3 Wins for GAS in Helena! PDF Print E-mail
Written by GAS Team   
Monday, 03 November 2008 10:43
This past weekend saw Montana 'cross racers converge on Ryan's Field in Helena, a new 'cross venue.  The race was put on by Great Divide, who set up an outstanding course.  The course was long and mostly flat and featured lots of energy sucking grass that forced racers to keep the power on with little recovery.  There were also lots of fun 180 turns, two short run-ups, some tricky sand, and a super fast double barrier section.

The first race of the day was the Men's Cat 4, Master B, and Women.  Representing GAS/Intrinsik were Jason Delmue (Cat 4), Jim Nallick (Masters B), and Lisa Curry (Women's Cat 3).  Cory Hardy of team Muleterro took the hole shot and led the first part of lap 1.  Jason Delmue pulled to the front near the end of the lap and quickly took control.  

One other racer bridged up to Jason, but soon fell off the pace, leaving Jason off the front solo for the win.  Despite his sizable lead, Jason kept the power down and looked smooth and fast over the entire 45 minute race.  Cory Hardy would hold on to 2nd in one of his best 'cross results to date.  The battle for 3rd was heated, with a group forming including junior mountain bike sensation Alex Shoenfelder, Mules Rich Shattuck and Erik Horn, Rick Finley (Great Divide), and Lisa.  On the last lap Rich and Lisa separated themselves from the group.  Lisa stayed on Rich's wheel, waiting to make a move, but a tricky corner left her with a gap that she couldn't close.  It was an impressive performance nonetheless to finish 4th in the group.  Jim Nallick also rode well to a 3rd place finish in the Master B category in his '08 Montana 'cross debut.

GAS/Intrinsik was well represented in the Men's 1/2/3 race.  Sebastian White, Tomas Dumbrovsky, Alex Lussier, Brad Morgan, and series leader John Curry all lined up for their prescribed 60 minutes of pain.  Jamul Hahn took the hole shot and led the field through the first part of the course.  Next to take control were Montana Velo riders Frank Gonzales and Geoff Proctor.  By the end of lap one a lead group of 6 had formed, including Velo riders Gonzales, Proctor, and Scott Herzig, and GAS/Intrinsik riders John, Alex, and Tomas.  Brad Morgan was chasing hard just behind, so GAS was content to let Velo set the pace.  After 2 more laps of steady riding, Proctor went on the offensive and the group began to splinter.  John followed one of Proctor's surges and looked back to see the other 4 gapped slightly.  Seeing that Frank was isolated, John attacked hard to distance his perennial rival.  Proctor, however, was riding very strong and quickly found his way back to John's wheel.  Alex teamed with Herzig, who followed 15 seconds back in 3rd and 4th.  John led a lap and kept the pressure on, surging out of every corner.  The effort was enough to gap Proctor who fell back a bit and teamed up with teammate Herzig.  The Montana Velo duo chased hard with the gap to John holding around 15-20 seconds.  A nasty crash in the barriers left Herzig on the ground and Proctor alone to chase.  Meanwhile, after a poor start, Brad was using his formidable power to work his way up through the field.  John held on for the win and was followed by Proctor, and then Herzig.  Brad came in 4th, followed by Alex, and Tomas who were all 3 separated by just seconds.  Frank out-sprinted Bill Martin for 7th, while Jarad Nelson did the same to Karl Vanderwood to take 9th.

Results, photos, and video to follow...