The close of the 2014 cycling season is nearly over, with Frosty Cross on December 21st the only event left to report. It has been a good year, with many fine results.
The Franklin Cross in Washington, PA , held on October 25 was held under crisp, clear, sunshine. The well designed course included lots of climbing, a fast downhill, and a challenging sand pit. Rich Grella took 8th in the Mens 60+ race.
Sunday, October 26 was #5 in the NEOCX series. Urban Cross was held in Cleveland, next to the Velodrome in the Slavic Village area. Jim Yankush took 2nd in the Mens 55+ with Marshall Leininger back in 6th. Chris Smith claimed 5th in the Mens 35+ category.
NEOCX #6 was held November 9th at The Farm Park in Kirtland, Ohio. Cross at the Range had morning rain, followed by afternoon sunshine. The only consistent was mud, lots and lots of mud. The course included a stretch through a corn maze. Stark Velo has some mudders, as Jim Yankush was 2nd, Marshall Leininger 3rd, Rich Grella 10th, and Dale Seeds 12th in the taxing Mens 55+ race. Chris Smith was 5th in the Mens 35+ event.
Cross at the Fields, held November 16 in Broadview Heights, Ohio was #7, and the last race for the year in the NEOCX series. Two Stark Velo members were up to the challenge, with Marshall Leininger 5th and Dale Seeds 12th in the Mens 55+ race.
The NEOCX Series was a best 5 of 7 races. Chris Smith and Marshall Leininger were the highlights of Stark Velo members with Chris taking 3rd overall in Mens 35+, and Marshall 4th in Mens 55+. These two racers deserve congratulations for a job well done.
The Ohio State Cycling Championship race were held November 22 in Yellow Springs,Ohio. The John Bryan CX Classic was another mud fest. Many northeast Ohio racers had planned to drive down on race day. Plans were scraped when awaking to freezing rain and slick roads. Dale Seeds had planned ahead, and travelled ahead the day before. For this, and his hard work during his race, he was awarded 3rd in the 65-69 age class. This is his second year in a row that he has come home from states with a medal. Congratulations Dale!
Plans and training are already underway for 2015. Spring can’t come soon enough, as we look forward to turning the pedals in anger.