Veteran’s Park, Ann Arbor
The University of Michigan cyclocross team had their first and only “home game” of the season on Sunday November 10, at the Tailwind Racing event at Veteran’s Park in Ann Arbor.
The sky was as grey as the gravel in one of the more evil corners of the circuit, the grass as green as the kit worn by the Michigan State cyclists we have been beating all season, and the drop in the first downhill muddy hairpin corner as vertiginous as any that the wonderful Tailwind team have created for all of us Michigan cyclocrossers so far.
Ellie Sterne set the tone by winning the Elite Women’s category. In category 4, Cat Culkin podiumed in fifth place in only her third race ever. Kayla Wiggin brought a beautiful belt driven mountain bike to the single speed race and came fourteenth - in only her first bike race of any kind ever!
Tyler Carlton placed fifth in Category 4. In the same race, Tyler Trask came ninth out of 30 racers, in what was only his second cyclocross race ever and while riding a mountain bike. In Category 3, Harvey Elliott placed sixth and Zach Benet twelfth. In the Elite Men’s category, Danny Soltan came seventh. In Category 5, Phil Ginsberg rounded off the day’s events by finishing third.
Several of the U-M cyclists took part in a clinic the day before held by Erin Disterheft from Wenzel Coaching. They highly recommend attending one of Erin’s clinics, which are fun, effective and comprehensive.
The team looks forward to shredding more mud in the next race in the Tailwind Racing calendar.