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.