My first CX race, and it was fun. It was my best CX race ever!
Woke up early and drove with Mel to Centennial Park near near Rathburn and 427. Suns up and it is going to be beautiful, great for my first experience with CX racing. The morning mist was starting to burn off, but there was still frost in the grass. Check-in at 8:30, pin on the numbers and go for a few practice laps to learn the course and warmup before the 10am start.
Stakes in the ground with flagging tape line the route, kinda like a labyrinth. Zigs and zags, turns back on itself a bunch of times to create a 3 km route. Features off camber turns, down and ups on a side hill, stairs, power sucking soft grass, some gravel path and of course some barriers to jump over. A little air out of the tires, try a few of the slicker sections, and repeat. Okay, not too much, so soft tires grip better but take more effort to roll.
Sunrise, on one of the off camber turns (before the race)
Uphill then stairs? CX sure has a quirky side.
and, there are barriers to jump over.
Lining up at the start.
And we're off!
This was a really great day, a lot like mtb racing. The race was as expected, fun and hard work. Right from the start I pushed hard to get to the first corner in a good place. A little jostling but mtbike skills came in handy as I was able to ride thru the first sections cleanly. Able to keep my place thru the technical parts, but the got passed by some faster, stronger riders on the straighter sections.
Great to enjoy race with the other BCCers - Paul, Jason, Don, Warren, Josh (in a Bateman jersey) then watch some of the later events. I am very pleased to have finished near the middle of the M3 pack. Lots of smiles at the finish, after catching their breath, so I think the others had as much fun as I did. Patrick was in the next race, and Marco in the 1pm hope they went well! Cheering from Mel, Paul M's parents, Patrick's dad and Jake.
CX has it right, there was a Steamwhistle beer garden!