Laurel though and she had to settle for second place, just 10 seconds behind Nylene, who won her fourth race of the year. The battle for third came down to the last lap with Tiffanie Novakovich and Kristy Smith riding together until Tiffanie finally managed to get a gap and held it to the finish, 15 seconds after Laurel. The Open Mens race had a full field at the start today, 42 riders in total. It was fast from the gun with a large group going into the road section. By the time the first run-up came, there were still 8 riders in the lead group. Unfortunately, just before that run-up Brent Gorman would be forced to abandon when his deriailleur got caught up in his wheel and somehow broke his frame in 2 places. Shortly after that hill a group of four emerged consisting of Carey Grumelot, Will Ross, Tim Berntson and me. I was the first to fall off the pace with Tim following shortly after. Tim rode alone in 3rd for the rest of the race, finishing around 30 seconds behind. Will and Carey traded attacks throughout the race, until the second to last lap when Carey put in an effort that Will couldn't match. It would prove to be the decisive move of the race and Carey opened up his advantage to over 10 seconds by the finish. Full Results below:

Also I have posted an updated file for race #3 results including the Beginner Men.