by Trish Albert/Southeastern Cycling
Boundary Waters Park in Douglasville was the third stop for the Bike Law Georgia GA Cyclocross Series p/b Terrapin. Although the course got six inches of rain a few days before the race thanks to Hurricane Michael, course conditions were perfect—just tacky enough and no dust. The Smyrna Bicycles team laid out a fun, fast, and slightly technical course that challenged all riders.
The mostly flat course kept races tight for the first few laps. It was no different with the Elite Women. Mackenzie Myatt (Team United Healthcare Georgia/706P) took the holeshot, but teammate Judah Sencenbaugh came around during the initial lap. Judah would lead the first half of the race. Molly Russell (Loose Nuts) chased and dug deep into her pain cave but could never quite catch the leading duo. Eventually, Mackenzie took the lead from Judah and won with a 15 second gap. Molly came in for a strong third
“THE” Jonathan Page was in Atlanta to conduct a clinic for some of the Junior teams. He was talked into racing the Elite Men for Team GACX. Unfortunately for Jonathan, Nick Van Winkle (Specialized-BMW) decided to put on his own speed clinic during the race. Flying through turns–check. Flying over the barriers–check, flying down the straightaways–check. It was a lesson in how to handle a cyclocross course going fast. While he may not have won, Jonathan put on a barrier demonstration* showing how smooth and fast his technique is. Behind Nick Artur Sagat (Team United Healthcare Georgia/706P) and Jacob Morales (Az Devo’s) were locked in a battle for third. Artur could not seem to shake Jacob until 2 laps to go; he was able to put 10 seconds between them to take second place. Jacob rounded out the podium in third.
*See the video on the Georgia Cross Facebook page.