2018 Cole Cross Race Report

by Trish Albert/Southeastern Cycling

A gorgeous weekend was on tap for the double dose of Cole Cross at the Oglethorpe Speedway Park. The OSP bar kept everyone hydrated on Saturday. Rain on Thursday packed the course down, creating great racing conditions.Wind on Saturday kept things interesting as racers faced headwinds on several of the straights. The course was different than in years past. Gone was the spiral of death and in its place were several trips up and down a a short hill. The course also went around the new go-kart track. Reactions to the new course were positive.

GACX Director Elizabeth Lee (Team United Healthcare Georgia/706P) has an “Oh Crap” moment coming off a hill. Photo by Jim Behning.

Race action was fast both days Groups of racers stayed together in several races. Spectators thought they might end in a sprint finish, but most had one rider that was able to pull away to take a solo win. Mackenzie Myatt (Team United Healthcare Georgia/706P) and Nick Van Winkle (Specialized-BMW) took the Elite wins both days.

The Men’s 1/2 leaders stayed together much of the race on Sunday.