11, October 2006
This past weekend the entire RS 'Cross Team converged on Gloucester,
Massachusetts for the Gran Prix of Gloucester, a 2 day event that also
marked the beginning of the 2006 U.S. Gran Prix of Cyclocross. The
USGP is in its third season and brings together the best racers from
North America in three distinct venues. The series' primary sponsor
is Crank Brothers, a California firm that also sponsors our 'cross squad
with the best pedals onthe planet.
The annual trek to Glawtsa' is a treat for us because of the longstanding
tradition that town has with 'cross racing in North America. It's always
a slug fest there - a virtual Gloucester World Championship both days -
but couple that with a USGP designation, and the net result is what
makes the sport so great: elite competition, thousands of spectators,
autumn weather,screaming kids, dogs, cowbells, colors, yada yada.
Stage Fort Park in Gloucester has to be one of the best places in the
States to race, as well as to watch a race, period!
As far as our squad goes, the better results included Justin Spinelli's
28th and 24th on the weekend, and Jon Hamblen's 19th place on
the Saturday. These results were in the Elite Men's division. Racing
alongside Justin and Jon were team mates Noah Taylor and Brian Hayes,
who, while finishing abit further back in the field, impressed the shooters
enough that they got the team some face time on cyclingnews dot com.
It should be noted that Brian races in the U23 class and his finishes netted
him a 19th and an an 11th on the weekend.
In the Master's division, I'm happy to report that Dave Genest snagged
a 3rd and a 2nd on successive days, and made the perp walk to the podium
as well. These are great results for a pal that has been the backbone of our
'cross team for nearly 15 years. Forza Dave-issimo!!
In the Elite Women's division former 4-time National Champion
Alicia Hamblen rode strong both days and finished 34th and 45th in
her events. Amy Wallace was not as fortunate, as a crash on Saturday
took her out of the race and, owing to injuries she sustained, missed
the Sunday start and may miss next weekend as well. Amy has won the
first four Elite Women's events this season, and we expect the time off
to heal will see her return to competition stronger and more motivated
As far as those next races go, this coming weekend the team will be in
New Gloucester, Maine for the Downeast Cyclocross, a 2 day event
that also serves as the first weekend of the Verge New England Cyclocross
Series. The series is underwritten by RS 'Cross Team sponsor and
apparel manufacturer extraordinaire, VergeSport.
Before ending this text, I want to add that this weekend in Gloucester was
a treat for me for other reasons as well. It was the first time since last year
that I had a chance to shoot the breeze with VergeSport principles Mike
Magur, Kurt Scheerer, and Donald Snoops Jr. I spend so much time
emailing with these cats all year and some quality time at the races certainly
makes all the electronic shet worthwhile, as these fellows and their staff do a
superb job making sure our team looks the best and also has the best available
clothing technology, so important to a discipline like 'cross.
This weekend also marked the first time I could trade my mail program
for a 3D view and finally meet in person Mr. Alex Braun, he, the man behind
the Challenge Tire company in Italy. Through Alex, we are in our 3rd season
of racing on Challenge, and we are delighted with the product, and we are
grateful to Alex's commitment to our team. Challenge had a kiosk at the
Gloucester venue and table top material included the 2007 Challenge catalog
with Alicia Hamblen on the cover as well as 3 distinct full pages within
showing Alicia again and team mates Brian and Noah, all from the 2005
I will post this past weekend's pics to this Yahoo Pics page as soon as
they become available.
Thanks for reading!
Thank you for your interest and support.
The Richard Sachs Cyclocross Team is sponsored by RGM Watches,
Rex Chiu, Radix Group LLC, as well as by Cane Creek, Crank Brothers,
Rudy Project, Oval Concepts, Challenge Tires, VergeSport, Selle San Marco,
JB Custom Paint, Pacenti Cycle Design, The Wheatmarket, and Nelly's Deli.
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11, October 2006