Sunday, September 9, 2012

ArcticCross #1 Results are Posted

Great race everyone, we had a what I think was a record turnout on Saturday with 88 total racers!  Results are posted at the side, or at the link below:

Arctic Cross #1 Results

We had some great racing out there with some tight battles and couple of dominant performances.  In the Junior Women race, Ellie Mitchell came out and put the hurt on last season's champion and second place finishers in Zoee Beiergrohslein and Cadence Stull who finished 3rd and 2nd respectively on the day.  The Junior Men race was a good one with Luke Jager rocking the frankenbike to the win, Max B coming across the line just over a minute later in second and Zachary Burris rounding out the top 3.  The Beginner Women race had a great field and some very strong results, Erin Turnock took the top spot with Kristen Valentine coming in about 2 1/2 minutes later and Janus Reyes another minute back.  The beginner Men Race was similar with Adam Eberhardt and Trevor Jones finishing on the same lap as the leaders of a very strong Master Men field separated by about a minute and Greg Jernstrom taking the final spot on the podium.  The Master Women race was a three way battle between Marge Cunningham, Rose Theisen and Shannon Titzel, and in the end it was the defending series champion, Marge, who took the win with Rose prevailing over Shannon in a tight battle for second separated by just 20 seconds.  In the Master Men race it was Mike Howard who flew out to a commanding lead in the first couple of laps, but Fred West kept a steady pace and managed to bring him back right at the end for the win in the closest finish of the day.  Jason Gray rounded out the podium in another very close finish, just edging out Leonard Fancher.  The Open Women race was a two way battle from the start with Jessie Donahue and Amber Stull creating an immediate gap on the rest of the competitors within the first lap.  From there, Jessie rode the slow grassy sections like a pro managing to get about 10 seconds on Amber each lap, in the end Jessie took the win by just under a minute with Amber in second place.  Laura Gardner had a great race as well, riding in just two minutes behind Amber for third.  The Open Men race saw a great battle between the three racers that dominated the cross scene last season and the mountain bike races this year.  By the end of the second lap Carey Grumelot, Jeff Ellis and Will Ross had formed a group at the front with the rest of us chasing in vain.  By about the fourth lap, the group started to break up with Will loosing ground little by little and Carey finally  putting in an attack on the hilly section to distance Jeff by just enough to cruise in for the win.  Jeff fought back in the last lap and limited his time loss to around 10 seconds and Will kept a good pace to finish in third at two minutes back.

Next race is Saturday, September 15 at 11am and Noon at Beach Lake Trails in Chugiak, see you there!

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