by Ryan Malinchak

With just a week’s notice, this year’s Cyclocross Magazine National Championships Fantasy Cyclocross League drew a remarkable number of entries. 194 fantasy teams battled it out for their shot at prizes from Zipp, TRP The Old Mill and Cyclocross Magazine.

Most of the teams had Katie Compton and Georgia Gould predicted as their top finishers in the women’s Elite race, and the two women lived up to expectations with Compton winning with a 30+ second gap over second place Gould, who had a considerable gap over the rest of the field.

While team picks for the men’s race were more varied, many had Jeremy Powers picked, and rightfully so after he won both the USGP series just a week ago in Portland as well as the NACT series overall. But an untimely crash a few laps in would claim Powers, opening the door for Todd Wells to take the lead, which he held for the rest of the race. As the remaining riders rolled through the finish in Bend, we got our scores tallied and the winners calculated. No big four accounting firm audited our results, so you’re just gonna have to trust us (or correct us).

All of us at CXM would like to congratulate Garrett Suydam (his team name is a boring “Team”) for winning the Nationals competition and earning himself a new Zipp Service Course cockpit including bars, stem, and seatpost, the same ones used by the Cannondale p/b CyclocrossWorld.com team.

Second place goes to Mike Davis (Pedal Sports) who has gotten himself a TRP hat and shirt, plus a nearly-complete box set of all back issues of Cyclocross Magazine. Meghan Korol (Get Bend!) got third place, earning a TRP hat and shirt as well as a collectible Old Mill Bend Cyclocross Nationals Poster. Fourth place was Eric Hamilton (Cutters), who gets dressed up with a TRP shirt, CXM mini cowbell and bumper sticker. Jake Sisson (Bergen FC) of Cannondale/CXW rounded out the extended podium in fifth place and gets a Old Mill Poster and mini cowbell.

The one bummer for a few teams is that Amanda Miller, double winner at Jingle Cross, was forced to skip Nats by her road team HTC-Columbia. We would have loved to see yet another Hudz-Subaru team member battling for a podium spot and get these fantasy teams some points.

Thanks to everyone for playing, and stay tuned as we try to relaunch our 2010/2011 League as well. Thanks to Zipp, TRP and The Old Mill for stepping in at the last minute for the league. (Now let’s see if we can get you your prizes before Christmas.)