Almost and Not Quite

7 11 2011

November marked another great Fall weekend of cyclocross for the Bike Doctor Racing Team. With some intense racing, and cool fall weather on tap, it was a weekend of close, and not so close calls.

Saturday was the Patapsco Cross, in Mount Airy MD, race #4 in the Sportif Cross Cup. Todd Bickling placed 7th in the Master’s 3/4, and Pete Warner placed 5th.  In the Master’s 1/2/3, Evan Ellicott landed on the podium with a strong 5th place.  A fun, technical course that tossed in a little bit of everything.  Patapsco Bike & Sport deserves a round of applause.

Sunday at the Ed Sander’s CX race at Lili Pons Aquatic Center in Adamstown, MD, a new course design had everyone unsure about what the day’s racing would bring. Some new twists, turns, climbing, and a little mud created some fast lap times on a course that had remained unchanged for years up until that point.

Tanner Browne-Ed Sander's CX

Tanner Browne-Ed Sander's CX Podium

In the Junior race, Tanner Browne was holding position and fighting for first until a fall caused him to lose the lead. A 20 second gap opened that he fought to close, but in the end it was too much and he ended up second. Once again, Tanner rose to the upper steps of the podium, and he’s setting things up for a final push to retain the MABRA jersey.

Steve Fife-Ed Sander's CX

Todd Bickling-Ed Sander's CX

Steve Fife-Ed Sander's CX

Todd Bickling and Steve Fife sized up the 100 plus competition from the front row of the start grid in the Master’s 3/4 race. Fife pushed the pace in the early laps to get into a select group of 5 that gained a little separation as the laps ticked down. Bickling drifted back as the previous day’s efforts caught up to him on this challenging power course. On the final lap, Fife put in an attack that opened a gap, but was countered by Luther Swift from NCVC. Fife almost closed the gap to Swift at the finish, but not quite, and finished in 2nd, while Bickling drifted in about mid pack.

Master’s 1/2/3 racer Evan Ellicott had a good start, but faded back to 8th during his race. With 2 to go, Ellicott’s back began to tighten up, and he faded a bit to finish 12th. Mud, back pain, and a slight fog from the previous evening’s beverages make for a tough day.

Evan Ellicott at Ed Sander CX (Photo Credit - Bruce Buckley)

No win’s this weekend for Team Bike Doctor, but we posted some good results and had a good time. We’ll be bringing some extra motivation for the last few races as we hunt for that elusive win we all dream about.

The team would like to thank its sponsors for their generous support, without whom we wouldn’t be able to promote and enjoy the sport that we love. Please check out their great products/services: Bike Doctor, Cannondale, Bell Helmets, Tifosi Optics.

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