Well, it’s a fact. Cross is not coming, cross is here, as Utah’s P-Town Cyclocross Series kicked off the the 2017 season with a race at Rock Canyon Park in Provo. The grass bowl was wet and soggy, and although the A race started in 90+ heat, thunder clouds, wind, and rain rolled in for the last few laps, which made it feel a lot more like a real cross race, even though it was in August.
This was also the debut of the X-Men/Trek/Storm Cycles cyclocross team, represented by Mark Flis and Thomas Cooke, sporting new Trek Crockett 7 bikes and team kit from DNA Cycling. Apparently the bikes were working pretty well, as Flis was able to stay with eventual winner Jamey Driscoll for longer than anyone else, claiming an excellent 2nd place. Cooke was hot on Driscoll’s heels on the first lap after the hole shot, but dropped off the lead group after a few laps, and was locked in a losing battle for 3rd place, eventually coming in 5th. “Not once did I think I was riding an aluminum bike,” said Flis. The Crockett rides that good.
Although both riders are patiently awaiting the release of the new Trek Boone, the first race experience on the aluminum Crockett was overwhelmingly positive.