Well your team scribe has been has been busier than a one-armed wall paper hanger lately, so I am really behind on race recaps. Never fear though, I will attempt to catch up quickly, but this will be a tad on the long side.
Cliff Notes: The team is kicking ass and taking names.
The Saunders clan represented the Sportif Coaching Group/Ben's Performance Bikes team at Hillbilly Huslte v6 on October 2nd in Delaware. Blair was feeling cheeky and raced in the 1/2/3 Open race finishing 8th, while Brett found his way onto the podium for the second time this year, improving on his 3rd place at Tacchino with a 2nd place finish.
October 1st kicked off the Sportif 'Cross Cup series with the Breast Cancer Awareness Cyclocross race in Ft. Ritchie, MD. The team had good representation with 12 members over three races. Wet, cold and muddy conditions were paired with a brand new course design for this year and the word "epic" was heard over and over again.
In the Elite Masters race Chris Harshman stood on the podium with a 2nd place finish while Mike Birner narrowly missed the top-10, finishing in 11th. In the B-Masters the team had four members in the top ten. Cory Smith podiumed with a 2nd place finish while John Ludicke, Chris Zangmeister and Guilherme Roschke were 8th, 9th and 10th respectively with Paul Anglin close behind in 12th (2nd in the 45+ age graded race). Last but certainly not least, Sam Monaco found the podium in the Junior 10-14 race with his second, 2nd place finish in as many races.
Winchester Apple Cross
Also on October 2nd was the Winchester Apple Cross in Winchester, VA. This is a great race in its third year which was started by our own Jon Hicks back in 2009. The team had 15 members representing us in various races. In the Elite Masters race we had three guys in the top 10 with Jay Morali leading the way in 6th. Chris Harshman and Mike Birner were not far behind finishing 8th and 9th respectively. In the B-Masters Jon Hicks and Cory Smith found podium positions with 2nd and 3rd respectively while Paul Anglin (18th) and Guilherme Roschke (22nd) also had solid finishes. In the Elite Women's race Allyson Tufano continued to impress with a 2nd place podium finish.
This was the race our team promoted and organized so more on it, including team results, in another post soon.
Richmond Festival of Cross
Barry Hindman stayed home and doubled up at the Richmond Festival of Cross in Richmond, VA on October 8th, narrowly missing the top 10 with 11th place finishes in both the B-Mens' and B-Masters' races.
October 9th saw the return of the Hyattsville Cyclocross in Hyattsville, Maryland. Mike Birner repeated his 2009 success at this race, winning the Elite Masters' race. Jay Morali (7th) and Chris Harshman (9th with some mechanical issues) also had solid performances in the top 10. In the B-Masters', Jon Hicks had a great race, adding to his podium appearances this year with a 2nd place and Guilherme Roschke (30th) had a solid finish in the top third of the field. Representing the youth of the club, Sam Monaco also found the podium with his third consecutive 2nd place finish.
Only a few members ventured over to the DuPont estate in Delaware to face the always tough competition and course at Granogue CX. Jon Hicks had solid finishes both days with a 15th and 14th, while Allyson Tufano brought home a 16th and 18th.
14 team members visited the nation's capitol for DCCX on October 23rd. In the B-Masters race, Cory Smith made it way onto the podium again after finishing 3rd, while Jon Hicks, who looked to be headed towards his first win of the year, flatted on the last lap and managed to hang onto 4th. Guilherme Roschke continued to show his improved form with a 17th place finish in the 105-deep field. In the 55+ Elite Men's race, the recently upgraded Terry Harrigan had a solid 7th place finish. In the Elite Men 35+/45+ race Jay Morali finished 7th with Mike Birner and Chris Harshman just outside the top-10 in 11th and 12th respectively. In the Elite Women, Allyson Tufano continued her streak of podium finishes with a 3rd.
The Delaware contingent of WHCC headed to Beacon Cross and the Amphitheater of Pain and it was a good, muddy day. Blair Saunders took the win in the Masters 45+ race and son Brett mimicked his dad, winning the Juniors race.
October 30th saw the return of Kinder Kross in Severna Park, MD and a good contingent of WHCC members made an appearance. The day was cold and wet and the kind folks promoting the event managed to find every inch of mud and slop available to them to run the course through.
In the 10-14 Juniors race, Sam Monaco continued his streak of 2nd place finishes; your day is coming soon Sam! In the B-Masters race Jon Hicks got the win that had been alluding him and finally got to stand on that top step of the podium. Cory Smith also found the podium in 4th with John Ludicke (17th), Guilherme Roschke (19th) and Paul Anglin (20th) all finishing in the top-20. In the 55+ Masters race, Terry Harrigan had another solid performance finishing in 4th, having lost 3rd place after taking a spill with 1000 feet left to go on the last lap. In the Elite Masters race Mike Birner sprinted to narrowly take 7th place and Jay Morali fought his way from dead last at the start to finish in 10th. And finally, in the Elite Womens' race, Allyson Tufano brought home her first victory of 2011.
Congrats to Mike, Blair, Brett, Jon and Allyson for their wins and to all the team members who fought the good fight! Next up is Patapsco Cross and Ed Sanders where we anticipate the team will have more successes.