by Trish Albert/Southeastern Cycling
Road Atlanta is a new venue for Georgia Cross. It’s always exciting to see what kind of course we will have, and we weren’t disappointed. There was a fun downhill into the woods with a turn, a large pond to swim through (Phelps line) or to go around (Sven line), a killer hill with a steep kick at the end, and grass with turns & a downhill & more turns, and a fast finish. It was cold and breezy much to the delight of some.
The Elite Women always provide an exciting race for the spectators. Today was no exception. Molly Russell (Loose Nuts Cycles) and Judah Sencenbaugh (Team United Healthcare Georgia/706P) took off to the front. They were followed on the first lap closely by Dirty Peaches teammates Brittany Montgomery and Cambrie Epperson. Molly pulled away from the field and put 15 seconds on Judah. Brittany was in third chasing as hard as she could. On the fifth lap of seven, Cambrie passed Brittnay. Molly won with Judah in second and Cambrie in third.
This year has been the Nick and Artur show in the Elite Men. Only a couple of others have come between the rivalry. Not to disappoint the tifosi, Nick Van Winkle (Specialized-BMW) and Artur Sagat (Team United Healthcare Georgia/706P) distanced themselves from the competition fairly early in the race. They stayed on each other’s wheel swapping places here and there. Ultimately Nick won the sprint at the finish line. Jacob Morales (AZ Devo) came in for third.