by Trish Albert/Southeastern Cycling
Elks Aidmore in Conyers was the first double race weekend for Bike Law Georgia Cyclocross Series p/b Perimeter Roofing. Saturday dawned sunny and eventually wound up sunny and hot. The Honey Badger course was run counter-clockwise. The bog was mainly ridable although many chose to run it. Rumors of some broken bike parts by the bog bunny hoppers were whispered throughout the crowd. Sunday was cool and cloudy with scattered rain everywhere except over the course. Light rain finally appeared during the Masters 4/5 35+/Women’s 3 /4 but did little except make the pavement slick. The course reversed direction for slightly less but steeper climbing. The bog took a few victims including a pair of handlebars but left most riders and bikes wet and muddy. Spectators gathered around the bog to see both the victory of getting over it via bunny hop, riding straight through, or running it….or defeat and carnage.
On Sunday in the Elite Women Molly Russell-Holmes (Loose Nuts Cycles) took an early lead, but she was shadowed closely by Emily Cameron (United Healthcare Georgia/706P). Emily could not close the few second gap, which gave Molly the win for both days. Brittnay Montgomery (Peachtree Bikes) was third.
In the Elite Men, a trio surprisingly stayed together until 2 laps to go—Jacob Morales (JM Racing p/b Scott), Nick Van Winkle (Specialized-BMW), and Andy Scarano (United Healthcare/706P). Andy was the first to be dropped. Nick was still glued to Jacob’s wheels. Somewhere on the backside of the course, Jacob put 15 seconds into Nick to the surprise of the crowd. Jacob increased the lead a bit more by the time he finished. Nick came in for 2nd with Andy in third.
On Saturday one of the most talked about incidents at the bog was in the Elite Masters 60+. The full sequence is in the Elite Masters gallery at http://sadlebred.smugmug.com (along with plenty of other races and photos). Lamar Mauney (Toyota Forklifts of Atlanta) had a wee wobble over the bog in the Elite Masters 60+. Michael Johnson decided to try to bunny hop Lamar. No Masters or bikes were injured.