We held our first Crop Circle Cross as we build up for Crystal Cross, and boy was it fun.
A big thanks to our friends Tony and Rebecca for opening up the Tri Again Fitness compound to 30 'cross racers and fans. The two mile course was a real leg-burner, but such a perfect set-up for a cyclocross race. All grass with patches of sand in certain corners, combined for countless switchbacks and steep ascents made it a course for the strong men and women.
The weather was absolutely beautiful. Just into the 70s with a warm sun overhead made it particularly good for spectating, a welcome occurrence for the dozen or so folks sitting on blankets and enjoying a picnic as the day's two races unfolded in the field sprawled out in view.
The two events were the 20 minutes UFO race and the 40 minutes A-Lien race, with a number of riders doing both just to get their kicks. Each race took the course a different way, making certain parts of the course completely different, especially a short sand run-up and the four-turn switchbacks that were situated right around the halfway mark. The UFO direction made it a difficlt
The UFO Race went to Jim Stanley, who stayed ahead of a charging Ian Durand and Val Hyrman. They also were the first trio to attack the snack table, filled to its limit with potluck goodies including sandwiches, pumpkin donuts, cookies and all the important recovery foods.
Tim Pease put on a show for his multitude of fans before wheeling it in, with Velvet Batteiger also putting in an impressive effort in her first cyclocross race ever.
The A-Lien race was a tough one, with John Leach taking the hole shot and holding the front for the first few hundred meters. Cody Sovis made his move on the first series of uphill switchbacks and didn't look back, with Leach chasing all the way home. Mike Walters and Jake Ellis duked it out for the last podium spot all evening, and as the sun fell over the horizon Ellis had just enough to edge himself away for third place.