4Corners Cyclocross Series concludes season

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Photo courtesy Natalie Carpenter Racers line up for the start of the men’s 50-plus race at Saturday’s final 4Corners Cyclocross Series race in Pagosa Springs
Photo courtesy Natalie Carpenter
Racers line up for the start of the men’s 50-plus race at Saturday’s final 4Corners Cyclocross Series race in Pagosa Springs

By Kirsten Le Roux
Special to The SUN

Saturday’s final 4Corners Cyclocross Series race turned out to be a bluebird day with sparkling snow fields and bright sunshine. Conditions on the course soon warmed up and cyclists went from skating round the tight corners on snow and ice to grinding through thick mud.

The Parelli Ranch provided unique obstacles for racers and this weekend the course was shorter (1.2 miles), but just as gnarly and technical as past races. There were a couple of big, steep climbs where cyclists had to dismount to crest, a few fallen logs that were either jumped or walked over, sharp corners and some technical sections through gates and over steps.

Cyclocross Men’s Elite winner, racing for Team Specialized and Clif Bar, Troy Wells, tweeted Saturday afternoon “2nd bike wash of the day. Awesome course in Pagosa at Parelli ranch. Best layout I’ve seen @flccycling put together.”

Rave reviews for the course and the venue continued to come in over the weekend and GECKO has plans to create a three-race holiday series next year, to coincide with Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. It’ll still be part of the wider 4Corners Cyclocross Series, but have its own series feel, as well.

Thanks to the local volunteers that came out to help GECKO set up the course, stage the race and pack up. They are: Tre Metzler, Don Sinkey, Jeff Westmoreland, Sophie Wilcox, Maddy Stewart, Natalie Carpenter and Ann Bubb.

That concludes GECKO racing for the year. Thank you to everyone who helped and supported.