Femmes bring home Wins! Double Cross Weekend- 9/14-15/2013

Beth F at the barriers

Beth F at the barriers

Wow! We had some intense weather for Hood River Double Cross September 14th and 15th. Returning to the original venue at Hood River High School, we were treated to 95 degrees on Saturday and then 70’s and 35 mph winds on Sunday. Great job to Jill, Beth F and Laurie! That A race was fast. 

Jill, Mielle and Laurie

Jill, Mielle and Laurie

Day one , part of the Grand Prix Erik Tonkin series (GPET), was non stop pedaling with the course  winding around the athletic field and track to the first set of barriers at the end of a gravel path.  A fast and bumpy Single-track descent into the woods with a sharp 90 degree turn at the bottom challenged riders handling skills.  Sand was featured both days along the outside of another single-track section. Lurking along the sand and along the edges of the course were Horny Goat Head thorns.

Horny Goat Head thorns

Horny Goat Head thorns

These plants are plentiful in the Gorge and with all of the wind both days, these tiny, pin-sharp thorns caused tons of flats including one each day in my pre-ride of the course. Sellwood Cycle Repair provided neutral support and they actually ran out of tubes by mid day on Sunday. 
 

Jill chasing JJ from Dirty Fingers

Jill chasing JJ from Dirty Fingers

Jill came out for her first race this season and brought in 6th and 7th place for the weekend.
Mielle Riding Away from the Pack

Mielle Riding Away from the Pack

Beth F had some chain issues day one taking 19th but resolved them by day two moving up to 13th. Laurie powered through day one taking 12th out of 20 A ladies. Flanagan in the chase
Flanagan in the chase
I  took home the win in the master A’s both days.  My best race weekend ever. 
Double Wins for Mielle

Double Wins for Mielle

 
Playing in the giant field sprinklers after day one was the best, followed by big wet hugs for a job well done by all. 
Post race shower

Post race shower

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Photo Credit to David Mackintosh

http://www.dmackphoto.net/Cycling/Cyclocross/Hood-River-Double-Cross-2013/

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