Guess who's knocking at the door ... yeah time to hide the kids and lock up the women and thrown the guns in the river ... Slayer is packin' a cross bike and he's coming to your town. That is if your town happened to be Ann Arbor this past weekend.
Haney aka Slayer on the top step of the Men's 45+ in Ann Arbor this weekend along with (Left to right, Jeff Center) Mike Seaman, Andy Klumb,, Bob Wozniak and Mark Wolowiec
Once again a nice showing for Westsiders at this weekend's Double-Header in Ann Arbor. This Tailwind race has to be one of the toughest, and possibly the best (pretty subjective, I know) cyclocross race in Michigan every year. While some courses, like the SVSU Red Zone course by Brian Hancock and the Stomach of Anger Crew, are getting pretty awesome, the two day hill climb and hammerfest in Ann Arbor,with its natural terrain, great spectator viewing, and excellent race organization has made this race an absolute cyclocross cross classic. (While I have photos of almost everybody that raced over the weekend sadly I don't have any of Adam McIntyre or Tom Burke. Tom took the podium two days in a row in the Elite race. How hard is that? Hard. Very hard.) Also - another late entry, and no photo - Fast Freddy Bunn also showed to hit the slopes at Ann Arbor in the Elite field. Nice job Freddy, you are my tough guy hero.
Yeah, that's Slayer and he carved this with his teeth after running away from a tough 45+ Master's Field in Ann Arbor on Saturday. He came back on Sunday with a second - to an elite racer that had "catted down" for the day. Nice work Jeff.
Osgood. In your face ... yeah you.
Is this the DUDE or what? Or is it just somebody picking up World's best cyclocross racer award? All of the above, we think, but then again we're very medicated today. Of course it's our good friend John Osgood picking up more hardware in the 35+ Masters in Ann Arbor - both days. John is killin' it this year.
Leaning on the cross bike to stay upright ... Good going on day one. Hurtin' on day 2.
Yeah I picked up a trinket by climbing onto one of the lower steps. Love the Halloween colors in the medal ribbon. Yeah, those guys got style over there.
Nancy Lange does it once again, riding onto the podium on Saturday. WELL DONE Nancy. You are truly cyclocross crazy.
While I sadly don't have any photos of Laura Melendez from the race (taking hand-ups again I see) it was worth noting that the Ann Arbor crowd knew she was coming. Just check out these T-shirts:
Yeah, she's a one, that's for sure.
Don't know about that one, but it's certainly an invitation, isn't it?
Well we'll check on this one. I didn't see it listed on the Results page. Oh my.
NOW ON WITH THE FUN STUFF: BIG MAC VIDEOS FROM SATURDAY AND SUNDAY
These two videos will tell you practically all you need to know about the weekend racing. Another great production (set) by Adam McIntyre. Not only did Big Mac make some great videos, he also put in some great races in a super-tough and pack B (that's Cat 3, not Kisscross kids). He took 6th both days in fields of almost 50 racers. You can see by the video that they guys aren't kidding around. Lots of Elite Racers, and future Elites are in here and Big Mac is giving them a smack down.
Thought riding and running up all those hills was hard on Saturday? Try it, below, in the opposite direction on a muddy and slippery course.