Friday, December 10, 2010


NCNCA Cyclocross Racers Continue Purge Of Medals At USA Nationals Day 3.

Course Conditions Are Epic As Nor-Cal Shows Nation Who Is Boss In Cross.

Don Myrah(Buy ripped off one of the best rides of Nationals 2010 earning Gold in the Masters Men 45-49 division.  Myrah won solo with over a one minute advantage on second place in this age group.  There were over 100 riders in the field and Myrah was top of class by far!  Last season Myrah could only muster the Silver medal in his comeback to Cross racing at Nationals.  A past Elite Cyclocross Champion, Myrah's performance this year in Bend was solid Gold.
Congratulations Don!

Devon Haskell(Bike Station Aptos) has been one of the leading ladies in Nor-Cal Cross for 2010.  Haskel is now National Champion in the Masters 30-34 age group.  Haskel put together a amazing performance in super difficult conditions on her way to the Gold Medal.  Her race was competitive all the way to the line, and the thrilling last lap was legendary.  Haskel earned Gold by a mere 10 seconds on the line in one of the more hard fought
races on the day.  This is the second year in a row that NCNCA region racers have won this division.
Congratulations Devon!

Barbara Howe(Ibis And The Danger Twins) claimed the Silver Medal today in the Masters Women 35-39 division.  Howe was on her game in the treacherous conditions and had a serious shot at Gold in her race.  Howe earned Gold in 2009, and this year she was a scant 18 seconds away from this mark.  Howe is one of Nor-Cal's finest Women Cross racers ever, and her ride in Bend proved this point again.
Congratulations Barbara!

Kerry Barnholt(Scott/Ritchey) was the Bronze medalist in the Masters Women's 35-39 division.  This field was stacked with talent and NCNCA racers claimed the Silver(Howe) and Bronze(Barnholt) medals from this group!  Barnholt was the reigning National Champion in this field, and knew she would be marked and watched closely by the rest.  Barnholt is a world class athlete and the NCNCA is so proud of her outstanding season of Cross racing, which she capped off by bringing home the Bronze Medal at Nationals.
Congratulations Kerry!

Also earning National Championship Medals Today In Bend Oregon from the NCNCA Region Were...

Karch Miller(Davis Bike Club) in the Junior 13-14 age group- Silver!
Spence Peterson from Mill Valley in the Junior 15-16 age group- Bronze!


Past national Cyclocross Champion Alan Coats(Cal Giant Inc.) had a super strong ride in the Masters Men 45-49 race.  Coats was in a dog fight for the Bronze medal in a field of over 100 riders.  In the end Coats was only 16 seconds off the Bronze.  The NCNCA is very proud of Alan's ride, and making 4th overall in his division.

 Emily Thurston(Missing Link-3rd Rail) has had a break out season for Cyclocross racing in 2010.  Thurston has shown that she is a force to be reckoned with in Cross.  Her race at Nationals was possibly the most exciting of the day.  Thurston was in a close battle for the Bronze Medal.   The racing was back and forth as it broke down to a two-up test for Bronze.  Thurston and a racer from Somerville, MA were locked in a dual that came right down to the line.  In the end Thurston missed the Bronze medal by 4 seconds.  Thurston's podium appearance showed her incredible season was for real.  Congratulations Emily on your Cyclocross accomplishments!