If the days are getting shorter and its dark at 4:30, the annual pilgrimages to that hinterland between DC and B’more are upon us. Used to be a one weekend Howard County double, now it’s two. I think I like the one weekend better but that’s not my call to make. Great courses as per usual with decent weather the first weekend (Schooley Mill) and colder temps and wind the second weekend (Rockburn).
Schooley Mill is one of my favorite courses in the Super 8, despite the large obstacle on the front side of the course that I literally have to climb up (can I get support for a barrier you have to climb under? I’d be fast as hell under that). This year’s race took place on November 9th, with many racers still thawing out from Ed Sander’s.
Neil Irvin started off the day with a podium in the 4/5, finishing 5th in a large, nearly 90 racer field. Jon Carney finished 13th.
Alex Alfano finished just outside the top 15 in a deep Mens Junior 15-18 field – he got a hard fought 16th place.
Kevin Carter raced just once at Schooley Mill – and won the Mens 35+ 1/2/3, with Kimani Neilsen on the podium as well, finishing 3rd in a strong field. New dad Jay Dove was 14th – not bad for a guy racing on 2 hours sleep. Scott Cernich and Chris McGill came in as a pair at 27th and 28th respectively.
Alex Castro continues to rack up podiums in the Mens 35+ 3/4 – 4th at Schooley Mill. Look for him in the baby Masters 1/2/3 next year. Another Masters pair finishing together – Carlo Alfano and Charlie Kearns in 44th and 45th.
Sol Schott finished 21st in the 45+ race, with the Mikes placing 6th (Zoeller) and 14th (Wynnyk) in the 55+. Consistent results out of the not-baby Masters for Crosshairs at Schooley Mill and this year in general. When Parse and Vanderbilt show up and Tambeaux is on his day, we get more team points for our 45+/55+ teammates than any other categories. Much respect to the older but not so old guys. We should all be proud to call these folks teammates.
Lisa Jancy finished 12th in the Womens 1/2/3. Also want to give massive props and respect to Lisa for catting up and racing with the big guns this year. The mid-Atlantic has strong womens field and it is easy to hide in the 3/4 for years instead of jumping into the deep end. Lisa races week in and week out against folks with years more cross experience and is learning every step of the way. I’d watch out for her next season to start cracking the top 8.
Kevin Hays finished just off the podium in the 3/4, getting 6th after his customary holeshot/first lap lead. In the Mens 1/2/3, Elliott Caldwell finished 12th (despite what Cross Results says), just out of the money.
Rockburn took place the next Sunday, November 16th, under much colder temps and darker skies. Josh Gorman got us started off with a top 20 in the 4/5, finishing 19th in a 75 racer field.
Alex Alfano got his second top 10 of the year but first in the Super8, beating a few racers that have bested him a number of times. A great result for Alex.
Mike Vanderbilt represented Crosshairs in the Mens 45+, with a solid top 10 – 8th in a strong field. In the Mens 55+, the Mikes showed well again, with a podium for Zoeller in 5th and a 14th for Wynnyk. Looking for a win by Zoeller by the end of the year and a top 10 for Wynnyk – when the rest of us are suffering at the end of the season, the veteran racers are just getting started,
Taylor Jones did just one race of the HoCo double but two at Rockburn – a solid 8th in the Singlespeed race on a difficult SS course.
Lots of baby Masters racing – Kevin Carter took another win in the 35+ 1/2/3, with Kimani Neilsen just off the podium in 6th and Jat Dove in 17th.
In the 35+ 3/4, Alex Castro finished 7th, leading the way for Crosshairs in a large field. Charlie Kearns came in 35th, with David Tambeaux, Carlo Alfabo, and Ryan Newill in 52nd, 53rd, and 55th respectively.
12th again for Lisa Jancy in the Womens 1/2/3. Kevin Hays improved on his Schooley Mill result, getting on the podium at Rockburn with a 5th place finish.
In the Mens 1/2/3, Kevin Carter finished just off the podium in 6th, with Elliott Caldwell in 17th despite a bent derailleur hangar on his A bike and flat on pit bike, and Taylor Jones finished 20th.
Kimani and Kevin went up to Fair Hill in Delaware on November 8th and got some impressive results – both top ten. Kevin was 9th in the Mens 2/3/4 and Kimani was 10th in a deep Mens 35+ field.
Great racing both weekends by Crosshairs – a few weeks off from Super8 racing, but Sportif/VA races with smaller fields and state champs* on the horizon.