|Monday race report||BipedZed|
Oct 14, 2002 5:51 AM
|Schwab CX #1
First cross race of the season after missing the season opener last week due to illness. This was also my first cross race as a Cat 3 - in CO it's Pro/1/2 (Open), Cat 3s, Cat 4s which are roughly equivalent to A,B,C except Cat 4s race 45 min also.
Course was very flat with 5 barrier sections including an extended triple that required significant running. About 45 starters in the 3s and after a decent start I concentrated on getting through the clutter after the first few barrier sections and up to the front. Ended up in 5th halfway through the first lap and tried a hard solo bridge to the lead group but they already had 20 seconds. Moved into 4th place for good after passing a guy fading from the lead group and stayed in a solo 4th for the rest of the race after lap 2.
Next week I'll know who to watch as the lead group forms and make sure I'm there.
|good job yesterday||p lo|
Oct 14, 2002 7:32 AM
|i was in the "chase" group behind you at the end of the first lap(7th -9th place guys) and i figured with such a fast course it was smart to stay in the group for a while and see if we work together to catch the few guys hanging between the front group of 3 and my group. but we ended up just racing each other and not really working together very well. fun course with the road-race type tactics going on due to the high speeds.|
Oct 14, 2002 11:29 AM
|Not really knowing who to watch for I just decided to gun it to bridge to the leaders. Those guys were flying and when I realized I wasn't going to catch them I put Plan B into place which was to maintain 4th and keep the gaps about the same.
Some of those guys in the top 3 are semi-pro MTB racers. They finished 90 sec in front of me. Hopefully they'll upgrade and race Open soon.
BTW cool sprint with my teammate to finish strong.
Oct 14, 2002 10:16 PM
|that was a fun sprint with your teammate, too bad for me the finish wasn't another 5 feet further or i might have gotten him? either way it hurt and i felt like puking for 5 minutes after the race.......
rr race should be more technical for sure, keith loves that stuff and if the states course from last year is any indication we should be in for a fun one.......
|Nice job.||Pack Meat|
Oct 14, 2002 7:36 AM
|I was stuck in the clutter and finished damn near last. Nice pic where did you get it?|
Oct 14, 2002 11:24 AM
|Pic was from a teammate that raced the Masters race and hung around for the 3s. There were a bunch of photographers on the course but I have no idea where those pictures will end up.
Any course info you can give me for this Sunday?
Oct 14, 2002 8:00 AM
|Nice form Bro. Paul|
|re: Monday race report||eurochien|
Oct 14, 2002 8:30 AM
|Good job yesterday Mr Biped, moving up the field and maintaining position on such a wide open course all by yourself is testament to your horsepower... Very nice picture too. 'Cross is so photogenic, even without the mud or the snot.
Personnally I didn't care much for all the bumpy remounts or the rocks around the barriers (a.k.a. ankle snappers) but otherwise had fun racing Open and not getting lapped.
See y'all next week in Morrison...
l'eurochien, ruff, ruff...
|Red Rocks #1||BipedZed|
Oct 14, 2002 11:32 AM
|Any info on the course for this Sunday?
See you Wednesday.
|Red Rocks #1||eurochien|
Oct 14, 2002 12:24 PM
|Call the shop and/or come out and ride with us on wed. nite, I think we'll go there and ride the course but you know RRV, things can change quickly. Keith said he'd be making a trail with a Bobcat today. No one is supposed to ride over there without his express consent.|
|Red Rocks #1||p lo|
Oct 17, 2002 10:23 AM
|anybody check it out yet????? what's the word?|
Oct 17, 2002 11:12 AM
|Pre-rode the course at Red Rocks Elementary last night and it is infested with goat heads. After 2 laps I had over 30 thorns in my front tire. Pretty much everyone flatted within 2 laps. Keith will try to scrape the course but be prepared with all the thorn protection you have. Tire liners, slime tubes, etc.
The course itself is more technical than last week with most of the surface on cut down scrub vegetation with some gravel and sand sections. There are 2 moderate runups, some whoops, and a short road climb each lap. Passing opportunities are ample. Overall short laps but an interesting fun course - except for the thorns.
See you all Sunday.