Best version of Campton ever in my opinion. I should also put that I have done every single Campton race since the first one. Love the course and it doesn’t hurt that BH and Rob are great people.
All races (except Afternoon Cat 12345 – sorry I had to leave, I know I miss all the fun) are here:
Masters 35+ ~ “nice pass”
M3s, both 123 Races now posted at http://facebook.com/burnhamracing. Regretfully no 4, 4/5 this time. If I’d stayed, I wouldn’t have gotten to ride in the Citroen. I’ll get you guys double at Montrose.
Masters 45+ & 55+ Photos
Really missed J Gatto’s Monday morning eye from the sky video this week. It was a,ways a great way to start a Monday.
Part 1 – with bonus pre-start chat with Ryan Fay – http://youtu.be/fHI-DtScVo0
Part 2 – zzzz…http://youtu.be/B2huz3CDl7s
Cat 3 Video
Part 1 – featuring bonus pre-start chat with Ryan Fay – http://youtu.be/fHI-DtScVo0
Part 2 – zzz….http://youtu.be/B2huz3CDl7s
Aargh! Drone video withdrawl!
SS, Womens’ 4 and the Juniors are now up at https://www.facebook.com/BurnhamRacing. Getting there….
Cat 4/5 – can’t get the CX monkey off my back…
I like that I’m in the beginning of this video, then I get passed and I’m never seen again
In the 4/5 vid:
Banana – 3:45
Monkey farts – 9:35
Slipped on a banana peel – 22:39
Cat 1/2/3 http://youtu.be/wm0ojhshJqc
You pedal funny.
Video highlights from the 4 and 4/5s. As much rad air as the 123s, but with worse landings. Much better costumes!
Campton is one of my favorite races to shoot. Here are the Mens 35+ http://bit.ly/10oH3et
Did someone pick up any legs and put them in the Lost & Found yesterday? I couldn’t find my legs all day.
Also, that course was mega rad and anytime I get to rail off-camber turns in the drops is A+ in my book. Big thanks to the organizers and course designers.
^ This! I can’t believe the traction I had on that course. The off-camber turns felt so good.
Logs are hard to bunny hop. That’s why I dismounted most of the time. Having to dismount-hop an obstacle-remount is pretty standard fare for cyclocross. Standard fare for cyclocross isn’t a reason to complain.
If anyone has pictures of my gapping the jump and almost dying in the process I would really love to see them! (Bicycle Heaven 1/2/3’s)
Thanks all for making it out to Campton Cross. A special thanks to our BH team members, CCC organizers/promoters, racers and officials for making it all possible.
Masters 45+ video
Part 1 http://youtu.be/v6O9I_qiKaI
Part 2 http://youtu.be/6SONh24QXZI
Cat 3 coming soon
Thanks for posting – nice vids
Liked the course a lot. Would it be possible to get a more accessible pit (pre and post race) next year? It seemed totally inaccessible while races were in progress?
I flatted right before it so no complaints on accessibility from the course 😉
Yeah that was a pain and a bit dangerous but unfortunately the only option we could come up with for a double sided pit. We may go with a one-entry pit next year if we keep the course the same, or try to somehow make it more accessible. Maybe a well marked path through the woods. 365 days to figure it out.
..a path thru the woods with a 40cm log to jump over would be the ticket, I think. Then you could add another bleacher section for the crowds to enjoy! Great Course, once again!
As a racer with a tendency to break shit I would still favor the dual entry. Maybe just add a course crossing at the to get over there? Thanks again for a great course!
THANKS to everyone who took pictures – much appreciated.
Did my best to take 3 photos of each race in every race. About 3,500ish photos in all.
Masters 35+ are up now.
All photos will be posted on Facebook (http://on.fb.me/1DTok7L) and Jayloo (http://bit.ly/1w2vFQE) within the next couple days.
Photos will be posted in the order taken (race order).
Thanks again for coming out!
