Kirk Morrison, Mike Maher, Ray Sielski and Steve Brewer all headed into West-Virginny for some Marilla CX action... always a curious event held on Halloween!
In the Men's Category 3/4 Race:
Steve finished in 15th Place
In the Men's Masters 40+ Race:
Kirk finished in 13th Place
Ray finished in 16th Place
...and Mike was (incorrectly) reported as DNF ...probably still drinking beers at the top of the run-up!
...and in the Men's Category 4 Race:
Kirk finished in 34th Place
Ray finished in 39th Place
For the scoop on the day, read Ray's Facebook Status and Mike and Kirk short-stories!
In Mike's Words:
Marilla is the second best cross course (Double Cross Duh) I’ve had the pleasure of experiencing and the level of enthusiasm from the crowd is absolutely fantastic! When Steve and I pulled into the parking lot we could see a group of people dragging a sofa into the woods. Hell we ain’t far from WVU….I guess they’re gonna torch it. But as it turns out the local crazies just need an appropriate place to properly spectate. And man was it a fun spot, right at the top of the nasty run-up.
As the day wore on and the spectators grew and became more “exuberant” the party was full on. Beer hand-ups, complimentary doughnuts at the top of the run and eventually whip cream whippets. Totally nuts. This is the first race I’ve watched where the winners were chastised by the crowd for not taking beer hand-ups. Don’t take beer…suffer the consequences which included ridicule and being pelted by doughnuts!
To make the race even better…some of the racers took the date before Halloween to milk one more day out of the their costumes. My swanky yellow/green leisure suit was a HUGE hit and I was baptized with numerous beer handups. One drunken spectator who was cheering me on actually said, “Dude…you’re kind of a big deal. Have a beer.”
Anyhow AG3R was well represented by me, Kirk and Ray who knocked off two races and Steve managed to finish one. Nice work Steve!
In Kirk's Words:
I had a great time this past Saturday at the Marilla Cx race. Results aren’t posted yet but I wanted to send over the attached Photo’s (including one of me with the Smurf trio) as well as my comments (below) since I am heading out of town tomorrow.
This APRA series race was attended by myself, Ray Sielski, Steve Brewer and (the hands-down winner of the ‘Ag3r costume contest) Mike Maher. I knew it was going to be a good day when they were giving away cow-bells and Vuvuzela’s at the registration table. Ray, Mike and I raced in both the Masters 40+ as well as the Cat 4 races. Steve raced in the Cat 3 / 4 race.
The course was fairly dry with only a bit of mud on the “hill of death”. Both the Masters 40+ and Cat 4 races were filled with riders. This was a well-run event with a great course … a good mix of turns, off camber sections as well as a few straight-aways where we could hammer. My Masters 40+ run was a bit sketchy with crash (I have the hip raspberries to prove it) and some dropped chain problems. Thankfully, things smoothed in the subsequent Cat 4 race where my average lap times improved from 8’40”/lap (in the Masters race) to 8’27”/lap. The speed increase was primarily due to improved technique (after learning where I could build and carry speed) since I certainly wasn’t working harder in the second race.
A super event … highly recommended !