23 10 / 2012
Race report time!
So. Day 1. Wet. Muddy. AWESOME. I had a pretty decent start (my starting has gotten a little more aggressive since getting stuck with a last row start in Providence a couple weeks ago), but managed to make a few mistakes on lap one, and lost some positions, but managed to work back through some folks. The course was awesome, wet, slippery, muddy, and just technical enough to make it tricky. Surprisingly, I spent almost the entire race on my bike, only getting off for the barriers.
Wait, I take that back, I fell in the mud. Twice. In the same spot. But in terms of INTENTIONALLY getting off my bike, it didn’t happen often, which my legs were happy about.
I felt pretty good about day 1 overall. I was picking really great lines, and even had friends commenting on that and cheering me on. Bike handling/turning in cross is really not my strong suit, so I was really happy to see this aspect of my racing progress. I came in 21st, and was so close to chasing down the group right in front of me.
Day 2 brought on a different set of issues. The course was still slick, and still a little muddy, but all of the ruts and mess from the previous day’s races made for an unpredictable course. It was a lot harder to find good lines, I was really riding tape to tape, and trying to get around some of the sections that were not quite so treacherous the day before.
I had a great start (positioned in the second row!! MY FIRST CALL UP EVER!!) and really felt strong from the beginning. Until we were going up into the first off camber, and someone wiped out in front of me, so I went down after rolling over her rear wheel, caught my foot on her bike, and then smashed my knee. But I got up as quick as I could, got back on, and trucked it to get my position back. I found my spot and held on to it, working the entire race to catch the couple girls in front of me. But, after being sick for the last few weeks, I had a hard time breathing through some sections, which made chasing them down difficult. I wound up 21st again. At least there is something to be said for consistency, but I really wanted to crack into the top 20. But overall I felt better about day 2, I felt much more calculated and focused, more so than any cross races I have been in. I think a lot of it is starting to make more sense!
Next up: Northampton Cycle-Smart International in 2 weeks!!
20 10 / 2012
07 5 / 2012
What a fun course! It looks like a go-cart track, with all grass edges (no curbs), and is basically a figure 8 that doesn’t cross. Minus the windy conditions, which is fairly normal for the coastal town of Charlestown, it was a great day for racing. I hung out with the main field the entire race, where the Mystic Velo ladies team was regularly making attacks on the field. It was hard to tell if/when one of those were going to stick. Going solo on a break in that wind didn’t seem likely, but…to our surprise, 2 ladies got away separately off the front. I tried to go with them a number of times during these attacks, but the whole field would manage to bring them back in to the pack. It wound up in a bunch sprint for 3rd place. I was in a great position heading into the sprint, but my back wheel wobbled a little under me, and I wound up 5th overall.
Overall, I am really happy with this race, I rode aggressively and spent my fair share of time on the front, and also worked on making some attacks. It was a really good course to be able to work on these skills!
09 4 / 2012
While we are still figuring out the overall points standings after week 1, at this time we’d like to recognize our winners from last week!
1. Andrew Krulewitz
2. Jonathan Barry
3. Gregg Izzo
First Fixed! - Eric Baumann
First Female! - Lauren LeClaire
Congrats to all of our champs from week 1 on a job well done, braving those fierce winds!!! We will have detailed results and the overall points standings up as soon as we can.
07 4 / 2012
1 Week from today begins the most epic weekend of the Spring. Tour of Battenkill Saturday. Myles Standish Circuit Sunday. Boston Marathon Ride on Monday.
BRING. IT. ON.