We will be dumping photos on our facebook page over the next couple of days. The Masters are up now! http://facebook.com/burnhamracing
Course looked awesome. Wish I could’ve raced yesterday. Fingers crossed, I’ll be back out there soon.
This has been my favorite course so far. Shout out to Eric (complete stranger) and a registration guy (also a complete stranger) for spotting me the entrance fee. Actions like this are what makes The CCC special. Can’t wait for the following weeks.
The CCC awesomeness cup runneth over. Loved it. Thanks to Rob Kelley and the BH crew for a crazy fun course.
The course was a blast. I like it just as much as last year. I luckily and fortunately didn’t wreck this year, but got to see some of the carnage first hand. To the guy that wrecked on the log leaving the woods on the Kona bike, kudos to you for recovering and passing me on the next lap.
Fun time yesterday, nice adds this year guys!
Just a general series comment, and I might be the only one that feels this way so take it with a grain of salt – I think a race or two with jumping obstacles is great, but I’m not a huge fan of races adding more and more of these (which seems like the direction we’ve gone this year). Yesterday, between the planks and the log adds, the puncture risk was pretty high and we saw across the board – from top end series leaders on tubulars to entry level racers on clinchers – flat out and dnf. I know its a good way to add a course feature, but ending your day with equipment failure sucks especially when its mostly out of your control. And the reality is it puts a lot of pressure on non-elite riders to take that risk of clearing the obstacle (of which they often times aren’t yet 100% proficient) in order to stay in contention (or in their group) while putting in jeopardy their equipment / body / wallet.
Absolutely love the series and am super thankful of everyone that puts on the incredible effort to create and host races, I had a great time yesterday and over the past few races with these course features, just throwing out one piece of commentary as I’m not sure if this resonates with others.
According to the UCI, the barriers can be up to 40cm high (16″). I’d be willing to bet the series barriers are a bit higher than that. I’m guessing the dangerous log yesterday was under 40cm.
We all rode the same course.
The CCC barriers are exactly 40cm tall since they were constructed when the UCI rule stipulated non-natural barriers had to be that height. The UCI rules were changed a few years ago to include the language “up to” so barriers could be lowered so the pros could jump them more easily.
Well, there you go. I need to quit complaining the barriers are too high to bunnyhop. They’re within regulation.
Everyone has their personal preference, but I really like the addition of the natural obstacles to the courses. One of the coolest features about the very early cross courses in Europe and the United States was the gnarly natural obstacles that the courses traversed. What we have now is much more tame but I like the idea of staying connected to the early roots of the sport. If you’d like to read a compelling article about the history of cross check out this link:
I’m not saying that something should be continued just because it is part of tradition, but I think this is a tradition worth maintaining.
Complaining is my favorite part of bike racing!
Back in the old days at LaBagh woods, natural barriers were about all there was. And we liked it!
For what it’s worth, I’m a Cat 4, but am able to bunny hop barriers. Except on Sun, I had my pressure way too low and had to run them. That’s racing – literally and figuratively. Flats, crashes, mechanicals happen; and so do poor tactical decisions. In my mind it’s the combination of these things, especially the tactical aspect, applied over a CX course that make the sport so much fun (particularly compared to crits).
All of the CCC courses have positives and negatives, but I think this is a top-3, series course. If last year’s mud hill had returned, number 1 for sure.
Cyclocross is about natural obstacles and features of a course and by adding the bunny hop logs it caters to that. One point I need to make is that just because they are called “bunny hop” logs or barriers doesn’t mean that they have to be hopped. Regular barriers are able to be hopped if you have the skills. Adding smaller obstacles makes it easier for smaller riders to get over them and also allows skilled riders to make different choices and gain ground over someone that might not be as skilled at hopping. If you are worried about crashing or flatting or breaking your bike over an obstacle then play it safe and run it. Organizers and the CCC shouldn’t have to remove barriers or make course changes based off the fact that some people might not be able to hop over an obstacle as easily as another. That is cyclocross and you see it in every aspect from amateur to pro. Watch a pro race and see some guys hop barriers and ride up stairs while others have to run. These kind of obstacles push people to their limits making them better riders and also allow less skilled riders try something new and hone their skills. Just remember it is your choice to run or ride, if you hop one and flat a tire or break yourself or your bike that is your fault for going out of your boundaries and pushing the limits, it may suck at the time, but its a learning moment and will teach you how to correct what you did wrong.
