Results are here
Great racing out there again, and thanks for braving the cold to join us for the first ever ArcticCross under lights!
The Junior Women saw Ellie Mitchell ride a great race for the win with Cadence Stull cruising the fat bike around the course to come in second in what looked like the most comfortable ride of the day. Zoee B. rounded out the podium taking third. The Junior Mens race saw the return of Luke Jager to the top spot of the podium masterfully conquering the terrain on his new steed. Hamish Wolfe wasn't far behind, and Max B came through third one lap down.
The Beginner Women had the top three from last week on the podium again, but in a completely different order with Anna Fischer coming through first, then Janus Reyus and finally just over a minute down Angie Burris. In the Beginner Men race it was another strong performance by Kyle Van Peursum who dominated affairs beating out second place Mick Bakker by 2:30 and Lucas Laughlin came through third another minute back.
The Master Womens field was depleted with series leader Marge Cunningham on the sidelines with a sprained ankle, leaving the door open for Rose Theisen to take her first well deserved win of the season in an uncontested race. Mike Howard lead the Master Mens race from wire to wire again, but not without seeing Jason Gray in his rearview mirror for much of the time. Jason kept a steady pace and never let Mike go too far, but just couldn't close the gap down and in the end came through about 45 seconds down. Patrick Wolfe took third place looking very strong as well and not loosing much time to the front two.
The Open Womens race started in a normal enough fashion with series leader Amber Stull taking a strong start with Jessie Donahue and Laura Gardner chasing, but then, two laps in I spotted Amber sitting in the middle of the infield looking to be in pain and trying to take her shoes off. Her feet had apparently cramped up bad and she had to abandon. With Amber out, the race was the Jessie and Laura show with Jessie leading much of the way, but Laura was always attached to her wheel. In the last lap Laura made her move coming under the bridge into the sidehill and got a gap that she maintained all the way to the finish. Jessie tried to claw back the time, but fell short finishing just behind Laura for second. Laurel Brady found her rythm and rode a very strong race in third place for almost the entire time and that is where she would finish. The Open Mens race saw a similar strange situation with Will Ross. It all started normal enough with Carey Grumelot taking the hole shot, Will followed him and a chase group of around 5 formed behind. But around the third lap at the far end of the course I spotted Will off in the grass dry heaving and looking pretty bad. I wasn't too concerned since Will seems to do that to himself semi-reguarly, but it opened up the race for second place and Jamie Stull took the opportunity. He put a good gap into the chase group and drew out Justin Nash and Josh Chelf who chased him in vain. In the end Carey took another commanding victory with Jamie comfortably in second place and Josh Chelf took advantage of a crash by Justin with 3 laps to go to ride in for third place. Will did manage to get back on the bike and finish the race in 11th place.
One race left this season, so come out today and enjoy the famous Goose Lake course, then stick around for the awards ceremony and after party starting right after the Open Men finish racing.