I rode my race rig down to work Friday morning and got picked up along the way down south to the lovely city of Baltimore. After slews of traffic we eventually made it to our Holiday in by the Inner Harbor. We ate, had a couple beers, and stayed up way to late doing nothing productive.
Day 1 (Saturday)
We got a great parking spot on day one right by the finish.
Andrew taking the win!
Womens 3/4 photos
After race = Wine Time
Women 3/4 Results
Mens B 2/3/4 race.
I lined up 1st row due to a couple people not showing up for Saturdays race who are in head of me points wise in the MAC series. I like lining up in the front row, like most people do. I cant say I have too much skill when it comes to cross but id like to think I have a good start. Charm city’s start this year was fast as usual on pavement until a slight right into the grass.
This years course was much different than last years. It was the same idea but there was a lot more tight turns and nib-jibs that kept it from being a total roadie course in the dry like it felt last year. The course itself is always fun with tall barriers, large run-up steps, a weird planter box 180 turn around a tree, and 2 ridable sand pits.
Things got a little stressful about 5 minutes before we lined up I was warming-up doing starts and broke my chain. I had to run over and borrow a buddies bike then proceed to do a quick ‘fit’. Big thanks to Blake for hustling HARD to the SRAM guy who got him a quick link and got my bike back to me on the start line! Seriously made my day what it was as his bike felt more than foreign to me.
After Nittany CX you kind of know how you’re going to fit in place wise. I felt less pressure because of this and knew I cant hang with the top 5-fast guys and was looking for a top10. I went off hard and slotted 2nd to not use too much energy pulling everyone around. I was able to hang with the lead pack for the first lap but they slowly pulled away after that. Nothing too wild happened through the race. I dropped my chain being a dum-dum running up the steps and lost a bit of time trying to crank it around while running, then failing… then jumping on it on the downhill and trying to get it on while pedaling. Around lap 2 or 3 a couple fast guys from the back, Sean O’Donnell and Greg Capelle blew by me and I was good with that as they were already on my list of people I wasn’t beating I was able to make my first pass of the season and got in front of the guy who lead from the hole shot. It felt good. Ended up 9th/115 and was happy with the performance. Avg heart rate was a little on the low side of 197bmp but I hadn’t seen a max of 210bmp in a while! That was nice to see.
STRAVA JAWN: http://www.strava.com/activities/84351308
Mens B 2/3/4 results
Getting ready to watch the Mens Elite Race
There were some heavy hitters out at Charm City CX this past weekend including Page
At some point it started to rain pretty hard…
After the race we drove straight over to Johny Rads for the second year in a row for some legit pizza and beer. That place is definitely a good time.
Next up was the hotel party
6 people + 6 bikes was easier than expected. im glad it wasnt too muddy on day1
I also learned why Ellis has a ‘No’ tv symbol stitched into his messenger bag… i think hes an addict. After watching one of the crappy Fast in the Furious movies we all passed out.
Day 2 (Sunday):
We loaded up and packed everything back into the car.
We got there early-o-clock for the start of the Mens C race,
Hans leading it out
Andrew with a 2nd win in a row and a cat up to the 3s.
Blake came in 3rd after starting 80 some back. super impressive!!
Mens C Cat 4/5 Podium
Shadow was the winning dog for the weekend as well!
Womens 3/4 Race Pictures
Cat 4/5 Mens Results:
Cat 3/4 Womens Results:
Cat 2/3/4 Mens Race
Sunday I got pushed back to the 2nd row and had to remember what it was like waiting for someone else to move before I could. Cooper was in front of me and I had to route around him at the start to move up. John Dove led the pack for almost a full lap and I was on the tail end of the group for that time. Eventually a few of them blew-up and fell off the brutal front group pace. I could tell my legs were fatigued from the day before and I couldn’t get my heart rate up at all and averaged a heart rate of 189bmp almost 10bmp less than the day before… I let a few people past me early on that I knew would get up to the front, but with 3 more to go a group of 3 went past me and I wasn’t in a good place.
Later that lap or in the next lap I was able to reel them back in. With 1 to go I was on the back of the pack conserving energy. I was sitting in 3rd of the 4 man group with Cooper & Wilis from King Kog and another guy in a red/white kit who seemed to like to fall a lot. I could tell our group was slowing a bit as racers from behind were closing in. After the steps/whoops there was 2 up hills and I tried to make my move on the 2nd and got shut-down, so I went for it again on the fast sweeping left downhill and mad it by Wilis and sat on Coopers wheel on the downhill past the 2nd pit. I was thinking of going for it around the planter box but didn’t want to tweak my ankle like last year in the rooty inside section. I sat and waited trying to hold his wheel as long as I could. Coming into the weird off camber muddy turn (2 turns before the sand) I tried ot make a move and couldn’t. Coming into the straight away before the 1st sand pit I went for it hard and was able to nudge him out of the good like through the sand. This saved me a slew of energy and I was able to make the pass and hold it through the next sand pit. I pushed with everything I had through the next straight and tried to keep it safe through the next few corners. As I got on the road I threw in a quick sprint and looked back and realized I didn’t have to sprint-sprint it out. Came in 12th/ 117 and even though I wasn’t all that fast, I felt like I accomplished way more today than the day before. It was really fun towards the end battling it out with the King Kog dudes!
STRAVA JAWN: http://www.strava.com/activities/84351306
Cat 2/3/4 Mens B Results
Afterwards the lady was able to get an autographed copy of Bill’s new book
Then it was time to watch the Elite races again. Look at that bike lean…!
After the race we realized someone had a bit too much wine… luckily she could sleep it off on the way back to Philly.
It was good to be back home after a long weekend of racing bikes and
Video (day 2 Mens B 2/3/4 Full):