Sunday, September 18, 2011

Star-Studded Starcrossed

Worst result racing EVER! 22nd place, but completely happy! As a UCI event, Starcrossed brings a much bigger field than I'm used to and even a few international stars like the French and Czech National champions came out to play. So what's a newbie to elite cyclocross to do? Well, be happy to not be lapped, and learn for the next race.

So what did I learn?

1) You get gapped pretty quickly if you are not aggressive from the start.
2) You have to battle the entire race for position.
3) Dry, fast, flat course definitely doesn't suit my skill set.
4) Running through sand sucks.

5) Need to actually practice jumping barriers at speed.

6) Cheering crowds of spectators are awesome, but intimidating at the same time (especially past the beer garden over the barriers!)

Praying for rain for tomorrow's race - that'll change things up a bit......

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