DCCX is a good gauge for the recent popularity of cyclocross racing over the past few years. We remember racing the first DCCX a few years back, and for the sake of comparison, there were about 50 racers in the Category ¾ race. Fast forward to 2011, and more than 800 racers pre-registered for the various categories for a beautiful day of racing on a fast course.
Tanner Browne went to work early in the 15-18 Junior’s category, and charged through the field to earn a hard fought 3rd place. Points haven’t been tallied as of yet, but it’s looking like Tanner may get the MABRA Cross leader’s jersey back on his shoulders heading in to the 2nd half of the series. All we know is his legs must be getting tired from climbing on top of that podium each week.
In the Master’s ¾, Todd Bickling and Steve Fife charged off the front of the line avoiding the carnage at the start, and quickly made the front selection after Fife took the first lap preme. A group of about 5 traded the lead several times during the race with Fife in the mix, and Bickling clutching to the tail end. Chris Hall from Whole Wheel Velo played his cards right, and attacked up the old starting road on the last lap, creating a small gap that Fife was unable to close. Fife held on for 2nd, while Bickling rolled in for 6th, just missing the podium, but scored some schwagg.
In the Master’s 1/2/3, Evan Ellicott and Brian Sjoberg lined up for the start. Ellicott was ready to unleash the hounds, but sadly suffered an ill-timed flat tire on the prologue lap after just passing the first pit area. As we all watched the Master’s 1/2/3 field rolling through, everyone wondered, “where’s Evan?” Cut to Ellicott running with bike on shoulder, taking beer hand ups, and loud cheers. Once he finally made it back to the pit, wheels were installed, racing commenced, and he ended up placing 35th. Although, admittedly Ellicott really just wanted to get his drink on, and was quoted as saying, “I just want to get this racing over so I can go and drink.” You’ve got to have your priorities. Sjoberg cruised in for 26th after doing some pre-race shirtless box jumps in the parking lot as part of his warm up.
Pete Warner jumped in with the big dogs in the Men’s 1/2/3. Warner fought hard, and found the going pretty tough with a 47th place. In cross, sometimes how you placed does not reflect how hard you worked. Nothing a cold beer wouldn’t fix.
In the end, the team had a great day, regardless of results. If having a great time, racing your bike in a beautiful park setting, eating food, drinking beer and heckling your friends were a race, then everyone got first place today. Today is one of the reasons cyclocross is gaining in popularity, and DCCX, and the guys that made it all happen are to be thanked!
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