CX O-Cup #6: The Silver Goose. Podium for Bruce Day

We are well into the CX season now and the races seem to get more challenging each time, so rather than the races getting easier with experience, it is actually getting more difficult. What i mean by that is that the courses are becoming a lot more technical. CX racing has completely revolutionized my end of season bike riding, and I am loving it. I just wish I could get out more to practice my skills, because that is what is really holding me up at the moment.

Today The Silver Goose, up in Midland on the shore of beautiful Little Lake was by far the most challenging race from my perspective, and probably the most fun! It was windy. It was very wet and very technical. The 40 minute race for M3/E4 consisted of 5 laps.  This race was mainly  on grass, which was sopping wet, loads of tight hairpin turns, often linked together in series of 3 or 4 turns in a row up and down hills with off camber turns. Yep hairpin turns dropping down wet grassy slopes to an off camber turn only to climb back up and do the same again! It is as hard as it sounds. We had huge puddles on boggy grass. mud and a wet sand trap.

There were 5 off-the-bike sections, a pair of hurdles, a small set of 6 stone steps, a massive set of stone stairs and a wet grassy steep hairpin that I didn't have the skill to ride!

For the first time in a race I really felt my fitness lacking and couldn't sustain max effort to the end, blowing up after lap 3. I think it was just such a grind, with intense concentration to not come off, that I had used all my matches in the first half of the race. BCC fared really well, Bruce and Jody were flying, with Bruce podiuming in 3rd (M3) and Jody 4th (E4). I am so impressed by Bruce and Jody's bike handling. I came in 11th (M3) and Jeff was DQ'd, naughty boy for missing a barrier.

Chaps, please tell us your perspective on the race....

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Comment by DY on November 1, 2015 at 11:30pm
Thanks for the write up Simon! Looks like you guys had a blast!
Comment by Bruce Day on November 3, 2015 at 8:59am

this event was in true cx spirit, slippery, tight, technical off camber with wet sand and muddy bogs. the start of this course was held on asphalt so the pace was blistering fast. this is where i lost a few places. there was lots of give and take with the usual competitors. Simon caught and passed me at one point, on a straight away , but i reclaimed the position on some technical turns. the set of fifteen steps took its toll on my legs after multiple laps.  i had Jody in my sights but could never get close enough to gain a position on him.  Jody you did well. sorry to here about Jeff getting the dq. 

Comment by Marc Des Rosiers on November 3, 2015 at 10:38am

Congratulations to all. Way to go Bruce with your podium!

Comment by Jeff N on November 3, 2015 at 1:30pm

This course lived up to the description " European style " lots of features to test us.  Congratulations to great results by Jody, Simon and podium Bruce!

Comment by James Eaton on November 3, 2015 at 1:39pm

Congrats on the podium Bruce, and good showing all around by the BCC crew.  Sounds like it was a great time out there.

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