2021 Old Gray Barn Georgia State CX Championships

by Saskia Hoppe and Lauren Haws

A chilly start to the day with hints of frost quickly evaporating leaving a fast and grippy course. This course has everything; knuckle of death (not a spiral, it wasn’t round!), a flyover, sand, muddy barn, and a pick your own adventure climb! 

In the women’s 4/5 the top 4 stayed relatively close together with Kristen Reece and Laura Brayfield fighting out for 1st and 2nd and Chanel Zeisel and Saskia Hoppe (Sorella Cycling) playing leapfrog fighting over 3rd. Laura was able to come out on top, followed by Kristen and Saskia managed to win the final leapfrog battle coming in 3rd.

The women 3/4 were also battling out for the state championship in cat 4, so the heat was on. Kristen Reece went out hard with the 3 cat 3s (Amelia Hick, looking for redemption after crashing out in the women’s 123 race earlier, Krystal Burnham and Luci Olewinski). The off camber caught her off guard allowing Sorellas Saskia Hoppe and Katie Pothier to sneak by. The cat 3s had their own race up the front, battling it out for points and prestige whilst the Cat. 4s, fighting for the state championship, were in the rear. Kristen Reece battled and fought to claw back the time she had lost early on and took advantage of a couple of mistakes from Saskia Hoppe to come cruising by with a lap and a bit to go, taking the cat 4 state championship. 

The Men’s 1/2 race was off to a fast start, but the first turn took a few victims as a crash in the corner gave Andrew Sparks a shot at the lead as favorite Nick Van Winkle got tangled in the aftermath. Nick dropped in the pack and made an incredible comeback to snag second place, but he couldn’t catch Andrew. Hank Beaver, Michael Sanders, and Cooper Hammerlund rounded out the top five. 

Preston Eye and Matthew Crabbe each snagged two jerseys with an incredible day of racing. Preston won the Junior Boys 15-18 and Men’s Cat 3 titles, while Matthew made easy work of the course and barriers in the Junior Boys 9-14 and Men’s Cat 4 race. Keep an eye out for Matthew at Cyclocross Nationals in Chicago! Maxine Richards took the win for the Junior Girls 9-14. 

Congratulations to all of the State Champions!