Mark’s occasional CX update – River Valley CX Series, USCX Series, etc.

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Might as well just block me now, because I’m back by popular demand (someone actually requested this) with CBRC (and friends) conquests at the conclusion of the River Valley CX Series, the USCX races, as well as a preview of the resumption of the CBRCX Series! (But I did include a cool finish line pic at the end, so maybe it’s worth reading?)

When we last left our intrepid heroes… wait a second… it was just after Nomad CX; RVCXS was only half-way done and the USCX Series hadn’t started yet. So, let’s start with the first USCX race – Virginia’s Blue Ridge GO Cross!

Making their 2022 UCI Junior debut at Saturday’s C1 were Jacob Gilson and Haylee Johnson, earning 14th and 7th respectively. On Sunday’s C2, they both improved by 1 place each for 13th and 6th place. Alumnus and all-around great guy Patrick Frank got 23rd non-Belgin on Saturday and 30th on Sunday. (Assuming Bastians was the only Belgian, but I didn’t look closely.) Coming out of the first stop on the USCX series Haylee, Jacob, and Patrick had 58, 41, and 13 points in that series.

Meanwhile on Sunday, closer to home was the penultimate race in the River Valley CX Series, Treehouse CX at Treehouse Brewing’s new(er?) location on a track set by the King Weasel (I hope he doesn’t mind I crowned him with that). There were 403 riders across the races at this event! (Come on New England, we’re not that much further awayyyyy)

In the Men’s 3/4 + Junior Boys 13-18 (aka the Cat 3’s 4 Lyfe Squad), Ryan Conley got beat by a couple kids and came in 6th, but since there were 64 riders in that race, he still got 52 points for the series. Behind a Minuteman rider who was behind Ryan was Nick Groll (8th), Nathan Porter (15th), and Jeff Krywanczyk (24th). It should be noted that mathematically, Nate’s performance at Treehouse wiped out his deficit from skipping Blunt Park, but more on that later.

In the Master’s race, Derrek Anderson came in 49th overall, but 22nd in the 40+ sub-category.

Onto the next week, when the USCX comes to Rochester NY! Watching on the livestream and living vicariously through people’s IG stories (shoutout to Nick Groll for accidentally(?) singlehandedly providing the race organization like 90% of the content they shared on IG during the weekend), Saturday looked like a fast day while Sunday was another thing entirely (h/t Cycling out of context).

Going by the schedule of the day for Saturday’s USAC races: 13-14 Girls, Maddy Hanna came in 2nd. 11-12 Boys, Chase O’Donnell came in 5th and Parker Ruppe came in 14th. 11-12 Girls, except for the Cole twins getting first and second, and someone in 6th place, CBRC dominated this field with Abigail Romlein, Lillian Hanna, Hannah Dinolfo, Ava Koniowka, Michaela Koniowka, and Liddy Breslin coming in 3-5, 7-9th respectively. 9-10 Boys, Jack O’Donnell won his race (and from Ryan’s IG stories, was beast mode through double trouble). 9-10 Girls, Emma Breslin came in 3rd. Men’s Cat 4/5, Tyler Romlein came in 13th, and Paul Koniowka came in 38th. Men’s 50+, Lance Law came in 29th. Men 60+, Dave Beals came in 11th. Women Cat 3, Lilliana O’Donnell came in 4th. Women U19 (non-UCI), Maya Healey came in 7th. The Men’s Cat 3 squad was made up of (in finishing order) Ryan Conley, Nick Groll, Nathan Porter, Peter Dinolfo, Jeff Krywanczyk, and Ryan O’Donnell. (Nick – does Ryan smell or something when he’s racing? You never seem to want to be on his wheel, there’s always someone finishing between you two…)

In Saturday’s UCI races: (I see the Holmgren twins have arrived…) Haylee Johnson came in 12th and Jacob Gilson finished 32nd in their Junior races. In the Men’s Elite, KBH came in 28th (no word on the status of his seat rails), Patrick Frank in 34th, and Tommy Servetas in 41st.

