Bargersville – Strong fields of athletes turned out
Saturday at the Planet Adventure-Gray Goat Sports Indiana State Cyclocross Championships
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
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Robert Annis reports for Planet Adventure.