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Nationals a month away..... Who's going to win??????(14 posts)

Nationals a month away..... Who's going to win??????p lo
Nov 13, 2002 12:51 PM
gully gets my vote right now
re: Nationals a month away..... Who's going to win??????eurochien
Nov 13, 2002 1:18 PM
My money's on Todd Wells, just because you picked Gully first. Are you going?
If I voted from the heart...eurochien
Nov 13, 2002 1:24 PM
I would pick one of the Mc Cormack bros. They've been at it forever, they ride long seasons on the road and they come back for cross every year. Plus I read something about one of them at some recent race running all the sections that all other top guys were riding/bunnyhopping without losing any time on them, and that gets my vote. I would also like to see 38 year-old working man Dale Knapp do well there.
re: Nationals a month away..... Who's going to win??????p lo
Nov 13, 2002 2:00 PM
i want to go. it was really fun last year. i found tickets for $218. i am not ready for cross to be over yet, thats for sure

what about you????
Johnson, Wells, Gully in that orderBipedZed
Nov 13, 2002 1:45 PM
Even though TJ hasn't been racing much this season he can't be counted out. I watched last year's race in person and he was out in front and would have won if he hadn't flatted in the last 20 minutes allowing Wells to close the gap. Then again, if Wells had been able to ride for himself the whole race, instead of sticking with an obviously hurting Gully, TJ never would have opened that huge of a gap.

Speaking of McCormacks there was a picture of Mark McCormack on cyclocrossworld.com hopping a tallish barrier. I caught a conversation he was having with Gully chiding him about Wells bunnyhopping everything. Looks like Mark did some practice for this season. No wonder as Wells was gapping EVERYBODY in the quad speed barrier section.

I would like to see someone other than Alison Dunlap win the women's title.
Johnson, Wells, Gully in that orderp lo
Nov 13, 2002 1:55 PM
i think the picture was actually frank mccormick hoping the barrier?

anyway, with no supercup it is hard to tell who really has the form this year. all i can tell is gully and wells were dominating the east coast uci races and wells won the redline race in seattle. jon page seems to be doing better then last year in europe. "the cat" has been winning the local races in seattle. and t brown was pretty impressive last saturday (but with gully and knapp flatting it is hard to tell).

after going to nationals last year i have decided that i have to root for the local boys..............
D'AlusioSabine
Nov 13, 2002 2:29 PM
Why limit all the speculation to the men's race? Besides, its the women that actually have a shot at the World's Podium.

oh and Wells.

Sabine
D'Alusio vs. DunlapBipedZed
Nov 13, 2002 2:44 PM
I can only speculate that Dunlap may not show up this year for Nats. She usually races with the CO Cat 3 Men in prep for Nats and I haven't seen her yet this year. Last year she wanted to pull off the double MTB and CX World Champion which doesn't apply this year.

Otherwise D'Alusio, McConneloug, Grande, with Bessette probably somewhere in there but not eligible for the title.
Don't forget aboutSabine
Nov 13, 2002 3:01 PM
Rachel Lloyd. She was ahead of Carmen and Gina at our race this last weekend, until she had eye/mud problems and "cracked".
Zed has my money for whatever they call his class. nmPack Meat
Nov 13, 2002 3:07 PM
Zed has my money for whatever they call his classp lo
Nov 13, 2002 3:22 PM
if you win his class your called "sandbagger national champ"
or at least thats what the winner from last year was...

seriously though, i think zeds form may be on the downslide????? or was it bad luck this weekend? maybe sickness?
The inevitable slideBipedZed
Nov 13, 2002 4:04 PM
Did way too much intensity the week before this weekend with only 1 rest day. I paid for it by suffering (way more than normal) and generally feeling extremely crappy both races. Last year about this time I started the downslide and compensated by training harder. So stupid. This year I recognize the trend and am taking steps to rest more and train much smarter. We'll see if it pays off this weekend and particularly for States. Yesterday I did my first real recovery ride at a true recovery pace. I've always been a more is more and what doesn't kill you makes you stronger kinda guy, but that isn't working for me anymore!

As far as Mens B at Nats it's so tough as there are 150 starters. The biggest battle is getting start line position. It's seriously the most stressful part of the race...no kidding.
The inevitable slide part 2p lo
Nov 13, 2002 4:35 PM
i had the same feeling this weekend too. no power at all and actually sick on monday. spent the last 3 days off the bike and taking meds. hopefully i can race saturday?

your right about nationals. last year was a mess on the starting line. i was like 10 rows back at the start. it is hard to make that race any sort of goal when one of the biggest factors is out of your control. it is like a mad house trying to get on the line.
more picksatpjunkie
Nov 19, 2002 12:39 PM
Watch for Alan Coats (defending Masters 35 Champ). A couple weeks ago he won his division then rested about a half hour and finished top 5 in mens elites. Form looks great. Also Parry Paolini, up and coming Jr rider. As far as the biggies, McCormack / Wells tought o beat and I'll go with D'Alusio. I'll be there watching and maybe getting my A55 handed to me in the C's