Mike Garrigan (Van Dessel) and Laura Van Gilder (Van Dessel Mellow Mushroom), both winners of last Sunday’s MAC Series Race #7 at HPCX, topped the podiums again this week at Race #8, Kutztown Cross
A panoply of cycling kits brightened a grey day at the inaugural Kutztown Cross race which featured a pancake flat course that featured more twists and turns than a whodunit. Failure to maintain constant vigilance resulted in many a dirty skin suit as rear wheels skidded out on overcooked turns.
In the elite women’s race, a strong lead group that included Van Gilder, Arley Kemmerer, Nikki Thiemann and Stacey Barbosa jumped early and stayed away for the duration of the race.
“Never go to the line with Van Gilder” is an unwritten MAC rule that Kemmerer broke today after riding off the front with LVG for most of the race. Kemmerer explained, “I did a hard training ride yesterday and just didn’t have the legs at the end.”
Despite a flat and two barrier blunders that left her gapped from the 3 leaders, Theimann fought her way back to Barbosa who was hanging on to third.
At the final section of the course, Thiemann chose to bunny hop two logs while Barbosa ran. This move launched Theimann into third where she remained to the line. Thiemann said, “I thought if I could ride the log section, I’d maintain my pace and be able to shake Stacey.”
Despite an $1100 purse at stake, a relatively small number of competitors lined up for the elite men’s race. The group strung out almost immediately. The eventual podium shakeout: Mike Garrigan (Van Dessell); Cameron Dodge (Scott Racing); Edwin Bull (Van Dessel); Ryan DeWald (Skyline); and Greg Whitney (Bicycle Therapy Racing Team). Congrats, gents!
Eight races down with one to go in the 2013 Fuji MAC Series Presented by SRAM. Registration for Limestone Cross at the Kiln is open now on Bikereg. Don’t miss out on the final race of the season!