on Sunday the 9th, the Cycle U-PopCap Cyclo-cross team headed to Big Finn Hill Park in Juanita for the first race of the M.F.G. Series.
The day began with Elite Women Kristy Kelsey, and Melanie Lewis lining up with a strong field for the start of a very fast and dry course with no run ups and one set of barriers. The girls got off to a great start the first quarter of the race and made the front five. Shortly after in the first lap, another rider took out Lewis in a turn causing her to go down. To make matters worse, Kelsey piled up into Lewis while on the ground with nowhere else to go. With both riders picking themselves back up and giving chase....the race was on. Kristy Kelsey gave chase most of the race in 4th where she eventually finished and Melanie Lewis went back and forth with Blue Rooster's Karyn Abraham and eventually with a big pull on the last lap, Mel went clear of Abraham and was able to salvage a 5th place.
In the Elite Men's race, Evan Renwick continued to show his good form and was able to keep the rubber side down, to finish in 11th with the Pro Men.
In the Masters Men's race, Cycle U-PopCap's Jason Jablonski made his team debut appearance. Sean Kelsey looked to take the first steps in defending his 2011 M.F.G. Series Championship while Chad Berg intended on assisting his teammate in accomplishing the task. With a great start, Berg got the hole shot with Kelsey following a couple spots back. In the first lap, Jablonski went off the course, and into the bushes, ultimately ending his race day, and decided to pack it in, and refocus for next weekends race. Berg quickly began going backwards in the pack, suffering from back discomfort, and was never able to recover, coming in 20th. Kelsey however, continued to work in a group that was was chasing down the leaders and looked strong all day. He was able to finish in 6th place in the stacked field, and appeared content with his ride.
MFG #1 Results:
Kristy Kelsey - 4th
Melanie Lewis - 5th
Evan Renwick - 11th
Sean Kelsey - 6th
Chad Berg - 20th
Jason Jablonski - DNF