IXCR Cross Country Series
Round 3: The Lumberjack at Padanaram Commune
Story and Photos by Kurt Bauer/Dirtbauer.com
WILLIAMS, IN, APR. 16, 2017
Round three of the IXCR Cross Country Series was held just south of Bedford, Indiana, at the Padanaram Commune. The property – consisting of nearly 3,000 acres – is very isolated and backs up to the Crane Naval Base, and includes some nice, tight trails, hills and creeks.
The Commune started back in 1966, when 86 acres were purchased by Daniel Wright, his wife, and a dozen others of his congregation. Padanaram was named after a biblical homeland. By the early 1970s, the sawmill was very successful, and eventually it was moved to a larger site in Bloomington in 1977. Thus the name of the event: “The Lumberjack.”
What a beautiful Easter Weekend it turned out to be! There was about 20 minutes of rain here at the track before the Intermediate bikes took off. The race got all the way to the checkered flag and most of the racers had finished before the skies opened up. Man, it rained! Luckily, all the racing action was completed before the deluge came.
Even though it was Easter, there were 250 bikes entered for the afternoon race – mainly Indiana riders.
First off the line was be the Pro class. Chris Douglas grabbed the early lead on the first lap of the two-hour race, with Cody Barnes and Levi Keller not far behind. Local rider Austin Lee was in fourth after lap one. Douglas completed the first lap in 26 minutes.
Barnes took the lead after getting around Douglas on lap two, and Lee moved up to second.
Lap three had the order as Barnes, Lee and then Douglas.
Lee then took the lead on the fourth of five laps. Lee was able to hold off Barnes, despite the fact that Lee’s bike was missing out after possibly getting some dirt in the tank during a pit stop. Earlier leader Douglas finished out the podium in third. Steven Squire finished in fourth.
The second wave of 15 rows of bikes was comprised of the Open A class. Cole Harbstreit battled with Luke Chilman for three laps before Chilman got the lead and, eventually, the win.
The third row had the Lite A class, with KTM-mounted ISDE/ EnduroCross/ GNCC rider Rachel Gutish taking the lead from the guys and leading the first two laps before getting passed by Kawasaki jockey Evan Chaille. Eventually, Chaille would pull away and take the Light A win and finish 10th overall. Drew Moore put in a good ride, moving up from the fourth position to finish in second, ahead of Austin Williams. Gutish would finish in fourth after a rough lap five, finishing 17th overall despite her last-lap troubles.
“I led the first two laps before getting passed on an uphill and falling into a comfortable second,” reported Gutish. “Then, about a mile before the finish, my bike locked up. Not sure what happened – though I think there’s a chance it sucked water in the super-deep creek crossing – but my dad and I were able to push it while hitting the electric start and got it going again. It died again just about 50 yards from the finish. I got off and pushed it through the barrels, but after all the drama, another rider in my class slipped past me.
“I have really enjoyed the IXCR races – great GNCC practice! – and will continue to ride Lite A and show the guys what I’m made of,” she concluded, “[and] hopefully bring home a win this season!”
The largest class of the day was the Open D class, which started on the next-to-last row, with 30 bikes entered – so 30 brave souls that this author is guessing are fairly new to the sport, as they entered the D class, were ready to tackle the hills and hollows of southern Indiana after a little rain… and the creeks were up. Six of those 30 did three laps, and a little more than half the class did two laps. (All 30 of the Open D riders finished a complete lap, so I think they all won.)
Keifer Lowe had the early lead before Jalen Beesley got by for the eventual win, ahead of Brice Smith and J.J. Johnson. Lowe dropped back to sixth, completing three laps.
The final row was the Trail Rider class, which consisted of four bikes, chasing the other 246 bikes in front of them. By the time this row shot off the line, the Pros were already well into their lap. After two hours of racing and trail riding, Kenton Coleman edged out Garret Mundy by two seconds.
[The author wishes to apologize for not being able to get there for the morning races – which is why there is no coverage of the Mini or Intermediate bikes – but although the races were close to his home, he had family commitments, it being Easter morning… Editor]
Results: April 16, 2017 (Round 3)
LITE A: 1. Evan Chaille; 2. Drew Moore; 3. Austin Williams; 4. Rachel Gutish; 5. Eric Sowders; 6. Isaac Langston; 7. Chase Terry; 8. Kobin Roth; 9. Kohl Edwards; 10. Maxwell Randolph.
