winter series in NC

Racing in January…I haven’t done any intensity or structure since mid-December and today it showed. I was suffering on the rivet all day. Luckily I rolled the hole-shot and got into a break of about 5 guys and then I told Jason that he needed to turn it up so we could shed some guys…he did and he almost shot me out the back.. all I could do for the last 4 laps was sit on his wheel and suffer. 1/2 a lap to go my rear tubular went flat and Jason sat up trying to get me to the line before we got caught, but I could see 3rd place catching us and I told him to GO. I got passed and rode the flat all the way to the line and was 10ft from getting passed by another guy. 3rd place.. not bad for January and a flat.

Wah

Time to renew USA Cycling License.

When I first started racing Cyclo-Cross I just signed up with a Mountain Bike racing class of Sport. That worked for the first year or two until the rules changed in Minnesota requiring a USA Cycling license for the ‘B’ group race. There was no reason to have a USAC license if you only raced off-road. For the last few years I have been purchasing a USAC license as a ‘road’ racer just so I could race in the ‘B or A’ group in Cyclo-Cross. So off I go to renew my ‘road’ license again last week for the 08 Cyclo-Cross season.After navigate to the correct part of the web page, I find the option to order a new license.Then I see a choice.

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See that nice option at the bottom of the list. When you select any of the action links under the ‘Action’ column it takes you to this page.

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As you can see. Cyclo-Cross is included in both a Mtb Rider and a Road Rider but is not a stand alone option from the previous page.

I thought I better check as I don’t want to show up at the first race and find out that the Mtb option is only for the ‘C’ or beginner group. Perhaps I should just play it safe and choice the road option. So I asked the local contacts – they had no idea. Then I asked the National Contact.

“Both disciplines include cyclocross.  Typically cyclocross is a secondary discipline, so most riders choose one or the other and it includes cross racing.” 

Secondary!!!! I have always taken a bit of pride in being the punk at the disco but this got my hackles up a bit.

I signed-up for a spanking new Mountain bike license and it came with a Cat 3 Cyclo-Cross ’Active’ status.

Club: Crossniacs

Ladric