With temps hovering in the low 40’s and mist in the air it was perfect weather for Cyclocross in the woods.
Once again the Rattail race was a joy to ride with plenty of nicely laid-out switch backs, long sections of single track trail, a few off-camber switchback and three sand pits. The last sandpit was the most challenging as it came a stride or two after a barrier.
I got to the race with plenty of time to pre-ride and get ready (unlike last weekend). I had been looking at old Cyclocross technique video’s this week, impressed by those who can clear a barrier on the bike but they did remind me of some basic skills that I have let lapse and this race gave me plenty opportunity to try and get them back.
“Look where you want to go” was a mantra in my head each time I came into the switchbacks and it did help smooth out my lines and keep my speed up. I also focused on readying the course and refining my lines as the race progressed. The narrow dirt path track along the middle of the singletrack section seemed to become slower after a few laps with the little bit of rain and wear it felt tacky compared to the grass.
After all, it is these choices that within the race can make a time difference each lap.
As this race falls on the same weekend as Jingle Cross in Iowa, the organizers pull categories together to make a large field for each start. My 45+ and 55+ group in kids in the 35+ group. In the end I pulled of 3rd overall and 1st in my age group.
It would be nice sometime to go down to Iowa and see pro-riders do their thing but for sheer motivation, nothing comes close to seeing three young kids wait at the start line in the rain as a clap of thunder and a flash of lighting ring through the sky. That takes a hell of a lot more spirit than any pro.
It is with a fair amount of disappointment, embarrassment, and some frustration that the Corcoran Race on Saturday the 23rd will be cancelled.
Please spend that time with loved ones, running errands or opening the legs – preparing to crush it at the following race; Sculpture Cross. Transfer your love to Ollie – make that race something special.
Thank you to all the Crossniacs teammates who worked overtime to try and make several locations workout, thank you also to the fine gentlemen at GSCA who also worked hard to make something cool happen. Thank you thirdly to both team sponsors who stepped up with award donations.
After the loss of Fridley school grounds and the struggle to make the Corcoran Lion’s Club property work, we found it logistically impossible to present a decent event.
Crossniacs & GSCA
Sunday rolled around and I hit the GACX race that was only about 45 minutes from home. This was a new course for the Georgia series and I wanted to get a look at this course. It was a nice wide open course with a mix of woodland trails, open field and some ballpark grass/pavement mixed in. I got a great start and was in the top 3. I stayed with the lead group for awhile, but the second time through the climb and big runup coming out of the woods I lost touch. I started sliding back for the rest of the race. I still managed to pull out a top 20 which is my best finish so far this year. All in all, I liked the course and didn’t suck to bad.
Talk to ya’ll later. DS
I coached my son’s soccer team again and they got 2nd place, but we managed to finish early. So, as soon as we got home I packed up the car and headed te Anniston for the 1st race of the Double Down weekend. Saturday racing under the lights. Ricky Bobby would be proud. I love that course and I like racing under the lights. I missed the first race, but got a great warm up for the second race. I got to the start line early and grabbed the last spot on the front row after the call ups. I got a great start and pulled out the hole shot. I was in the lead for the first half lap, then I settled into the lead group of about 6. As we hit the big sandpit right before the finish line the guy in front of me endo’d, so I lost my momentum and had to run it. I lost the last wheel in the lead group and just couldn’t pull myself back up. I lost a little gas as we got near the end and ended up losing a few spots. But Imanaged to ride the sandpit the rest of the race and on the last lap I went for the double handup—beer then cash. I spilt the beer and missed the bills. But I still pulled out a top 15. So, it was good Saturday night.
Talk to ya’ll later. DS
I missed the Saturday race due to my coaching obligations. But somehow we managed to win two championships in the same day. My son’s team won their U8 soccer tournament. I coached the first game and then turned it over to the other coach and headed to my daughter’s softball tournament. They played all day and we finally won the last game 4-3 with a homerun in the last inning.
Sunday we had GACX #8. This race was at Centennial High School and was put on by a local HUP United racer. He always does a good job and I like this course. I got there in a good time and got a good warm up. I finally felt pretty good for the first time this season. I managed to squeze my way onto the second row for the start. I got a great start and was in second place. I settled into the top 5 and was really hoping for a good finish. There was a big crowd in the middle of the course and it was loud. The course had a big loop through a practice field and then a tight, off-camber, uphill turn going back towards the school. I had hit it pretty hard in warmups and during the race without any problem. But then I came through that turn on the next lap and my rear wheel slid out and there was a loud pop. Somehow I had managed to burp my tire so bad that it had competely flipped inside out and was stuck between the rim and the frame. Never seen that happen before. The wheel wouldn’t even move. Of course I had just gone past the pits and didn’t see myself making it all the way around again. Not sure what is going on with these burps. So, I guess I need to redo my tubeless wheels and make sure I have tight seals. I pulled out at that point, extremely disappointed. There was a good crowd of hecklers and they summed up it pretty plain.
“At least you went out with a bang!”