Mother Nature finally smiled upon racers at the Bike Law Georgia Cyclocross Series p/b Perimeter Roofing round at Boundary Waters Park. Not only did it rain for 2 days prior to the race (mud!), the day was gorgeous with lows around 55 and a high of 69 with nothing but sun. The course was nice and wet with a side of boggy for the morning races. The sunshine would play a role in the later races as some parts of the course turned to peanut butter as they began to dry. Overall the course was in good condition for some fast racing.
In the Elite Women’s race, a hardcore group of seven women lined up. The pack took off together and stayed that way for the first half lap when Mackenzie Myatt (United Health Care/706P) took off. Molly Russell-Holmes (Loose Nuts Cycles), coming off of 2 muddy UCI races last weekend, chased and even closed the gap a bit towards the end of the race. Mackenzie was able to hold her off for the win. Abby Hobbs (Bike Fettish Devo) was third.
The Elite Men’s race was a similar story as the last couple of weeks. Jacob Morales (JM Racing p/b Scott) , Nick Van Winkle (Specialized-BMW), Artur Sagat (Team United Healthcare Georgia/706P), and another rider went off the front from the first lap. The 4th rider was soon dropped leaving Nick, Jacob, and Artur to battle it out. It seemed as though no one held an advantage as the lead swapped several times. On the last lap, Artur said “Nick got a gap on us in that mud pit before the barriers and gassed it. Jacob Couldn’t follow, so I tried to chase down Nick, but we were going to same speed.” Nick took the win with Artur in second by a couple of seconds and Jacob another 20 seconds back.