Limestone Cross 2013

17 Dec

Limestone Cross at the Kiln is usually the last real race of the season and also the last MAC series race. Because of its mid-December date, its usually really cold, or cold and rainy, or some sort of wicked weather. This year the night before a storm rolled through and gave the burbs around Emmaus about 4-6inches of snow. This could be interesting… We woke up early and left the city at 7:30am in order to get up there by 8:30 so the lady could pre-ride the course a bit.

By the time we got there the C-men were just finishing up and there were pretty much no lines to be found. We hopped on the course and riding was definitely a struggle. Most flat sections were ride-able but other long sections were all running. I wasn’t so concerned since my race was later in the day but her race would go off right after the next heat.

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Course
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C-Men

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Pre-Ride

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Masters 45+

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Pit

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After a full pre-lap I suggested using my MTB since there was no reason not to. Only downside is shes never ridden it before. I was actually surprised that one lady ‘racing’ in the Womens 3/4 BEGINNER race gave a lot of shits about people racing on MTBs. I kept my mouth shut but if you want to be billy badass and comment on whats fair or not fair, race the 1/2/3 NON-BEGINNER race. The beginner women’s & men’s race should be about getting people into the sport on ANY bike that works. End of rant/ Anyways she was able to crush it and get the holeshot on the mtb machine but due to my lack of having a fancy new typeII RD, she dropped a chain and had to pit back to her cross rig. She ended up crushing it and got a solid 4th.

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Robin secured her MAC series win, congrats!

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I was a mess. Just like the first race of the season Nittany CX, I forgot to eat, forgot to bring other essentials, and more importantly forgot to go over my bike. I got the hole shot and held it until the first run up where I noticed something on my front end felt odd. I jumped back on my bike and didnt think much of it. On the next runup past the hecklers I realized my front wheel was barely on and rocking side to side in the drop out. Fuuuu. I tryed to do a quick tighten at the end of the run. During this time willis from king kog made it past me and got a small gap. After riding a bit more my sloppy/quick job at tightening my front wheel wasn’t enough as it was still loose and made riding even squirrel-ier since my wheel would rock between the brakes. I got off the bike and re-tightened it, this time for good but lost ~15seconds during which 2 more people past me, I was now in 6th. By this time I was already out of it mentally. My line, ie staying in the line was barely happening, I was out of shape (damn you SSCXWC13 weekend), and honestly I was having a bad time (Sorry Dave Pryor and the other hecklers, no smiles to be given).

After getting back in the zone I crossed the line on our 3rd lap with 2 to go. I was sitting in 5th at the time with Web, out on the front. Towards the end of the 4th lap I got past Sean who was nursing a flat. 3rd was out of sight but I tried to reel him in with 1 to-go. I wish I had a bit more gusto on the runs as towards the last 3 turns of the race 3rd place was right there, 4 seconds in front. I wasn’t able to close the gap but ended up 4th out of ~30 starters. It was a good way to round out the season and the MAC series.

Mens B 2/3/4 Race Photos

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Mens B – Results

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We stopped at Whole Foods on the way home and saw one of our sponsors, ReAnimator Coffee Roasters getting distributed outside of the city!

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3 Responses to “Limestone Cross 2013”

  1. fatmarc December 17, 2013 at 9:10 pm #

    while I would agree with you 100% that no one should complain about anyone racing a mtb in a cross race, I would disagree with the MAC 3/4 women being a beginner race. Frankly look at the fields and the women who do well there, they are generally far from beginner cyclists. Great blog, great read as always. Mtbs in cross races are bad ass…

    • Eric December 18, 2013 at 1:07 am #

      Mark,

      Was definitely not trying to trivialize that race at all (just like how fast/how many racers do the men’s 4/5 race). This is even more so in the MAC series. I was hoping to make the point that in both of these races there are people trying out the sport for the first time and we should embrace them, rather than discourage.

      Thanks for all the work you do.
      -Eric

  2. KrK December 18, 2013 at 5:03 am #

    How much of the course had to be run? Like over 25%?!? If so, Kelpius running Klub reprezent!

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