Over the weekend, Team Novo Nordisk raced in the Cincy3 Cyclocross Festival to inspire, educate and empower people affected by diabetes. In its 11th year, the race began as a one-day race and has since grown to be one of the biggest cross festivals in the country complete with three days of racing. More than 600 riders compete each day as the race spreads out to three distinct and different locations in the Cincinnati area.
Day one of Cincy3 was held in Harbin Park under blue skies with chilly temperatures. Team Novo Nordisk’s Natalie Koch kicked things off in style by taking a top 10 finish in the Women’s Category 3 division. What began as a dry day soon turned wet and muddy, making the course extra technical and demanding. This didn’t stop Team Novo Nordisk’s Mark Suprenant and Jason Cry. Mark finished in 12th place while Jason closed out the day with another top 10 finish for Team Novo Nordisk.
“Given the number of crashes I had to maneuver around and the fact that my hands were completely numb by the final part of my race, I’m very pleased with these results,” Mark explained.
Kings Crossing, a municipal golf course situated north of Cincinnati, hosted Cincy3’s second day of racing. The area experienced snow showers during the night and racing began under grey but dry skies. Natalie, Jason and Mark all finished in the top 20, but the real highlight of the day was the fans. Following Natalie’s race, two young women, who are part of Lionsheart Junior Racing, approached her asking for advice.
“Just keep at it! The other women you meet while racing will be some of the coolest women you’ll ever know and will be your friends for the rest of your life,” Natalie said. “It’s a unique and supportive community that needs more members like you!”
On the final day of Cincy3, the riders were greeted with beautiful, sunny skies in Devou Park, and the day proved to be the most successful for Team Novo Nordisk. Natalie displayed her technical skills by maneuvering through the difficult course with no real problems other than the strong competitors she raced. She placed 15th in what she saw as the hardest race of the weekend.
For Team Novo Nordisk’s men, Mark and Jason took the start against a very large and competitive field of riders. After beginning in a solid front position and feeding off the energy of the crowds, the duo made the challenging course almost look easy. For 45 minutes, they maintained a fast pace and gave it their all in the finish with Jason earning an impressive seventh place.