2019 The Ice Weasels Cometh

The 2019 cyclocross season came to an end today, a day later than planned. In the end, the postponement of The Ice Weasels Cometh was better for me. I didn’t even have to wash my bikes! They will need an end of season cleaning at some point, but for now, they are happily hanging in the basement without another race to attend.

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While the USA Cycling Cyclocross National Championships were going on in Lakewood, Washington, the unofficial championships of New England were going on in Medfield, Massachusetts. Weasels was  fitting end to a good cyclocross season.

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I did the singlespeed race at 3:00 P.M., which was the finale of the 2019 Zanconato Singlespeed Cyclocross Series. I did eight of the nine races in the series which started back on September 9th. This was my 15th cross race of the year.

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Yesterday was a total washout, so the promoters let everyone know on Friday that the race was being postponed until Sunday. Thankfully the course drained well. The wicked winds also helped dry things out. The temperature was mild, rising to the mid-40’s by mid-day. By late afternoon it had dipped back down to 40 and the wind was whipping.

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I felt pretty good and managed 6th place after battling with Keith Burgoyne, Eric Wyzga, and Henry Lord. The four of us have fought all year-long. Keith is surging and capitalized on his late season form, pulling away from us with two laps to go. Eric, Henry, and I remained locked in battle as we worked our way through a lot of lapped traffic. The Zank  SSCX race was run in conjunction with the fat bike race and between us, there were more than 100 people on the course.

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I managed to take the lead amongst the three of us with 1/2 lap to go and led them through the worst of the lapped traffic. This was to my advantage and I was able to hold them off as we blasted up the final asphalt straightaway to the finish line.

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Several of my Team HORST Sports mates joined me at the race. Art Roti, Brett Chenail, Boden Chenail, Keith Enderle, and Dave Geissert all wrapped their CX seasons with an Ice Weasels finish.

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I’m very happy with my season, but also very happy that it is done. I was feeling the burn  as we approached the December races and was just hanging on. I was able to get motivated for today and was happy that it wasn’t muddy. I was able to ride strongly and spend time with my cyclocross friends. To celebrate the last race of the year, I had pancakes for breakfast and then again for dessert after dinner tonight. On to 2020.

Race Results (will be posted when online)

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