The Bike Law Georgia Cyclocross Series p/b Perimeter Roofing hosted the Georgia Cyclocross State Championships on a glorious Sunday. A crisp morning gave way to a warm afternoon as racing heated up. Road Atlanta provided a great venue and a challenging course. It was a bit twistier than last year, and the fast downhill and soul sucking climb at 9-11% grade were as tough as racers remembered them. At stake were overall wins in every race as well as State Championship jerseys and medals in many categories.
The Elite Women’s race (sponsored in part by ByoCycles) was one of the most exciting with jerseys for both the Cat.1-2 and Cat. 3 Women up for grabs as well as cash for the overall winners. It was a sprint off the line to get to the first left turn. Teammates Mackenzie Myatt and Judah Sencenbaugh (United Health Care/706P) took off in the first quarter of a lap with Molly Russell-Holmes (Loose Nuts Cycles) and Abby Hobbs (Bike Fetish Devo) in hot pursuit. Half way into the race, Mackenzie used her world class mountain bike skills through the downhill in the woods to drop Judah. She soloed in for the win with Judah in second. Molly and Abby were on each other’s wheels the entire race. Molly held the advantage in the fast cyclocross sectionswith Abby’s enduro experience a benefit to her in the woods. Coming into the final corner, Abby had a bike lengths’ slight advantage until a minor bobble took her out. Molly sprinted past for third.
In the Elite Men, it was a mano-a-mano battle against this year’s two strongest riders, Jacob Morales (JM Racing p/b Scott) and Nick Van Winkle (Specialized-BMW). Several riders took up the chase, but Nick and Jacob only their sights set on the target on the other’s jersey. Back and forth the went for the entire 60 minutes. The final corner had loose gravel and would prove to be the deciding factor in yet another race. Nick’s wheel slipped out, which allowed Jacob to gain a meter on him. Both men were out of the saddle sprinting down the straight away like a Grand Prix Motor Car! Jacob clipped Nick by half a wheel for first. Artur Sagat (Team United Healthcare Georgia/706P) came in for third.