Temperatures in the mid 80's greeted riders for the Labor Day Cyclo-cross Classic at a new venue, Milton, in Pierce County. Conditions were anything but, 'cross like, yet the JL Velo team put on a good race with rough conditions that made for brutality.
The course consisted of short paved start and quickly turned to bone dry grass with patches of dusty dirt that "cork-screwed" its way around an active gravel quarry. The dried grass was extremely bumpy and literally beat the riders up. Tire selection and pressure was the big question amoung the riders, and the perfect set up was sought out.
Krisit started things off in the Elite Womens field. While battling for 2nd place, Kristi tagged a course marker with her handlebar coming out of a hairpin corner and was promptly thrown over the bars to the ground. She quickly remounted and got going, and soon after began to notice that she was having problems with her saddle changing positions. Protecting 3rd place, Kristi battled on to hold her position for 3rd.
The start was fast with both Kelsey and Berg getting good starts and avoiding any trouble. Within the first half of the lap, things began to string out, and Berg fell off the front groups pace, as Kelsey forged ahead. With many riders going down in the bone dry grassy corners, it was at times....chaos! Kelsey went on to finish with an outstanding 2nd Place and Berg came shortly after in 8th. A good showing for the first "real" race of the season. Both Berg, and Kelsey had been eager to see how the form was coming in to the season, and both were pleased on where their fitness levels were currently at.
NOTE: Another big congratulations to Holden Berg, the son of Chad & Kristi who had a fantastic race, earing a 5th place in the 10-12 juniors. Way to go Holdenator!