So yesterday was my first cyclocross race in 2 years. It went okay. Most of my training is “steady state” and I’m lacking that high end right now. I cannot complain with the result. 33rd out of 63 racers. They seeded us be date registered, so as # 960 and only 63 people registered, I was way in the back row….Like 9th row. So Needless to say, just the fact that I finished in the top 35 was okay by me. That was a lot of moving up to do.
We ended up with 5 laps of racing. About 1200 feet of climbing. This course was pretty hilly. I overcooked a corner in the first 5 minutes of racing and went sliding across the grass, but corrected any mistakes after that.
The bike handled okay. It doesn’t like the off camber tight stuff overly much. I was having a tough time in one section with 3 S-turns that were all on an off camber. I kept having to fight the bike through this section.
Here is a video I found from the 45+ race. This is not me, and I am not positive who shot it. I don’t know the guy, but you can see the first lap of his race.
I’m glad to also report that the Stan’s Alpha 340 wheelset performed pretty darn nice. I think the Michelin Mud2 tires were probably my issue with the off camber stuff. I had no issues with burping the tires or anything else. I had 24 psi in the front and about 28 psi in the rear.
I did have one issue on lap 3 where my chain came off the front ring. Odd since I am running a single ring. This took me about 20 seconds to remedy. I’ll have to keep an eye on that and maybe take out a link or two on the chain.
Next Saturday is Williston, VT. I tossed a 39 tooth ring to replace the 42 on the front for this race. It too has a fair amount of climbing.
I am still trying to decide if I drive up the day of (2.5 hours) or grab a hotel Friday night?
Thanks for reading,