Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Portland Oregon
Bikes: Litespeed Arenberg, Litespeed Atlas, Fuji Track, Trek Fuel 90, Felt S32 TT bike, Bianchi Axis '05, and a lot of older bikes...
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I've been riding road races for 3 years- I just started this cross stuff a few weeks ago. Raced a couple races in Oregon on an old mountain bike and just got my "real" cross bike and did my first race last week.
The race was the Stumptown Classic- one of the UCI races that's part of the US Gran Prix of Cyclocross.
I crashed on the first lap on pavement due to absence of friction and rookie handling manuevers. I rode the entire last lap on a flat front wheel. It was OK in the mud but it SUCKED on the asphalt sections.
I'm hooked too but I need to reduce the bodily injury. I've crashed 3 times in 3 weeks and of course it's always on the right side of my bike so I have the highest likelihood of breaking expensive drivetrain stuff. So far the bikes been lucky, my knee hasn't been.
Here are some pictures from the race.
Oregon Velo photographs
Look at the Stumptown photos. I'm the guy in the background of photo 2493. It rained like mad the day before the race so it was pretty soggy. The warm-up lap was absolutely nothing like the race due to the thrashing the course took.
BTW- do people "cat down" in cross races in your area? I'm amazed at the guys who race beginner and C class who really should be racing UP a level.