On a day where we remember grit and determination, it only makes sense to enjoy our freedom by voluntarily participating in a ride requiring grit and determination. Rules 5, 9, 21, and 67 are in full effect below. As I write this in the warm comfort of home, they're still out there, about half done.
Violation of rule 50 is forgiven, as this is Movember.
In cross there's a 101 things to do right, and that means there are 101 things to go wrong. For me, the two things went terribly wrong at the worst possible part of the race. With 3 laps to go--BAM! Down on the gravelly left corner off the parking lot into park of soul-sucking grass. With 2 laps to go--BAM! Face plant in the ditch.
Up until the first crash, I had enjoyed a hard-fought race with Ian and G, managing to open a gap on them and s-l-o-w-l-y reel in Rocket Ron. Ian and G caught me at after my navigational error and the heat was turned up with just 2 to go. I had managed to continually make a bit of time on them, confident I could hold them off until the end. Alas, I tempted fate one too many times at crossing the ditch and augured hard for some up-close dirt sampling. That pretty much left me that semi-coherent daze for the final lap. I spent all of last night wishing I had elected for the safe option of dismounting at that stage in the race. Oh well, so it goes. I had fun with Ian and G; it was definitely the most fun I've had this cross season. Next year race...next race I'll try to do one or two more things right. Until then, a hearty helping of road rash will remind me to ride smarter, not harder on the 27th.
Thankfully, Mike did more right than wrong and earned himself a bronze in the 40+ race to make sure RRR didn't go home completely empty-handed. Good job, Mike.
Thanks again to the race organizers and volunteers. Your efforts are appreciated.
Deb and I snapped a lot of photos. You can find the photo dump here.
Next year we'll have human moving barriers. What a great idea. We're taking names now for those willing to volunteer for this job. Sign up now and beat the rush.
Some other fun photos from the Cross Crusade Halloween race can be found here to inspire you for next year's Halloween at the Harbour. But for now, all sights should be focused on the Provincials. Details on that here.
Forget Olli's big win of the day, Rene's kick-ass costume, the cowbells, or the whoop-dees. The Cyclocross Manitoba poster-child has undoubtedly set the bar high for the next year's Halloween race when it comes to making a lasting memory in everyone's minds. It's the disconcerting combination of cute playfulness and an ever-so delicate sprinkling of facial hair that left people bewildered with conflicting senses of aversion and attraction.
A big thanks for all those that attended, both to race and cheer/jeer. By all accounts, the race was a success with 80 riders showing.