Monday, September 22, 2008

Moose Cross was a HUGE success

This post is from Dave Byers, Co-Organizer & Course Director of the first annual Moose Cross Cyclocross Race in Victor, ID. Tomorrow's post will be from Dave Byers, first-time cross racer.

95 racers converged on little Victor, ID to race our brand new cross course this past Saturday under a mix of sunny skies and Belgium-like wind & rain. We intentionally planned this event on the same day as the Oktoberfest taking place across the street at Grand Teton Brewing. Cross and beer go hand in hand right? A huge key to our success was the city of Victor. The city gave us their permission, and some generous man-hours, to build this cross course in the middle of the Victor City Park and it will remain as a semi-permanent course for future events.

The Moose Cross Team; Troy Barry, Scott Fitzgerald, Myself, Dave Bergart

I am sure every race promoter has a few "what the hell did I get myself into" thoughts. I was having mine the morning of the race when there seemed to be a million things left to do and I was running out of time. But we had a great team of guys to pull this thing and when something needed to get done, one of us stepped up and did it.

So many great people pitched in to help us pull this off and I can't thank them enough.

We had racers come from Colorado, Montana, Utah, and the other side of Idaho and it was so gratifying to hear them compliment our course and our race and say that they will back next year...with more friends.

There was some seriously good racing going on too and 'cross provides the greatest venue to see it all go down. Troy Barry and Sam Krieg battled it out in the Men's Pro race. We had a serious battle for 3rd through 6th in the Women's 1/2/3 race. And then there was the Under 12 kids race...holy cow. This was the highlight of my day. These little kids huffed and puffed their way around half a lap and the crowd went absolutely crazy. Every kid left with their own Moose Cross Cowbell to ring at future races.

Troy Barry and Sam Krieg throwin down

Amanda Riley-Carey won the women's Cat 1/2/3 race

The chicken was NOT slow

Good battles in the women's Cat 1/2/3 race

Chris E goes "cross crazy"

Co-Organizer, Dave Bergart, crushed the field in the men's Cat 3 race

Check out our Moose Cross site over the next week for more updates and pics.


Anonymous said...

Unbelievable event the First ANNUAL MOOSE CROSS. The sucess came from those who attended and a big thanks to all of those who made it real..I believe we started in June working on the course..Next year two days?
Nice work fellas.

Ed said...

Nice work DB. Organizing AND racing is crazy !


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