Big Elm/ QuadCross Weekend!


Photo by Katie Busick

This was good weekend at the races for the Cuppow boys. Mike took the win at Big Elm, while Ian (whose tactical nous helped win the race) managed to hold on for third. The course was fun, though temperatures approaching 90 are somewhat less than ideal for a sport that romanticizes the freezing rain of a Belgian winter. We made the best of it, and even brought home the mystery “holeshot prize”, which turned out to be a very functional (though not particularly mysterious) floor pump. Big Elm was a fun event – super low key at a beautiful ski mountain near Great Barrington.

Quad cross has been the traditional New England season opener for almost 10 years. Now held at the Maynard Rod and Gun club, the course is a mix of technical turns, blazing fast downhills, a long grind up a dirt road, and even more technical turns. There was a huge turnout for the elite race, and the guys had their work cut out for them – particularly Mike and Ian, who had raced hard the day before. Matt had a great race – he only had his single speed setup and finished just outside the top 10. Mike and Ian paid for their efforts from the previous day, the former bouncing off trees for 6th and the latters thighs calling it a day in 15th. We think Kevin mechanical-ed and was unable to steal Adams fat bike out of the pit.

Matt and Ian did the singlespeed race while Mike shame-ate pie at Verill Farm. Matt showed us all how to do a second race and managed 4th, Ians (by now very sad) legs held on for 7th.

See you next week in scenic Hartford Ct!

-Mike

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