This was the 1st year of Sly Fox Cross out in Pottstown, PA at the Sly Fox Brewery. I was pretty excited for this race as I knew the crew had put in a crazy amount of effort cutting brand new trails in behind the brewery for the last 2-3 months after they heard that Sly Fox wanted to put on a cross race. They killed it for having such a small amount of time! I think the only constant complaint I heard all day was about the short laps which was a known flaw and is already being worked on by extending the trails for next year. The only plus to this was you got use to the course and spectating was very easy.
The course was very technical in the woods with plenty of opportunity to crash/ have mechanicals which I personally like. Riding around in the grass isn’t all that fun sometimes. To top it off there was the most legit run-up ive ever been apart of with lines of people heckling/cheering on both sides during EVERY SINGLE RACE. It really made you feel like you were at a huge race.
In my opinion this was the best event of the year thus far. MattyB’s goal was to put on an underground (think Bilenky) type of race that was ‘real’ and he fully succeeded. Props bud, you killed it!! Ive never seen this many people out in a local PACX race especially in November. On top of that people actually hung out all day, something that rarely happens. It felt like even more people hanging for the later races compared to huge races like Nittany Cross.
Sweet local paper write up: http://www.pottsmerc.com/general-news/20141109/sly-fox-cyclocross-draws-big-fun-loving-crowd
Mens A 1/2/3
Not much to talk about. Made a couple aggressive moves to get towards the front at the start. Was feeling good and was in front of a lot of people im not usually in front of and flatted the rear (running a clincher/tube like a dum-dum). Didn’t have a pit bike so I opted out. Had a blast during the race and cant wait for next year.
Strava Jawn: http://www.strava.com/activities/217751862/overview
Unfortunately I outputted the video from my GoPro in 960… so the quality is a bit shotty.
Video Mens A 1/2/3 – 1st lap:
Mens C – 4/5
Womens A 1/2/3 & Womens B 3/4
Mens B 2/3/4
Mens A 1/2/3