Carter’s Compost presents another update on Michigan’s premiere fruit-themed cycling competition.
For Competition leader Lauri Brockmiller, less may be more as the season turns toward the mountain bike and cyclocross races in late summer and fall. She sat out the Boyne Marathon Saturday with her attentions squarely on the X100 on August 24th.
Endurance stud Danielle Musto entered as a heavy favorite, with the Boyne course, the heat and long distance suited her style of racing. Unfortunately, a series of mechanicals cost her time, enough, it turned out, to concede the win to the persistent Patricia DeVost. Patricia picks up full points for a B race, giving her ten clams in the bucket with a slew of big mountain bike races on the horizon. She’ll have chances to move well up the overall, especially if she slots in for a cyclocross race or two along the way. With few of the contenders voicing interest in starting cyclocross races, riders like former leader Chelsea Strate may be able to collect points for the pocket heading into November.
Brockmiller and teammate Bridgit Widrig control their own destinies, but it may not be over yet. Strate could take enough points in cyclocross to breach the podium, perhaps at the expense of teammate Zoe Reeves. The next race in the series is the 50 mile gravel road race at the X100, with gravel racing being one of Strate’s specialties. It’ll be interesting to see if the 15 points, -1 to the top 15 are enough of a draw to attract the likes of Reeves, Musto, Hagerty’s Melissa Ryba or Einstein’s 2012 and 2013 state road race champion, Mackenzie Woodring.
Here are the standings after Boyne Marathon:
|Jane Van Hof||20|
|Merry Van Der Lind||3|