Monday, December 17, 2007
Storm Front Cross Nationals Elite Race
The Sunday races at Cyclocross Nationals in Kansas City were awesome. After the collegiate races and 60+ categories were done, it was time for the elite women. Katie Compton crushed the competition in easy fashion. Our own Linda Sone had a fantastic race though by placing in the top twenty. Linda kept passing racers the whole time as she was one of the best at handling the deep mud brought on by temps in the low 30s with a warm sun. In the elite men's field, the race kept unfolding on different levels. The first group to hit the stairs before the end of the first lap included Jonathan Page, Todd Wells and Tim Johnson. Ryan Trebon, last year's National Champion and Barry Wicks were 20 yards behind at that point. Trebon only made it one lap as he crashed and dropped out. Page led most of the race and opened a gap on Wells and Johnson. However, Johnson gradually reeled him in and got around Page when he made a slight mistake. Johnson is known as the best cyclocross racer in the mud so it was no surprise that he pulled away for the win. Wells was a close third and Wicks got fourth. Check out the picture of me and Ned Overend at the Saturday night party. How many guys would have paid me to push him over when he lapped me on Saturday? The next picture is Rob Belz, me, the ageless Steve Tilford and Tom Bengel.