Perfect Cross Conditions in KC
Were back. Kansas City turned into a sweet, sweet weather collage this past weekend. Ice storms from the previous week left the ground hard and frozen for the thursday cross crowd. Robin Guillaume a regular DEVO assistant, took fourth place in the highly contested B-men race. The course was icy for his race and he said he could tell the ground was about to unleash iceymudness upon the next days riders. Joe Burtoni, who helped organize the Cross movie night at the Abbey theatre in 2006, raced on friday afternoon. Racing in the 45+ category, Burtoni suffered a classic, 200 man strong pile-up, not 30 secs into the race, and bounced back to pick off 40 riders and finish in 46th place. Ryler Overend’s dad, Ned, took his second national championship in as many tries, as he demolished the 50+ field. Then it was another local legend and DEVO man, Travis Brown who swooped through the icy ruts to take second place in the singlespeed class after a 6th place the day before in the 35-39 age group. Jon Bailey, a DEVO roostmaster also shredded the single category. An 11th place finish was the sweet ending to his race that started him in the back of the pack, which was 100 strong. Thats 100 gears! Noah Singer a DEVO U-14 coach was there racing for Fort Lewis College and finished 25th, helping the team to a 2nd to Lees-Mcrae in the omnium. FLC coaches Dave Hagen and Rick Crawford were around the venue all weekend, giving the racers support in their amazing fashion. Todd Wells, a DEVO role model, took 3rd in a race that some spectators touted as the best back and forth action in years. This is a strong list of DEVO supporters. High Fives.