Here we are in the heart of cyclocross season, and there isn't much discussion of experiences at races. How have the courses been? What about the competition?
Here in Portland we basically have the Cross Crusade series, which is a race almost every weekend somewhere in the outskirts of town. The organizers do a great job of putting on a unique series, while also keeping it super laid back and fun. Beer is the ultimate object of attention throughout the races, if that gives any clue as to the atmosphere here.
A small local bike shop in town called Veloshop has also done a fantastic job of putting on a few well planned races. We all hope to see them put more on in the future.
That all said, this is my first season racing cross and I love it. I thought I'd start in the Men's Beginner level, but it was quickly apparent I needed to move up a category to Men's C. I ride a SS, but the SS division here is full of A-level riders. They race with the B's, and a lot of them get better times than the B's, even with only one gear. It's been a good time in the last few in C's, I've done alright. My goal is to work a little harder and come back strong next year in the SS category.
I'm really hooked.