BLACKSBURG, Va., November 12, 2008 -- The Virginia Tech Cycling Team, in partnership with Rogues Racing, is taking on cyclocross racing as they present Tech Cross, the two-day Virginia Cyclocross Series.
Tech Cross will be held at the Virginia Tech Recreational Sports Fields. Saturday night races will begin at dusk and include grilling out and a live band. Racing starts at 2:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 15 and 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 16. The cycling race is open to participants, spectators, and supporters.
That's right night time cyclocross under the lights and a live band
yeah... at charlottesville last weekend. that course was so SS unfriendly it shat on my car while i was trying to race. i kept dropping my chain in the first race and the second race i did was a trainwreck as well. :shudder:
Part of this course serves as our training course and is very SS friendly. I use gears and can only think of one place where they are necessary and that is on the paved/gravel sections at the very start of the race. You might miss the hole shot on a SS but right after that things will slow up a lot. There are two sets of barriers one to force a run up and one to slow down a really long straight fast section. There are log piles Yes log piles! There is one really really tricky off camber technical turn and some really long off camber runs that will be very interesting in this weather. I think the course is about 1.5 miles so there will be about 6 minute laps.
There are a few issues with running it backwards. I can't remember what we decided to do but we all generally agree that racing under the lights will be very different then in the day. Of course both my races will be day time.
Dawes Kalahari, Puch Prima Super Sport, Graham Weigh 853
Backwards seemed to work pretty well. I think it took me a couple of hours to fully warm up again after being blasted with wind for two days. I really enjoyed the course. That wind made it a lot harder than it otherwise would have been; I cannot believe that Leas-Macrae guy was putting in 6 minute laps!
I've been holding off posting interview responses from this race (cxhairs.wordpress.com) because it would be soooo much better if guys like JFMCKENNA and CEEJ would send back my questionnaire ... guilt trip ... guilt trip ...
If you didn't get the e-mail from cyclocross at verizon dot net, let me know.