Hyattsville CX marked the beginning of the BikeReg.com Super 8 Cyclocross Series. Being just outside of Washington, DC and a short drive for many racers, this race is always well attended. After several days of heavy rains, race day was cloudy but no rain. The course, however, would be heavily soaked, including a veritable mud pit in one section. As the day wore one, the course would firm up some and become less treacherous, though still challenging.
The VeloWorks – Spokes, Etc. represented well with Beth, Jaimie, Kim, Dan, Sean, Clay and Eric all taking to their respective starting grids. Hyattsville also marked the first race for Eric‘s son Allen in the 9-10 year old race.
Kim got the day started for VWS in the Cat 4 race. She got to enjoy the course at one of the sloppiest times of the day and placed 6th out of 28 women. While not on the Top 5 podium, 6th place did win her a pie from Acme Pie Company, so BONUS! Thom said that the pie did not last long once it made it home!
In the Masters’s 3/4/5 race Sean got out to a fast start with Dan in a solid top 10 position. As the race progressed, Dan steadily moved up into a top 5 position with two laps to go. He was able to maintain a gap over his chasers — maybe with a little help from Sean in the woods….. — and came home a strong 4th place out of 102 racers. Sean slid back a little, but still held on for 10th. Clay finished in 40th reminding everyone how much he LOVES mud.
In the Women’s 3/4 race Beth overcame some slipping and sliding around to finish in 10th. Jamie lined up about 3 or 4 rows deep and got shuffled back in the early traffic. Once things opened up she was able to move up and finished 15th out of 24. Her first really muddy race earned her plenty of lessons to be used the next time. See her blog about her race HERE.
In the Open 45+ race, Eric started a little too far back — which seems to becoming the norm for him! — but made a charge at the start of the 3rd lap. One big difference for him was changing from the mud tires (Specialized Terra Pro) to the dry (Specialized Tracer Pro) just before the start of the race. So as the course started to dry out and get sticky instead of slippery, he was able to pull away for the win and earned his first Super 8 leader’s jersey.
Special “thank you” to Ben Kristy at Dominion Cycling Photography for sharing his awesome pics with us. Check out his site for all his cool work.
Look for the VWS crew at Charm City in Baltimore and then Schooley Mill CX the following week.