All good things must come to an end and the Mid-Atlantic ‘cross season wrapped up in stellar fashion with a number of quality races plus great racing weather. Both local season series finished off by mid-December with a number of Crosshairs Cycling racers ending up in the top ten overall.
First up was the MABRA Cyclocross Championships in Taneytown, MD on November 29th, part of the Sportif Cross Cup. Held under cool, rainy conditions, a number of Crosshairs racers made the long trip up to the PA/MD border the weekend after Thanksgiving. Libbey Sheldon racked up another podium with a 3rd place finish in the Elite Womens race. Josh Gorman finished 9th in Mens 35+ 3/4 race and Mike Wynnyk finished just outside the top 10 in the Mens 55+, with an 11th place result.
The next weekend was a double weekend, with the Red Shedman Cyclocross Race on Saturday and the Super8 finale, the Capital Cross Classic on Sunday. On Saturday, Kimani Neilsen continued his strong season with a 4th place in the Mens 35+ 1/2/3. Three near podiums with Alex Alfano, Mike Zoeller, and Shauna Sweet all getting 6th place in the Mens Junior 15-18, Mens 55+, and Womens Elite respectively.
Gorgeous early winter weather greeted racers as they arrived at Lake Fairfax Park for the Super8 Series finale. One of the favorite courses and venues on the calendar, this year was even better with the addition of Kill Bill Hill (named after the Crossfather himself, Bill Schieken) on the top side of the course. Jon Carney got the day started with a 6th in the huge Mens 4/5 field. Alex Alfano and Jay Dove got back to back 10th places in the Junior 15-18 and Mens 3/4. Ryan Newill was just off the podium in 6th in the Mens 35+ 3/4 while Matt Parse got on the podium, finishing 4th in the Mens 45+ race. In the Singlespeed field, it was a veritable takeover by Crosshairs, with nearly half the field from the team. Bentley Brooks, Taylor Jones, and Danny Koniowsky went 5/6/8 on the day; more importantly, it was the Bill Schieken’s return to racing on his brand new Zanconato cross bike. To finish off the day, Libbey Sheldon finished 4th in the Womens Elite race.
Last race of the season (other than those going to Nationals in Asheville, NC) and the finale of the Sportif Cross Cup was the BikeneticX p/b Lost Rhino Brewing race on December 13th. Second year for this race and venue, and mild temperatures and a strong course made for fitting finale. A strong result for new father, Larry Miller, with 5th place in the Mens Elite race. Kimani Neilsen had one of his strongest races of the year, finishing 2nd in the Mens 35+ 1/2/3. Another 2nd for a Crosshairs team member – Matt Parse in the Mens 45+. Jay Dove and Mike Vanderbilt were the crazy 8s for the day, both getting 8th in the Mens 35+ and Mens 45+ respectively. Taylor Jones had a great ride to a 5th place finish in the Singlespeed race. Two other top tens in the Singlespeed race – Jon Carney in 7th and Bentley Brooks in 9th. And Neil Irvin finished off the day with a win for Crosshairs in the Mens 4/5 race.
I’ll return in a few weeks with a season review and a Nationals wrap up (Crosshairs Cycling will be representing in both racing and beer drinking).