Single Speed Sunday – Midpack and a bit muddy.
Skipping 3’s was the right call. What a weekend!!
First podium of the year and I messed up the video. Pressed the start button too long and it went into time lapse photo mode. Sorry you can’t get the full experience from this hard fought race by everyone involved. You might want some Dramamine before watching!
Saturday’s epic race
You’re the best, Damian. Thank you.
Such a great time.
Thanks to all.
Video from Men’s 4/5:
Race-report: I got stabbed in the calf by a chainring while stepping over a down bike/rider on the sloppy off-camber. Disc brakes are fine but the UCI should look into these dangerous devices!
“Right now it looks as though the pavement is muddier than the mud.” That has to be my favorite thing you said yesterday Kenny. I was laughing so hard… because it was oddly true!!! BIG thanks to everyone involved in putting on a fantastic double race weekend. So fun.
Beyond Fun was held at Pheasant. 100% Cyclocross.
Where is the photo of the woman who peeled off a full ring of mud from her tire and then draped it over her shoulders like garland? I saw that happen in real time and it was the most cyclocross thing I have ever seen.
Well shucks, I’m humbled by that description! Plenty of very cyclocrossy things happened this weekend. Enjoy: https://twitter.com/ChiCrossCup/status/1064254085568831488
Glorious. Thank you.
Not all heroes wear capes. Some of them wear mud garland.
Permit me to reflect on the article you submitted regarding the lapping of riders and fields. I find the article to be both inappropriate and insulting. The article was written for professional racers and has little bearing on the CCC, which aspires to be to the best CX event in the nation for Amateurs. It also suggests that lapped riders become spectators, which is absurd. There is just as much good racing, competition, and passion for racing at the back of each field as the front. If, as the author suggests, that racers “hate” each other for their different abilities, genetic gifts, and skill levels then our sport is really in trouble. Respect for one’s competitors is what makes for good sport. It is very possible for both lapping and lapped riders to race together, and it requires good communication and respect, not hate. As we approach the final race of the series I hope that cool heads and rationality will prevail.
I’m with Ed on this. The author has a misguided view. Stop on the track to let people by? No way, we are racing here. As a 65+er, we get lapped every single week by the leaders of 45+ which starts ahead of us by a couple of minutes. I’m usually in some sort of battle with another AG guy and the idea that I’m going to stop is not going to happen. We have all been doing this a long time and manage it just fine every week. Riders from behind usually get vocal and communicate and it all works out.
I’m sorry you took it that way. I read that article as being in a somewhat tongue-in-cheek tone, and so I thought it better to share than some of the drier ones. Enjoy your race, take a breath, have a beer. See you at Montrose.
Jeremy, I thought it was funny, especially after getting stuck in the mud in front of Tim Strelecki as he lapped me yesterday (sorry!)
Thanks for the clarification. When at Montrose, you are welcome to demo my new ultra lite handlebar mounted laser guided beer can missle launcher. Perfect for either lapped or lapping racers. It can be found in the EliminatetheCXCompetition tent next to registration.
Very well written Ed….
Could not agree more.
I’ve seen a few comments on this topic every year, and the best advice I can give is just three words. Hold Your Line. Works in motorsports as well as cycling. No matter if you are right, left, fast, slow, simply keep doing what you are doing and be smooth and predictable and leave room on either side if you can. Faster riders will get around easily, which is probably why they are the faster riders anyways. Don’t wait for communication or stop on course. Keep racing and hold your line.
While the article goes a little too far IMO to be humorous, it does bring up a good point of conversation.
The article is assuming only one field on the course in this case, and our categories/races with many differently scored fields are a different beast. Trying not to impeded leaders who started 30 seconds ahead of your field is nice but not to the point it affects your racing — so both sides need understanding.
However, for the single field races (Cat 3, 1/2/3, Cat 4, etc …), or if you are being lapped by riders in your field, be aware of your surroundings and yield the ideal line to the riders lapping you.
Leaders of a race in a multi-field category could call out which category they are leading when overtaking lapped traffic to help facilitate this.
Sunday saw a lot of lapping due to the weather conditions and I saw some very respectful lapped riders out there doing just this while still ‘racing’ themselves. Keep it up!
Red Jacket left at start grid. Let me know if you picked it up, please. Thanks. I’ll look for it in the L&F at Montrose, too.
The race course was very humbling (in a good way). Thanks SCW!
I put a red jacket in the L&F bag on Sunday afternoon.
i’m finally “that guy” – left in a rush to get post-race culver’s and forgot a green camp chair and blue coffee thermos. i’ll check lost and found at montrose, but thought i’d check here too. xoxo
Did anyone happen to find a ventra card? It would really help my wife get to work.
A great race in the mud. Thanks to everyone who made it happen.
We’re heading into state championships now, which means next time we race everyone will be especially hot headed. We have big fields, and staggered starts. There’s a lot of overlap, and fields can get lapped very quickly. So please, take a moment to read and reflect on this : https://exit17.net/2011/10/22/how-to-get-lapped-like-a-pro/
There will be plenty of beer. I promise.
great read! That was me getting lapped by practically everyone yesterday. Good natured heckling and pauses to take breaths and let people pass me for almost the entire course. I love cross!
Did anybody find an iPhone 5se with a cracked screen near the starting grid (or elsewhere)? If not I’ll finally be forced to buy a new phone.
I hope you find your phone, but if not, I’ve got a 6s with a small chip off the corner you could have for cheap 🙂
Yeah…about that phone…I found it collecting stuff on Sunday afternoon.
It seemed so neglected, lonesome, and busted that I didn’t take it too seriously. I tried to turn it on and got nothing. Seemingly lifeless, I showed a few teammates and we had a good laugh about how the owner probably upgraded to a flip phone, rendering this one garbage.
Standing over the garbage, I just didn’t have the heart to toss it. “hey, you never know, this could be somebody’s baby,” I thought and bagged it in the L&F.
I’m sure it’ll make Montrose.
Thank you! Believe it or not it works pretty well, the battery is just dead…. died as i went to reg on Sunday. Its time to upgrade it for sure, but having it back will make for far fewer hassles.
A few pictures from the masters races: https://www.flickr.com/photos/riz9296/albums/72157675815787988
Thanks for sharing these, they’re great. Nice to see some good panning shots; that takes some skill.
Just want to say thanks for these photos you posted!
Great shots and awesome photography!