Kirkland Cyclocross 2010
Yesterday was the first ‘cross race of the season. As a not fast racer, I have to do the first race, which means getting up at 6am on race day, which always reminds me of highschool, and makes me think, everytime, “how did I do this ever, let alone every day for four years”. Regarless, I was lucky enough to get a ride over with former elite racers Danny Goodwin and Eric Schillinger.
Getting everything loaded up. Those roof racks are a blessing.
After this I fell back asleep until we got to Clinton, NY. We got there pretty close to my race time, so I got registered, dressed, ate my free gel (thanks Hammer Nutrition!) and upon getting on my bike, immediately found out my chain didn’t want to catch on the cassette (turns out it was a single stuck link–so frustrating). I raced anyway for a lap and felt great, but would lose my speed (and mind) because of the slipping and I became so infuraited I pulled myself from the race.
Loose dirt, coming into a turn a bit hot, and about to lose traction.
The course was great. I was really exited about it. There were off camber climbs, mud, a bunch of zigzags up and down a hill which are horribly annoying but a great feature of a race, a little single track style through the woods; tons of fun all around.
NYCross Team Rider Christopher Delisle riding super hard and well to eventually win the Men’s 35+ race.
NYCross’ Danny exiting the steep run up, before remounting.
CBRC’s Emma White riding hard to eventually win the 1/2/3/4 women’s race.
And since this is my own blog I can publicaly state that upon 39-year-old DisasterRecovery.com rider Vicki Thomas’ finish, she made sure to tell 14-year-old Emma White, who she was just beaten by, that her brake wasn’t functioning properly during the race.
NYCross Elite Rider Dan Chabanov sporting his newly height-reduced front tooth, after a handlebar to the face during Nittany CX the day before, ready to race.
The elite race was really a fantastic race to spectate. Dan took the holeshot and was up front for the whole race. He ended up finishing a very respectable 5th. Also a notable performance by Al Donahue from Northampton Cycling Club as he was about 10th for the first few laps and started to lay the hammer down late in the race while everyone was starting to crack, and finished 2nd.
Slideshow of all my photos from the race:or you can view the set on my flickr instead.
It was a great day of racing. Overall very enjoyable time and even though it rained for a bit, was totally worth it and was a great way to start the upstate cyclocross season!