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Old 11-30-08, 05:44 PM   #1
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Today I raced my first cyclocross race...

Today I raced my first cyclocross race.

I don't have a cross bike. Instead I put brakes on my IRO, geared it 42x18 with a freewheel, and put some borrowed 'cross tires on my wheels. It looked like this:



Staten Island cross was very wet, which made it very cold. The course was mostly flat, with lots of tight turns, a few good and muddy spots, and made good use of natural obstacles - ditches, short hills, a beach, and a whole wooded area with gutters, exposed rocks and roots, off-camber turns, narrow hardpack ledges, and a steep run-up.

Extremely fun ****.

I highly recommend racing cyclocross.
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Old 11-30-08, 05:48 PM   #2
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Nice, I just did my first CX race and it was a blast.
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Old 11-30-08, 05:53 PM   #3
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seems very fun, I dont know of any around here though
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Old 11-30-08, 06:28 PM   #4
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Mean lookin IRO you got there...
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Old 11-30-08, 08:26 PM   #5
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How did the brakes hold up to the mud and wet?
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mr b - where are you? cross is everywhere, its just kinda hidden...
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I am in Indiana, I did some research for cross in midwest.. I found some, I am 20 minutes from Chicago, so I will definitely be looking into it more.
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http://chicrosscup.com/
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Old 11-30-08, 08:45 PM   #9
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I love CX, this was my first season.
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How did the brakes hold up to the mud and wet?
Just fine. There was plenty of mess but not a whole lot of thick mud. I didn't have much caking going on so everything worked out well.
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