Race Reports: Syllamo, ICMBS, Lincoln Crits

Dan Zieg at the Capital City Crit. McColgan photo.

It was a busy weekend for the race teams of Elkhorn Valley Cycling. With riders in Arkansas, Iowa, and Nebraska it was great watching the success of our riders all weekend. The team continues to make impressive finishes along with great efforts all around.

Starting with the off-road riders, Todd Wixon travelled to Mountain View, Arkansas to race in the Syllamo’s Revenge Mountain Bike Challenge 50 mile race. He finished 67th overall and 21st in his division, Men 30-39.  Todd reported it was a tough race.

Brad Auen took part in the round 2 of the  Iowa Mountain Bike Championship Series in Waverly, Iowa. He finished well, submitting this report:

The weather held out for round #2 of the Iowa Mountain Bike Championship Series. The track in Waverly is pretty fun. It has rock,s logs, and some sand. The laps are long there too 13 miles! I got of to a slow start and had to work my way up the pack. I came across in 4th overall after lap 1. I had a crash in lap 2 going about 25 mph that hindered catching up to the lead pack. All in all it was a successful race weekend. I ended up 4th overall in Cat 1 Elite.

On the road it was all in Lincoln with the Capital City Crit Saturday and the Pioneer Park Grand Prix on Sunday. The highest placed finisher from the team was Norfolk’s Colby Turpin, with a 4th place in Sunday’s Cat 5 race. Colby was also 7th on Saturday. Rich Anderson and Kevin Murray both scored top 10 finishes in Sunday’s race as well.

Rich Anderson reported in with “I went into the first day pretty open.  Last year I felt good but had a horrible race.  This year I felt okay.  The race started off fairly fast, but I was able to hold on pretty good.  Not sure what lap but in the last corner the rider in front off me hit the bump and nearly crashed.  A half lap later his tire blew.  About halfway thru the race the pace became a little more easier for me.  I was mostly sitting in the back trying to find a place to attack and get away.  On the finish straight away I was able to move up fairly easily on the inside til the riders spread across the road.  The last lap, Dana made a good move with about a half lap to go.  I ended up sprinting for about 10 in my age category. 

Sunday race suited me a bit better with a bit more climbing than on Saturday.  I lined up on the front row and had a good start.  I was wondering how I would do on the climb to the finish, but I felt great and never thought the pace was ever that hard.  It was easy to go from the back of the group when starting the climb to the front half way up.  I was feeling good for a decent result.  The last lap was going good til we started to head back after the buffalo when a gap opened up and I had to chase to close the gap down.  Down the hill I moved to about mid pack.  In one of the final corners I got cut off.  Being a bit gassed from chasing back on my sprint was not there.  Not sure what place I got.

Kinda  bummed about Sunday’s race but I felt good all weekend and never really feeling too taxed out on course.”

Joe Savoie posted a great report on his last two weekend’s on his blog Recurions.

Race results are posted below this fine Michael McColgan photos.

Capital City Crit full results

Man 1/2/3

14. Ben Dilley
23. Joe Savoie
28. Dan Spray

Men 4

12. Kevin Murray
13. Rich Anderson
21. Dan Zieg

Men 5

7. Colby Turpin

Men Masters

9. Kevin Murray
12. Joe Savoie

Pioneer Park Grand Prix full results

Men 1/2/3

18. Joe Savoie
20. Ben Dilley

Men 4

8. Kevin Murray
10. Rich Anderson
16. Sam Oakes
23. Dan Zieg

Men 5

4. Colby Turpin