Written by and photos by Trish Albert/Southeastern Cycling
Camp Frank D. Merrill, home of the 5th Ranger Training Battalion, hosted this year’s Dingo CX in Dahlonega, GA. We were lucky enough to have the entire airfield for the race. What a cool and usual venue! The course wound around the airfield and through a few short sections of woods. A double set of barriers broke up the first quarter of the race. Two main dismounts were a run up in the woods followed by a short downhill and a wide mudhole that may have been a creek in wetter years. Speaking of water, what is Dingo CX without some rain? Mother Nature threw North Georgia a small curve ball with some showers overnight Saturday. With how dry the last few weeks have been it was just enough to knock the dust down and make course conditions really nice.
Brittnay Hopson cheers on the racers.
Good fields took the starting line all day. Thirteen women lined up for the Women’s 1/2/3 race. The start was a flurry of the blue and grey kits of Sorella Cycling and the purple kits of The 706 Project Ladies as they scrambled for the pointy end of the field. Several riders came into the barriers together, and it would be another quarter of a lap until things began to break apart. Maria Carrelli (706 Project) and Brittany Montgomery (Sorella Cycling p/b Hincapie Sportswear) put a little distance over the other racers. They traded the lead several times throughout the race-once when Maria went through the tape and on the final lap when she sprinted past Brittany just before the finish for the win. Jean Miller (Sorella) rounded out the podium.
The Men’s Pro/1/2 race had XXX entries. Not wasting any time Sean Fincham (SCAD Cycling) went straight to the front. He may not have realized he was racing with other people. This was a one-man show from the whistle. Be the second lap he had nearly a 2-minute lead over Nick Van Winkle (Litespeed-BMW) and his SCAD teammate Artur Sagat. Spectators that were on the backside of the course near the single barrier were treated to a show in how to fly over a barrier and clear with with about 6 inches to spare. This was no bunny hop—more like a horse jumping over a fence! Nick did all he could to bring Sean back, but it was not enough. Artur passed Nick about half way into the race and hung in for second. Nick grabbed third.
Sean Fincham (SCAD Atlanta) jumps over the barriers in the Men’s Pro/1/2 race
Women Cat. 4
1 Iris Levin
2 Chloe Murdock-Sorella Cycling p/b Hincapie Sportwear
3 Molly Russell- Spindle X Westside Bikes
Men Cat. 5
1 Chase Key (Chase-We need your info.! Email firstname.lastname@example.org #568)
2 River Key #N/A one day
3 570 Aaron Thistle
1 Blake Wilson- Frazier Cycling
2 W. Harrison Nguy- Frazier Cycling
3 Henrik Klessmann- North Georgia Cycling Association, Inc.
Juniors 10-14 Overall
1 Reece Latham -North Georgia Cycling Association, Inc.
2 Stephen Heath- Frazier Cycling
3 Johnny Rhodes Delbridge -North Georgia Cycling Association, Inc.
The youngest racer, Jack Johnson (Frazier Cycling) shows grit and determination.
Top Junior Girls 10-14
1 266 Elizabeth May- Frazier Cycling
2 271 Sophie Zents -North Georgia Cycling Association, Inc.
3 275 Amelia Hicks- L5Flyers Cycling Team
Masters 40+ Cat. 1/2/3
1 Kirk Corsello- Next Moto Champion Cycling p/b Roswell Bicycles
2 David Marbut -Toyota Forklifts of Atlanta
3 Brady Rogers -Litespeed-BMW
Masters 50+ Cat. 1/2/3
1 Tim Marshall -Stonehaus Factory Trek
2 Chris Isenberg- North Georgia Cycling Association, Inc.
3 William (Dub) Smith Toyota Forklifts of Atlanta
Women Cat. 1/2/3
1 Maria Carrelli The 706 Project
2 Brittany Montgomery- Sorella Cycling p/b Hincapie Sportwear
3 Jean Miller- Sorella Cycling p/b Hincapie Sportwear
Cat. 4 Men
1 Cooper Hammarlund- Prima Tappa Cycling
2 Noah Williams
3 Davis Branyon -Prima Tappa Cycling
1 Sean Fincham- SCAD Atlanta
2 Artur Sagat- SCAD Atlanta
3 Nicholas VanWinkle- Litespeed-BMW
Men Cat. 3
1 Mike Flowers
2 Jeff Hopkins- Service Course Auto Works
3 Clay Adair
1 David Marbut-Toyota Forklifts of Atlanta
2 Zachary Holmes Atlanta- Bicycle Barn
3 Shannon Blanton
Masters 35+ Cat. 4/5
1 Jeffrey Burgoon- Smyrna Bicycles
2 Eric Burke
3 Bill Hansen- Peachtree Bikes