Race Report: Gloucester Gran Prix
Last weekend was one of my favorite cyclocross races of the season, the Gran Prix of Gloucester. I wasn’t racing on Saturday which was awesome as I used the time to take photos and hang out in the team NYCross tent. The course it great, the park is amazing, and in general the town is fun to be in. As far as the race goes, all the big names were there…
…and even BikeSnobNYC.
I think this is TJ’s daughter. How adorable.
Tim Leonard, on both days, was having a race in a race, with none other than Richard Sachs. Battling back and forth, taking turns attacking and getting on eachother’s wheels, they came around the last turn of the course together but Richard Sachs had just enough in him to sprint the last 100 meters. So close!
Curtis White rode two good races. With a mechanical at the start on Saturday, he wan’t on the bike when the whistle was blown becuase his brake was preventing his weel from moving. Regardless, he was always with the lead group battling it out. He finished 5th and 4th, Saturday and Sunday, respectively.
Emma White had two fantastic races. Saturday she managed to get 3rd in the Cat3/4 Women’s field. Sunday she was able to gap the rest of the riders in the first lap and came across the line first. Great job!
Dan Chabanov also rode two good races. Finishing 20-something both days in the stacked elite field is really nuts.
Our other UCI Elite racer, Sarah Krysiak also did well and finished 20-something both days. Awesome!
As always, there were plenty of shenanigans to be had, beer hand offs on the run up, people throwing money to distract racers and all sorts of hooliganism. What a perfect idea they had when they put the beer tent next to the run up.
My race was less than acceptable, I had far too much to eat and cramped horribly in the second lap, after settling in with a few guys who were setting the pace for me. Time for more time on the bike before the next race.