by Trish Albert/Southeastern Cycling
Across the Beeriers. The name says it all—Bikes, Beer, and Cyclocross. It doesn’t get much better than that! Frank Travieso put together two great courses to challenge different types of riders. Saturday’s host was Southern Brewing Company. The course went through the brewery (!) and touched every corner of the property. Rain on Friday made it properly muddy and slick, expecially for the morning races. Sunday was at our amazing sponsor, Terrapin Beer Company. This course is known for its tight and twisty sections with plenty of short bursty uphills.
A flat start kept the riders for some races together for the first half of the course. This was true in the Elite Women, where everyone hit the field together. The turns started to break the group apart. Mackenize Myatt (Team United Healthcare Georgia/706P) pulled away from the pack. Molly Russell (Loose Nuts Cycles) was hot on her wheel throughout the race. The gap between the two was never more than about 10 seconds. Judah Sencenbaugh (Team United Healthcare Georgia/706P), who leads the series, came in for third.
The Elite Men’s race saw a similar start. The front trio of Jacob Morales (Az Devo’s), Artur Sagat (Team United Healthcare Georgia/706P), and Nick Van Winkle (Specialized-BMW) traded places throughout the race. One would lead over the barriers only to have the lead switch on the next technical section. In the end, Jacob won with Artur coming in just ahead of Nick.