Sunday, October 9, 2011

Race Recap

Fat Fish Racing hosted the first of its three race Cyclocross series this Saturday at Edness Kimbal Wilkins State park in Casper. The weather cooperated fully, turning rainy and cold the night before and raining hard into the morning. By the time the races started, the rain had eased to an intermittent drizzle and temps settled into the 40’s.
The Recreational and Sport classes started first,  combining classes with the Recreational riders bypassing the vicious sand pit on the first lap. Recreational riders completed 1 ½ laps while the Sport Class suffered through a full four laps of racing.

The course itself offered a mix of sand, single-track, sidewalk, open field, and a nasty off camber grass section that was delightfully slickened by the rain. There were also two sets of double barriers to test the legs.
By the time the two categories had finished, the Competitive group was warmed up and ready to duel. The first two laps were brutally fast, but after settling into a rhythm, the leaders quickened the blistering pace by several seconds each lap. Adam and Emil lead Leif and Paul over the final laps, with Adam dancing over the sand to open an insurmountable gap the last lap, allowing him to coast to a 10 second victory over Emil, followed by a  sprint for third place between Paul (of Team Tumbleweeds from Gillette) and Leif. Paul just edged Leif by less than a foot in the tough sprint over strength sucking grass. The rest of the field came in single file after giving everything to the course.

Be sure to join us for the next race November 12th!

No comments: