Awesome day to race. 33 degrees or so and sunny. I was glad that I wasn’t sick like the last race. I was feeling pretty good. I was definitely more nervous for this race because of the expectations I put on myself.
Beautiful course. Harris had a need for speed, and it showed. I really liked burning down the hill into the sweeping right turn - genius!
My race was really fun and hard, much better than I'd expect given that I probably finished last in the A race. Here's how it unfolded:
Here's how it all went down for me. Read the whole post to get the full story: First of all, the new single front-ring setup for my cyclocross bike is all it's cracked up to be! 42 x 11–32 cassette 10 speed SRAM is the out-‘n-out! Quick gear changes. Never having to feather any front shifts. I never felt like I didn't have enough gears for any situation and the rig ran rock solid. Bike Pic Link Besides the Bridgestone, this is the best bike I've ever built!
I had no idea what to expect going into my first cylcocross race. I had heard stories of how hard it is but still wasn't sure. Well the stories are true, it is physicaly draining but a lot of fun. It was an awesome day to race. The sun was out and it really wasn't as cold as I thought it would be. The conditions were just right for a first timer. Besides being sick the two days prior to the race I was able to mix it up with some other riders and ended up doing pretty well for my first race. It was good to push myself as hard as possible and wonder if I can keep going.
What an awesome day for a race. For our race things started off crazy with a crash right next to where Chris and I were at but just to our left. His video footage shows it really well. Anyway, after my last race where I completely sucked I was excited to down grade and be able to mix it up a little. I did a pretty decent job getting up front for the draft on the first pathway straight. Once we hit the dirt though I knew if I tried to hang with the lead group I was going to blow up so I dialed it back just a hair so I wasn't redlining the whole time.
OUCH! That hurt! I have been sick for a few days and had been seriously thinking of not racing. But... With it been our raace, and I love the Eagle Island course and park I decided to give it a go. I had a great first lap. On the back side of the course I wasriding behind a guy that seemed to be slowing and the lead group started to pull ahead. I attacked and dug deep to catch the lead group as we entered back into the park. I heard my daughters yelling for me and I raised a hand to recognize I heard them.
What can I say? This is the best race of the year -- with the exception of being too warm for cross :)
Somebody went overboard with the whole 'wheel' thing. But on the other hand, if you're going to do something, why not go over the top? I personally thought it was fun to do something different and I liked being able to see people a minute ahead and behind you at various times.
This video is the fastcut variety, lots of angles, lots of fun. I am releasing it here before I make it public. This was the best SICX event so far!