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West Chester CX 2015 #2 (WCCX)

8 Dec

From what I hear this is the last version of the West Chester Cross Race since the land its ran on is for sale or sold. With that being said and my lack of racing I decided to go out and race a bit.

Mens A 1/2/3 Race Video – 1st lap

The day before I ventured out to the brubs to do some failed Criagslisting, run by Bikesport, and ride with Glenn, Eric Ness, and Jamie. We decided to ‘tackle’ MattB’s firbird ride. Well i think it was a ride. Im pretty sure we rode bikes to/from drinking spot at least. Sections were gnar, people were great, and i got to do a bit of heckling, ie my favorite past time. all in all a solid day but i was exhausted from 76, and the grocery story, and such, not from riding…

Fast forward to sunday morning and im getting ALL the kittens rangeled and getting my bike into race shape. I roll out around 10:30am and pick up GregWhits and we hit the road.

The weather is too nice to be real. SS kits/skinsuits in Dec?! areyoukittenme?! The course is muddier than expected but we were told it was super icey/frosty that morning. The wind was minimal at most with the sun beating down. I watched/heckled the B-men and watched superstar-saxton ride at the front of the race for a while.

I warmed up a little bit and spun around, went down to the start and slotted in 2nd row behind MG. The whistle blows and MG misses a pedal and I skoot around him slotting in behind Jack on the road section and 5th coming into the grass. Ruether takes a low line around me quickly after and I sit in for a while. I realized iM not so good at this part yet… the race isnt super fast, everyone sitting in, BUT you need to keep you position and not get overtaken by everyone. I definitely need to work on this part as im not quite aggressive enough.

I sit in on the large front of the group for the next 1.5laps letting people in front of me if they need. COming around the U-turn before the pit I loose my front wheel and eat it infront of MG. Sorry Mikey!! for what its worth its the first time ive actually fallen all season which i think is probaly a bad thing. anyways this put a gap to the lead group and they have to hustle to try to latch on. I on the other hand jump on and realize my RD is a lil borked so i soft pedal 1/4 of the course, reach up to grab the course tape, and ride over to the car and call it a day.

The good news was I was able to get GregWhits getting his first 1/2/3 win ever?! Afterwards our crew hit Su Tao HARD!!! solid weekend and a not so solid day of racing. I think that may be it for me this season. as usual tons to work for next season. just hoping I have the will power to make it happen.

now bring on the snow! i need a break from bikes.

Brace

NickCal in the lead and NOT on his AWOL?>?>!

GWhits!

Su Tao!

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2015 Charm City Cross

13 Oct

Day1:

Videos:
UCI Men – Day 1 – Prologue

Strava UCI Men Day 1:
https://www.strava.com/activities/411602132

Wildness at the flyover. I had to edit out the bad crash… a bit too wild to post on this blog. Glad everyone was alright from the sounds of it.

Usually we all make the traffic ridden drive Friday night after work to Baltimore for Charm City Cross but this year we opted to wake up at 6am in order to get there before the 8:30am race for Lauren.  6am – 3:15pm is a long day before your race starts.  Im always pretty bad at remembering to eat and drink throughout the day while getting my cheer/heckle on. We got everything setup then lurked around a bit.  We got into a conversation with some parents of the newly developed children’s cyclocross team that had 20+ riders in the new 8:30am juniors field.  It was seriously awesome to see how many kids were racing for the first year and having a blast. Untitled//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.jsUntitled

 

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2015 Cooper River Cross – CRCX

13 Oct

We woke up around 6:30am, packed the car and got over to help Jeff getting things ready for race day.  They had trudged around in the wild rain the day before and got the majority of the course done with little to clean up tape wise that morning.

For the amount of wild rain we had just gotten I was seriously amazed how dry the course was.  there was one section that eventually got turned up and slightly ‘sloggy’ but there was almost no mud at all.  It was crazy.

I helped with starts/heckled everyone which is one of my specialties.

start of the Cat4 mens race:

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I was more than siked to see Lucas, one of our juniors from Cadence Cycling racing on a bike I recently built up for him.

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Womens Cat 4 Field

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Womens 1/2/3 Elite Field

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I ended up racing later in the day but by the second lap my back hated me and the pressure I had set and we soft pedaled in and out of the saddle for the next +40mins. Ooof! I had a blast at the race but could have done without the racing part. I was so out of it for no reason before the race. I pinned Blakes number upside down and I forgot to take my warm-up pants off before I started racing… All in all a solid day with a solid crew!

