How time flies….
A couple of weeks ago myself and Matty P made a mad dash to Madison, WI for Cyclocross Nationals. Trying to best a 2nd place from last year I felt I might have it in the legs to go one better. You always have to believe right? If you don’t you might as well not go. So we loaded the Moots Sprinter and made the 14.5 drive to Verona. Much different weather this year vs. last, but that’s Cyclocross.
Thursday pre-ride. Friday am race. If a podium place was achieved we’d have to stay Friday night.
NOT TO BE
The start went well and by the middle of the first lap found myself sharing the lead with Tim Butler, while the others were chasing close behind. Right where you want to be.
Starting the second lap a group of 4 of us had starting pulling away. The mud on top of ice meant most everyone would crash at least once. Mine came about 2/3 rd’s of the way through lap 2. Head long into a metal fence, which caused a front flat (and bruises) a long way front the pit. Ride, ride, ride….bike change…chase, chase, chase. At one point down to 12th or so, and then battling back to an 8th place at the finish. Not as planned, but hey that’s bike racing….and you have to learn and move forward. I try not to dwell…
With no podium appearance, we loaded the van and departed for home. Made it home for dinner on Saturday night. A quick trip that even now I have a hard time recalling the details.
Since then it’s been a scramble to clean bikes, glue new tires, stay fit & healthy for Masters Worlds in Louisville, KY.
I sit in a coffee shop surrounded by the hipest of hip folks as I type this in Louisville, KY…. Pre-ride done on the Masters Worlds course and qualifying tomorrow. Should be a tractor pull…..Think Cross Vegas style heavy grass, that is wet with the earth coming up from below.
A historic event for masters and elite Cyclocoss Worlds to be here in the US. Should be a great show, if you are in Louisville stop by and say hi….we’ll be set up during the Elite weekend in the expo area.