Wednesday, October 28, 2009

USGP Louisville weekend

Second weekend of USGP racing in Louisville had several Planet Bike riders making the trip to Kentucky. In attendance were Elites Mark LaLonde, Kaitie Antonneau, and Kristin Wentworth; Juniors Jordan Cullen, Sarah Huang, and Emma Swartz; and Masters Bob Downs and Greg Pautsch. Great racing by all! Tough competition faced the riders in all of the categories.

Most photos used in this post are thanks to the talented Lyne Lamoureux. Check out her website Podium in Sight for great coverage of cyclocross racing.

The course was flat and better suited to power riders with it's long straight stretches. Two days of rain leading up to the race made for a few muddy sections and soft ruts formed on several parts of the course. The rain stayed away for the weekend though and sun and seasonable temperatures greeted the riders both days.

On Saturday Emma was 1st in the Girls 10-14 and Sarah (who is 14!) was 3rd in the Womens 3/4. Jordan (not pictured - sorry!) easily won the Boys 15-16.

In the Mens 50+ Greg continued his USGP streak with another win. Bob, who had been out of the country for business all week, rode a strong race in the Mens 45+ and finished 9th.

In the Elite Womens race Kristin lost a sprint with Alison Sydor to take a solid 7th.

Kaitie picked off riders throughout the race and grabbed the last UCI point with a strong 10th.

In the Elite Mens race Mark battled on for 13th.

Saturday race reports - Podium in Sight, CX Magazine, Velonews

The Juniors again put on a strong show on Sunday with Jordan repeating his win.

Sarah moved up to win the womens 3/4 race.

And Emma racing strong to take 2nd.

In the Masters 55+ race Greg made it 4 USGP race wins in a row!

In the Elite Womens race Kristin was 8th

Kaitie took 10th after attacking a rider in the last quarter lap of the race.

In the Elite Mens race Mark improved on Saturday's performance and finished a strong 10th

Sunday race reports - Podium in Sight, CX Magazine, Velonews,

A great weekend of racing by all Planet Bike riders. Thanks to the support crew David Kohli and Jim Cullen!

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