LITE B: 1. Lance Maschino; 2. Kyle Prysmont; 3. Langdon Feltner; 4. Brady Stefancik; 5. Will Busick; 6. Jess Arthur; 7. Garrison Mitchell; 8. Robert Miller; 9. Alex Aebersold; 10. J.D. Stafford.
LITE C: 1. Kyle Martini; 2. Matthew Blankenship; 3. Noah Mullins; 4. Jake Hempstead; 5. Ben Douglas; 6. Nick McCabe; 7. Chandler Hale; 8. Amellio Balderas; 9. Zack Vetor; 10. Zack Zumvorde.
OPEN A: 1. Luke Chilman; 2. Cole Harbstreit; 3. Zach Mehurn; 4. Adam Froman; 5. Hunter McDaniel; 6. Ethan Chaille; 7. Tyler Martin; 8. Tyler Ault; 9. Josh Vendor; 10. Anthony Wagler.
OPEN B: 1. Aaron Sorgius; 2. Dakota Harrison; 3. Dylan Joy; 4. Dylan Allman; 5. Geoffery Lance; 6. Thomas Busch; 7. Justin Chambers; 8. Cameron Phillips; 9. Matt Allendar; 10. Patrick Resler.
OPEN C: 1. Luke Preston; 2. Tristian Newcomb; 3. Dylan Arthur; 4. Jordan Lawson; 5. Kirk Stewart; 6. Landon Beaty; 7. Matt Thompson; 8. Jackson Wagner; 9. Conner Stacy; 10. Briar Meadors.
OPEN D: 1. Jalen Beesley; 2. Brice Smith; 3. J.J. Johnson; 4. Drew Roberts; 5. Brayden Wilkerson; 6. Keifer Lowe; 7. Taber Ford; 8. Zachariah Trimble; 9. Henry Muro; 10. Nate Shoul; 11. Dayton Harrison; 12. Hunter Newsome; 13. Jean Chance; 14. Caleb Godsey; 15. Scott Kuntz; 16. Blake Babbs.
PRO: 1. Austin Lee; 2. Cody Barnes; 3. Chris Douglas; 4. Steven Squire; 5. Kyler Vance; 6. Levi Keller; 7. Hunter Maddox; 8. Clay Sullivan; 9. Anthony Utley; 10. Chase Murley.
WOMEN EX: 1. Destiny Coleman; 2. Elizabeth Perez; 3. Baille Robison.
VET A: 1. Josh Thacker; 2. Clint Parker; 3. Luke Kaszynski; 4. Kevin Studley; 5. Casey Mull; 6. Jake Bulach; 7. Bobby Stines; 8. Bryant Johnson.
VET B: 1. Jason McMillin; 2. Marcus Meadows; 3. Jonathon Schmidt; 4. Zak Schwier; 5. Jerry McClure; 6. Justin Bunte; 7. Rob Lynch; 8. Mike Sutliff; 9. Chad Piecha; 10. Jason Small.
VET C: 1. Kyle Pitts; 2. Brandon Prince; 3. Zachary Platfoot; 4. Nicholas Karem; 5. Derrick Cleary; 6. Jesse Scharlow; 7. Jake Harmon; 8. Martin Scharlow; 9. Dusty Houser; 10. Kevin Gregg.
SR A: 1. Patrick Patterson; 2. Francis Coursol; 3. Jeff Smith; 4. Joey Stanley; 5. Brad Mundy; 6. Danny Williams; 7. Steven McDaniel; 8. Kenny Teagarden.
SR B: 1. Gary Thomas; 2. Derrick Clerici; 3. Nathan Smith; 4. Kevin Meadors; 5. Todd Meadors; 6. John Howser; 7. Greg Chappell; 8. Robert Schilife; 9. Mark Brooks; 10. Jeff Dean.
SR C: 1. Mel Taylor; 2. Adam Prysmont; 3. Clark Thompson; 4. Kevin Van Arsdale; 5. Daniel Mullins; 6. Bobby Hall; 7. Billy Fugate; 8. Seth Mansue.
SUPER SR A: 1. Pat Flynn; 2. Michael Amos; 3. Don Rainey; 4. Craig Moore.
SUPER SR B: 1. Bob West; 2. Jamey Aebersold; 3. Gary Jones; 4. Joe Kerr; 5. Lee Powell; 6. Kevin Hinkle; 7. Jim Douglas; 8. Jesse Gosman; 9. Ralph Suges; 10. Kevin Sharpe.
TRAIL RIDER: 1. Kenton Coleman; 2. Garrett Mundy; 3. Danny Staggs; 4. Collin Jackson.