Thursday, December 29, 2016

Arizona State Cyclocross Championships - Crossroads Park

With the AZCross Series wrapped up, there was only 1 race left on the season - AZ State Championships.  The course was nearly the same as the previous day, but in the reverse direction.  Some felt this was easier while others found it more challenging than the previous day.  The barricades were moved to a steep run-up on the back side of the course, which was very difficult.  The temperatures dropped again overnight, leaving cold and frost conditions.

The same crew lined up again for day 2 - Liam, Barrett, Giovanni, Luke, Bella, Avery, and Emma.  The boys were again off first.  Liam took the lead on lap one, but a crash in a corner found him quickly back in 2nd.  He didn't have enough in him to regain the lead, finishing the race in 2nd.  Luke again snagged 5th, completing his season very strong!  Barrett and Giovanni finished 7th and 8th respectively.

The girls were off fast.  Bella, Avery and Emma were locked in a battle for 2nd, 3rd and 4th.  Emma and Bella distanced themselves from Avery with Bella overtaking Emma for 2nd.  Emma finished 3rd and Avery 4th.

Even though we walked away without a state title this year, it was a successful CX season on so many levels.  Our team grew by 3 riders from last year.  We watched Luke, who was new to CX at the start of the season, improve each week and consistently factor in the top 5.  We welcomed Bella and Giovanni, who recently relocated from the midwest, to the crew.  Most importantly was the friendships and bonds that developed between these awesome little racers!  The memories made will last a lifetime.  We are looking forward to the start of the MBAA season and more races and good times together as a time.

See you all in January!

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