Oct 10, 2011

CXers on the Hunt

Regional cyclocross racing continued this weekend with a pair of hunting-themed courses. Saturday's ICX series race took place at the Trader's Point Hunt Club in Indianapolis, and Sunday's OVCX race took place at the Sycamore Pheasant Club, aka the Gun Club.

Saturday's race was held on a beautiful and smoking fast, rolling course. The only things that could slow riders down were the 80+ degree temperatures and a steep run-up with an extra-tall barrier at the bottom. Attendance was fair for the still-developing ICX series, but most of the participants seemed to come from the Indianapolis metro area. Bloomington was represented by William Sorg in the men's Cat 4 Open race, and Lindsay Rodkey in the women's Cat 3/4 Open race, who took third.

Sunday's Gun Club course is a perennial favorite of OVCX racers, and it proved lucky for Fred Rose and Lindsay Rodkey who each had breakthrough performances in their respective waves. Fred finished fourth out of the entire Elite Men's wave and took yet another Elite Master's 45+ victory. Lindsay was third overall in the Cat 4 women's wave, which was both considerably larger and more competitive than other recent OVCX races. Tomasz Golas started his 2011 cyclocross season off right, winning the men's Cat 3 Master's 35+ category. Adam Rodkey, Elizabeth Cobb, Ryan Preske, and Aston Wischmeier all competed at the Gun Club as well.

On the national scene, Ryan Knapp and Andy Messer tested their abilities at altitude at the USGP New Belgium Cup in Colorado. Andy managed to place in the top 20 in the Master's 35+ race each day, and Ryan placed 25th in the Elite Men on Saturday. Former Bloomingtonian recently turned Boulderite, Erik Hamilton, also competed in the Elite Men's race on Sunday.

Results from the weekend's races can be found here, here, and here.

Finally, don't miss your one chance to race cyclocross in Bloomington this season. Sign up for DRT BloomingCross presented by Wagner Research before 11:45 pm on Friday. Looking at the pre-reg list, it appears that there are still some cash prizes needing to be claimed in the men's Little 5 bike race, while the women's race is shaping up for some stiff competition.


Will Sorg said...

Saturday was a blast! Everyone was right. Once you try cross, you'll be hooked. This was only my third CX race, but I really enjoyed the course. Snagged my first top ten (6th place). Looking forward to BloomingCross on Sunday.

Anonymous said...

Fred Rose is also leading the elite wave overall series. This is not an official series but his wave points are higher than anyone else in elite, elite 35+, and elite 45+. Impressive!