Sunday, September 19, 2010

CX #1: Wildwood Park

It feels good to have that one behind me. Really. It was my first cross race if I don't count last season's Kildonan Park race in which I was coming off 10 weeks on the couch due to an ankle/leg injury.

I set out hoping for a mid-pack finish, not really sure how I would stack up against more experience cross racers. I figured I could do well, but the barriers concerned me somewhat after spraining my gimpy ankle a few weeks ago. In the end, it went mostly as well as I had hoped. I got my mid-pack finish, but I crashed four times, two of which really set me back after clawing myself into top-10 positions. The most dramatic was the one which saw Gary riding over my bike and flying over the front of his bike a la Superman. Chalk it up to a combination of inexperience and a poor choice of tires to handle the greasy mud corners. I'll be better equipped and a little wiser for next weekend's race at CMU.

I raced with Mike in the A Race. He did really well considering he has spent very little time on the bike this year. It's not hard to see how he was one of the top racers in the province when he was dedicated to training everyday.

In the B Race, RRR was represented by Brad, Artur, Michelle, and new-comer Ryan.

Brad, ever a stud, finished in 4th spot beating kids half his age on bikes half the weight of his Cross Check. Steel is real, and that's how a real man does it.

Clearly not a man who conforms to the masses, Artur continues with his trademark platform pedals and board shorts. And he continued from where he left off from last year, claiming B Race's 3rd podium spot.
Michelle rode strong, finishing a bit back in what should prove to be a very competitive woman's field. Another race or two and she'll be right there, just as she was last season.

Ryan looked very impressive in his first-ever bike race. He held on to some good company for much of the race. He'll be one to watch as he gets a few more races under his belt. Adam should be looking over his shoulder. Thanks for the post-race refreshments, Ryan.
nice jersey!

A great crowd made the racing memorable for all. I loved racing past all the screaming, even if I couldn't force a smile at acknowledge the cheering (Brad, you had me laughing on inside numerous times). Also a big thanks to the Woodcock team and the race officials for making it all happen.

I have a few B Race photos (mostly RRR and FGBC) here, and there are LOTS more pictures over at JP's blog (thanks, bud).

1 comment:

  1. There was at least one kid half my weight with a bike half the age of mine...