After a hard fought battle during the 2013 GACX season, Team Smyrna Bicycles p/b BMW finishes the season strong with top step on the podium and multiple overall awards.  The double header at Conyers this year was an epic, mud fest and even one of our top riders, Mclean Harris, said that was the “craziest stuff he’d ever ridden in.”  The weather was cold with periods of rain, to which we were again reminded, “this is cross weather.”  The muddy conditions also entertained spectators as anyone without 4 wheel drive tried to leave the hilly grass parking lot.  Here are the results:

Day 1:

Mclean Harris 1st CX3
Mclean Harris 1st SS

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Mclean winning Conyers CX Day 1 CX3

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Conyers CX Day 1 SS podium

Day 2:

Ian Prunier 2nd M35+
Mclean Harris 1st CX3

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Conyers CX Day 2 podium

After fighting for spots during the individual events throughout the season, we quickly turned our attention to cumulative points and the overall awards.  Ian, Mclean and Tom had their eyes on their respective classes from the beginning, and we as team were determined to take a stand for the team competition.  Hard work does truly pay off, as we brought home 4 podiums in the individual categories with Tom Butler 3rd M45+, Ian Prunier 1st M35+, and Mclean Harris 1st CX3 and 2nd SS.

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Tom 3rd in M45+ Overall

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Ian takes the top step in the M35+ Overall

And after battling it out in the team competition with Toyota Forklift and Litespeed / BMW all season, we placed 2nd!

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2013 GACX Team Competition podium (1st Toyota Forklift, 2nd Smyrna Bicycles/BMW, 3rd Litespeed/BMW)

It was an incredibly successful and exciting CX season for the team.  We all learned a ton, suffered a lot, stood on the podium and, most importantly, had fun.  We have now turned our attention to base miles and are ready to enjoy the holidays with friends, family and, of course, our bikes.  See you in 2014!