• Sherrill Second at SS Nats

    by  • January 10, 2014 • cx, interviews

    Sherrill Executes a Controlled Race to Win at the Santa Rosa Cup CX

    Sherrill Executes a Controlled Race to Win at the Santa Rosa Cup CX – Photo by Tim Westmore

    Ellen Sherrill (Bicycle Blue Book-HRS-Rock Lobster) finished second place in the Single Speed race at U.S. Cyclocross Nationals on Wednesday. She was the first NorCal rider to medal this week and even received some main stream press in the Santa Cruz Sentinal. Sherrill, who runs her own coaching business, was fifth in last years single speed race, and is one of the most approachable cyclists on the NorCal circuit.

    What rig were you riding at the race this week?
    ROCK LOBSTAH of course! It is my custom SS rig, with a 39/18 gear ratio, Easton tublulars, and a Challenge Limus front tire, and a Primus Cubus in back.

    How did the race go down?
    I was blocked out at the start and had to fight my way around people while Mo Bruno Roy and Ellen Noble opened a gap. Eventually I picked off everyone in front of me and closed the gap to Ellen Noble, who had taken a spill, and lost contact with Mo. Ellen (Noble) and I had a real battle going until she dropped her chain with a quarter lap to go, which gave me an easy second place.

    NorCal riders are used to dry conditions, was the weather a factor? 
    It wasn’t too punishing! It was high 30s during the afternoon Wednesday, not too windy or muddy, and was actually drying out as the afternoon drew on. I really liked all the slush on-course on Tuesday, but alas, it had all melted by the SS races on Wednesday. The weekend will be even warmer, but there will be some wind on Saturday when I race Masters,  and maybe some snow Sunday for the my elite race.

    Who else from Rock Lobster is racing this weekend? 
    Jay Melena is going to rock the socks off the masters’ ladies 35-39, even if I don’t. Courtenay McFadden is not from NorCal but is a Rock Lobster this year and I believe she has  a shot at the elite women’s podium, she’s been on fire. Scott Chapin (aka Mustache Guy) took 7th in the men’s SS event, which is excellent considering it was an incredibly huge field at 100+ dudes. Scott will race M30-34, and Lobster elite Alex Work is in the M40-44.  Kailin Waterman of Oakland, one of our new teammates this year, is also in for the triple SS/masters/elite combo. We have other masters men racing too, not least of whom is Paul Sadoff himself.

    You are a coach, and preparation is important. How did you get ready this year?
    Something I always tell my athletes, and try to practice myself in my own training, is to train specifically. If your “A” race carries a certain set of demands, train for those demands. I got a feel for the course when I was out here in October for the Boulder UCI weekend, and tailored my training, and chose my gear ratio, according to what I saw. This wasn’t my only high-priority race, but it was one of the biggies.

    If you had 5 second Oscar style speech what would it be?
    I want to thank the single-speeder men of NorCal! They put up with me infiltrating their ranks this year so I could prepare for racing nationals and SSCXWC.



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