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November Cross Round-Up (The Men’s Side)

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So here it is the end of November. The UTCX Series is winding up and winter may be arriving shortly. November brought us the Boulder Cup, Cutthroat Cross, and the Utah State Championship Races. The Boulder Cup introduced us to the joys of sand. Deep clinging sand.

Mike Kracht (Church Of The Big Ring) Mired In The Sands Of Boulder

During November we were shown that indeed bikes were in fact, made to be air-bourne.

Adam Snyder (Team Jamis) at The Boulder Cup

Bart Gilespie (MonaVie/Cannondale) at Wheeler Farm

In November we were introduced to a dominant force

Tim Johnson (CX World/Cannondale) NACT Series Leader at The Boulder Cup
Tim Johnson (Cannondale/CXWorld) NACT Series Leader Wins The Boulder Cup

November also showed us some close fought titles….

Jeremy Collins (Body Sync Racing) Looks Back To See A Determined Chase From Nick Anderson For The UTCX Men's B Title

Jeremy Collins (Body Sync Racing) Checks On A Determined Nick Anderson In The UTCX Men's B Title Race

November brought many things.  Next, the ladies side.

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November 23, 2009 at 6:08 pm

Mud…..

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This past weekend, we at Fred Marx, undertook to make the perilous journey to the Peoples Republic Of Boulder.  The reason for the trek, in the days that followed a record October storm on the Front Range you ask?  Two days of UCI cross action.  Saturday saw the running of the Blue Sky Velo Cup in soupy conditons at Longmont.

Bo Pitkin (Church Of The Big Ring)

The winter storm left the roads to Colorado layered with snow and ice.  The Utah contingent was stopped in various parts of Wyoming.  Two members of the new Utah congregation The Church Of The Big Ring, made the perilous journey.  Bo Pitkin and Mike Kracht took the start in cat 3.  Bo finished the Saturday slop fest while Mike suffered a mechanical.  The days Elite cat spoils went to Katie Compton (Planet Bike) and Tim Johnson (Cannondale/CXWorld). Both motored to decisive, nay dominant victories.

Katie Compton (Planet Bike)
Tim Johnson (Cannondale/CXWorld)

The real heros were in the pit.  A good change meant a clean bike and a brief respite from the drag of clogging mud.

Meredith Miller (Cal Giant Berries) executes a smooth change
The Problem

The Solution......

More Dirty Pictures…..

At Fred Marx, we determined on day one, that mud is a very entertaining way to create havoc with a bike race.  On Day two we learned about sand.  More words are needed to further detail the trials of the 801 mission to Colorado.  These words will follow in due time.

Mud, Sweat and Gears

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Utah ‘cross day 4

Finally a change.  No, a new strong woman did not arrive to knock Kathy Sherwin out of the top seed, No Bart Gillespie didn’t DNF.  The weather finally gave us here at the Marx something new.  It rained.  You all know what that means right?  Wet crossers.  Mud splattered visages were seen around the Andy Ballard Equestrian Center in Draper Utah today as The Utah Cyclocross Series entered it’s fourth day.

Dave Wood (Church Of The Big Ring) in early Masters 35+ action.


The women’s race went out under overcast skies as did men’s B.  The real fun began just in time for the start of men’s A.  Thunderstorms rolled across the valley, and we had ourselves some cyclocross weather.  Only one entrant was heard to request that his entry fee be used for next weeks race.  Claiming to be a fair weather racer, concerned about the lightning he was.  “This is cross..” he was reminded.  HTFU! race cross.  Yes, someone has already printed the t-shirt.

Kathy Sherwin (Velo Bella/Ellsworth) womens A's


Bart Gillespie (MonaVie/Cannondale) had little trouble taking the men's A's


Ali Goulet was conspicuously absent from the field as he was off in Louisville Ky winning the Masters 35+ at the USGP event held there today.  Without further adieu, here are the pictures.  A full gallery is posted at Pbase

Masters 35+ action featuring Michael Kracht (Church Of The Big Ring)

Reed Wycoff (Contender Cycles) happy to be finished

Bryson Perry (Cole Sport) with a souvenir

Faces

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‘Cross!

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This past weekend we at Fred Marx ventured out of our mountain hideaway and observed a celebration of the autumn ritual of  ‘cross racing. ‘Cross is road bikes with fatter tires racing around on dirt, pavement and many times mud.  Just for entertainment purposes the course designer adds hurdles.  One must dismount, clear said hurdle, remount, and continue to race.  This is how it should be done.

How to hurdle... Part 1

How to hurdle... Part 2

How to hurdle... Part 3

Here in Utah we believe that kids should play too.

It can be done this way as well...

It never hurts that they give you a chance to win some gas money…
Dollar lap anyone?

Now here at Fred Marx it has been heard that ‘cross is best served up wet. There was no wet. It was dry here in Utah this time. Judges were heard to lament that someone had dropped the ball by not watering down the course. We have seen other peoples photos of ‘cross in mud and wet and think that this race was missing an important element….. Funny we at the Marx thought they were referring to the consumption of Adult Beverage, when they were talking about ‘cross being best served wet… Hmmm perhaps our next adventure to the north will yield up an answer to this most perplexing of questions.

Until such time, Hasta la vista
Fred

PS if you like the images, there is more at thePrinothcat Cross Gallery.