Old Grey Barn CX
Photos and report by Trish Albert/Southeasterncycling.com
The Old Grey Barn venue in Rocky Face was back in the Parks-Law.com Georgia Cross Series p/b Terrapin after several years away. Privateer Cyclocross put on a top notch event and blew away most of the racers with a challenging yet fair course. Racers started on the gravel road before turning into the grass. The course went up and down the big hill on the backside several times before coming down and into the flyover. The steep stairs challenged shorter riders, but the ride down the backside was easier than it looked when standing on the top of the flyover. The course then let racers go full gas before going through the race’s namesake, the Old Grey Barn, and over the barriers. HandUp Gloves and Privateer had a great heckle and handup zone around the barn. Beautiful and breezy weather kept things pleasant throughout the day.
The Elite Women’s top podium spot was an open race with series leader Mackenzie Myatt in Montana winning the varsity Collegiate National Championship. Her SCAD teammate Judah Secenbaugh, Molly Russell (LNC Racing Team p/b Slim Wonder Wears Socks) and the Sorella Cycling p/b Hincapie Sportswear duo of Brittany Montgomery and Cambrie Epperson were among the favorites for the win. With the official’s start whistle they were off! The group stayed bunched up as they turned right onto the grass. It was not until the first climb that things started to stretch out. Judah took the early lead with Molly, Brittany, and Cambrie close back. Eventually Molly pulled away from the Sorella racers. She earned a well deserved second place. Brittany and Cambrie would go 3-4 with GACX Series director Elizabeth Lee (Team Zoom) rounding out the podium.
Nine Elite Men toed the line for the start of a competitive race. Elliot Barring took the lead with former Master National Champion Spencer Whittier (Privateer Cyclocross), series leader Nick VanWInkle (Litespeed-BMW), and Wesley Garland (Team Mission Source/NCGA) right behind. Half way into the race Nick dropped back with a mechanical. Having to pit, he lost time. Spencer and Wes took advantage to pull a little closer to Elliot, who was having none of that. He strung his lead out so far by the end that he had time on the final lap to take a beverage handup and an Oreo handup as well as wave to his adoring fans in the heckle zone. Spencer and Wes were all business going into the final lap. They would finish in that order with Nick rebounding to take 4th and Cooper Hammarlund (Primma Tappa Cycling p/b Mansfield Oil) in 5th.
Kenny Oladapo (Bike Law Georgia) bunny hops the first barrier in the Single Speed at Old Grey Barn CX. Then Not a Hop over the second barrier. Kenny’s OK!!!. Kenny got up & finished with a a strong Top 10 placing after hopping the barriers every other lap!