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Smoke-N-Suds Weekend Part 2

After day one of the Smoke-N-Suds weekend, we spent the night in the campground at nearby Devil’s Den State Park waking up to temperatures in the mid-thirties. Yes, it was cold. We scrambled around and got everything packed up for day two at Lake Fayetteville but not until we made sure the entire camp could smell the Petit Jean Meats Peppered Bacon we were cooking. Saturday’s race had gone counter-clockwise and I was wondering how switching direction would alter how the race went today.

Temperatures quickly warmed up for another pleasant day in the park. The families showed up again, little kids, dogs cyclist and a few photographers were on hand to enjoy the races. We had brought a young rider with us, the child of  good friends. She decided earlier in the summer that she needed to give cyclocross a try and dove right in. The first day’s race was tough for her but this was a new day and she would soon be racing again with the juniors, with a smile on her face and belly full of bacon and eggs.

The first group to go was the Cat 4 men and 40+ Masters division for 40 minutes of racing. It was a pretty large group at 9 am on a brisk morning.

The large group of Cat 4 and Masters gets started.

The large group of Cat 4 and Masters gets started.

Silhouetted by the early morning light.

Silhouetted by the early morning light.

Next up were the Junior men and women, the young lady we had in the race seemed to have a much better day and was seen making faces and smiling a lot during her time in the saddle.

The Juniors and Women dealing with the barriers.

The Juniors and Women dealing with the barriers.

Mandy has a good time racing.

Mandy has a good time racing.

Finally the open class went. This is the fast group. They would be racing for 50 minutes. It was amazing to see how quickly many of them covered a full lap.

CHAD CRAGLE grabbed third overall in the open division.

CHAD CRAGLE grabbed third overall in the open division.

In the end it was Gerald and Cooper Drummond who owned the race. They took the lead early and never looked back. Watching them clear the barriers was like watching an intricate ballet. I’m guessing they practice.

Cooper and Gerald clearing the barriers.

Cooper and Gerald clearing the barriers.

The atmosphere throughout both days of racing was festive, cowbells were ringing, families were supporting each other while also getting some heckling in. The folks at The Highroller Cyclery and De Pijp Cycling Federation did a great job of organizing the event.

Everyone likes watching cyclocross!

Everyone likes watching cyclocross!

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