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Re: CX Race Report Thread
« Reply #15 on: September 14, 2012, 09:35:34 AM »
Yes, they look like Okie dig flags. I had the same thought when one made a certain sound as I ran it over.

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Re: CX Race Report Thread
« Reply #16 on: September 14, 2012, 12:10:54 PM »
wtf are you guys doing out there



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« Reply #17 on: September 14, 2012, 12:47:54 PM »
lol

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Re: CX Race Report Thread
« Reply #18 on: September 14, 2012, 01:27:47 PM »
wtf are you guys doing out there

Being MOAR awesome than you! Get w/ the program. CX > *.

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« Reply #19 on: September 16, 2012, 02:34:33 PM »
First race of the season. Lake Geneva Cross, Cat 4. Field Size: 46 52.

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 :)
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Re: CX Race Report Thread
« Reply #20 on: September 16, 2012, 04:13:40 PM »
 :thumbsup:
 
16/46 sounds awesome to me, especially when you only participated for fun.

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« Reply #21 on: September 16, 2012, 07:20:19 PM »
Nice job.

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Re: CX Race Report Thread
« Reply #22 on: September 17, 2012, 03:26:34 PM »
Thanks! Official results online now say 52, not 46. Guess it makes things a little better for me :)

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Re: CX Race Report Thread
« Reply #23 on: September 19, 2012, 09:49:46 PM »
So what's it called when you go up a steep incline and don't make it and rollover??  :D
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Re: CX Race Report Thread
« Reply #24 on: September 19, 2012, 10:38:11 PM »


That's rather clever ... panda riding a bamboo bike.

makel

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« Reply #25 on: September 19, 2012, 11:12:04 PM »
I thought that's what is was. I just cant imagine bamboo being that strong.

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« Reply #26 on: September 26, 2012, 05:44:22 PM »

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« Reply #27 on: September 30, 2012, 02:27:14 PM »
Last night, twilight cross race. 5:45pm start for me, so that was different. Sun at low angles meant you couldn't see terrain too well at times. Fun  :P


Course was short, but fun and relatively flat. One run-up on the second of of two big half-pipeish up-and down a valley kind of deal. Fun section.


Start was painfully narrow and they called up what must have been the top guys in the series...so my start position was atrocious. Too many tight narrow turns after the start really put me back due to massive bunch-ups, but I gained a lot of spots through the race. The flat straight sections were brutal fast and had to push a big gear to maintain position. Some good sweeping fast corners though. Great way to demoralize a few racers when you can absolutely blow by on a curve. At least in the Cat 4 ranks there are quite a few guys who either don't trust their tires, don't know how to corner or are simply afraid to take a corner. Good for me though. I gain the most in corners so I'll take it. I love pushing grip limits of my rubber :)


Even after the dismal start, I managed to get myself up to 19th out of 59 guys. Kinda disappointing knowing how fast I was able to go on the course. A better start position and better starting layout would have been to my advantage. Still, I'm happy with the result. It was lots of fun. Wife and son were there and from where they could watch a good part of the course, I could hear my son cheering the whole time :) It was great!

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« Reply #28 on: September 30, 2012, 03:25:25 PM »
 :thumbsup:

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Re: CX Race Report Thread
« Reply #29 on: September 30, 2012, 05:20:32 PM »
Great job.