Indiana Cyclocross Championship wrap-up

NUVO's Eric Anderson continued a string of strong performances to earn the state championship.

Bargersville – Strong fields of athletes turned out

Saturday at the Planet Adventure-Gray Goat Sports Indiana State Cyclocross

Championships

, all hoping to be crowned the best cross racers the Hoosier state

has to offer. Battling near sub-freezing temperatures; a muddy, rutted course;

and each other, the winning riders definitely earned their titles.

Sierra Siebenlist of Team Indiebike p/b Angie's List hadn't

been on the top step of the podium since the Traders Point race in October, but

on Saturday, she unleashed a monster effort that a strong Nicole Borem couldn't

match. Siebenlist rallied past leg and hand cramps during the race to steadily

pull away from the Bob's Red Mill rider, beating her by 37 seconds to earn the

elite women's state championship. Speedway Wheelmen's Jannelle Renschler was

third on the day.

Despite leading the Indiana Cup Elite Women season

standings, Siebenlist admitted to a "few bad weekends" here and there, and

wanted to pull out a big win to boost her motivation heading into nationals.

"My goal was to start strong and hang on," Siebenlist said. "I

went hard and set the tone (for the race)."

After the race, Siebenlist credited her mother, a former

bike-shop owner in Iowa, for serving as her mechanic and pit crew.

In the elite men's race, NUVO's Eric Anderson continued a

string of strong performances to earn the state championship. Anderson was part

of a four-man lead pack for the first four laps, until he attacked during the

fourth lap and pulled away. A

strong Jonathan Card was second, more than 40 seconds back, and Specialized

Michigan's Tom Burke rounded out the podium.

"There was a short uphill section where I was getting some

traction and the others were struggling a bit," Anderson said. "That's where I

went and just held on. ... It helped we were riding on virtually the same course

as last week."

Anderson, who won the masters state title last year, is having his best

cyclocross season ever and hopes to carry his form into the Masters World

Championship in Louisville next month.

The day's entire results can be found here.

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 planetadventurerace.com

.

Robert Annis reports for Planet Adventure.

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