Cross race #3 of the year in the bag. Race went well until I flatted halfway through the 2.3 mile course and got passed by nearly everyone, except an Alan Antonuk, who also flatter earlier. I managed to pass enough people to end up back in 4th by the end (out of 10). Can’t complain since I got to race my bike through what is apparently one of the most haunted sites in Michigan.
I hate cyclocross, if it were up to me, every barrier on earth would be thrown into a massive bonfire, and all the roadies and mountain bikers would sit in a circle and rejoice about never being forced to run with their bikes ever again (running in MTB races is not “forced” per say, but more something that indicates you don’t have the technical skills to shred the gnar). There would be no more rat mazes of caution tape, or needless wooden structures with steps on one side and a ramp on the other…most normal people call that a slide.
Tell this guy he needs more stopping power:
If you have not heard, the UCI will let everyone use disc brakes on their CX bikes, but has reduced the legal size of tires….this means more stopping power and less traction, another good idea from the very intelligent UCI
It’s been a while since my last race report, and forever since I’ve done a CX race so this is a first. As you could notice from my last blog post, I only just finished building up my CX bike a few days before this second OVCX race. The race, which took place down in Louisville, only had about 25 riders so was pretty small. It was good having a small turnout, because then less people would pass me as I gingerly crossed the barriers. I really do mean gingerly, in the first lap two guys passed me before I was even able to re-mount my bicycle. But other than the whole running around while carrying your bike, cyclocross is really just like a mountain bike short track race that is twice as long (and you’re not allowed to drink water). I’m exagerating, you are allowed to drink water, but all the cool cyclocross guys will laugh at you and say mean things behind your back.