Mafia overcomes mud, mechanicals at NACT Boulder
Monday, November 02, 2009
On a Halloween weekend that saw misfortune plague the Felt-sponsored Mafia Racing Team at every turn, the team’s riders persevered to earn top results at the North American Cyclocross Trophy races in Mafia’s home state of Colorado.
The first event of the weekend was the Blue Sky Velo Cup, held in Longmont on Halloween. Though temperatures warmed up for the race, a major snowstorm a few days prior left the course sloppy, challenging riders’ handling skills as well as their fitness. Mafia’s top male, Jake Wells (pictured), was riding comfortably in the top-10 of the Elite Men’s field until a flat tire knocked him back to 14th place.
Wells ended up finishing a few seconds behind Danny Summerhill of the Felt-Holowesko Partners Under-23 team. Summerhill, silver medalist at the 2007 Cyclocross Junior World Championships, finished seventh at the Longmont race.
The second day of racing, the Boulder Cup on November 1, proved to be a different test for Mafia’s riders. On a course that put a premium on flat-out power and sand riding skills, Wells again persevered, despite a last-lap crash, to slot into “lucky” 13th place in the Elite Men’s race. Summerhill finished eighth on Sunday.
Also representing Mafia, Lindsey Bishop, on the mend after a bout of H1N1 flu, netted a 13th place finish in the Elite Women’s event, her best ever finish in a UCI cyclocross event.
In addition to Mafia’s pro team, a stacked amateur squad earned hardware in several events throughout the weekend. On Saturday, Courtney Gregory won the Cat. 3 event, and Ryan McFarling earned a fifth-place finish in the Masters 35+ race on Sunday.