2010

Listed below are results from the 2010 Mud, Sweat, and Gears Cyclocross Series.

All images are property of Bart Nave Photography.


2010 MSG Series OVERALL Points – Final Results


MSG #8 Results – 12/12/2010
Race report to follow.


MSG #7 Results – 11/13/2010
Race report to follow.


MSG #6 Results – 11/5/2010
Race report to follow.


MSG #5 Results – 10/30/2010
Race report to follow.


MSG #3 Results – 10/2/2010

MSG #4 Results – 10/3/2010
Race report to follow.


MSG #1 Results – 9/18/2010

MSG #2 Results – 9/19/2010

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Take Care of Your Hupster!

Tennessee opened the cross season on September 18-19 with the first two races in the eight race MSG Cyclo-cross Series. The first weekend of full on racing was held at a new venue, the Farmhouse Gallery and Gardens in Unicoi. The racing was hot, both literally and figuratively. With near 90 degree temps both days, the heat added more pain to an already fast technical course. Thanks to the sensible new rule allowing hand ups from pit lane, pit crews were kept busy all day handing up hundreds of bottles of water. The crowd was kept cool with free ( appropriately named) bottles of Sunshine Wheat courtesy of New Belgium Brewery!

Mirroring the near record heat, competition was blistering on both days. Anticipation for the start of cross season has been so great that every race from the CX4’s to the Pros, left the start like being shot from a cannon! Riders immediately fell off the pace choking in the dusty wake.

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Wondergem

The most exciting races on both days came from the Pro Men ranks. On Saturday, the field underestimated Eric Muehl, who attacked from the gun and opened up a huge gap. Only Will Black and Eric Wondergem were able to give chase. However, Muehl’s gap was too great, leaving Black and Wondergem to battle for second. The heat took it’s toll and Wondergem who eventually lost contact with Black. Black rode across the line in second place drenched in sweat with and a look of utter exhaustion on his face. Wondergem posted an extremely hard fought third. However, The ride of the day was Muehl’s, who ironically wore the number 1.

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Meuhl Wins

On Sunday, there was no let up in the heat, or the pace, with pros once again giving the spectators a show. Will Black, determined not to be left in the swirl of dust from Muehl’s wheel, drilled it from start never looking back. He eventually open the same insurmountable gap that Meuhl had opened on the previous day. Muehl trailed Black, but also had a huge gap on the rest of the field. While Black and Meuhl fought the heat to maintain there respective gaps, a battle for third erupted! Wondergem, smarting from the surprise attack of Meuhl on Saturday, was with Black for a while, but fans and spectators noticed him separating from Black and taking the many technical corners like a baby duck on ice?! Puncture! A brand new tubie bit the dust. Wondergem eventually made it to the pit for a wheel change that would make NASCAR jealous. In the mean time host club TCRC rider,

Black Wins

Black Wins

Mike Stewart blew past the pit putting Wondergem under pressure. Wondergem left the pit with dust in has face, grit in his teeth, and a look of utter determination on his face. It was on! Lap after lap, getting splits from the pit crew, he slowly reeled in Stewart whose efforts to bridge up to in the heat were now costing him. The pair traded licks for several laps until the incessant attacking of Wondergem, and the sweltering heat, gave Stewart the beat down fading him to fourth.

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Stewart Fought Hard

The beautiful new venue and the rampaging growth of cross, brought more Junior and CX4 Women racers than in previous years. The larger field sizes, though small compared to the other areas of the country, allowed for real competition in those races. Hopefully the trend will continue on into the wet and sometimes bitter cold months of Winter in the Southern Appalachians.

The Town of Unicoi pulled out all the stops as title sponsor, with many local business’ adding to the list of prizes. The Town Fathers and local folks came out to spectate during each day and marveled at the world of pain and smiles that is cyclo-cross. The enthusiasm from the Town of Unicoi, and the Lynch family of the Farmhouse Gallery was far and above anything MSG has experienced over it’s seven year history. The Town of Unicoi and the Farmhouse will definitely be on the MSG Calender next season. Special thanks to every one of you cross nuts who are willing to withstand the extremes of heat and cold that is the CX season, Hup! Hup! Hup! In two weeks it’s Kingsport and the Brewer Construction Flyover!

For more pics of this wonderful venue please visit Bart Nave Photography.

Msters Topping the Horseshoe

Masters Topping the Horseshoe

The Fields of the Farmhouse Gallery

The Fields of the Farmhouse Gallery