Louisville, KY- UofL Cycling rider Alison Mundell tried out cyclocross and earned two podium finishes in the Category 4/5 and U23 races at Storm Eva Bandman Cyclocross race on October 21, 2018.
“It was my first time racing cyclocross. I had no idea what to expect,” said Mundell. The former collegiate runner typically excels at ultra-distance trail runs, but the short, high-intensity efforts in cyclocross presented an entirely different challenge.
“The start was a little overwhelming. There were 58 starters in the race and it was about 40 degrees,” she said. Because it was her first race, she started towards the back of the group, but her trail experience paid off. She paced herself and passed riders throughout the 30 minute race to earn a 2nd place podium spot in the Category 4/5 race.
She had such a good time in her first race that immediately after finishing she registered again for the Women’s Elite/U23 race later that day.
Going up against a stacked national-caliber field in only her second-ever cross race, Mundell wasn’t sure what to expect.
“The goal for the race was to not get last and to not get in anyone’s way,” she said laughing. Despite a last-row call-up and lack of experience, Mundell was able to finish on the lead lap 18th out of 26 starters, good enough for the win in the U23 race.
Mundell is a UofL senior majoring in Social Work. Storm Eva Bandman is part of the Ohio Valley Cyclocross Series (OVCX).
Special thanks on behalf of UofL Cycling to Kent Baumgardt for the photos and to Robert Bobrow and the Papa John’s Racing Team for organizing Storm Eva Bandman for 14 years!