Carl Decker Climbs and Descends to Win Raleigh’s Midsummer Night’s Cyclocross Race – Updated: Report, Photos, Results, Captions

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But the last lap’s off-camber sections and stairs proved to be too much, and Decker stretched his gap into a winning margin with flawless riding over the technical features.

Page would roll in nine seconds in arrears, with Berden another 26 seconds back. Krugoff and Lindine would complete the top five, but behind, Nieters would roll through as the first candidate for the Raleigh contract.

Nieters owns a bike shop and receives support from Van Dessel Sports, and wasn’t sure after the race if he was going to accept the contract. The next racer in line? His teammate Jake Sitler.

Berden, Decker and Page. Decker gets to hold the check, but Page would get his share. © Cathy Fegan-Kim

Berden, Decker and Page. Decker gets to hold the check, but Page would get his share. © Cathy Fegan-Kim

July cyclocross? It’s not for everyone, but for everyone present, it was exactly what cyclocross is any other time of year: a spectacular show, and a lively party. Raleigh has continued to grow its summer cyclocross event, and for three straight years, its dealers and some fast racers have come to party. We can’t wait to see what’s in store for 2014.

The fans, the party. Elite Men, 2013 Raleigh Midsummer Night's race. © Cyclocross Magazine

The fans, the party. Elite Men, 2013 Raleigh Midsummer Night’s race. © Cyclocross Magazine

Stay tuned for video interviews and more photos and captions.

Results below the photo gallery.

Elite Men – 2013 Raleigh Midsummer Night’s Cyclocross Race Photo Gallery:

Raleigh Midsummer Nights Cross 2014 Results - Elite Men

PlaceNameTeam
1Carl DeckerGiant Bicycles
2Jonathan PageFuji / Competitive Cyclist
3Ben BerdenRaleigh Clement
4Allen KrugoffRaleigh Clement
5Justin LindineRedline
6Jared NietersSEAVS/Haymarket
7Jake SitlerSEAVS/Haymarket
8Kevin Bradford Parish
9Jamey DriscollJamis
10Mark FlisSquadra Flying Tigers
11Thomas CookeSquadra Flying Tigers
12Bo PitkinWhite Pine Touring
13Carter LuckRaleigh
14Alex GrantSho-Air/Cannondale
15Nick IacorelliColavita
16Edwin BullVan Dessel
17Darrell DavesContender Bicycles
18Adam Finick

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33 comments
nealrogers
nealrogers

@pgball C’mon yourself. I agreed with @deckerator then, and I do now. Bring the right tool for the job, within the rules.

ThomasCooke
ThomasCooke

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. 

NickNesbitt
NickNesbitt

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. 

Michael Raemisch
Michael Raemisch

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.

RichardFries
RichardFries

....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....

Steven L. Sheffield
Steven L. Sheffield

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.

mattsavage
mattsavage

Adam Craig would've ridden up those stairs on a cross bike...

 

Steve Rescigno
Steve Rescigno

The whole race was lame! poor turnout and awful viewing! Change it up next year...

Cyclocross Magazine
Cyclocross Magazine

@tonny ynnot dunno what you mean about "this site", but yeah, cx should be mostly fun. Although @cyclocross content certainty not about promotions...

Allen Acevedo
Allen Acevedo

CX in July + drama = Why CX should start in Oct oh and congrats to Decker for the win!

Beth Boston Gearhart
Beth Boston Gearhart

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...

Tonny Ynnot
Tonny Ynnot

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 !!!!!

Jonny Soxx
Jonny Soxx

He should go see his priest or what ever...shouldn't feel good about a performance enhancing bike....

Christian Krämer
Christian Krämer

you keep on posting this win - do you honestly promoting racing on MTBs in CX??? This must be a joke!

pgball
pgball

@nealrogers Cycling is already a dollar intensive sport and requiring 'correct' equipment at the non-elite level discourages participation.

pgball
pgball

@nealrogers At the elite level riders should be on the 'correct' bike. At the amateur level, ride what you've got.

NickNesbitt
NickNesbitt

 @RichardFries hear. hear. CX racing is supposed to be fun not another thing to bitch about on the internets. 

SylvieFore
SylvieFore

@pgball @nealrogers Guys, time-out ! despite the bike choice discussion, this tweet was about Whitney who cheered up her husband ... ;-)

nealrogers
nealrogers

@pgball When it’s 23F out and 5" of snow on course, equipment isn’t discouraging participation; ability to race MTB encourages participation

nealrogers
nealrogers

@SylvieFore @pgball Ha! That’s right. She also pitted MTB for me, but I never used it. And she wasn’t judging me, regardless of bike choice!

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