Race Report: ESC Atlantic DH Cup; H2H Series Finale; NJBA Cyclocross Cup; VACX Jamestown.
Eastern States Cup: Atlantic DH Cup. Blue Mountain, PA.
Pro rider Brian Scolforo attended the seventh of eight races in the Atlantic Downhill Cup USAC Regional Championship Series. The last race in the series will be held in Plattekill, NY, on October 12th and will be worth double points. Brian is currently holding a well-deserved top-15 Atlantic DH Cup series position out of nearly 100 men in in the Pro division (dang!). Brian’s race report:
This weekend was the blue mountain eastern states race. Rain all day Saturday made it a bit slick. A fast and fun course, even in the wet conditions it was hard to get a smile off my face. Sunday brought blue sunny skies and the track began to dry up. A rough crash in a practice run left me sore and had me questioning whether I would be able to make a race run. Held it rubber down and finished with a 5th place position.
Jamis H2H XC MTB Series Finale: Tymor Park Challenge. Lagrangeville, NY.
Mike and Wendi have been fully committed to the Jamis H2H Series throughout this season, with each of them competing in all but one of the eight races in the six-month series. A big congratulations to Wendi for winning the series in the women’s Pro/Open division! Mike is currently placed 5th in the men’s Cat 1 19-29 age group in the series, but will likely climb higher in the standings after his results at Tymor Park are factored in.
Mike describes Tymor as a fast race with lots of climbing. While preparing to launch an attack on the third lap of his Cat 1 race, Mike dropped his chain and had to put out a max sprint effort to shut down the gap and regain his position:
After I caught up, I decided it was best to keeping putting in a hard effort for as long as possible. I was able to create a good amount of distance between us, but lightning would strike twice on this lap, as the chain came off yet again. Just as I got the chain back on, the other racer passed me. I was able to get back on his wheel instantly. Heading into the hardest climb on the course, I attacked again. At this point I knew I was going to be giving a hard effort to the finish line. Once in front of the person I was battling with, I never saw him again and I was able to finish in 5th. It was just another fun Sunday of racing mountain bikes. (Mike)
Even though the outcome of this race wouldn’t impact my [series] standings, I was still pretty excited to race Tymor and was hoping not to have any crashes on the semi-slippery roots from the previous day’s rain. After dealing with some issues and three tiring, yet consistent laps filled with lots of roots and climbing, I ended up 3rd. And 1st in the H2H series. Hoping to find some more races to do before the snow falls, then it’s time for snowboarding.
VACX: Jamestown Cyclocross. Jamestown, VA.
Lester’s report on the first race of the Virginia Cyclocross Series:
Time to trade out wide for skinny knobbies and #handups. Yes, it’s CX season! A virtual battle royale of cyclists where dirt skills and handling meets road fitness and tactics. I’ve done a handful of CX races every since I built my first CX bike two years ago. With the new team comes time for a new rig [see photo of Lester’s new TCX]. My local Giant shop, Coqui Cyclery, turned out the build in record time and had me riding by the weekend.
I spent most of the week planning to do the first race of the Virginia Cyclocross Series at Jamestown Beach Park near Colonial Williamsburg. The course was ~1.25 miles with one set of double barriers, a small log and one large tree trunk. It came with a good dose of false flats and excellent terrain conditions mixed between pavement, grass fields, and dirt.
Off the line I was about mid-pack and put in a few digs to advance my position. I soon remembered why I had only done a few cx races, it’s a different world of pain. I settled into a pace and looked to reel riders in while being smooth and consistent on the course.
After a few minor mechanical issues (catching his Garmin sensor in his spokes and dropping his chain after hopping a log), Lester finished 16th in the Men’s 3/4 Category, confident that a higher finish is within his reach.
Lester’s Soundtrack: The Spinners – Could it be I’m Falling in Love (with CX?)
NJBA Cyclocross Cup Series: Independence Cross. Bridgeton, NJ.
After a challenging race at the recent Nittany Classic, Jon Lombardo decided to jump back into the pain and suffering with a race in the NJCX series.
I packed up my awesome Giant disc CX bike, my oldest son and some snacks for the ride. My intention was to ease into the cross season and this race would mark the start of the NJCX Cup series.. In the masters 40 plus there is some stiff competition. Right off the start I got into the lead group, with the occasional push into the lead I was trying to test the waters. Close behind was a small group stalking our every move. Somewhere around mid-race I washed out in a turn which forced me to expend a lot of energy to get back on. Unfortunately I towed up the group. In the end I slid back to 7th spot. All the while my son Rocco cheered me on! What a great kid. Solid start to the NJ series. And best part of all… my Shwalbe tubeless tires worked flawlessly! I will never glue tires again!