Sunday, December 10, 2006
On a sunny, mild winter day in Longmont, CO, the Xilinx campus hosted the American Cycling Association Colorado State Championship race.
In the Category 3 men's race, Juniors Andrew Barker, Taylor Phinney, and Jim Lennon all looked to be riding strong heading into next weekend's National Championships. Andrew got a flat tire on the first lap and dropped back, but got a bike change and clawed his way all the back into 9th place. Taylor had one of his best starts ever, and was looking comfortable in 5th place for several laps, until a double-flat put him out of the race. Jim rode a conservative race as he is recovering from a sprained ankle.
**Also in the Cat. 3 race, occasional TIAA-CREF/CLIF BAR Cyclo-Cross Team mechanics Nicholas Saucier and Matt Opperman posted excellent 2nd and 4th places, respectively...just ahead of our Luna Chix homegirl Georgia Gould - getting in a great workout as she prepares for Nationals.
The most impressive storylines of the day were saved for the Elite race, where Junior sensation Daniel Summerhill showed his impressive form and bike handling skills - soloing off the front of the impressive Elite field, and managing the course's slippery and technical turns and bumps. Daniel was soon joined by Colorado's top Elite racer, Jonathan Baker, and the two built a huge lead. Unfortunately Daniel suffered one of the team's many flat tires on the day (7 total!), and dropped way back in the field as he navigated the sketchy course on his flat tire.
After a bike change, Daniel turned on the gas again and powered through his competitors - working his way up to 3rd place by the finish. While it would have been exciting to see a Summerhill/Baker battle all race long, 3rd place is a mighty impressive finish for a Junior in the Elite race.
U23 rider Brady Kappius had a solid race - starting hard from the gun and holding on to 4th place early, a flat tire set him back as well, but he recovered and motored up to an 11th place finish.
Former 5th place finisher in the Juniors at Cyclo-Cross Worlds, Will Frischkorn shook off the cobwebs from his recent honeymoon, and cranked out 5th place!
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