Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Recreational Cyclocross and Gravelbiking This has to be the most physically intense sport ever invented. It's high speed bicycle racing on a short off road course or riding the off pavement rides on gravel like :The Dirty Kanza". We also have a dedicated Racing forum for the Cyclocross Hard Core Racers.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 09-20-09, 02:35 PM   #1
futuregrace
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Bikes:
Posts: 53
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
First Race

Hope I don't offend with the spandex comments. Loved the experience, might take awhile to embrace the culture. Can't wait to race again.

http://thehoughs.wordpress.com/2009/...clocross-race/
futuregrace is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-20-09, 03:21 PM   #2
Barrettscv 
Have bike, will travel
 
Barrettscv's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Edwardsville, Illinois
Bikes: Colnago Nuova Mexico, Eddy Merckx Corsa Extra, Pinarello Gavia, Schwinn Paramount, Motobecane Grand Record, Peugeot PX10, Serotta Nova X, Simoncini Cyclocross Special, Origin8 monstercross, Pedal Force CG2 and CX2
Posts: 10,600
Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 69 Post(s)
Nice!
Barrettscv is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-20-09, 03:50 PM   #3
theextremist04
Seņor Member
 
theextremist04's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: FoCo, CO
Bikes: CAAD10CAAD10CAAD10
Posts: 880
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I was reading your post and saw Swope Park. I was surprised, so I scrolled back up and saw KC Cup...hey, I was there too. My first race too, though I did the spandex thing. It was a fun race, and you live in a great town to like cross racing. Maybe I'll see you around some time!
theextremist04 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-20-09, 05:43 PM   #4
nelzar13
Senior Member
 
nelzar13's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Coventry RI
Bikes: 1958 raleigh fixed , specialized P2, standard S250, giant cross country bike
Posts: 293
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
the good thing about spandex is i never get my shorts snagged on my seat when i remount... iv learned 2 things really quickly through a lot of error, #1, that the crotch of your shorts loves to get caught on the back of your seat remounting. and #2 my junk will not fit between my tire and brake bridge! That and the Dikc pad is the best invention ever!
nelzar13 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-20-09, 06:32 PM   #5
TimJ
Senior Member
 
TimJ's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Bikes:
Posts: 1,955
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
The spandex is all about function, really. Loose shorts get caught on your seat in remounts, and spandex is cooler too since there's fewer layers.
__________________
fun facts: Psychopaths have trouble understanding abstract concepts.
"Incompetent individuals, compared with their more competent peers, will dramatically overestimate their ability and performance relative to objective criteria."
TimJ is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-20-09, 06:38 PM   #6
Andy_K 
Senior Member
 
Andy_K's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Beaverton, OR
Bikes: 2013 Kona Jake, 2015 Kona Jake the Snake, 2008 Kona Major Jake, 2013 Kona Jake the Snake, 2006 Kona Kula, 2012 Ridley Excalibur, 2001 LeMond Buenos Aires, 1984 Pinarello Gran Turismo, 1982 Trek 614, 1978 Austro-Daimler, 1987 Pinarello Montello
Posts: 8,929
Mentioned: 13 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 219 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by nelzar13 View Post
the good thing about spandex is i never get my shorts snagged on my seat when i remount
I actually have snagged my spandex shorts when remounting during a race. I won't comment on what that means.
Andy_K is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-20-09, 06:52 PM   #7
Andy_K 
Senior Member
 
Andy_K's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Beaverton, OR
Bikes: 2013 Kona Jake, 2015 Kona Jake the Snake, 2008 Kona Major Jake, 2013 Kona Jake the Snake, 2006 Kona Kula, 2012 Ridley Excalibur, 2001 LeMond Buenos Aires, 1984 Pinarello Gran Turismo, 1982 Trek 614, 1978 Austro-Daimler, 1987 Pinarello Montello
Posts: 8,929
Mentioned: 13 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 219 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by futuregrace View Post
Hope I don't offend with the spandex comments. Loved the experience, might take awhile to embrace the culture. Can't wait to race again.

http://thehoughs.wordpress.com/2009/...clocross-race/
Nice report. Definitely bring a couple of friends next time! Ideally, cyclocross shouldn't be about spandex and speed so much as it is about mud and fun. If that's not the culture where you are, keep bringing more people until that is the culture.

Around here, the cross culture is just incredible. Most people do wear spandex for the reasons stated above, and a lot of them are really fast, but ultimately it's about having fun. I'm absurdly slow, but I've never caught even a hint of condescension about it from anyone.

In my first race (last year), I was sucking wind so badly at one point that one of the spectators pushed me up a hill. What I've found is that if you're really, really slow but you do it with a smile you'll be a crowd favorite. And as you get a little bit faster but keep smiling, you'll still be a crowd favorite. Mostly, I think they like to see people suffer and smile at the same time.
Andy_K is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-20-09, 08:22 PM   #8
futuregrace
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Bikes:
Posts: 53
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Maybe I'll try the spandex out, most people were very nice it was more just realizing I stood out. Like I said, I loved it, want to get a cyclocross bike now and race every chance I get.
futuregrace is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-20-09, 08:57 PM   #9
3MTA3
★ ★ ★
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Bikes:
Posts: 2,068
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
i want a moonwalk at my next race!
3MTA3 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-20-09, 09:56 PM   #10
ridethatbike
In the top 42%
 
ridethatbike's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Kansas
Bikes: Salsa CCC
Posts: 220
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
great write up and great ride too! I'll be doing my cx race at the Boulevard Cup. It'll be my first bike race in probably 6-7 years. Wish I could have gone out to Swope but had to go to StL for family stuff. See you at the Boulevard race, eh?
ridethatbike is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-21-09, 04:50 PM   #11
desmo13
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Bikes:
Posts: 317
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Awesome! I had my 1st race on sunday also. And I couldnt have done it without my little girl ringing the cowbell and holding up a strawberry shortcake coloring book picture that she wrote go daddy on. Kids make getting your butt kicked seem like a victory.
desmo13 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-21-09, 04:59 PM   #12
caloso
Packfodding 3
 
caloso's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Sacramento, California, USA
Bikes: Ridley Excalibur, Gazelle Champion Mondial, On-One Pompino, Specialized Rock Hopper
Posts: 33,867
Mentioned: 6 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 152 Post(s)
Nice writeup. And great support crew!
caloso is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 05:03 AM.