Sunday, September 20, 2009

Sue Butler (Monavie Cannondale) #2 at Star Crossed!

Wyman victorious over Butler and a deep field!

September 19, Elite Women:

The UK mtb star shine's in Seattle's rain & mud, Wyman tops Butler after getting the hole shot. Late-race rain crash out Canadian Alison Sydor (Rocky Mountains-Maxxis) and American Alison Dunlap (Luna).

Last year's winner Sue Butler (Monvaie-Cannondale) attacked her two powerhouse chase companions to earn herself a second place. Super Results!

Marymoor Velodrome hosted the start and finish of the Star Crossed event and the crowds gathered went wild at the star-studded call-ups for the pro-elite women's field sponsored by Herriott Sports Performance. Todd Herriott was on our fit for years when he was a pro.

Names like Sue Butler, Sydor, Wyman and the most prized was the call up for 6-time national champion, Alison Dunlap who came out of retirement to compete in the 2009 US cyclo-cross season.

It must rain in the UK? Wyman used her good start position and technical prowess to nab the hole shot out of the velodrome and onto the grass and shoots herself up the steep run-up with a small advantage.

Mid-way through the race the rain started to pour on the women's circuit bringing the mud and slick corners into play, things that favoured riders like Dunlap and Sydor who are world-renowned for their excellent technical skills from their mountain bike days. The Wobble-naught fit for Sue Butler allowed her the skills to stay up right.

Wyman slid out with three laps to go likely caused by the wet and slippery conditions. Her late-race tumble allowed the three chasers to close in, but it was not enough. Wyman picked herself up and continued on with a near 20-second lead that rose back up to 30-seconds as she rode her way into a victory salute ahead of Butler, Dunlap and Sydor.

1Helen Wyman (Kona)
2Sue Butler (Monvaie-Cannondale Wobble-naught & Myo-facts sEMG/Dartfish)
3Alison Dunlap (Luna Chix)
4Alison Sydor (Rocky Mountain-Maxxis)
5Kari Studley (Velo Bella)
6Emily Van Meter (Hudz-Subaru)
7Wendy Williams (Hudz-Subaru)
8Sarah Stewart (Total Restoration Cycling Team)
9Jenni Gaertner (Vertical Earth)
10Kristi Berg (Redline)

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