Race Report: Mayhem MTB Race 2021

Mar 31, 2021
by Kristine Contento-Angell  


YMCA Camp Ockanickon Photo by Mike Anderson for First Place Photo
Photo by Mike Anderson for First Place Photo

The venue at YMCA Camp Ockanickon is the perfect spot for a season opener race. Known for its relatively non-technical course of single track, double track and gravel roads, beginner riders get a taste of racing while also encountering the venue's iconic features: a railroad tie step descent, wooden bridge crossings, and "Blueberry Hill" - a short but painfully steep hill. The minimal elevation equates to non-stop pedaling for advanced racers, who get to gauge how well their winter training has been.

Covid protocols - masks required Photo by Mike Anderson for First Place Photo

After a long, cold, isolated winter, it's no surprise registration sold out.

Staging Photo by Mike Anderson for First Place Photo

The staging was spread out in a modified time-trial format to accommodate COVID regulations. Racers started 4 at a time in 30s increments, which meant it was difficult for racers to know where they were placed relative to their field during the race.

First Timers Photo by Mike Anderson for First Place Photo
NICA Athlete Photo by Mike Anderson for First Place Photo

New and seasoned NJ NICA racers alike tackled the Mayhem course. The success of NJ NICA, now in its 5th season with nearly 600 student-athletes, has fueled a surge of young cross-country riders into the local race scene.

Attacking the Blueberry Hill descent Photo by Mike Anderson for First Place Photo
Nick Polidori, Cat 3 Men 19+, attacks the Blueberry Hill descent.

Photo by Mike Anderson for First Place Photo
Clydesdale class Photo by Mike Anderson for First Place Photo

Charging off the start Photo by Mike Anderson for First Place Photo
Edan Paggy charged to 2nd place in the Cat 2 Open Women class

Photo by Mike Anderson for First Place Photo
Thomas Watrucki logged 39 miles in the Men's Endurance class.
Photo by Mike Anderson for First Place Photo
Corey Jones raced in the Cat 3 Men's 45+ class.

Photo by Mike Anderson for First Place Photo
Craig Bradley, Open Men 55+ grinds up Blueberry Hill.

Finley quickly moved to the front of the Junior Men s Category Photo by Mathew Renk for First Place Photo
Finley Aspholm chose to race the Cat 1/2/3 Junior Men 15-18 class, where she set a blistering pace and took the win.
1st Place Women Pro Open Photo by Mike Anderson for First Place Photo
Steph McKeon was all smiles racing the Women's Pro/Open class.

1st Place Endurance Open Men followed by teammate Photo by Mike Anderson for First Place Photo
Stewart Gross won the Open Men's Endurance category, putting in 52 miles in just 4hours 10minutes.
Pro Open Men s Class Photo by Mike Anderson for First Place Photo
Bobby Lea took 2nd place in the Men's Pro/Open Class, missing 1st by a mere 14 seconds.

Race Promoter Portrait Photo by Mike Anderson for First Place Photo
None of this would be possible without the hard work of race promoter Chris Schultz of Chainring Promotions

Photo by Mike Anderson for First Place Photo
A little blood a little mud Photo by Mike Anderson for First Place Photo
A little mud, a little blood, a whole lot of smiles.

The time-trial format and ceaseless effort made this race an internal battle.
Excited to race
Overall mood for the day: thumbs up.

Results

Endurance Women

1st. Denise Esposito
2nd. Loreta Krivickiene
3rd. Jennifer Ropka
4th. Amy Fowler
5th. Ann Fryland

Endurance Men

1st. Stewart Gross
2nd. Benjamin Strine
3rd. Jeffrey Slade
4th. Ian Cronin
5th. Randy Yarnell

XC Pro Women

1st. Steph McKeon

XC Pro Men

1st. Gregg Galletta
2nd. Bobby Lea
3rd. Ryan Lee
4th. Roger Aspholm
5th. Matthew Bruno



Podium Photo by Mike Anderson for First Place Photo

Podium Junior Men s 14-18 Photo by Mike Anderson for First Place Photo
Photo by Mike Anderson for First Place Photo

Photo by Mike Anderson for First Place Photo






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 I live 5 mins away and had no idea about this race

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