Deployed Soldier's 1st Race In Iraq
Here is a little history on my beginning of my CX endeavors.
Deployed Soldier Still In Need Of Advice
I found out that there was a Bike Club here in Iraq where I am stationed. There was an 8 mile road course race this morning. Five laps at 1.7mi per lap. There were four divisions Men’s/Women’s Sport and Men’s/Women’s Recreation.
I ran in the Men’s Rec, I really didn’t know how I would match up with the competition. I have only been on my bike for about 2 weeks. Some of the guys in the Sport Division ride 100+ miles a week. There was about 40-60 riders in my Division. There were a couple very good bikes out there. I really didn’t know how the Motobecane would hold up or match up.
I thought I had a very good start. I shot up to the front from the rear of the pack, and didn’t look back. By the time I hit the forth turn I had a hefty lead. I knew I would have the stamina (with my vigorous PT program) but I didn’t know I would perform that well. After the 2nd lap, the event organizer went over the bullhorn and called me a “Sand-Bagger” (for not racing with the “BIG BOYS” in the Sport Division. For a person who’s been on a CX for about two weeks, I didn’t think I would do as well as I did. That is an honest statement. So I finished 1st in my division. I think someone told me that I had the 3rd or 4th best overall time, including the Men’s Sport Division. Next race I will step it up, and race with the “Big Boys”.
As far as the bike, I really didn’t think I could get up to that kind of speed and maintain it with ease. As I stated before on one of my treads, I am a huge MTB’er back in the states, and road biking is so easy. I was able to keep my speed and pedaling consistent. I am going to purchase a pair of true road tires this week. I know that the CX tires did slow me down just a hair but they did perform above my expectations. I don’t have anything to complain about as far as the bike goes. Well one thing. I MUST GET A NEW SADDLE. Man-Oh-Man my tail is sore right now. I have heard some GREAT things about GEL saddles. I am looking into that this week also.
Thanks again to all who replied and answered some of my question.
I will keep you Guys/Gals posted on my Iraq Adventures….
“LIVE FROM BAGHDAD”
Last edited by BG2482; 06-21-09 at 10:21 AM.