Redline Bicycles has helped sponsor the MSG series for many years. This year the emphasis was on growing the ranks of juniors and the Conquest 20 & 24 were givien as series prizes to the junior kids. Some of the prettiest courses we have ever seen, in parks that are downright lusciuos, if you are ever down Tennesse way….get to these races!
Here is the season wrap-up report:
It’s hard to believe that the Mud, Sweat and Gears Series has ended. Racing began way back in September in 90 degree heat, and finished in the mud and ice, on December 4th. This year was our seventh season expanding to 8 races from the 6 in previous years. We also added new venue, Farmhouse Gallery and Gardens, in Unicoi, TN. Cyclo-cross is still growing in the southeast and we had an increase again this season, averaging 150 entries per race and and an average 139 unique individuals. That is along way from the 40 or so way back in 2004. This year we also had the honor of hosting 3 South Eastern Collegiate Cycling Conference races, the last one being the SECCC Conference Finals. 2010 was the first time SECCC has had a full cross season.
This year we had an opportunity to create our own cyclo-cross specific team with the focus being on juniors. The response was huge and we ended up with 14 kids along with many of their parents, and rank and file members of the Tri-Cities Road Club. The kids participated in all of the MSG events, but also were exposed to bigger events. In October, we traveled to Louisville for the USGP, and in November, the NCGP of Cross in Hendersonville, NC. At our series final we gave away two Redline kids bikes that were also available for kids to demo though out the series. It was great to see kids get such and awesome prize. Below is a race report of the MSG final which includes a bonus a report on the SECCC final held the following day, at the same venue, and on the same course. We really appreciate our sponsors who have supported us for so many years, especially Redline which has been apart of MSG since the beginning. This has been our biggest season yet! Thanks to all our sponsors, you make it happen!
MSG Series Final, and ETSU Buccaneer Cross, December 4-5, 2010
Cyclo-cross racers from 9 different states, and collegiate racers from 9 different Colleges and Universities raced at the Farmhouse Gallery & Gardens. The conditions were appropriate for a cross race with snow and ice on Saturday and 10′ wide, 70′ long stretches of thick mud on Sunday rivaling the heavy courses of Europe. Races where held for 13 different USA Cycling Categories and two collegiate races. Mud, Sweat, and Gears completed it’s seventh season that weekend, this was also the first full SECCC Cyclo-cross season. ETSU Buccaneer cross was a first time event organized by the ETSU Cycling Club and was the conference final. Both events were held at the Farmhouse Gallery & Garden in Unicoi, TN. MSG’s 8 race series was title sponsored by the Town of Unicoi.Following the racing at "The Farmhouse" collegiate racers left for Bend, Oregon the following week to race at the USAC Cyclo-cross National Championships. Lees-McRae College of Banner Elk, NC won the Division 1 title at Nationals, Mars Hill College of Mars Hill, NC finished 2nd in Division 2. Appalachian State’s, Ashley James, also a pro cyclo-cross racer for Kenda tires, won the National Championship Collegiate Women’s Division 1 jersey.