The 2013 mountain bike season kicked
off in New England this weekend with the first Frozen Onion race in
Montpelier, VT. The annual snow bike race draws competitors from
around Vermont, and has been expanded into a three race series for
the first time this season.
This year's race featured racers on
nearly every bike imaginable. Rigid race bikes, snow bikes,
cyclocross bikes, full suspension race bikes, singlespeeds, old
Raleigh 10 speeds, even a unicyle could be found on the start line.
With some snow conditions on most of the course, and a couple of hard
pack road sections, no bike was ideal anywhere. In the end, Cooper
Willsey (Cyclocrossworld.com) took the win on a cyclocross bike, out
sprinting Kip Roberts (Onion River Sports), who was piloting a Surly
Racers completed three laps in
Montpelier's historic Hubbard Park, where fresh snow had made
conditions soft and challenging. Running was virtually mandatory,
even for those on dedicated snow bikes. Nonetheless, racers seemed to
enjoy themselves. As one rider noted on crossing the line, "my face
is tired from smiling.”
Early in the race, it was Matt Williams
(Epic Brewing) who led the field. Williams pushed the pace on the
first major climb, however, some bobbles in soft snow on the second
half of the course allowed Kip Roberts (Onion River Sports) to come
around. Kip was soon joined by Cooper Willsey (Cyclocrossworld.com)
and by the end of the first lap the two had a small gap on Williams.
The gap continued to grow on laps two
and three. Williams was joined by Noah Tautfest (Bicycle Express),
and though the two traded pulls they were unable to pull back any
time on the leading duo. Ultimately, Wellsey out sprinted Roberts for
the win, while Williams out kicked Tautfest for third. Micheal Rea
(1k To Go) rode a solid race to take fifth.
All proceeds from the Frozen Onion
series are going to the Moxie Sparks program, which provides mountain bike scholarships and mentoring to middle school girls in Vermont.
No women raced.
Special thanks to KG ODonnell for the race photography.
1 Cooper Wellsey, Cyclocrossworld, 25:33:00
2 Kip Roberts, Onion River Sports, 25:34:00
3 Matt Williams, Epic
4 Noah Tautfest, Bicycle Express, 27:19:00
5 Micheal Rea, 1k To Go, 28:20:00
6 Patrick Shank, 28:21:00
7 Arthur Foelsche, Onion River Sports, 28:42:00
8 Joel Page, Onion River Sports, 29:37:00
9 Matt Katz, Bicycle Express, 30:07:00
10 Andrew Wellman, Bicycle Express, 30:27:00
For full results click here.