ASHEVILLE, North Carolina—Fried. That's how the racers looked each time they stopped for donuts in the first-ever Donut Race at the Cyclocross National Championships. Despite the aparent belly aches, everyone was in fine spirits if not fine form for this first-time event.
The race was a 15 minute sprint where racers could gain time on their competitors by consuming donuts or riding more laps. One other regulation was the riders couldn't eat more than two donuts per lap. Presumably this was for the safety of all involved.
What ensured was basically glazed mayhem. Riders charged onto an abbreviated version of the 2016 Cyclocross National Championships course, not unlike what the 9-10 and 11-12 Junior riders raced, except without a pass of Heckle Hill. Each lap just prior to the barriers they hit the "Donut Pit" where they could consume sugary goodness.
Most riders elected to eat donuts. It seemed nobody elected for the additional laps over chocolate covered, cake or glazed donuts. We can't say we didn't see riders not finishing their donuts. We can say we saw everyone having a great time.
The best part of the race was that it was for a good cause. We spoke with Tara McCathy the Event Director of USA Cycling who shared with us that the Donut Race was a fundraiser for a local Ashville, North Carolina, charity called I Dream Foundation that works to help folks with limited means to get to races and other events.
The inaugural Donut Race wasn't without issue. The self proclaimed champ, Reid Beloni, who rode the four lap event and ate eight donuts, was listed in the "official" results as third. Beloni ultimately took it in stride and shared his well-thought out strategy for the race with us—water and a singlespeed.
We were also fortunate enough to catch a mind-race interview with USA Cycling CEO Derek Bouchard-Hall and witness all the craziness that the Donut Race offered.
The Donut Race was goodness baked right in to what thus far has been a great Cyclocross Nationals.
2016 USA Cycling Cyclocross National Championships Donut Race Full Results
|1||Kent ROSS||Hosmer Chiropractic-RPM Mortgag||17:48.|
|2||Evan GOLDBERG||Rock Creek Velo||15:33.|
|3||Reid BELONI||Greenlife-Organic Valley p/b Hi||15:50.|
|4||Adam FULCHER||Rock Creek Velo||18:19.|
|5||Michael HOFFMAN||Nuts About Granola/Hoffman DieC||20:58.|
|6||Steven BEARDSLEY||Hosmer Chiropractic-RPM Mortgag||16:55.|
|7||Kristy CARTER||Asheville Bicycle Racing Club||19:19.|
|10||Julie VANDERHOOP||Green Line Velo||17:49.|
|11||Gregory COOPER||Prescott College||18:18.|
|14||Kevin WATT||Cyclocross Team||19:02.|
|15||Mark FASCZEWSKI||Trek Greensboro Generals||20:06.|
|16||Gavin KLINE||BSlow Racing||22:37.|
|18||Wendy COIN||Asheville Bicycle Racing Club||15:44.|
|19||Mike MYRACLE||Trek Greensboro Generals||16:07.|
|21||Maciej KAWALKOWSKI||Queen City Wheels||17:38.|
|22||William WARBURTON||Bend Endurance Academy||17:45.|
|23||Keith LEGG||Triton Multisport Cycling Team||18:30.|
|24||John Patrick RADEMACHER||Queen City Wheels||18:41.|
|27||Matthew REEVES||LNC Racing p/b Octane||15:42.|
|28||Arthur MORAN||Green Line Velo||17:14.|
|31||Kristen JANISZEWSKI||Team BBC||19:22.|
|32||Rhys MAY||LNC Racing p/b Octane||20:11.|
|33||Derek BOUCHARD-HALL||DC Velo Limited||20:38.|
|35||David PRESSLEY||Storm Racing Team||16:49.|
|36||Jack GRAHAM||US Military Academy||17:50.|
|38||Thomas FULCHER||Rock Creek Velo||18:11.|
|40||Wayne DELLAMAESTRA||Storm Racing Team||20:08.|
|41||Shauna SWEET||Crosshairs Cycling||20:58.|
|42||Marayah DEESE||Portland Bicycle Studio||16:54.|
|43||Dan WRIGHT||Twin Six||17:20.|
|44||Madison RAMSEY||Midwest Devo||18:12.|
|46||Kyle GISBERT||Tender Belly/Oskar Blues Cycloc||18:56.|
|47||Daniel SERRANO||Army Cycling Team||19:39.|
|52||Victoria SERVETAS||Team NYCROSS.com||19:10.|
|53||Patrick COCHRAN||Essex County Velo||19:38.|
|54||Cole SIMS||Vantage Health Plan/Team Colvin||20:16.|
|56||James FRANCISCO||Red Zone Cycling||15:41.|
|57||Corey TUCKER||Green Line Velo||16:40.|
|58||Kelley MONTOYA||Team KBC Devo/Aubreys Restaura||16:57.|
|59||Bob SZYMKIEWICZ||Slippery Sasquatch||17:00.|
|60||Brian MALARSKI||Omnium Racing||18:19.|
|65||Aaron ZOERNER||Alpha Bicycle Co.- Vista Subaru||18:28.|