MOUNT MORRIS – Unprecedented registration numbers and new events and attractions were only the latest steps in the Rock Crit’s climb as one of Livingston County’s top athletic events.
Now in its third year, the event invited for the first time a Cheesed and Confused food truck, the Village Tavern from Geneseo for a beer tent, and Questa Lasagna from Main Street Mount Morris for a food tent. The Crit on Saturday and Gran Fondo on Sunday are already drawing cyclists from across the country and across the pond, and with the addition of the 2-mile Rock Run, the event has huge potential to become a premier annual event for other athletes.
Last year’s elite champs successfully defended their titles, with Christine Schryver once again winning the women’s cat 1, 2, 3 race and Brendan Housler once again crushing the men’s cat 1, 2, 3.
Spectators cheered as riders jockeyed for second and third places. Kenneth Thomas and Julian George took second and third in the men’s elite. Chelsea Knapp and Jennifer Bushover took second and third in the women’s elite.
Youngsters showed their mettle in a youth cycling race and in the Rock Run. Soccer players under 12 from Geneseo Central Schools ran the entire 2-mile course, some even beating grownup runners.
The Livingston Cycling Club thanked their sponsors for making 2016 another success: American Rock Salt; Once Again Nut Butter; Cyclepath Bike Shop; Cyclecraze; the Arc of Livingston Wyoming; Geneseo Chiropractic; USA Cycling; the Village of Mount Morris; Van Bortel Ford; Questa Lasagna; the New York State Bicycle Racing Association; Sam Patch Promotions; Letchworth Barn Antiques; and the GeneseeSun.com.