No categories, no prizes. Just pure cross on a challenging 1.5 km mostly grass course with barriers and some elevation. Mud is possible. Lots of turns to allow you to hone your skills before the real racing begins. This year’s course will NOT have as much lung-busting climbing as before, and will be bi-directional so we can mix it up a bit.
Starting this Wednesday 8/28/2013 and for the following three, September 4, 11 and 18.
The Minuteman Road Club’s president, Chris Pare, demonstrated a different set of leadership skills by winning the Men’s 3/4 race at the Witches Cup this past Wednesday, August 6th in Salem, MA.
The first part of the race was largely uneventful with typical surges followed by unexplained slowing. But things started to coalesce and, with 7 laps to go, a small break was up the road and need to be dealt with. At 4 laps to go, MRC’s Jeremy Cratty steps up and started chasing down the break.
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On a picture perfect Saturday afternoon in New Hampshire, the Minuteman Road Club’s Stefan Wawersik lined up with junior members Nolan Garon, Patrick Bauer-Blank, and 40 other racers. After waiting out a very fast start, Wawersik used cagey race tactics to wait until the last lap to punch through a peloton that repeatedly sat up at the top of the course. He then tore his way through the following chicanes to achieve the number two spot on the podium in the Mens Cat 4 race.
Way to go Stefan!
After competing in his first mountain bike race somewhere around 1988 when he was 27, MRC’s Russ Campbell waited a little while before entering another MTB race: 25 years. He must have learned a thing or two along the way because he won two races in a row in July.
The inaugural Gnar Weasels Cometh, on a rocky, muggy and buggy Saturday racecourse in Foxboro, was the scene of Campbell’s first win. Competing in the 50+ Novice field with four others, his margin of victory was pretty decisive: the gap to 2nd place was 11 minutes! (read his race report for Gnar Weasels)
Two weeks later, again competing in a newly offered MTB race, the Barn Burner at Adams Farm in Walpole, MA, Russ lined up against 13 other 50+ Cat 3 racers. After two circuits of the 5 mile loop that featured a lot of turny single-track and some challenging rock gardens, Campbell came out on top once again. (read his race report for the Barn Burner)