|Ten cat 4 women on the start line.|
Women Cat 4
We had four riders in the women's category 4 race. Cristina took the state championship, placing second to Iowa's Michelle Cleasby in the overall race. Rachel sped to the silver medal. Licki missed the podium by one, placing fourth, and Amy, hobbled by pre-dissertation defense nerves, still rode to a seventh place finish.
|Women Cat 4 State Championship Podium: Cristina Woodworth, Rachel Gehringer-Wiar,|
and Ashley Perkins.
|Cristina entering the barriers. Photo: Kyle Hansen|
|Licki looking fast through the barriers. Photo: Lehman Northway|
Men's Cat 4/5
The men's category 4/5 was the last race of the day and the largest field with 29 riders vying for the win. After a less than stellar start, Paul rode his new Focus AX to a state championship bronze medal. Emmett, who would have liked a more technical course, did the team proud with an 11th place finish.
|State championship podium, men's cat 4/5. Adam Little, Travis Loewens, and Paul Gebers|
|Emmett speeds through the barriers. Photo: Kyle Hansen|
In the small women's 1/2/3 race, Kaitlin Neary took the win. Sydney rode smoothly but lost time every lap, finishing second, a minute down.
"I had hoped to give Kaitlin a good race this weekend, but I just wasn't feeling it and although a much better warm-up might have helped, there's no substitute for having that mental fire."
|Left to right: Kat Porter (5th), Abbey O'Brien (3rd), Kaitlin Neary (1st),|
Sydney Brown (2nd), and Emily Hoesly (4th).
In the Masters Women 45+, Sara Nispel took took the championship and placed 6th overall in the open women's race on Sunday.
|Sara always has good technical form.|
|GPCTCX has to get a bike stand thing. This scattering of bikes must cease. Next year!|