This was my second full season of cyclocross, and the first time racing it in a long time. I did 12 races - 7 cat 4 and 5 cat 3/4 35+. I know I'm addicted because I'm already thinking about next year, and thinking about how to plan my year so I would be better at cross in 2010.
I found that I do better on courses where fitness really matters, like ones with long climbs and open straights. I suck in slippery conditions like mud and loose sand and am chicken sh1t on fast descents with blind turns.
The best equipment choice I made this year was to run tubular wheels. Running low pressures helped a lot with traction and the lower weight helped too. I also ran slightly wider bars and a slightly shorter stem then my road bike, and felt this really helped with handling on the stuff where I had to steer with my bars rather then leaning.
I wasn't really happy with my gearing choice though. I ran a 42T single ring and a 12-27 cassette. While it was fine, there were a few races where having easier gearing would have helped and would have meant one or two fewer times per lap, where I would have to get off the bike. I think next year, I'm going to run the typical 46T-38T double.
I also need to get better at riding the technical stuff. I've never mountain biked before, but I think I'm going to have to get one and hit the trails.
So I think next year, I'll continue to put most of my time in on the road bike for fitness building and do some crits and other short and intense road events, and mix in some mtb rides during the week and weekends when I'm not racing on the road. I think about half-way through summer, I'm going to try out a few mtb races - maybe even earlier if my teammates are serious about racing mtb too. Like this year, I'll take a few weeks off between the racing seasons.
What are you guys thinking for next year?