Charm City Cross day 1, Men’s C race:
Drove down early in the morning and was there at the venue around 7ish, early enough to get a decent parking spot close to the course as parking gets kinda crazy the later you get there. Ate a honey stinger waffle and a banana while waiting to get my number and while i waited checked out the course. The last time I did Charm City was in 2009 so it had been a few years since i had ridden the course but it was still the pretty standard course for the location. I had also forgot how many obstacles there were with a sand pit, stairs/run up, and the planter barriers around the large tree and the standard barriers.
So after i get my **** together and have a friend pin my number on since i suck at doing it myself i head over to the start and hop on the course to get a warm up lap in. Like i said before, no major surprises here, only thing is that its a little warm and humid for late september but thats not out of the normal. I drink some water and stretch before hopping back on the course and doing another half lap, basically skipping the back half with the run up and focusing on the barriers/planter. I dont have a watch so i do some riding down and back on the prologue/start area and wait to get lined up, i get lined up around the 5th or 6th row back. The race starts and no major incidents that i see but there is a lot of rubbing elbows and people trying to make sketchy passes so i just hold my lines and put my elbows out to deter people from doing that. i make it through the sand pit and there wasnt any major incidents that i saw but i heard there was one behind me apparantly. Racing is racing so i do my thing, im a slow starter so i hate the first lap and a half and start making my moves after that as people start to fade. I see a couple guys not to far ahead so i try and reach them and then ride their wheel for a bit till i decide to pass. i keep doing this for the next couple laps till the lead riders come around and lap me, no surprise there but im used to that. But as they come past a guy comes by who looks like someone i had just passed but i think to myself “nah, cant be him” but then i see him fade again and blow by him.
All in all the leaders did 6 laps and i did 5, but i wasnt the last rider, if anything i was a lot further up than i normally am. The results though have me finish in 25th place which is wrong although id love to have that result! Only reason they have me there is because i came through lapped and the judges are confused but after i tell them the judge tells me after some calculating that i came in 78th out of the full field of 125. Much better than i thought i was going to do seeing as coming through the start one lap i thought i had 2 laps to go but was pleasantly (sarcasm) surprised to see 3 haha. All in all a fun race at an awesome venue in a sketchy city.