The Cycle University Varsity cyclo-cross program will once again be taking on the Northwest cyclo-cross circuit for 2012. All of these riders and support personnel have been recruited for both their professionalism, ability, sportsmanship, attitude, committment to the sport, and the ability to work in a team setting.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Rapha-Focus Grand Prix

Yesterday was the second half of the big race weekend with the Rapha-Focus G.P. also located at Lake Samammish State Park. Instead of dry and a little dust, the prior evenings rains and continued showers throughout the morning Sunday brought some greasy root turns, and a slight difference to the previous days course.
Sean Kelsey and Chad Berg shot off the start line at 1:45 in misty, humid conditions. Kelsey worked throughout the race in a group of six riders fighting for what could be 5th place. The riders exchanged leads throughout the 45 minutes with Kelsey in the lead as they entered the home finishing straight. Kelsey leaped forward with everything he had only allowing one other rider to squeeze by before crossing the line. This was good enough for a very solid 6th place! A great result for such a deep talented field at such a race. Berg however, struggled mid pack throughout the race even after a relatively good start, and finished in 32nd place.
The Elite Women went off next with Melanie getting a great start, sitting in the top ten after passing the pits. Kristi was feeling the effects of the previous days efforts and still suffering from a shoulder/back injury eventually withdrew from the race and save herself to battle yet another day. Lewis continued to fight for her spot out on the course vying to improve on her previous days result. Everything was going good while sitting in 16th position when entering the beach sand, "Mel" went over the bars as she hit a sink hole and received a face full of sand and unknown initially, a broken rear shifter. She quickly remounted and got going, eventually making her way to the pits where our devoted team mechanic, Justin, was waiting with her spare bike. A smooth fluid switch was executed and she was off in pursuit again. Mel finished in 19th, three places up on the race from the day before.
A good race weekend for the team and a lot of fun seeing the team beginning to take shape.
Next weekend will be the first race in the S.C.X. series taking place at Marymoor Park in Redmond. We will see you there.
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