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....