Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Medina, OH
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I just finished up my 3rd season of cyclo cross racing. I did 10 cross races beginning the last weekend of August. It's so much fun that my last race was about 14 hours after I got off of a plane from a week’s stay in Cancun fortifying my wife’s reasoning that I’m nuts. I am not suited to excel in cross since I'm 6' and 188lbs and more of a crit/sprinter racer. The atmosphere at cross races is relaxed and inviting for new racers. Even in the upper categories racers who are usually distant to each other will let their guards down a bit. Since the races are on a 1.5 -2 mile closed course the races are very spectator friendly. Beer is also a staple at most races and in some races lapped riders are even offered "beer handups".
I don't find the racing dangerous since the courses are mostly on grass, dirt and paved pathways. My average speed for a 45 minute race is around 11 - 13 mph and seldom exceeds 20 mph. I do fall and crash with the best of them.
I have raced in the cold, muddy, snowy conditions and survived to race another day. The hardest part about racing on those days is after the warmup . A good warmup is vital in racing since the races start out as a sprint then evolves into a TT for the rider. To get the good warmup and preview the course means riding and getting wet and muddy prior to the start. As soon as the warmup is done I have to clean mud, leaves and other debris out of the chain, derailers and brakes. If I were a pro there would be a crew taking care of my bike and I would be in a warm trailer putting on a dry kit. Yes, that would be nice.
Here are a couple images from this past season. The first was in Cinncy and I am about to T-bone a guy when blasting through the sand pit. The second image is early in the race on one of those wet days.
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