Dubbed the "grandfather” of winter
bike races in Vermont, this season the Frozen Onion was expanded to a
three race series, with stop #2 taking place in Montpelier, VT's
historic Hubbard Park this past Sunday. A recent thaw and torrential
rain storm left massive amounts of ice in the Park, and put the race
in jeopardy. But thanks to the work of the Park Crew and local shop
Onion River Sports, the course's ice patches had been covered up or
eliminated, and nearly 55 racers headed out for 4 laps on what was a
fun and fast circuit.
Matt Williams (Epic Brewing) attacked
leading into the race's main climb, and had expanded his lead by the
top. He came through lap 1 with a sizable gap on a small chase group.
However, midway through lap two Chris Hamlin (Bicycle Express) was
able to nail the gap back, with the Family Bike duo of Trevor Edmond
and Dylan McKeon in tow. While both McKeon and Edmond claimed to be
new to winter racing, they came prepared with studded snow tires that
were ideal for the course conditions. The added traction gained by
the studs would be a factor late in the race. The quartet stayed
together until midway through lap three, when Williams slid out
coming off a bridge and lost contact. Edmond soon went to the front
and neither Hamlin or McKeon could match his pace in the final mile.
Edmond was able to cruise to the win, with Hamlin and McKeon rounding
out the top three.
The women's race saw a sizable field.
Up the race's first climb Elisa Otter (Southern Express) and
cyclocross specialist Joanne Grogan (Cyclocrossracing.com) road
together at the front of the field. However, Otter was willing to
take more risks on the downhill sections and she soon got a gap that
she held all the way to the line. Grogan rode a steady race to take
second. She was followed by Kelly Ault (Mountain Moxie).
Though there was decidedly heated
competition at the front, racers of all abilities showed up,
including several costumed racers and two unicyclists.
All proceeds from the 2013 Frozen Onion
Series are benefitting the Mountain Moxie's "Moxie Sparks”
scholarship program, which provides bikes, equipment, and mentoring
to middle school girls in Vermont.
The third and final race in the series
is Saturday, March 2nd at the Millstone Ski and Bike
Center in Websterville, VT.
For more information visit: www.onionriver.com
1 Trevor Emond (Family Bike) 26:17:00
2 Chris Hamlin (Bicycle Express)
3 Dylan MeKeon (Family Bike) 26:31:00
4 Matt Williams (Epic Brewing) 26:58:00
5 Noah Tautfest (Bicycle Express)
6 Aaron Tauscher (Family Bike) 27:23:00
7 Dan Hormeier 28:21:00
8 Per Tonn (Onion River Sports)
9 Kip Roberts (Onion River Sports)
10 Ed Meyer 29:05:00
1 Elisa Otter (Southern Express)
2 Joanne Grogan (Cyclocrossracing.com)
3. Kelly Ault (Mountain Moxie) 36:09:00
For complete results click here.