This forum needed a CX race report thread, so I'm starting it.
Today was my first ever CX race. No real idea of what I was getting into. In the last few months I got the ol' Cannondale ST400 setup for CX
. Worked on some dismounts/remounts and rode it some off road. No way prepared to race, but why not, right?
Cross the Domes in Milwaukee. Cat 4. 64 starters.
Instant legs screaming, followed by lungs screaming. Some tricky off-camber stuff today made some parts quite interesting. Tires and bike never failed me though. Dismounts and remounts went well - at least in my opinion. Had my wife and 20-month old son cheering me on (and making a cowbell ring a beautiful tune). It was nice to get a little motivation on each lap. I was cooked at the end though, but that's probably desirable.
Came in 37th out of those 64 starters. It's not great, but I'll take what I get. I had fun even though it hurt. I learned that I should probably spend some more time running and living in the pain cave on rides. The bike was flawless even though it's far from a CX rig. I was impressed by the super-cheap Ritchey Speedmax tires I had thrown on it. Traction was awesome and I passed a few people in corners at speeds that I didn't think was the smartest.
In a nutshell, what a blast! Can't wait for the next race!