So, today was my first cyclocross race. The race was actually what they called a Cyclo Sprint. It was a bunch of fast, short race...hence Sprint. I had no idea what I was getting into and I didn't do any real research on the sport. I just knew I wanted to race. I show up to the race location and instantly feel out of place. Everyone is decked out in full race attire with team/sponsor clothing, all the nice Cyclo gear, and bikes, etc. Here I am, in my Converse Allstar shoes, black socks, a T-shirt and Adidis shorts...I stuck out like a sore thumb. I raced my mountain bike (which I know is acceptable) but I forgot to remove my toe cages, and I didn't bring any tools to do it at the race site. Here I am asking everyone for some pliers or something to get these things off my pedals. I knew I couldn't race with them on. Anyways, no one had the right tools, so I ended up breaking off the cages with a piece of metal i found in the back of my car. I sign in and I'm placed in a bracket with about 15 other racers and I end up winning the entire event! I won a bunch of sweet Zipp gear and got preferred placement for tomorrows race as well!
Looking back on the whole thing I just had to laugh....I know people were like "who is this redneck?"
I really dig Cyclocross and definitely plan on doing many more races. Just thought I would share.