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Fort Buenaventura Cross

Team Bikeman - Race Reports

Vince, Warren and myself showed up to represent Bikeman UC. The course was firm and fast at the start but soon turned to mush as the tires beat the snow into the ground. The call ups only go three deep so I was able to wrangle a front line start position. I was in 3rd position going into the first 180 degree turn with Warren right on my wheel. About halfway through the 1st lap I got impatient (rookie) and employed my strategy early by standing and hard charging past the two leaders. I wanted to wear down the lead guy by going hard and keeping the pressure on. Seemed like a good idea, and it was, provided I didn't wear out first. Due to my attack, the field was shattered and there were four of us a ways out front. I crashed twice but was able to catch back on, but then the winning move was made, and not by me. Soon the gap to the front was up to about 20 seconds and I was fighting for Image2nd place. I went hard early and wore myself out so I wasn't up for much of a sprint. In the end I was 3rd.Vince was the guy who kept things interesting by rearranging the barriers. He nailed one hard enough that Warren only had to pretend that he was jumping over. Teamwork! Warren battled hard but wasn't able to score the points required for a series podium spot, but 4th place ain't too shabby. Nice job Warren! Vince rode a strong race despite what has become known as "the barrier incident", to finish 9th on the day. Well, that's it for the 2005 season. We will likely be heading down to Vegas in February to race the Sol Cup, so until then, Happy Holidays and thanks for reading. Check out the results at www.utahcyclocross.com.

Dave Leikam


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