Cinci 3 UCI Cross

November 8th, 2011 by Don Walker

If you didn’t see it elsewhere, Don Walker Cycles/Rio Blanco Racing had a great weekend in Cinci!

Lets start with our Elite/Pro rider, Gian Dalle Angelini;

Friday, coming from the back row, Gian put the hammer down and ended up 12th in a field stacked with most of the top Cross Pro’s and Elite Amateurs in the U.S.  Saturday, the course was fast, punchy and flat and dry, yet again from the back row, Gain made it to 20th. Sunday, at the crown jewel course of the weekend, the conditions were mowed grass with lots of mud, hills and a sandpit, which suited Gian even more and he ended up 13th with some UCI points as well. For being the only guy out there without a spare bike in the pits, he did exceptionally well against some pro’s that had been able to change bikes each lap.


Then, Blaine Heppner had a great weekend himself!

On Saturday, Blaine doubled up with a 3rd place in the Single Speed category and then came from the back row (seems like deja vu, eh?) and finished 4th in the Masters 35+ Cat 3 race!  On Sunday, Blaine had an even better day after DNF’ing the Single Speed race due to a mechanical, he went from worst to first with yet another back row start. The hilly and technical course suited his talents and he finished a minute plus on second place.

Congrats guys! Here’s to a job well done!

I’d like to thank Rio Blanco Racing’s equipment sponsors for helping these two race exceptionally well this weekend; Columbus Tubing, Cane Creek, L.H. Thomson, Ritchey and our newest sponsor, Continental! Thanks again!


Gian grabbing some UCI points Sunday

Gian on Friday

Blaine crosses the line for the W

Blaine on the podium