On Saturday, the Cycle U-PopCap Cyclo-cross team had the small luxury of sleeping in on the day of a race. Star-Crossed starts the race in the afternoon, and various classes/fields race well into the dark hours of night under the lights of the Velodrome at Marymoor Park in Redmond, Washington. With warm temperatures and an extremely dry course, dust....I mean dust, like the finest, nastiest, eye clouding, throat choking dust you could imagine. Black flem, and dirt boogers for a few days to say the least!
Melanie Lewis, and teammate Kristy Kelsey were forced to take the course under not the best of physical circumstances. Lewis was in the middle of a cold, and definitely under the weather, and Kelsey was still bruised and banged up from a couple hard "body check" crashes in last weekends race in Arlington including one with a 3" steel pole to the shoulder, which ended her race. This night would be a night of survival for overall points in the M.F.G. Series. With a very strong field of Elite women traveling from several states to race in this classic, the Cycle U-PopCap girls were in for a battle. Both girls had a decent start and Kelsey worked hard to stay with the first chase group, but began to fade a bit, still suffering from last weekends mishaps. At the same time, Lewis began to find some sort of legs, that eventually her lungs just couldn't support. Kelsey and Lewis raced much of the race together, helping to salvage what they could with Lewis coming in 12th, and Kelsey right behind in 13th. Way to tough out a brutal night!
|Mel Lewis grinds up the steep power climb on the back side.|
|Kristy Kelsey soars over the barriers with teammate Lewis in tow.|
|Sean Kelsey doing a little course re-con before the start.|
MFG #3/Star-Crossed Results:
Melanie Lewis - 12th
Kristy Kelsey - 13th
Sean Kelsey - 7th
Chad Berg - 22nd
Evan Renwick - 31st