First race of the season. Lake Geneva Cross, Cat 4. Field Size:
Easily rocking the oldest and probably one of the few non-purpose-built CX bike in our class, I feel a little bit under the gun already, but I don't care. I love rocking the 20+ year old C'dale Touring bike for CX. It's so damn fun in that trim.
Course consisted of a long uphill (slight grade) start into a longer grass downhill. A bunch of corners and another long downhill followed where exiting the downhill could get interesting as you could take the left-hander at a decent clip, then end up going way too fast into a gravel right hander. Some guys paid the price by getting too aggressive on that during the first lap. More twisty stuff and then into a long straight in the woods with very soft loamy soil. Leg zapper stuff. Then, someone's twisted idea of a bridge greeted the riders. The slopes of the bridge were at awful steep angles. Then more loam, then a long gravel uphill (total leg zapper). More turns, twistys, then a nice uphill runup with two obstacles. Fast section of pavement, more twistys then sand (rode through it every time). Couple more turns and back to the home stretch. Good, make that great, course layout. Lots of fun.
I had a good start and I purposely tried to be near the front since I know I can't hold a stupid pace forever and getting a good start, for me usually means I can hold on a few places more overall. Wildest part of the first lap was someone eating it crossing that wicked little bridge. He passed me just before it and then lost it on the face of the ramp. I had little time to react, but thankfully enough that I avoided plowing my front wheel right into his face. It was damn close to lots of dental work or worse for him. Hope he was ok though, he hit the deck hard.
I got passed a few times and passed a couple guys, but got into a painful groove that I could handle. Last lap had quite a few guys behind me, but thankfully I could maintain pace to not let them by.
Ended up 16/52. Not awesome by any means, but one of my best/better results in CX. I should probably do some training instead of just riding my bikes...but I went to have fun. Could have wussed out and rode a century with some friends. I'm glad I raced instead