Stevenson, McFadden Take Wins in MFG Kick Off Cross at Big Finn Hill Park

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Russ Stevenson heading to the win at the first MFG race of the season. © Robert Grunau

Russ Stevenson heading to the win at the first MFG race of the season. © Robert Grunau

by Robert Grunau

A week of rain provided tacky conditions for the earlier races, but course had nearly dried out, save for a small section of muddy section near the barriers, by the time the Men’s and Women’s 1/2 races got underway.

Voler CX rider and Masters 34-39 World Champion Russell Stevenson claimed the hole shot and led the Men’s 1/2 race from the word GO. Russell rode with a small group during the the first half of the race before pulling away, leaving a small group of four to chase. Kevin Noiles (HRS Rock Lobster Bay 101) and Dale Gain ( rounding out the podium.

Courtney McFadden (Bicycle Bluebook, HRS, Rock Lobster,) took the win in a Women’s race that played out in similar fashion. Sections of course caused bottlenecks allowing for gaps in both fields. Jessica Cutler (Bikesport NW/ Jamis) and Jenni Gaertner followed close behind McFadden to rounded out the podium.

The MFG Cyclocross season continues in three weeks at the Lake Sammamish GP on September 29th.




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