I need to upload the GoPro video still!

Strava:

https://www.strava.com/activities/407414646

Sly Fox Cross – 2014

10 Nov

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

Big thanks to everyone who put this on/helped out… MattyB, Topher, Nick, BikeSport, Sly Fox Brewery, Orchid Euro, Sunnybrook Racing

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:

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Course:

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MACquet 2014

28 Jan

We got even more snow this weekend on top of the ice/snow that was already littering the sidewalks of Philadelphia. I have never cared much about the lack of shoveling that people do in the city before until the lady was on crutches during this winter. The weather has made us semi-hermit-people, so the idea of getting out for the end of year MAC ceremonies sounded like a great idea. We rolled out of philly a bit early to go grab a beer/bite to eat at Homegrown Café .

Afterwards we strolled down to the tavern for the MACquet which was only a few blocks away. Id never been to the banquet before but I wanted to support the cause PLUS there was a chance both of us were going to get something. Lauren ended up tie-ing for 3rd overall in the Womens 3/4 series for points but was listed 4th in the standings. I was lucky enough to win a 3rd overall in the Mens 2/3/4. I’m happy with the accomplishment even if it’s a participation award. It looks as though we both should have raced HPCX and update our rank… hah next time!

After actually winning a 2/3/4 race and getting 3rd overall in the MAC series, my time in the B race is complete. We had some great times, we had some good laughs, and I made some legit frenemies. Now its time to make some new friends at the back of the A-race! I don’t mind not being at the front of the race at all, but I am worried about getting absolutely blown away by the caliber of riders in the A-race. Those dudes are no joke. My goal is to actually put some real training in this pre-season (via road races… ugghhh!) to be able to somewhat hang and not get lapped too-too early in the big races. I have a feeling 2014 is going to have a HUGE learning curve just like when I competed in my first cross race at MAC’s Nittany Cross 3 years ago.

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I was able to pick up a MAC calendar as well. Even got a sweet full spread picture leading a race for a bit. Ill ignore the part where I’m out of focus.

Cheap beer!? Its been a while since Ive been to a true college bar.

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Greg got paid for his 3rd in the Mens Elite overall.

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Fair Hill Cross 2013

11 Nov

I really enjoy the course at Fair Hill Cross (First State Velo Sport Xross) which is the 6th stop on the MAC calendar this year. Last year was my first time racing there and even though I crashed hard at the start ( last years recap ) I still had one of the best races of my carer. My love for the course is probably due to the fact that the venue suits me pretty well. There are a lot of open sections, really fast whoop section that flow, a few steep stand-up kickers, and ridable barriers.

Strava Jawn: http://www.strava.com/activities/94434381

Mens B 2/3/4 Youtube Race Video:

We got there hella early for the Mens 4/5 race as we gave Bob a ride down.

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The start of the Womens 3/4 race had me on edge. They lined them up 9 across, bars were touching bars, and I honestly think I was more scared for the start then they were.

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I was told I had to actually write something for the team blog… I hope this is legible!?!

I was lucky enough to get a call-up to the front row based on MAC points and hopped this would keep me out of harm’s way on the start.  After the whistle blew I got off the line quick and wanted to sit in and not take the front.  I slotted in 3rd behind Sean Pasieka and John Dove and let them set the tempo.  After the long start gravel road, the course took a left onto the grass followed by a long sweeping right off-camber turn with a lot of chewed up grass which made it tricky at high-speed.  Right before the wooded section Andrew made a move past me which caught me off guard and I ran directly over a large root and hit rim HARD… pinch flatting ran through the brain.  Coming out of the woods Sean had a slight gap on us and I jumped past Andrew and John to get back to his wheel.

I sat on his wheel through the tricky off-camber up & downs and through the fast whoop flow-y section.  I was feeling good.  You then make a tricky left on a off-camber turn then a fast right followed by a fast downhill to a #GETRAD table top where all the kids were heckling.  After a few tight/odd turns there were two ridable little logs followed by another quick downhill.  They had changed this portion up a bit from the year before and we went through a small mud-bog to into a really tough false flat section of the course.  At this point Andrew crushed past both Sean and I and took to the front.  We got back on the road section and I sat on Seans wheel pacing myself.

