The final race in the 2009 Cross Crusade will happen Sunday at Barton Park in Estacada. For two competitors, Molly Cameron and Sean Babcock, the race will determine who walks away with the coveted title of overall series champion.
Cameron (Portland Bicycle Studio) and Babcock (Team S & M) are separated in the standings of the Men’s A category by just one point. Cameron, who currently sits atop the standings, has won two Crusade races already and has finished top five in two others. Babcock won the second race in the series and is coming off a fourth place finish ahead of Cameron last week.
Cameron says, “I can’t believe it has come down to a last race battle. I have a one point lead in the overall. It is my race to lose.”
Cameron hopes the race is decided not by strength alone, saying that it’s not a stretch to call Babock “One of the strongest elite riders in Oregon right now.” But she adds, “Cyclocross is not always about being the strongest.”
The course at Barton will be a fitting venue. It’s tough, rocky, and technical and Cameron says “if you’re going to get a puncture anywhere, it will be at Barton.” Babcock seems to like racing the Barton course. He took his first ever Crusade win there back in 2008.
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