Maris Farms SCX © Janet Hill

Maris Farms SCX © Janet Hill

by Kenton Berg

Seattle Cyclocross race number five took place Sunday at the pumpkin patch known as Maris Farms. In its second year as a venue for the SCX schedule, the Maris track was a week late in dishing out more tricks than treats to the racing population. Heavy rains overnight and over the past week helped transform the pumpkin patch into an incremental mud pit and turned the grassy areas into greasy avenues.

With pumpkins lining half the course, racers were tested by the mud sections as well as a number of back-and-forth turns that made up the south half of the course. After taking in a long run through shoe-stealing mud, racers hopped on their bikes to bump over the rocky road on the back side of the course. Hidden, sharp rocks took their toll on tires while the mud and grass took its toll on other parts of the bike.

Mud, Pumpkins, Sun © Janet Hill

Mud, Pumpkins, Sun © Janet Hill

After the trip around the rocky road, racers plunged into the grassy area and were off their bike as much as on it though a series of up-and-down rides/runs which then headed into the barriers and another run-up. More turny sections on the plateau area up top led to a fast off-camber turn next to the pits and then a quick grind up to the finish line.

Splash © Janet Hill

Splash © Janet Hill

With the morning squalls out of the way the Elite Men took to the course under mostly sunny skies and gradually drying mud. The dreaded peanut butter effect was coming on strong, but this didn’t seem to bother Nick Weighall (Cal Giant Berry Farms) who used his great bike handling skills and power to outlast Russell Stevenson (Cycling NW) by a minute and Logan Owen (Redline) who came in nearly four minutes back to complete the podium.

The Elite Women would take the stage after the men and would spend a good portion of their day working through the men’s fields that were sent out in front of them. While the peanut butter mud continued to cause havoc, Serena Bishop, (Sunnyside Sports) who traveled up from Bend, OR, and series leader Kristi Berg (CycleU) would put the power down to take first and second, and be the only two women who would finish on the lead lap. Coming in one lap down, but still on the podium, was Courtney McFadden (Cycling NW).

The SCX series takes a week off next week before resuming again on November 21st with race number six at the Sprinker Center outside of Puyallup, WA.