Well that was a fun crash course on how to bunnyhop!
Tim Radcliff put together a cool edit of the 123 Race , with focus on EMC2 roleur Gareth Reeves.
^^^ or however that cool word is spelled….rouleur.
most words are better with an extra U
“just tell people you are pre-riding the course” as i meander my way thru the last lap
🙂 – One of my favorites to use…
Awesome event and course! Very well run. Super food.
Is anyone else having difficulty finding the results?
IMO if you can’t take some of the heckles, grow thicker skin, find another sport or simply get better at it.
Reverse heckling works all the time.
And if it doesn’t, at least it makes you feel better when tossing back a “can you walk the walk or do you just talk the talk?”
I really enjoyed the race today. I was in the er for a couple of hours after work getting stitches in the tip of my finger yesterday, I was going to skip the race but decided to race anyways. I’m glad I didn’t skip the race. About the heckling I think everyone need to take a deep breath and remember it’s just cyclocross and just have fun.
I agree that some heckling is fun, but some isn’t. I guess it just depends on the individual. In my case it was just one person who said something every time I passed him. Other than that the race was great- the course was challenging and fun.
…so really you just had problems with 1 guy, out of all the people that were there, and figured you’d educate him by posting at Chicrosscup in hopes that maybe he’d read it?
Turns out you can still go and talk to people in person when they do things you don’t like and can settle it out at the race without having to jamb up up good race reports on a Monday morning with whinging.
My favorite part of this is your use of the word “whinging”.
Couldn’t agree more with Rob. Look up heckle in the dictionally. Then lighten the _____ up.
Correction: dictionary. I never won any spelling bees.
If a little heckling is making you cry, find another sport to play in that in more sensitive to your needs.
What a fun race! Thanks all! Heckles I enjoyed… “Your wheels hate you!” – as I goofed up a bunny hop… “I remember my first ride” – after I crashed in the woods… “You’re already off your bike – take a drink!” – as I carried the bike over the big log. All from strangers — but none of them truly personal and all of them “above the belt” so to speak. Call me a masochist, but I enjoy those heckles from strangers. They keep me laughing at myself as I head around the course. To all you good-spirited jokesters, keep ’em coming…
Seems as though someone didn’t read last week’s comments about taking heckling too far. Again…there is a big difference between being a jerk and being encouraging. If you don’t have something positive to say to a complete stranger, then don’t say it!
Totally agree. Encourage or shut the hell up.
I happen to find “HOW ARE YOU LOSING TO A GUY ON A FATBIKE?!?!” pretty darn motivational. If something is clearly out of line, take note of the individual and say something after the race. Short of that, heckling comes in varying degrees, and its just part of the territory. If you want sunshine and lollipops all day everyday, you probably got into the wrong sport.
Great course changes this year. Next year I’ll make sure to wear aero horns. My ram horns didn’t help me much : )
Lost a sweet black scarf with skulls on it. Not seen in LnF. Halp.
Purple with black accents.
actually opposite of that
This was a fun race. I was the Viking, got my costume caught in my chain, broke my derailleur hanger and had to run the last lap. Great course though. Thanks to the organizers.
That course today was an absolute blast. Such a great combination of features and terrain. Can we race there every week?
I beat the blue hell out of my bike “bunnyhopping” those logs. That was fun as hell.
That was a fun crash course on Bunny Hopping.
What a fun course! I was the viking and unfortunately got my costume stuck in my chain and had to run almost the entire last lap. Still loved it. Thanks to the organizers!