Our group of 5 at the front with Eric K and Bernie right behind me had a solid gap on the field with no one really insight.  Everything stayed together until a few turns before the table top when Bernie slid out in a corner which I believe held Eric K up.  Game time.  Once I saw this I knew we had to put a gap in as those two are very strong riders.  Andrew had a small gap on Sean and I by maybe 3 or 4 seconds.  As we got back on the start/finish gravel road to start our 3rd lap Sean gave me the ‘Pull Through’ sign.  I came through and stood up and put some work in trying to make it up to Andrews wheel/make Sean work to sit in.  After a couple turns on the grass I got to Andrew’s wheel and was still feeling like the legs had more.  I knew I could ride the flow-y whoops faster than I had been behind other people and made my move to the front right before the semi-technical wooded/dirt section.  Coming out of the woods I put in another big effort and tried to make a gap.  New game plan, go for broke.

I worked hard that next lap increasing the gap on Andrew as it looked like Sean had fallen back.  With 3 to go (even though the announcer kept saying 2) I had a 30+ second gap on the chasing group of 3 and the legs/lungs were in good shape to keep this pace.  I kept pushing as hard as I could on straights and about 90% on corners trying to not make a big mistake.  Even though I watched the leader of the womens race burp her front on the table top I continued to get rad on the ‘jump’ doing some sweet style airs as to NOT get heckled by my teammates.

With 2 to go I gave a quick look and saw someone else had bridged up to Andrew and Eric but the gap was sizable.  All that was running through my head was ‘Don’t mess this up dummy.’  So with that in my head I took even less risks and went a lot slower through any of the tricky sections while still pushing as hard as I could on the straights.  After the table top I got distracted by a spectator talking to me, fumbled, then had to get off the bike and run…Fuuuuuuu?!@  I actually said/yelled this then proceeded to apologize for expletive language in front of his child.  This rattled me a bit as I had too much going on in my head other than the normal pain and ‘just keep pedaling.’

With one to go I could tell the gap had got cut in half by me playing it safe but I felt I could easily keep it as long as I didn’t do something stupid.  The thought of dropping a chain, getting a flat, or some other random mechanical continued to play in my brain.  I played it safe over the tabletop the last lap and didn’t #GETRAD.  I made my way past some lapped traffic, and made the turn back towards the barriers where I got a glimpse of the chase group. Still good.  Only a few corners to go and this is mine…  I took those corners more gingerly than I have taken anything in a race, turned onto the gravel section with Larry waving his MAC leaders jersey in my face, took one last look over my shoulder and gave it a little effort to get to the line.  I sat up, zipped up the skin-suit and gave a little hands up over the line (I didn’t want to take the hand off too far as the gravel was deep and falling as you win a race would be the absolute pits).  I turned around and watched the sprint for 2nd and then it hit me, I finally got a win in a 2/3/4 MAC race. Hell Yah!

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Podium Action

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Swashbuckler Cross 2013

4 Nov

We headed out to the 1st Swashbuckler Cross race on Saturday bright and early so the lady could race. The venue is on the grounds of the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire and the Swashbuckler Brewing Company. I thought this could be interesting for sure. I had pinched a nerve in my back on Monday that had kept me off the bike all last week and was planning on taking the week3edn off to hang out/heckle. My back was feeling much better than the days before so I jumped on the pit bike for a quick lap. Wow, the course was nuts in a good way. Super twisty road sections, slick off cambers, multiple routes in sections, a ride-able run/up, super-amazing pump rollers, and a downhill sand section leading into a the jousting sand arena. All I was thinking was that I HAD to race.

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1st lap of the mens elite 1/2/3 race. I didnt have my good k-edge GoPro mount so its pretty bumpy/hard to watch unfortunately.

The ladies went off at 10am. Unfortunately I was scrambling after the lady flatted on a piece of glass in the 1st lap and didnt get many photos.

The start gride was a but nuts as well.  6 across with a grate in the middle to a steep uphil section.

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Strava Jawn: http://www.strava.com/activities/93051200

Start of the Mens A race.

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getting rad and coming off of my pedal

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Mens A 1/2/3 Podium

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Mens A 1/2/3 Results

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Shadow putting in some real work on that turkey leg.

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