On Monday, September 3rd, the 2012/13 Cyclo-cross season got officially underway with the Labor Day 'Cross Classic held at Joint Base Lewis McChord, near Dupont.
The course was dry bumpy grass, loose dirty turns, and a large section in the woods full of twisty loose turns. Kristy Kelsey started the season off right, after having her second child only months ago. Kristy finished a great 2nd place behind Courtney McFadden of NW Cylcing/Bicycle Centers-Voler, with a comfortable margin clear of 3rd place for the silver. Kristy looked smooth, fit, and fast out on the bike, and has started her season off right.
In the Elite Men's race, Evan Renwick got off to a good start, but suffered a couple crashes in the loose corners, even suffering a good gouge on his hip in the process. Nonetheless, Evan stormed on to finish in 5th place. In the Masters race, Sean Kelsey and Chad Berg took off fast from the start with Berg getting the hole shot and both riders in the top three positions within the first couple of turns. By the end of the first lap, Berg and Kelsey led a lead group of four that went clear from the rest of the field. Halfway through the race, one of the other riders crashed which left Berg, Kelsey, and Mike DiCenso of Mafia Racing. With Kelsey just taking a turn on the front, and Berg having just caught up to the duo, DiCenso attacked and neither Berg nor Kelsey were able to respond. Kelsey faded a bit with Berg chasing on. In the end Berg finished 10 seconds off of the win with a solid 2nd place and Kelsey coming in shortly after in 4th.
Special supporters, Brian and Pamela Fiete (PopCap co-founders) were on hand to cheer on their team and cook up some brautwurst. We always enjoy seeing the Fiete's come out to the races and hang out with the team. Without PopCap Games we would have no way near the ability to put such a strong program together.
So with a great first race, the Cycle U-PopCap Cyclo-cross team looks forward to next Sunday, round #1 of the M.F.G. Series that kicks off at Big Finn Hill Park in Juanita. There, teammates Melanie Lewis, and Sean Kelsey look to defend their 2011 Series Titles.
LABOR DAY 'CROSS RESULTS:
Kristy Kelsey - 2nd
Evan Renwick - 5th
Chad Berg - 2nd
Sean Kelsey -4th