Results are here:
First off I want to give a huge thanks to everyone that showed up early to help out setting up the course and to those that helped take down the course after the race, I couldn't have done it without all of your help. Great racing out there by everyone, I admit that the course was a bit tougher than even I had anticipated, but never fear, next week will be completely different with lots of fun grassy turns and technical sections, there will be the infamous stair run-up, but after this week, that should seem easy, right?
On to the race report! The Junior Women's race was awesome with Ellie Mitchell taking her third win in as many races, Cadence Stull and Zoee Beiergrohslein rode most of the race together with Cadence edging Zoee for second place in the end. We had what I think is our largest Junior Men field ever for ArcticCross with six total riders, Luke Jager came out strong and kept the pace high for the whole race to take a commanding win, making it three wins in three races for him as well. Behind him Zach Bassett rode a great race to finish second and Max Beiergrohslein also put in a strong performance to come in third.
In the Beginner Women race we had a tight finish with Angie Burris edging out Erin Turnock by just under 30 seconds for the win. Kim Marek came through a couple of minutes later to pick up third place. The Beginner Men saw some very strong rides, nearly keeping pace with the Master Men leader was David Henke in the lead, Kyle VanPeursem was also mixing it up at the front of the race and came in second with Dermott McHugh riding in for third. All three of these guys look like strong candidates to upgrade to Open or Master next season.
The Master Women's race saw the same three ladies fighting it out with Marge Cunningham taking her third victory of the season. Shannon Titzel edged out Rose Theisen for second place in an ongoing battle that has seen them trading off those two positions all season. In the Master Men race Mike Howard came out to prove a point, and that he did, winning with time to spare. Jason Gray had a great ride to come in second place for the second week in a row, and Mike Hancock also put in a great ride to take his first podium placing of the year coming in third.
The Open Women's race started without series co-leader Jessie Donahue and our other series leader Amber Stull took full advantage of that fact taking an early lead and not relinquishing it. Behind her Laura Gardner gave chase and nearly clawed her way back by mid-race, but lost a little ground in the end finishing less than a minute behind. The final podium spot went to Laurel Brady who used her technical skills to ensure her spot on the podium only two minutes behind Amber. The Open Men's race was also without one of the strongest riders in Will Ross, but it didn't seem to matter much to Carey Grumelot who after one lap took a gap on all chasers and kept extending it each lap winning his third race in three tries. I managed to keep the bike upright for the most part and rode alone in second place for the whole race after Carey dropped me. In the end Jeff Ellis managed to come back from a first lap mechanical problem to beat an unsuspecting Josh Chelf in the sprint for third just 10 seconds behind me.
We also had one unfortunate casualty this week. Chris Wrobel, on his last lap, went down on one of the greasy corners and hurt his ankle pretty bad. He was pretty bummed out because he was having his best race of the year having not been caught by the leaders he would have finished on the lead lap for the first time this year. We wheeled him back to the start/finish area on his bike and Mike B. drove him to the hospital. I just got the report from Alycia B. that Chris suffered a triple malleolar fracture that is going to require surgery. Bummer. We wish Chris a speedy recovery.
Hope everyone enjoyed the course, come out again next week when Will takes the title of Course Czar and enjoy more riding and less running.