Apparently, it rained overnight, and Sunday was a different kind of course. For Sunday’s USAC races: 13-14 Girls, Maddy Hanna came in 3rd. 11-12 Girls, Abigail Romlein beat the Cole twins to win, and rounding out that field was Lillian Hanna, Hannah Dinolfo, Ava Koniowka, Michalea Koniowka, and Liddy Breslin in 4th, 5th, 7-9th. 11-12 Boys, Chase O’Donnell came in 5th and Parker Ruppe came in 15th. 9-10 Girls, Emma Breslin came in 3rd. 9-10 Boys. Jack O’Donnell won for a second day by 7 seconds. Men 4/5, Paul Koniowka decided he had just too much mud(?). Women Cat 3, Lilliana O’Donnell came in 4th. Women U19 (non-UCI), Maya Healey came in 7th. Men’s Cat 3 squad, Nick Groll provides more evidence to my theory that Ryan Conley must smell when racing, because he got ahead of him for 5th and 6th place, with Peter Dinolfo and Jeff Krywanczyk coming in 9th and 13th, and Nathan Porter not finishing.

In Sunday’s UCI races: Haylee Johnson came in 12th, and Jacob Gilson was 34th. Patrick Frank came in 23rd.

After Rochester in the USCX, Patrick Frank has 20 points, Jacob Gilson has 47, and Haylee Johnson has 102. For the USAC fields, select results are Jack O’Donnell with 100 points, Chase O’Donnell with 32, Abigail Romlein tying the faster Cole twin with 88, and Lilliana O’Donnell with 66. (With the Cat 3 Squad missing Roanoke and Baltimore, they’re not “mathematically relevant.”)

And that catches us up to this week. We’ll do Charm City Cyclocross first, since I should be able to get through that quicker… (ha). On Saturday, 11-12 Boys, Chase O’Donnell in 4th. 9-10 Boys, Jack O’Donnell won. Women Cat 3, Lilliana O’Donnell in 5th. UCI Juniors, Halyee Johnson was 2nd, and Jacob Gilson was 16th. UCI Elite, Patrick Frank was 33rd.

Sunday, 11-12 Boys, Chase O’Donnell was 3rd. 9-10 Boys Jack O’Donnell won (again, series implications here). Women Cat 3, Lilliana O’Donnell in 5th. UCI Juniors, Halyee Johnson was 3rd, and Jacob Gilson was 19th. UCI Elite, Patrick Frank was 21st.

After Baltimore in the USCX, Patrick Frank has 29 points, Jacob Gilson has 79, Haylee Johnson has 182 (4 points out of 3rd place), Jack O’Donnell has 200 (mathematically has at least a top 3, depends on if Judah Bower shows up to Falmouth), Chase O’Donnell has 134, Lilliana O’Donnell has 130.

The last stop for the USCX is Falmouth for Really Rad November 5th and 6th.

This weekend was also Night Weasels and the RVCXS finale, Ghosts CX! No one came to Night Weasels, so we can skip right past that.

At Ghosts CX, the Cat 3 squad did a good job on the Men’s 3/4 field, with Nick Groll, Ryan Conley, Jeff Krywanczyk, and Nathan Porter taking 3, 4, 8, and 9th. Lance Law was 11th in the 50+, and Tommy Servetas did a wheelie good job and beat Anthony Clark in the Men’s Elite (I’m not sorry).

For the Rivery Valley CX Series overall, the Cat 3 squad finished with Ryan Conley ahead of Nick Groll (but just on the podium, furthering my theory),130 to 124 points, with Nathan Porter and Jeff Krywanczyk in 4th and 8th. (Just think, if you guys came to Blunt Park you could have swept…)

Full RVCXS results are at

This weekend is Uncle Sam GP, and the resumption of the CBRCX Series. Sign up on Bikereg (preferably today. Refer to my rant yesterday for why that’s important) and review the current series standings here.

That’s all for now until I do this again next week,