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December 11th, 2012

Jordan Anderson Race Report – December 9, 2012

Hey all, John and the kids, Paul, Michelle, and I all went up to Bend this weekend for the USGP CX race at Deschutes Brewery. Paul and I both raced and John was our professional coach/flight coordinator, with Michelle and the kids cheering us on. The course was a blast, it had pavement, grass, sand, gravel, hill runs, barriers, stairs, off-camber tight sketchy areas, banked turns, and all sorts of other fun stuff. It was almost two miles long. I’ll start with Paul’s weekend of races. He raced the masters 45+. Day 1, Paul started somewhere in the 30’s and out of the first corner he was in the mid 20’s. Once the pack hit the sand, the pace noodled down, then fired back up for the pavement. Then we lost sight of the field as they weaved through the bone-yard area. As they re-appeared, Paul was sitting in 19th once they popped out of the off-camber side hill, and then everybody funneled up the first run-up. Back around the pits area and over the next run up, he was looking strong. They hit the grass and blew through the barriers, then up a short pop and 180’d back down to the pavement. Then around a frozen mud pit (it was only 35 degrees), over the fly over, around a sweet banked corner then up the stairs; still looking fired up. Finally on the pavement stretch through the finish, he was still sitting in 19th at the end of first lap with the lead group about 15 seconds out front. He looked good all through the second lap, but lost a place or two, and by the end of the fourth lap he was somewhere in the 20’s.Then he turned on the afterburners for the final lap and held his position, finishing in 27th out of 60 racers. Day2, Paul started in the same start position, and there was a crash after the first corner, he avoided it, then snaked the front third of the field and came out in following the 5th place guy. He was able to hold 6th place for two of the five laps, and then dropped a few spots by the last lap. He looked strong the entire race and said he was cornering the bike much better than the previous day. Paul finished in 13th place for day two, good job Paul.

Day 1 for my race: I raced the CAT 2/3’s, my start position was 36, and Dooley was right in front of me. Off the gun, a kid somewhere in the front missed a pedal, so he caused everybody in the middle to stall, which allowed Matt and I to stay right and make a lot of passes. Then, into the first corner, a kid in top 5 lost the front wheel and caused a huge pile up, then I took Paul’s advice and swept the outside. All of the sudden I found myself about to blow up in 4th place following Matt. I was able to hold my position and passed third place when he crashed, then again passed second when he crashed down the backside of a run-up. So now I’m in 2nd chasing Matt for the lead. I couldn’t hold his pace though, he dropped me before the end of the first lap, but I was able to hold second until the beginning of the third lap, when a group passed by. I was definitely hurting by now, my lungs more than anything. Some kid and I battled it out for the remainder of the race, on the final stretch we had a sprint finish, I was chasing him, and he won by about half a wheel. I finished in 11th out of 73 racers, felt good, and had a blast. Day 2: our start positions weren’t affected by the previous day, I started in 38th actually. I had another great start, by the first corner I was probably top 20, then I decided to sprint down the right side of the field, and Paul said that put me in 6th. I held my spot through most of the first lap, then started getting passed by the fast guys that got caught up in the start. I was able to ride both of the run-ups during this race, after watching how the pro’s did it on the previous day. For the remainder of the race I felt really good, didn’t really drop my pace, and on the final turn from grass to black-top, I was trying to make an inside pass and washed out, then ended up having another sprint finish, to not let the guy behind me pass me. I finished in 14th today, I thought I did better, but oh well, still had a lot fun. Cross is my favorite kind of racing now for sure. I loved this course. So overall we had a great weekend, lots of good times. Thanks again John for the smooth sailin’ up and back, much appreciated. See ya’ll on wednesday!


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December 11th, 2012 11:27:03

Road Race Boomtown

December 11th, 2012

Jed Pope Race Report – December 3, 2012

Paul, Todd, Bill, Jonz, Michelle, Jason and I raced the Boomtown mudfest 2012.  It was the biggest field so far this year for the A class. I got the whole shot and led half of the first lap, I quickly settled into third by the end of the first lap with Paul right behiend me.  It was by far the worst mud race I have ever experienced, but I made the best of it.  At the half way point I couldn’t hold that pace any longer and I fell to fourth where I finished.  Paul flatted at about the half way point and Jonz decided to start running half of the race because it was so muddy.  The rest of the boys I think rounded out the top ten and Michelle did extremely well in lady like fashion ended up third.  Good day, lots of mud and good times with friends.  Thanks Owens Healthcare!


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December 11th, 2012 11:20:24