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.
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.
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.
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.