Short reports this week in the build up to DCCX, which will most likely be a legendary weekend and will drain every last bit of energy out of us. #totesworthit.
First up, Seneca Creek Cyclocross, Race #3 in the Sportif Series. Took place in Gaithersburg MD at Seneca Creek State Park on Saturday October 11. ‘Twas a mudder and apparently the branches hung low off the trees – beware the taller riders!
A few brave souls made the trip in the rain up to upper Montgomery County. Matt Parse walked away with the win (yep, that’s first place y’all) in the Mens 45+ 1/2/3. Parse is walking away with the Crosshairs season MVP trophy and we’re not even half way through yet. Sol Schott finished 22nd in the same race, beat Bega, and still had time to bake pies better than you’ve ever imagined of making. Seriously.
Two top tens in Mens 55+ 1/2/3, with Mike Zoeller finishing third (upper podium) and Mike Wynnyk finishing 10th. Great racing by two guys not afraid of a bit of rain and wind.
Chris McGill got 7th in a small but talented Mens 35+ 1/2/3 field, and Charlie Kearns returned to racing with a 28th in Mens 35+ 3/4.
Great showing by Crosshairs in a smaller but still important local series.
The next day was one of my favorite races in the Super 8 series, Tacchino Cyclocross, held at Rosaryville State Park in beautiful (and close to NE DC) southern Prince George’s County. As usual, Squadra Coppi put on a great race (even without someone in a turkey costume and a suitcase full of sausage) and the weather held out; the course was slick in places but the rain held off and racers were treated to sun most of the day and mild temperatures.
Crosshairs was well represented at Tacchino, Joshua Gorman started off the day with a top ten in the Mens 4/5, finishing 9th in a field of 70+ riders. Carney finished solidly in the top 20, with a 15th place finish for his first Super 8 appearance of the year.
In the junior ranks, Alex Alfano finished 16th in the Mens 15-18 Open, his fourth race of the season and a solid showing for Crosshairs’ youngest racer.
Crosshairs rolled deep in the Mens 35+ 1/2/3, with J Dove finishing 14th (despite a bandaged leg), Chris McGill 22nd, and Scott Cernich 23rd in his first 1/2/3 race this year. Alex Castro missed the podium by one spot in the Mens 35+ 3/4/5, finishing 6th in a deep field. Charlie Kearns raced for a second day in a row and got 37th in the same race, whlle Carlo Alfano finished 45th and David Tambeaux was 51st.
Mike Vanderbilt got the first podium of the day (and a Super 8 leaders jersey to boot) with a second place finish in the Mens 45+ 1/2/3.
Mike Zoeller and Mike Wynnyk (the two Mikes as they will now be known) raced in the Mens 55+ race, finishing 7th and 12th respectively. These guys are bringing it week in and week out, racing hard with the energy and enthusiasm of 25 year olds – show them some massive support this weekend at DCCX.
Taylor Jones – podium alert! He finished 5th in the singlespeed race, with Mark Cavey close behind in 7th. Look for both of them to have a strong showing at DCCX, usually a very deep and strong SS field.
Kevin Hays got the the holeshot in the Mens 3/4 race, and finished just outside the top ten, in 11th. Steve Spencer got eviler than usual and finished just outside the top 20 in 21st. They both looked strong and in great mid-season form.
In the Mens 1/2/3, Taylor Jones was once again the top performer, finishing 18th. Elliott Caldwell broke his right shifter on the second lap, tried to race a two geared bike but never recovered – DNF next to his name.
Next up – DCCX at the Armed Forces Retirement Home in scenic NW Washington, DC.