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Full Results

Elite Men

Here?BibMen 1/2NameTagTodays PlaceTimeTotal LapsAvg. Lap Time
y141Men 1/2Nicholas L WeighallPlease wear your tag!10:57:4990:06:26
y135Men 1/2Russell StevensonCycling Northwest59020:58:5090:06:33
y136Men 1/2Logan Owen31:02:1290:06:55
y101Men 1/2John-Christian FlackOlympia Orthopaedic Associates641:03:4290:07:05
y115Men 1/2Kyle McGilvrayOTB State Farm30050:58:0480:07:16
y112Men 1/2Loren Hanson12360:58:1080:07:17
y119Men 1/2Cory SimpsonWoodinville Bicycle470:59:0180:07:23
y106Men 1/2Aaron MickelsCycling Northwest11881:00:0180:07:31
y103Men 1/2Carl HulitRecycled Cycles291:00:0180:07:31
y138Men 1/2Jeff GaeckleOlympia Orthopaedic Associates46101:02:0780:07:46
y105Men 1/2Ian MensherKeller Rohrback Cycling Team713110:59:2770:08:30
y120Men 1/2Toby SwansonBro Tour912Time N/A6Time N/A
y142Men 1/2Logan WetzelRedline71813Time N/A5Time N/A
y139Men 1/2Mark Hanson72114Time N/A5Time N/A
y130Men 1/2JD FetteHB29315Time N/A4Time N/A
y113Men 1/2Alex WilsonRecycled Cycles70716Time N/A1Time N/A
dns100Men 1/2Landon EricksonTeam Stanley117DNSDNSDNSDNS
dns108Men 1/2Michael PeaseCollision 17DNSDNSDNSDNS
dns109Men 1/2Solomon WorasMethow cycle and sportDNSDNSDNSDNS
dns110Men 1/2Jeff AndersonTeam Stanley119DNSDNSDNSDNS
dns111Men 1/2Michael FusaroCycling Northwest125DNSDNSDNSDNS
dns114Men 1/2Chris HillCucina Fresca3DNSDNSDNSDNS
dns116Men 1/2Aaron BradfordAaron BradfordDNSDNSDNSDNS
dns117Men 1/2Zac McDonald362DNSDNSDNSDNS
dns118Men 1/2Randy BottCucina Fresca116DNSDNSDNSDNS
dns122Men 1/2Kevin NoilesLa Bicicletta pro shop126DNSDNSDNSDNS
dns123Men 1/2Jason WilliamsTeam Stanley127DNSDNSDNSDNS
dns125Men 1/2Adam FungDC Velo131DNSDNSDNSDNS
dns127Men 1/2Ryan IddingsRedline8DNSDNSDNSDNS
dns128Men 1/2Nick BerryMighty Riders217DNSDNSDNSDNS
dns129Men 1/2Kevin CalhounRocky mountain295DNSDNSDNSDNS
dns131Men 1/2Doug ReidSecond Ascent596DNSDNSDNSDNS
dns133Men 1/2Spencer PaxsonTeam Snm356DNSDNSDNSDNS
dns134Men 1/2Glenn SojaTeam Stanley130DNSDNSDNSDNS
dns137Men 1/2Benji PerinTeam Kirbotron595DNSDNSDNSDNS
dns140Men 1/2Galen EricksonKeller Rohrback Cycling Team714DNSDNSDNSDNS
dns242Men 1/2Brad CollinsBicycle Sports Pacific297DNSDNSDNSDNS
dns##?Men 1/2Aaron HuebnerCarbon Neutral CyclingDNSDNSDNSDNS

Elite Women

Here?BibWomen1/2NameTeamTagTodays PlaceTimeTotal LapsAvg. Lap Time
y321Women1/2Serena BishopSunnySide Sports72410:45:5160:07:39
y300Women1/2Kristi BergCycle University18120:46:3060:07:45
y312Women1/2Courtenay McFaddenCycling Northwest18430:39:3050:07:54
y311Women1/2Melanie LewisBlue Rooster / Sports Medicine Clinic18340:41:1450:08:15
y316Women1/2Jessica CulterCucina Fresca66550:41:1950:08:16
y307Women1/2Lee SmithTeam Group Health18260:41:2150:08:17
y317Women1/2Jadine Riley17770:44:0750:08:50
y305Women1/2Angela MysliwiecOld Town Bicycle p/b State Farm17580:47:0550:09:25
y304Women1/2Jo MarkhamOOA1789Time N/A3Time N/A
y320Women1/2Marsa DanielGroup Health36510Time N/A3Time N/A
y319Women1/2Ellen RuotsalaGroup Health31111Time N/A2Time N/A
y302Women1/2Brandee Era-MillerOlympia Orthopaedic Associates176120:00:000DNF/DNS?
y301Women1/2Jodi ConnollyBlue Rooster / Sports Medicine Clinic179120:00:000DNF/DNS?
y303Women1/2Kristen KelseyBuy Local Cycling180120:00:000DNF/DNS?
dns313Women1/2Ann Knapp319DNSDNSDNSDNS
dns308Women1/2Anne LoveCyclocrossracing.comDNSDNSDNSDNS
dns318Women1/2Jenni GaertnerRiverstone561DNSDNSDNSDNS
dns309Women1/2Jocelyn SetterHagens BermanDNSDNSDNSDNS
dns314Women1/2Kelly JonesNorth Shore Sport Med Clinic325DNSDNSDNSDNS
dns310Women1/2Liz MarzolfHagens Berman375DNSDNSDNSDNS
dns315Women1/2Nicola Mannjacks Bicycle Center373DNSDNSDNSDNS