Butler repeats, Weathers notches win at Bald Peak XC
BALD PEAK — Day two of the three-day Pain+Suffer’n Weekend presented by Sunset Cycles provided another chance for Sue Butler to collect a win while putting in some training for the upcoming cyclocross season. Butler won Friday night’s short track at the Bald Peak venue and took Saturday’s cross country win in “endurance mode” as the only pro woman on the course.
Sunset Cycles’ John Weathers won the Pro/Cat 1 men’s event for the race sponsor, outpacing Team S&M’s Jon Myers over the three-mile course atop the peak that offers panoramic views of the area. Starting int he freshly cut stubble of a hay field at the very top of the venue, the course wound over the slick remnants of the stiff, dried harvest before diving into woods on the east side of the course for some fresh singletrack. Popping out onto the hayfield again, the course headed toward the west side of the property and the many precipitous free falls into the valley below. The quick drop fed into an insidiously steep and long climb up fire roads back to the start finish in the hayfield. All in all, a tough, tough course.
River City Bicycles’ Tim Butler led the men’s Pro/1 race early but Weathers, his teammate Shawn Ryder and Myers eventually worked their way past the Friday night short track winner over the long climb on the back side of the course. Weathers opened his gap in the ensuing laps, with Myers mounting a late chase that came within 10 seconds but eventually faltering and finishing more than a minute down by the end of the six laps. Ryder crossed the line for third overall. Butler finished fourth, ahead of James Tervo (Artisan Family Racing) in fifth.
Sunday’s cyclocrross race will mark day three of the Pain+Suffer’n weekend. Sue Butler is a lock for the women’s overall crown and will have a chance to pull off the hat trick. The men’s race is wide open.
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Pain+Suffer’n MTB Crss Country
Saturday, Sept. 11
1. John Weathers (Sunset Cycles)
2. Jon Myers (Team S&M)
3. Shawn Ryder (Sunset Cycles)
4. Tim Butler (River City Bicycles)
5. James Tervo (Artisan Family Racing)
Pro: Sue Butler (River City Bicycles)
Cat. 2 19-34: Ingrid Dobson
Cat 2 35+: Georgann Shinn
Cat. 3: Bree Edwards (CyclePath)