||Cyclocross Race 11, November 30
Fort Buenaventura, Ogden
It was a chilly 27 frost-covered
degrees as racers arrived for the first wave at Fort Buenaventura on
Saturday. There was no wind, so temperatures became pleasant as the sun
penetrated the trees to warm up the race course.
Colleen Tvorik (right) hops the first barrier on lap
one of the third-wave race, riding in the Women's Singlespeed category.
|This race loop was 1.7 miles of varied terrain. Starting at
the Fort, the course ran south to the end of the grass, then came back to
After skirting the north edge of the lawn, it ran around the worm fence
before it bumped through a dirt dip. Then it was off to the zigzag through
slippery leaves heading east.
The course hustled north along the pond, taking a tree-and-leaf
detour before heading north to the sidewalk and across the bridge eastbound. After blasting down the
east side of the pond, there was a tricky rough dip through the creek.
After resuming the high-speed trip south, the doubletrack took riders to the log hop.
After a long but fast journey north on leaf-covered doubletrack, the
course turned back to the lawn for the finish. Or for the next lap.
For the first wave, the race lasted five laps.
The race started on the large lawn area west of the fort itself. Here
the course took several meanders before heading off to more-technical
riding in the trees.
Mike Engberson makes the tight
off-camber turn around the worm fence, with the race announcers' podium
and staging area in the background. We're looking north.
The sunshine in the lawn area was welcome, particularly if you were
wearing a dark UtahMountainBiking.com team skinsuit.
Sparks practices her mounts and dismounts on the grass north of the fort
as Jason supervises. Her Junior Women race is coming up.
After the shakeout sprint to the south end, the course made a tight
turn to force riders into single file. Then it came back to two barriers in
front of the staging canopies.
Rick Morris hops the
barriers in the first wave Masters 55-plus, holding his new tubular
The course now made a loop around the north edge of the lawn, with a
detour across the lawn and back to get past the worm fence.
Manning cranks along the edge of the grass in the Men 35C race.
The trip southbound was interrupted by a detour through a dip. For
the warm-up lap before first wave, the leaves were almost a foot deep.
This hid roots, rocks and ruts. For later waves, the riding line had
been carved in nicely.
Jason Sparks catches the groove
that throws the bike up and around the tree. Jason is riding second wave
in Masters 45-plus.
At the south end of the grass, the course became a tricky zigzag
through the trees. The leaves turned out to be a bit slippery in those
tight turns. Not many riders succeeded in passing here.
Hatch, racing in Men B, hits the second of five sharp 180s.
From the zigzag, the loop zoomed north along the west edge of the
With a burst of speed on the straightaway, Rick
shakes Bruce off his wheel. Note that the pond is frozen, although
At the north end of the pond, the course made two not-to-tight 180s
to add some distance in leaf litter among the trees.
Corey Spencer in Men 35C follows the riding
lane back south after skirting the pond edge.
East of the staging area and the Fort, the course turned north to
head for the bridge at the north end of the pond.
Engberson, riding Men 35B, rockets around the teepee timbers with Fort Buenaventura in the
On the narrow bridge at the north end of the pond, the right side was
taped off for racers crossing the bridge. (The other side was a tight
squeeze of two-way traffic as bikes and pedestrians tried to get across
without stepping into the racing lane.) From the bridge, riders flew
south at high speed along the edge of the pond.
Argyle (Masters 55-plus) turns from the bridge to head south.
After a little jog on singletrack through the trees,
the trail dipped through the creek at the south end of the pond. There
was a sharp first dip, then you'd hit the babyhead rocks on the creek
bottom before banging through roots coming up the other side.
Engberson pops his wheel up from the first little dip as he looks toward
the leaf-covered rocks on the creek bottom.
The course then flew south on doubletrack, where a log awaited as the
trail turned north. About one in five riders bunny-hopped or rolled the log.
Most dismounted and jumped it.
Dallin Hatch (Men 35B)
rides over the log.
The course then followed doubletrack all the way to the north end.
Here rocks and roots were covered by leaf litter, so you just had to
keep cranking on faith. At the north end, riders made a sharp turn
through the trees to get back onto the lawn to start another lap.
Sparks (Junior Women) rides toward the finish line during a warm-up lap
|UtahMountainBiking.com team results!
Men 35-plus C
Michael Manning 13th
Spencer Corey 19th
Rick Morris 8th
Bruce Argyle 10th
Masters 35-plus B
Michael Engberson 7th
Dallin Hatch 9th
Jason Sparks 6th
Will Carnell 3rd
Rebecca Sparks 2nd
Rachel Sparks 5th
Colleen Tvorik 2nd
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