Eric’s focus this year is paying off. He cut the road season a little short to get a good transition period in and came into the ChiCross Cup series less than 100%, for sure. He’s quietly kept up within the top 10 though through the first two category 3 races enough to land a spot on the front row. Given the EXPLOSION that is the cross scene in theChicagoarea that’s the first portion of a good race in fields that max the 100 person limit.
Coming off of a recovery week his plan was to huck up to the front group, take in the draft and wait. His wait was not too long! On the 2nd lap he looked back and saw a gap coming through the start finish area and canned it. 5 seconds, 10 seconds and all the way up to a 20 second gap.
A crash sent the gap back down to 10 seconds and the race was opening up. 10 seconds, 9 seconds and then just a 5 second gap headed into the last lap. One guy was hot on Eric’s heels coming into the finish. Cyclocross rarely finishes in a sprint but this one was going to go to the line. The two exhausted leaders hit the last double barrier almost together and first one through wins the race.
Eric won! His first in the 3’s after two seasons of dogged determination and it netted him the upgrade to category 2. More to come for sure and so far so good with a couple of solid rides in the 1/2/3 fields at Chicross.
We are proud to call Eric a Training Bible athlete.