Carl Decker Climbs and Descends to Win Raleigh’s Midsummer Night’s Cyclocross Race – Updated: Report, Photos, Results, Captions
With a $1500 pay day at stake, it is understandable the stakes were high, and each rider wanted to take home the big prize. But with confusion of the rules, and the racers and organization hoping to end the day’s great racing and event on a positive note, a compromise was reached. Decker and Page would split the total prize money for first and second place, both going home with a handsome $1000, even though Decker stood atop the podium and got to hold the giant check. It was as happy of an ending you could expect for two very competitive athletes and a cyclocross-loving promoter group and sponsor.
Stars Come to Shine in Deer Valley
You could be forgiven for thinking this was a UCI race looking at the call-ups. On the line were a former World Cup winner in Berden, a former World Championship silver medalist and current National Champion in Page, a former National Champion in Jamey Driscoll (Jamis), multiple UCI race winner in Justin Lindine (Redline), plus a number of fast racers gunning for the Raleigh prize package of bikes and travel money for the first non-contract racer.
Page and Berden certainly treated it as a high-profile cyclocross race from the start, battling for the holeshot, with Berden leading the group into the first section of off-camber climbs and descents. “I’m a good starter,” Berden explained, and revealed that he wanted to be in front for those first technical sections to avoid being caught in traffic and getting gapped.
Page was right on Berden’s wheel, and coming down the first descent, had taken to the front, with Berden and his teammate, Allen Krugoff, following. Behind this trio was a surprising Jared Nieters (SEAVS/Haymarket), who was eyeing the Raleigh contract going into the race. Alex Grant (Sho-air/Cannondale), Lindine, Jake Sitler (SEAVS/Haymarket) and Decker gave chase. Notably absent from contention was Jamey Driscoll, who reportedly rode to the race, and would eventually flat and fall to ninth place.
Decker went into the pits to swap bikes and fell further behind. Page, Berden and Krugoff hopped the barriers in front of the Raleigh VIP tent, much to the crowd’s delight, but Krugoff was gapped by the smoother-hopping veterans in front of him, and soon it appeared to be down to a two-man race between Page and Berden, with Page riding in the lead for much of the race.
Decker Seizes His Advantage
Behind, the other racers faltered, crashed, or had mechanicals, as early favorite Lindine pulled a wire on his Di2 shifter and had to pit, and other racers fell victim to the sharp rocks scattered on the course. Avoiding all the mayhem was Decker, who was surging through the field, flying down the hills, airing transitions and floating up the stairs. The difference in speed between Decker and everyone else was obvious, and if Page or Berden had glanced back when navigating the many switchbacks on the course, they would have known a freight train was headed for them.
Sensing the catch, Page attacked Berden, and soon Decker caught and passed the Belgian cyclocrosser. “I don’t know what a mountain bike is,” joked Berden after the race. “I was born on a ’cross bike and I’m sticking with that.”
With two to go, it was Page, Decker and then Berden, and Pages’ five second gap on Decker looked fragile. Two flights of stairs later, it was gone, and Page found himself on edge trying to stay on the dual-suspended rider’s wheel, impressing fans by staying close on 33mm Challenge tubulars.
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Richard, we are grateful you brought the even here. Next year, look me up ahead of time...or Page...or Driscoll...or Chris Mackay. We'll all be happy to help with course design.
people, calm down. you are complaining about the outcome of a cx race in July. Try to improve your mood by riding your bike rather than getting angry on the internet. if you feel compelled to engage in douchebaggery then you and your comments belong somewhere else like road racing.
Yes you could ride up the stairs. Youdidntmuch more skill and it would require a MTb. But having said that I still love simply getting on a bike so temper your any complaints.
....hmmm..."lame????" really?...I'm looking at the names on the comments and I don't recognize one person who is associated with a great event. Please educate me as to their great achievements in promotions. As I always say, there are folks who "know everything" and then there are folks who "do everything." Funny, ya know, they're never the same people.... We had a blast. This was an industry pageant. CX 2013 is on....
As a USAC official who has also officiated most of the cyclocross races in Utah (even unsanctioned ones) for the past 10 seasons, I wish someone had let me know that an official was needed and I would have been there. As pointed out in the article, USAC rule 1I1(e) indicates that bikes must meet UCI specs at National Championship, NRC, and national team selection events, but in a USAC only race any mass-start legal bicycle is eligible for use in competition. That said, there is a letter of the rules view and a spirit of the rules view, regardless of how anyone feels about that, I think the solution worked out at the venue was a decent compromise, considering the situation.
@tonny ynnot dunno what you mean about "this site", but yeah, cx should be mostly fun. Although @cyclocross content certainty not about promotions...
Lame. If the course was better suited for a mountain bike then the course was bad.. Pros do not need to be riding a mountain bike in a cross race. Beginners who have that as their only option, fine. Anyone else...
Don't take this site serious ,this is just about promotions and for the rest bla bla bla from people who know nothing about cyclocross.......American style !!!!!
He should go see his priest or what ever...shouldn't feel good about a performance enhancing bike....
you keep on posting this win - do you honestly promoting racing on MTBs in CX??? This must be a joke!
@nealrogers Cycling is already a dollar intensive sport and requiring 'correct' equipment at the non-elite level discourages participation.
@nealrogers At the elite level riders should be on the 'correct' bike. At the amateur level, ride what you've got.
@RichardFries hear. hear. CX racing is supposed to be fun not another thing to bitch about on the internets.
@pgball When it’s 23F out and 5" of snow on course, equipment isn’t discouraging participation; ability to race MTB encourages participation