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    NCCX 4 Charlotte, NCCX 5 Salisbury

    #4 Charlotte, Veterans Park. Warm and sunny. Low humidity. Start is a nice holeshot sprint into a steep short hill. You know happens there. First half of course has 2 sand pits back-to-back, a set of double barriers, a run-up (or ride up if you can ride two steps - most ran), and hill that sucks all remaining oxygen out of you. Second half is a flat fast winding ride through pavement and grass. I rode through the first sand pit and carried the second. Watching the p/1/2s ride through both pits, lap after lap, lets you know that any self-congratulations on strength were premature.

    #5 Salisbury Community Park. Record warm day for Nov 8. Another day of low humidity. CX4 has 50 some starters. I try to get to the line early and I'm sixth row. This course is mostly dry and flat. Most turns are wide and fast. The less braking the better. One run up with 4 steps. I saw no one ride it. One set of double barriers. Single track into the woods in one section had a steep hill. Robbed of one position in a grass straight leading into the barriers. I heard the wind up behind me and I tried to match it but I was overtaken just before a 180. Then it was turn-turn-turn-turn-barrier-wide 180-finish. I may have had my best finish yet in this series.

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    I was in that race with you Mike. ljrichar was there too. It was about 20 degrees hotter than I expected.
    Great course except for those stairs - I lost 20 feet on people every time up and would kill myself trying to gain back the spots lost. Last lap, I was overtaken by a guy on the hill in the woods and knew I wouldn't get it back because of the barriers right before the finish. I stink worse at barriers than I do stairs.

    Painful. Fun.
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    Was there with you.

    I loved the Charlotte course. Specifically that there were tons of places where better bike handling paid off. Of course, I somehow fell before the barriers on the first lap and went very close, if not all the way, to the back trying to figure out 1) why my rear wheel wouldn't turn and 2) how to fix it. Took the pressure off though, and found that passing people was considerably more fun than my typical moving backwards. I didn't bother to see where I finished. Mid-pack is mid-pack.

    As much as I hated the sand pits, I always made up ground going through it. Long legs maybe? Same with the run-up in Salisbury.



    Salisbury... ugh. Nothing like a dry flat course to reiterate that my fitness sucks. Finished the first lap in 10th and in my typical style I proceeded to ride it backwards to 23rd. Highest placing yet, but my legs were absolutely cooked with a lap to go.

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    Yep, both good courses. I seem to have the opposite problem, great fitness, no handling skills. Still, a much better showing than my 1st two attempts in Cary/Raleigh.

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    i've been dressing too warmly but i got it right in Charlotte and Salisbury; handling is easier to cure than fitness; anybody else get the dry-mouth? I was parched

    i gotta get smoother on runups and barriers; i would lose ground sometimes on those; watched the p/1/2s and the leaders made it look effortless; i've been taking some spills too and those suck energy out you like crazy

    four more in the series; i'm planning on going to all of them; see ya there; look for red tape and red rims in the cx4; 30 minutes of intense self-inflicted pain and it's over

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    Mike, definitely introduce yourself if you see wanders or I. I'm usually the only one in a Paceline kit on a Trek XO.

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    My first race was in Charlotte. I was the one with the really old Trek touring conversion. I had a blast and finished back of middle of the pack which is fine by me. I am hooked and am looking for a real CX bike now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by j. hughes View Post
    I was the one with the really old Trek touring conversion.
    Oh really, I guess that makes you & wanders both.

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    I'll bet mine had more reflectors.
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    Ha. I didn't see you. What year is yours? I'm on a rusty 84. I don't really think it was that bad to race with. The only problem I was having was some toe overlap on the couple tight turns and pedal strike on an off camber section. I think it also has to do with it being a bit too small for me and needing longer cranks. I almost bought a CX bike the next day at the Big Stampede swap meet but decided to wait and see what I really want in a CX bike.

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    I only raced Sunday in Salisbury. Mine's a Trek 520 - '06 or '07. I call it "the plow". It has to weigh close to 30 pounds. My only real complaint are the bar end shifters. They are hard for me to reach when I need them and when I don't, my knees seem to find them on the dismounts/remounts. Operator error.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wanders View Post
    I'll bet mine had more reflectors.
    HA!


    Quote Originally Posted by j. hughes View Post
    The only problem I was having was some toe overlap on the couple tight turns and pedal strike on an off camber section.
    I have the same issues.

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    The only problem I was having was some toe overlap on the couple tight turns and pedal strike on an off camber section.
    I have the same issues.
    ^So, is this just something you have to deal with when racing or is it simply that I have the wrong tool for the job?

    Also, anyone know approx. how long the Charlotte course was?

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    Quote Originally Posted by j. hughes View Post
    ^So, is this just something you have to deal with when racing or is it simply that I have the wrong tool for the job?

    Also, anyone know approx. how long the Charlotte course was?
    Are you on the shorter side? I think it just comes w/ having a small frame.

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    No, I'm 6'1. I think my bike is a size too small for me though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by j. hughes View Post
    Also, anyone know approx. how long the Charlotte course was?
    My inexpert estimate is that CX laps are 6-10 minutes for CX4s. More or less for others. Distance - no idea. I'm running completely without computers. I'm learning that computers limit me - but that's another subject.

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