Round one of the Super8 series, Hyattsville CX, is in the books. As are the first two rounds of the Sportif Cup. Racing around here is just getting started, but Crosshairs Cycling has already grabbed a number of podiums and top-ten finishes.
Cyclocross at Granogue in Delaware returned for another year of independent, non-series racing on September 6, 2015. A number of Crosshairs folks made the pilgrimage, with racers in a number of classes. Shauna Sweet and Larry Miller led the way with 12th and 11th in the elites races
Luray Caverns CX was next, a race in the VA CX series. Kimani Nielsen was the big winner on the day, finishing 1st in the mens 35+ race. J Dove was not far behind in 4th. Bentley Brooks got his first Crosshairs podium, finishing 3rd in the Singlespeed division.
The Hub Labels Cyclocross Challenge, round one of the Sportif Cup, was the next day in the far reaches of northern Maryland at Ft Richie. A day full of podiums, with Elliott Caldwell and Taylor Jones finishing 2nd and 4th in the mens Elite (see pic below), Kevin Hays 4th in the mens 3/4, Mark Cavey 4th in the mens 35+ 3/4, Shauna Sweet 4th in the womens Elite, and Jon Carney 4th in the Singlespeed division. Alex Alfano was top ten in the Mens 15-18 category, as was Mike Wynnyk in the Mens 55+. Big props to Sol Schott for doubling up, racing 45+ and Singlespeed, as well as bringing, selling, and donating delicious Acme Pie.
A few weeks off for most Crosshairs racers (primarily to visit Richmond for Road Worlds) and a return to action in Sykesville, MD. Psycho Cross, round two of the Sportif Cup, returned this year with plenty of rain and clouds. Chris McGill made the mens 35+ 1/2/3 podium, finishing 5th. Libbey Sheldon got the top place of the day, 2nd in the womens Elite field. Top tens for Kevin Hays, Rebecca Crawford, and Mike Zoeller in the mens/womens 3/4 and mens 35+ 3/4 rounded out the results.
Hyattsville CX finishes off our early season recap with a number of podiums and high finishes. Josh Gorman finished 3rd in the mens 35+ 3/4 race; Mike Vanderbilt placed the same in the mens 45+ race. Jon Carney was 4th in the Singlespeed race, with Chris Merriam and Mark Cavey just outside the top ten. Mike Wynnyk was also knocking on the top ten in the mens 55+ race, finishing 11th. Kevin Hays finished just outside the top 5, placing 6th in the 3/4, just ahead of former teammate and friend Sean Campbell; the ultra-local Hyattsville resident Steve Spencer finished just inside the top 30 of a hyper competitive 3/4 field and took home the top step of the old MABRA podium. Alex Alfano had another top ten in the mens 15-18, building some strong early season results. Cam Gorman (see pic at top), another junior in our midst, finished his second race of the season on the lead lap at race age 10, going up against juniors on average two to three years older. Last but certainly not least, a very strong finish for Libbey Sheldon in the womens elite in 7th, coming into form just in time for the big local races.
All in all a great day – first races of the year for a lot of folks (Castro! Kephart! Newill! Austin! Thornton! McCurdy! Chris Wynnyk!) and a sort of home course for many, as a bunch of us live within blocks or a short ride away from Magruder Park. Though we don’t co-organize this race anymore, it’s nice to know it’s still on the calendar. Minus the bees of course. Massive thanks to Arrow Bicycle and especially Route 1 Velo for keeping Hyattsville CX going.
So, that’s it for the first installment of this season’s race results/updates. Still with me? Good. Charm City is up next, with DCCX not too far away. Double check your seatbelt, make sure it’s nice and tight. The rollercoaster that is cross season is just underway.
(Many thanks to Chris at Cycleboredom for the photos. Follow him and The CXOff this cross season at cycleboredom.com.)