Boone County Fairgrounds Race wrap-up

Nicole Borem took the elite women's victory.

A day after a tough, muddy race in Bargersville, athletes

enjoyed a fast, somewhat technical change of pace at the Planet Adventure-Gray

Goat at the Fair Cross.

A day after finishing second in the Indiana state

championship, Bob's Red Mill Racer Nicole Borem took the elite women's victory.

Competing in a ripped skinsuit from a crash earlier this month, Borem showed

few lingering effects from the previous day's muddy battle, blazing through the

flat course. Borem, who won last month at the Zipp CX race at the Indy

Cycloplex, defeated second-place finisher Elizabeth Cobb of by

nearly 30 seconds. Biowheels' Gerry Schulze rounded out the podium.

Borem said afterward the victory not only gave her some

needed information, but would boost her confidence heading into next month's

nationals in Madison.

"A few weeks ago I felt happy just to finish a race someone

near the leaders and now my mindset has switched back to racing to win," Borem

said. "That type of drive is necessary for nats because everyone is striving to

win a national championship. Winning today really helps me know I can put the

whole package together, but it was also good to not have a cake walk Saturday.

I was able to recognize I was not starting as strong I need to, especially in

muddy conditions, and I was able to correct that problem today before I line up

at nationals in a few weeks."'s Fred Rose led much of Sunday's race, but

Specialized Michigan's Tom Burke pipped him by less than seven seconds to win

the elite men's race. Wagner Research's Andy Messer came in third.

The Indiana Cup series concludes New Years Eve with the

season's second race at Traders Point. That same day, the Indiana MTB series

will officially launch with its inaugural dirt crit. For more details or to

register, visit


Robert Annis reports for Planet Adventure.


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