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