The last race in the 2011 Iowa Cup Series is upon us, the East Village Criterium is just days away. There are several compelling battles that will come down to the wire. The Iowa Cup stat crew will be hard at work to compile the results and crown the winners on race day.
Not only did last weekend’s road race in West Branch determine the Iowa State Road Race champions, it was the penultimate race in the 2011 Iowa Cup.
In the Men’s elite division, the top 3 in the series found themselves ahead of the field battling it out for the top 3 state medals as well as the Iowa Cup points. Mattias Perrett took the win, ahead of Jared Osterloh, and Brian West. Mattias extended his lead to 5 points over Brian and 7 points over Jared. It will be hard, but not impossible, for Brian or Jared to overtake Mattias’ lead in the final race. Mattias holds the tie-breaker over both Brian and Jared, so, for Brian to win the series, he needs a top 2 finish at East Village with Mattias earning at least 6 points less. For Jared to win, he has to take the win at East Village and Mattias has to finish 6th or lower. Longshots, for sure, but this is the first year we’ve had 3 riders in contention on the final day.
Mattias’ team, ICCC regained the lead from World of Bikes/Bikes2You by a slim 4 points. This was a 3 team race heading into the State RR, but now it will be a 2 team race, unless American Equity or Zealous Racing have a great day and stack the top of the results. For ICCC and WoB/B2U every placing will be important for the team battle.
In the Men’s 3s, only Vance Fletcher and Dan Galles have the points necessary to overtake Kevin Severs with wins on Saturday.
Mike Reagan holds a 5 point lead over Ryan Pesch in the Men’s 4s going into the final day.
The Women’s Elite and Elite Team were decided long ago, Cassandra Kessler and her team ICCC have blown away the field and will earn decisive victories at East Village.
Magen Kelly pulled away from the competition in the Women’s 4s to hold a 20 point lead and sure victory.
In the Masters 40+, Shawn Loomis looks sure to take the win, only losing if Jim Cochran wins and Shawn is unable to score a point.
Chris Eastburn and Randy Jones have battled all season in the Masters 50+ with Chris holding a 1 point lead on Randy heading into the finale. Chris also holds the tie-breaker over Randy.
We will be onsite all day Saturday tabulating results and trying to get the morning races awarded after the results are final. While most of the afternoon races will be awarded following the end of the Category 1/2 race at the end of the day. Like always we are trying to improve on the previous years awards, and hope that everyone is excited about this years as we are.