Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Buck Hill-Hillside Park

Back to Back series racing in Minnesota as July gets checked off and we move on to August.
Couple of team related events to note in August: The Flugly on August 25th and the Blacks River Crossing on the 26th  Thanks to everyone who has been toeing the line at the events, not only in Minnesota but across the country as well.

Jake and Jon Richards on a training ride near Cooke City, MT.

 Wyatt Horner near the front in Kids Comp.

Devon Horner tearing it up in the Citizen class.

Ian Fritz leading out his age class.

Andrea Horner en route to a second place finish overall, female Sport.

Jordan Horner mixing it up with the guys in the Sport race. Nice job on the win at Elk River!

First year racer Ian Fritz giving it'!

Denny Barry back from Ireland showing the youngans how it is done.

Other riders to note include Thad Schulz in Sport, 32nd overall at Buck Hill and 43rd at Elk River
Matt Horner 30th overall in Comp at Buck and 37th at Elk, Dan DeRoma 59th overall Comp at Buck and at 50th at Elk, Alye DeRoma 3rd overall female Sport at Buck and Jack Harris 97th overall Sport at Buck Hill.

Sam Oftedahl 15th at Buck and leading at one point at Elk but flatting out. Eric Oftedahl 16th at Buck and at 20th at Elk and Mason Bacso 29th at Elk River. In Female Elite, Corey Coogan Cisek was 4th overall and sent in a report below:

I try to make sure never to miss the Single Track Attack.  The course is a blast, though passing (or in my case, being passed by the comp men!) is tough.  The organization is excellent, while the atmosphere is still low-key and totally fun. And, they pay-out 15-deep in the expert/pro races.  For those who don't know, the Minnesota Mountain Bike pay-out depth is based on the number of entrants.  With the women's field being so small this year, we struggle to get the 6 racers necessary to pay-out to more than just the race winner...and let's just say that with racers like Sara Kylander-Johnson and Jenna Rinehart racing in Minnesota, for most of us, the odds of winning aren't that great!

With the afternoon start time for the experts, I was able to stay at home watching the Olympic Road Race while it poured, and then arrive in Elk River to shining sun and a drying course. Having pre-rode the course the previous week, I felt that Elk River gets a little harder year by year.  This spring's rain created some impressive erosion and unearthed some roots.  With that in mind, plus the wet conditions, I tried to keep myself under control effort-wise so as to avoid making mistakes out of fatigue.  I think, however, that I speak for most when I say the race was about minimizing errors.  Between the wet roots, erosion, and some slippery corners, it was challenging riding. I have done a lot of road racing this year, and little MTB, so my skills aren't where they should be.  Still, it was nice to get back into the swing of things.  I'll be racing mtb exclusively from here until the start of cyclocross.

Great job every one....keep the wheels moving!

p.s. if I missed anyone, please let me know so I can give proper credit!

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