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My first Cyclocross (Mud) race today

Old 11-11-15, 08:27 PM
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My first Cyclocross (Mud) race today

OK first thank you to all who offered suggestions to my first race earlier.

The weather well, sustained winds of 35 MPH with Gusts top 42, Temp 50, Rain constant moderate it had been raining for the previous 12 hours, Track Muddy 8" deep at the low points, perfect for my first race. I always say if your going to do something do it right.

What a race a lot harder than I thought, at 58 you would think I would know better. I ride at least 100 miles a week in all kinds of weather and some pretty good winds but the short intensity and technical ability needed was different. Race was 15 miles away so it was a short ride terrain was what I was used sustained intensity wasn't. Although each lap for me seemed easier and was faster than the previous. The track you take in the mud makes a big difference.

Glad I listened to you all and practice dismounts and carrying the bike with the mud being up to 8" deep on some of the up hills as well as downhills made it difficult at best. On on of the downhills the mud turned my wheel and I put my shoulder down to put a nice hurting onto a maple tree - unfazed the maple tree just threw me into the mud, welcome cyclocross newbie. Twice I had to stop open the center-pull brakes front and rear and clean the mud out. Disk brakes and aluminum frame/carbon fork on my soon to be purchased cyclocross bike, steel frame just doesn't make it with the carrying today.

Although i didn't finish last I was way at the bottom, even if I was last I didn't care, I finished, had fun, enjoyed my beer at he end. At 58 I know I will never be on the podium until I race with the masters and even then who knows, but getting out competing with the young guns, pushing myself for no apparent reason other than I think its fun, having the grand kids there with homemade signs saying "Go Papa" priceless moments. I'm hooked, I look forward to my next two races in December.
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Sounds awesome!

We had a race kind of like that here a couple of years ago. One racer described the weather conditions as "biblical". Two years later, everyone who raced that day still loves to talk about it. Here's a picture that local photographer Matthew Lasala got during the race:



That's about how I remember it except that the picture doesn't capture the torrential wind and rain. So here's a pic from another day that does capture the wind at least (that's me on the left of the picture):



BTW, check your bearings to make sure everything is still turning smoothly. I didn't do so after the race in the first picture above and the next week one of my pedals seized mid-race and came unthreaded. Somehow I guess a little water got past the seals.
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Congrats on your first race. They are fun, aren't they? But, a true test for sure.

The next race I plan on doing is happening after two days of forecasted rain. It will be interesting to see what the conditions are like. My first race was dry, calm and a perfect temperature. I'd say I had it pretty good.
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Yea, after those kinds of conditions , overhaul the bike during the week ahead.
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Sounds like you were at Eco Cross - so was I. That was a tough one! A real mix of heavy mud that you had to slog through in the field sections, with slippery, greasy mud that made every turn an adventure on the trail and road sections. I made it through the race just fine, but now the bike is a total mess and in need of a serious round of maintenance before racing again this weekend. That would've been a challenge as a first race - congrats!
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Originally Posted by Andy_K View Post
Sounds awesome!

We had a race kind of like that here a couple of years ago. One racer described the weather conditions as "biblical". Two years later, everyone who raced that day still loves to talk about it. Here's a picture that local photographer Matthew Lasala got during the race:



That's about how I remember it except that the picture doesn't capture the torrential wind and rain. So here's a pic from another day that does capture the wind at least (that's me on the left of the picture):


The DK200 had multiple holes that deep or deeper this past year. Many were, including myself, were choosing to ride thru them as they would help wash away much of the sticky mud we were encountering.

Great pic BTW.
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