Here are a few pictures from Cross Crusade #1 at Alpenrose Dairy and some commentary.
This first pciture is the only one I'm in. It was taken by Bike Portland's Elly Blue. The Flickr page says I'm supposed to give proper attribution. It also says I'm not supposed to modify it. Oops.
There were 141 riders in my group, plus unicyclists who started a couple of minutes after us. We got called to the starting line in random order based on the last digit of our number. My group was last, and I lined up at the back of my group. There were times on the first lap when I was worried that the unicyclists were going to catch me. I do have to give a shout out to our new sponsor Deschutes Brewery for supplying a six pack to those of us unfortunate enough to draw the shortest straw.
The velodrome was my favorite part of the course, both as a rider and as a spectator. With the large fields, it became virtual chaos with riders heading in every direction.
A close second as a spectator was the run-up, though I didn't enjoy that nearly as much while racing.
When I looked at the course map online the day before the race, I noted the marker labeled "double stairs" and in my mind I pictured two steps. My mental picture was a bit off from reality.
The mixing of the Juniors with the Master B's made for some interesting scenes.
Of course, we like barriers around here.
Finally, the course had a few tasty off-camber grassy turns. This one leads to the bottom of the run-up.
What's that you ask? "Is that guy wearing the national champion's jersey?" Yes, yes he is. He's also riding a singlespeed Major Jake (no, not a Major One).
Here's a shot of Team Kona (Ryan Trebon, Barry Wicks and Erik Tonkin) going up the stairs in the A race, previewing their podium finish.
Here's what I learned watching Ryan Trebon race:
1. Warm up by winning the singlespeed race.
2. Bring a domestique or two, either of whom could also beat everyone else in the race.
3. Be really fast and really smooth.
It's just that easy.