More from ProVelo Passion and Mary Topping on Day 2 of the SoCo Champs Sunday:
Twas the weekend of States
and down in the Rock,
a snowstorm was brewing,
and the temperature it dropped...
The race announcer called the elite men to staging and then it hit – a persistent, charging wall of white-gray north wind carrying icy bits of snow. Hands would go numb, off-camber slopes turn glacial, and Yannick Eckmann (Maxxis Shimano Cyclocross Team) would ride away in a league of his own to win his third Colorado elite cyclocross championship.
Not an hour earlier the pre-storm mud and chill crooked their mean fingers at several women elite athletes. CrossVegas open race winner Caitlyn Vestal (Feedback Sports) fought cranky shifting. Katie Clouse (Alpha Bicycle Company – Vista Subaru), the junior phenom local cat 1,2’s view as a colleague and a rival, would crash on a descent and then claw her way through the field only to have to run to the pit for a new bike after a mechanical. Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team), however, drew the long straw. She tamed every challenge and went home with Colorado elite cyclocross title number two – but not before a frosty podium re-do that ensured all top five women a moment to celebrate...
Read the full article and view Mary Topping's photos HERE.
Some sweet video by Mary Topping:
Colorado State Championships Cyclo-cross 2-Day Event
"An amazing Colorado course! Flowing, wide course, allowing for plenty of passing and multiple lines. Classic run- up, barrier section, and punishing grass section. Technical off camber descents, and power sections guaranteed to challenge every level of rider."