My First CX Race - Not Last!
I did my first Cx race today, Southern California Prestige Series at Irvine Lake. It was like riding on the surface of the sun, about 97 degrees at race time. I hydrated a lot, but as soon as we started I was parched.
The CX4 field was about 100 men according to the race promoters.
At the beginning, nearly everyone zoomed on past me. I just plodded among and two laps in I was lapped by the leadeers; including a high school kid who won the race as well as the junior race earlier. I thanked him for saving me a lap as he passed.
I was then pretty much in my own CX time trial while avoiding lapping traffic.
I should have ridden with a bottle because it was sooo hot! They did have a hose spraying over the course; that was very welcoming!
I never got a pass to stick. There was one guy I kept passing because he had a shoe stuck in a pedal and he was taking the shoe off at the stairs and barriers. Eventually, he was able to ride away from me.
On the last lap a rider was coming up on my, but not as fast as lapping traffic. I figured I'd have to hold him off to not be last. I was a bit faster thru obstacles; but he was still gaining a bit until he crashed into an oak tree. That gave me the gap I needed.
I ended up doing 5 laps and the leaders 6. There were a lot (maybe 30?) DNF's and one guy credited with 4 laps. I only beat the one guy of the 5 lap guys.
So, I ended up like 71 or so out of 73 finishers.
My surgically repaired thumb was and is hurting a bit; but my head hurt the most from the heat.
I hope to do some more races soon and build a streak of non DFL finishes.