Goodbye Brookside. Bamacross 8.
So sorry I missed last week’s update from Gadsden. It was a great race and Bici repped hard. Some highlights are Kate’s battle for 3rd place in the women’s race, Thomas’s win in the Men’s 4 in a straight up sprint, and our Junior racer William Hereford nabbing a third place in his race. It was rad.
Moving on to this week’s shenanigans, the fourth and final installment of Brookside this year. The course has been really good all year, this week throwing in mud as an obstacle. Similar to Gadsden, a lot of standing water and rideable mud on the course early on turned into unrideable ruts by the end of the day, forcing riders to run more than ride. This also made for great heckling near the start finish with the nastiest and longest mud pit just a few hundred meters from the line.
The first race of the day saw Sam, J-Rob, Lee, and Zach in the Singlespeed race and Kate in the Women’s elite field. Sam set a super high pace from the gun and rode away to the win, finishing second in both the races that started before him.
Sam on his way to the win. Photo Carol Roark York.
Kate had a phenomenal race in the Women’s Elite race. The long runs suited her well and she was able to stay with Maaike Everts the whole race. With a couple too many bobbles Kate a strong showing in second, her best race all season.
Kate on the final run up of the course. Photo Carol Roark York.
The next race was the Men’s 4 and Junior race which had Thomas, Taylor, and Daniel in the Men’s race and William Hereford in the Juniors. It was a strong day for the guys, Daniel just missed the podium for 4th with Thomas a couple spots back in 6th and Taylor in 7th.
Daniel grabbing a beer in the home stretch. Photo Carol Roark York.
The final race had the Men’s Elite and the Men’s 3 race with David, Travis, and Alan lining up. Alan had his best result of the year with a 3rd place after battling Hardwick Gregg, Jimmy Prentice and Ed Merritt from the gun. Andrew Boyd made his move early and stayed away despite the surges from the chasers. The mixture of sand and mud took its toll on bikes and especially the cleats making it difficult to clip in.
Alan running the mud. Photo Carol Roark York.
Bici Crew heckling the mud runners. Photo Carol Roark York.
That’s it for BAMACROSS for about a month. We’ll hopefully have some fun stuff posted here in the meantime. Brookside, we’ll miss you.
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