Enjoyed another great weekend of cyclcross at two different events. First race on Saturday was Red Barn at Erikson's Tree Farm in Shafer, MN. Having never raced this course I didn't know what to expect, I was told it was a good one. The temps were decent, in the high 40's and no rain, unlike last weekend. The race started pretty fast, I was sitting about 4th after the intial sprint. I worked my way up to 2nd wheel behind Kesha as he was going really good. Before I knew it I was down, my front tire slipped out on a fast corner. I uncrumpled myself and got up, straightend out my bars and made sure nothing was too messed up as 10 riders went flying by. As I battled my way back to some riders I past a man dressed in a all gold suit and another in jean shorts and aviator glasses who was dressed as Goose. With three laps to go I caught the chase group of 5 guys who seemed to be content riding together, so when I went by I went hard and got a gap that held to the end. Was happy afterwards with my 3rd place custom wooden medal and free pork sandwiches.
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Had two fun days of racing Green Acres CX this past weekend. Saturday the course was a little slick with some muddy spots here and there. The field was pretty strong and I found myself blown off the back of the leaders by about the halfway point, rode the rest of the race alone in 7th. Day two was a slightly modified course that included a steep muddy grass climb, some good off camber slopes, and a dark piney forest trail. On top of that it rained most of the day so the course was almost all mud. The wistle blew and we were off sprinting up the dirt road climb, and once we got onto the top corn field area there were a couple crashes in front of me with everyone trying to find the best line in the 4 inch deep mud ruts. As I was trying to find my rhythem in the mud, a fast wheel came by, it was Tonkin, so I jumped on and we started passing people. I stayed with him for about a lap or more, but got shed off as he was riding the mud and the corners much smoother with a little rear tire flick that I need to learn! Tonkin actually battled up to the leaders and ended 2nd on the day behind that one guy ET who has been undefeated in the MNCX scene this year, I ended up in 6th behind the same guys as day 1. Overall it was a great weekend of cross with friends and family. Can't wait for next weekend!
Friday, October 18, 2013
Quick recap of my season so far, 38 races, 6,400 miles, and 409 hours on the bike. Seven weeks of cross racing left with Green Acres on tap this weekend and then on to fatbike season where most rides include beverages from Canada. Just make sure you watch out for this guy when riding the MN river bottoms!