Congratulations to Ali Goulet of The Church of the Big Ring/
RealCyclist.com … I’ll be adding to this post as I find more information; but I’m damn pleased about that third place, although like many, I’d be happy if Ali were on the top step.
Richard Sachs tells me that Ali was crushing, and led for most of the race … so I’m definitely looking forward to reading details of the full race, which I’ll be adding here.
Update: No further details on the Masters 35-39 race, but Utah’s Eric Rasmussen (Porcupine-Specialized) picks up a nice 5th place finish in the Masters 30-34 race … another good showing for a Utah rider.
Update 2 (10:38pm MST): Finally some details on the 35-39 race, from Cyclocross Magazine:
With 185 riders, the men’s 35-39 field was especially deep this year with 2-time national champ Brandon Dwight (Boulder Cycle Sport), USGP Series Winner Ali Goulet (Church of the Big Ring-Realcyclist.com) (on his Pinarello cyclocross bike we just featured), Matt Kraus (Richard Sachs-RGM Watches-Radix) and a bevy of regional hot shots all taking a shot at the title. Kevin Hulick (The Vanilla Workshop-Speedvagen Racing) took the holeshot, but Goulet pulled out to an early lead with Dwight close behind. Carnage at the end of the first lap would test the running legs and mental toughness of too many riders.
Goulet continued to do his best to ride away to the jersey, but Dwight and Justin Robinson (Cal Giant Berry Farms-Specialized) were having none of it. Behind the two chasers a pack was forming that inlcluded Jonathan Baker (Hudz-Subaru), Erik Schulz (Specialized-River City Bicycles) and a few other racers. Goulet would continue to pour on the speed, with Robinson continuing the chase. Dwight was dropped from the chase and faded as Baker stepped up and made contact with the leaders.
Coming through the pits, Dwight charged back and took the lead with Goulet and Robinson just behind. Baker connected with the three leaders, but Dwight attacked and put Robinson and Baker in some difficulty. Baker reconnected and was able to take advantage of Dwight’s fall to take second on the course. Once reconnected, Baker attacked, Goulet was clearly suffering and dropped off the pace, but Robinson was able to answer the acceleration.
Robinson chased for the rest of the last lap but Baker would come out the winner. Robinson was all smiles taking second though, and Goulet held on for third. Dwight recovered from his crash to finish fourth. Local rider Shannon Skerritt (The Vanilla Workhop – Speedvagen Racing) would come through for fifth on the day.
Update 3 (Sunday, 10:09am MST): Cyclingnews.com’s comments are kind of lamely short:
USA Cycling Cyclo-cross National Championships: Masters Men 35-39 | Cyclingnews.com
The three early leaders were not the story, however, in the Master men’s 35-39 event as Jonathan Baker (Vitamin Cottage) surged from the fourth row to catch the leaders late in the race.
“After getting through the pack I was riding by myself most of the time,” said Baker. “I wasn’t sure if I would catch them, but I just wanted to keep racing hard. I was 20 seconds back at one point, but I think they started looking at each other a bit late in the race and I was able to close it.”
Baker passed Justin Robinson (California Giant Berry Farms), Ali Goulet (Church of the Big Ring) and 2008 national champion Brandon Dwight (Boulder Cycle Sport) on the final lap to move up to the top step of the podium.