Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Crit Natz, Chris Thater and Norm Babcock

Travel has been in Christina Smiths vocabulary this month. She has been all over the country.
August 15th Crit Natz - Race #1, which is a warm up for the big show on the 16th. Sunday is the big day it crowns the US Professional Criterium Champion for Women. Christina proves she's worth of a title shot with a 4th place finish, Nice, Very Nice. Results and cyclingnews coverage can be found here :

Below and above are shots of Christina in action on Sunday.

Thing are looking good for Sunday August 16th, if all goes as planned. But one thing Christina doesn't have that other do. A team to back her for the finish. So she is going to have to have some luck and play her cards right... in the end she finished 9th. I am proud of her for sure! Christina is proving that she is a talented and consistent finisher on the NRC circuit. When I text her to ask how things went she said "good but not great, I finished 9th". I know it's not the win and that's what she wanted, but in my eye's you killed it Barn Diva!!!
Move forward to August 29th - The Chris Thater Memorial Criterium in New York. Again Christina shows her ability to place high in an NRC, finishing 6th with it being really close between 4,5 and 6th. Considering her crazy travel delays before this event and some minor bike issues. She strapped on the boots and got the job done. Christina is always up for a challenge and getting to the race, just so she could race was a major feat at this event. She is knocking on the door for a NRC victory. Pretty soon it's gonna open. Let's she what is in store at the final two rounds of the US Crit Series. Next up Sept 17, 2009 Victory Park in Dallas Texas - TX Tough - http://usacrits.com/site/events/texas-tough/
The final event of the series USA Criterium Finals in Vegas on September 24th in front of Mandalay Bay 7:20 pm - http://usacrits.com/site/events/usa-crits-finals/
This one you will be able to watch live on the web, we'll be cheering for you Christina!!!
On a local note... the road season is officially over in Oregon. Last race was this past Tuesday at PIR and the final leg of the Veloforma Cat4 women's series finished up with Eugene Cycle Celebration. I got official word this morning for Kenji. It was a long hard Battle and Anna Vaughn from Hammer Velo took the series Overall Victory!! Congratz Anna!!! She is the proud new owner for an Veloforma F1R frame set for winning the series. K-man also sent me a very interesting photo. Congratz to all the ladies for fine performances this season. We are very proud to be a title sponsor of this series and look forward to being so for many years to come.
Congratz goes out to Veloforma rider Tina Brubaker aka EQ for a podium finish a the State Criterium. EQ ended up finishing 3rd on the day.

Big Holler goes out to New Veloforma ride Lisa Reeve for getting her CAT2 upgrade after Eugene Cycle Celebration. Way to go Lisa!! You are one motivate young lady!

It gonna be nice to see everyone this weekend. Looking forward to the BBQ. Good food and friends = a lot of fun and laughs. Think we my have some awards to hand out. Not sure. But I think so...