2014 The Cranky Monkey Race #1 at Rosaryville

//2014 The Cranky Monkey Race #1 at Rosaryville

2014 The Cranky Monkey Race #1 at Rosaryville

Saturday was Race #1 of the The Cranky Monkey Series p/b EX2 Adventures at Rosaryville State Park located just outside Upper Marlboro, MD.

Wicked Wash Racing had a great day with all seven riders taking two 1st place podiums, one 2nd place podium, and four Top 10 finishes in their respective classes.

Racing Expert Female, Laurie Johnson with a 1st place podium finish. Laurie had a great race and appreciated her teammates cheering her on for her third and final lap.

Marco Demartin with a 2nd place podium finish racing SS Open. Marco held off a hard charging Brad Hawk at the line for a photo finish.

Racing Sport Male 34-Under, AJ Kray with a 6th place finish. AJ raced a strong just missing out on a top 5 five finish.

Racing Sport Male 40+, Tom Howe and Scott Person with 9th and 10th place finishes respectively. Tom managed his race well and helped pull Scott to the finish on their second lap. Scott was off the front for the start of the race before fading towards the end of his first lap.

John Kromis with a 1st place podium finish racing Sport Male 45+. John rode away from the field at the start and cruised to a comfortable 1st place finish on the fast and flowing trails.

Racing Sport Male 50+, Jeff Niner with a 7th place finish..

Thanks to EX2, MORE, Maryland Park Service, and all of the sponsors and volunteers for another great TCM Series race at Rosaryville State Park.

Results: 10 AM Results by Class

Race Report:

It was another great single speed battle with Brad for what turned out to be the fastest category of the 2 laps at the first Cranky Monkey Series race. Ethan was minutes in front of Brad and I. Brad got closer every lap and passed me on the second to last turn. After the last turn, it was a sprint up the hill to a photo finish worthy of the Giro D’Italia. With only a few inches between our wheels, Brad made me work for that second place.


I decided to participate in this race last minute and was sure glad I showed up. Rosaryville is a favorite because it is so fast and flowy. I was the last one off the course since I had 3 laps to complete as expert female. I was tickled to see my teammates stuck around to cheer for me at the finish. What a fun race!


August 9th found Wicked Wash Racing strongly represented at the Rosaryville kickoff to the Cranky Monkey individual cross country racing series. After a year’s hiatus, EX2 Adventures really made the effort to produce a terrific race on a beautiful summer day. John, Laurie, Marco, Tom, AJ, Scott and I gathered on a gorgeous day with cool, sunny conditions that belied any hint that it was August in DC. The course was flowy and fast with just enough moisture on the trail to make the tires stick incredibly well. It would be difficult to imagine better conditions for a mountain bike race and the WWR riders reflected that with some outstanding results.

John crushed the field in the Sport Class/Male 45+ by taking 1st place with several minutes in hand. Taking the lead on the first lap, he simply walked away from the field on the second lap and finished with a smile. Marco won a close sprint finish to take 2nd place in the Open SS class by a wheel. He was breathing too heavily to smile until the pizza arrived. Laurie literally went the extra mile for us by racing the longer Expert Female class. She took top honors for the day, finishing first despite breaking a chain and surviving a crash. AJ (6th place in Sport Under 34) and I (7th place in Sport 50+) both finished within half a minute of the podium in incredibly competitive fields. In my race the margin from 3rd to 7th place was a mere 81 seconds. In fact, the 50+ class was the largest field of the day…Go Old Guys! Tom and Scott took 9th and 10th place in the always tough Sport Male 40+ race, one of the fastest fields of the day. Their race was an exciting back and forth all morning with both of them moving up as the race progressed.

In the end, it was another great showing by all the WWR racers and a great indicator of things to come in August for Wicked Wash Racing!


2018-02-09T02:51:39+00:00 August 9th, 2014|2014 MTB Season|