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Sunday, October 14, 2012

Finnish Cyclo-Cross Championships 2012

Today was the Finnish Cyclo-Cross Championships in which two of my new teammates (Team Velocitor)were taking part in.  I was helping out in the pits and cheering them on.  The course was in Hensinki and was pretty hilly with a lot of twists, turns and mud.  The day was a cold brisk one although there was a nice fall sun shining though the clouds. 

The race began with Roope Nurmi and Kimmo Kananen going straight to the front. Kimmo hammered away and after about half a lap and quickly opened up a gap. Roope meanwhile had some bad luck as his saddle slipped down and he had to come in for a bike change. He had already fallen quite far back and soon abandoned the race. Kimmo meanwhile opened up a big gap of about 30seconds halfway through the race bunny hopping the barriers along the way. Samuel Pökälä in 2nd place was fighting hard back after his own first lap misfortunes of a flat tire. Despite Kimmo hammering away he slowly crawled back to Kimmo with 2 laps to go. Kimmo fought hard to follow and rode valiantly to finish up 2nd about 10 seconds behind the winner Samuel Pökälä. Overall it was a successful day out and Kimmo rode very well.  Was nice that Johannes helped out with the pictures and kept me company too! =)

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for the kayak trip report!  Congrats Kimmo! 
Kimmo Hammering away 1st lap  photo: Eärendel Fingerson
Roope on the 1st lap photo:Eaärendel Fingerson
Kimmo Bunny hopping photo: Johannes Paloheimo
Kimmo Running the big hill photo: Johannes Paloheimo
Last lap battles photo: Eärendel Fingerson
1) Samuel Pökälä TWD-L 59.46, 2) Kimmo Kananen VCR, 3) Olli Miettinen HyPy  Photo: Eärendel Fingerson

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