Listed below are results from the 2005 Mud, Sweat, and Gears Cyclocross Series

MSG #1 Results - 10/15/2005

What a great first race! The Men's A race saw an impressive showing from Andy Applegate who is fresh off a 5th place performance at the USGP of Cyclocross in Tacoma, WA. In the B race, the field could only watch helplessly as the tall, thin shape of Martin Visser disappeared into the distance. The Men's C race had a great turnout with Kent Fied taking the W. In his first cross race ever, the surprising IOD took 2nd! Look for big things from this up-and-coming crosser. David Donald won the Jr's race and Cara McCauley-Applegate continued her domination of the MSG Women's field.

Thanks to all who came out this weekend. The series is just getting underway, so there's still plenty of racing action left in the TriCities.

MSG #2 Results - 10/22/2005

Finally! Some true Belgian cross conditions! It poured all night in Johnson City the night before MSG #2, and racers were greeted with overcast skies and chilly temperatures for the second installment of the MSG series. While we didn't have alot of mud, the addition of the sandpit sure spiced up the racing.

In the Men's A race, the ever impressive Brent Bookwalter joined with his Easton/Kona teammate, Andy Applegate, to put on a clinic as they swept the top 2 spots of the podium. The B race ended with a really exciting sprint for the line that saw William Gowin narrowly defeat Christopher Harndon. Isaac O'Dell rode a great race to win the Men's C category. I made note of it last week, and he lived up to the hype! In the Juniors, Wes Lambertson looked strong as he won his first ever cross race. David Donald battled through the pain of a broken finger to put up a good fight. And, this is starting to sound like a broken record, but Cara McCauley-Applegate continued her domination of the MSG Women's field. Can she be defeated?

Just a reminder, the next race on 11/5/05 is at Steele Creek Park in Bristol, TN.

MSG #3 Results - 11/5/2005

If you missed the first MSG race at Steele Creek Park, you really missed out! Beautiful fall weather really set off this spectacular venue, and double points were on offer. Things really shook up in the overall points race as once again, Brent Bookwalter showed his dominance over the Men's A field. William Gowin returned to put on a show in the Men's B race (he'll be racing A's from now on), and Jeremy Edwards put in a convincing performance as he wrapped up the Men's C victory. Our Women's race was won by Amylynn Peterson who really showed off her top-notch mountain biking skills, and Wes Lambertson took charge of the Juniors' race.

Congratulations to all of our first-time racers and also those who voluntarily bumped themselves up to a higher category!

MSG #4 Results - 11/12/2005

Whether you loved it or hated it, the runup in today's MSG #4 race was something to be remembered. It made a great place for both spectators and racers alike. Brent Bookwalter consistently rode it on every lap on his way to victory in the Men's A race. Michael Wilson returned to his winning ways and won the Men's B race. Last year, he was racing C's, so he has really improved. In his first MSG race, Noah Niwinski took home the victory in the Men's C division. Cara McCauley received some stout competition from Kara Masson but still managed the 'W' and Wes Lambertson used his mountain bike skills to win the Juniors' race.

We have a few weeks off in our series with the next race at Steele Creek Park in Bristol, TN on 12/3/05. Until then, see you at the Hendersonville, NC race and have a happy turkey day. Go easy on the gravy.

MSG #5 Results - 12/3/2005

The hardy souls present at Steele Creek Park for MSG #5 were treated to cold and ominous conditions. Shouldering their bikes like true Euro-dogs, MSG racers' legs were treated to the Stairway to Heaven on each lap. The weather threatened to turn nasty at the beginning of the Men's A race which was won by Brent Bookwalter. Fortunately, the rain held off all day which allowed the hot racing in the Men's B race to warm things up. David Bishop saved something in the tank for the last lap when he dropped Martin Visser and soloed in for the victory. Unphased by turkey or stuffing, Noah Niwinski continued his winning ways in the Men's C race while Cara McCauley put the finishing touches on her form for Nationals next weekend in the Women's race. David Donald had a great mechanical and crash-free race to win the Juniors' race.

MSG #6 Results - 12/10/2005

Nationals took place today in Providence, RI, and it was amazing how many Mud, Sweat, and Gears racers made the trip to tackle the snowy conditions of the northeast! Never the less, we had an excellent final day of racing to wrap up the 2005 MSG Series. The course was super slick and muddy(!) from an overnight deep freeze that thawed out by race time. The normally fast, nontechnical course at Winged Deer became a slower and much trickier affair claiming a few crash victims over the course of the day. Jon Livengood showed the reduced Men's A field he meant business by taking the win, and Martin Visser put the finishing touches on a great innaugural MSG season. Noah Niwinski won the Men's C race for the third straight week (Noah, you're gonna race B's next year!), while Amylynn Peterson and Kim Bishop battled for the Women's race. The series title was on the line as well, and Amylynn showed her strength by dropping the hammer and taking both the race and the overall. Finally, David Donald had yet another great late season race to wrap up the Junior title.

Thanks to everyone for yet another great MSG Cross season. 2005 was a great year! Congratulations to our overall Series Champions. I'm already looking forward to next fall.

2005 MSG Overall Points Standings