|Boulder CX Finale||BipedZed|
Nov 25, 2002 10:52 AM
|Woke up Sunday and looked outside to snow and 20 degrees and almost didn't go...but didn't want to be the one on the team to flake first. Turned out to be one of the funnest races so far this season. The course would have been too short in dry conditions, but with the snow and freezing mud it was a fun course that never felt dangerous given the slippery conditions.
My race was almost a disaster as I slipped on my pedal at the start and was in the last third for the first lap. Passing was almost impossible and guys were jostling and crashing all over the place. Took a bunch of risks in the 2nd and 3rd laps and somehow found myself in 2nd for the rest of the race. What I liked about the course was that even though the snow and mud made it challenging there was never a point were I felt like the course was dangerous.
Kudos to the folks at Boulder Racing for a great series.
|re: Boulder CX Finale||p lo|
Nov 25, 2002 12:35 PM
|I had a horrible race and was mad to dnf because i thought the course was so fun. my first mistake was starting behind you and getting held up by you pedal slipping antics. i passed alot of guys on the first couple of sections (where the snow line was actually smoother and faster then the main line and then settled in to a good rythmn and was moving up pretty easily. but i kinda got offline and way to the left coming up to that downed tree in the woods, when i bunny hoped over it my front wheel really sank on landing and i went over the bars. it didn't hurt at all, but my hands went into a puddle and were soaked. my hands immediately got so cold i could barely ride. a lap later i took the gloves off (that wasn't too smart in hind sight) and was hoping to get a hand up of some dry gloves. but by the time i got them my hands were so frozen that i couldn't even put them on. i tried to stop and still couldn't get them on. finally rode back to the pits and got my friend to put his gloves on my hands and then walked to my car and sat in the heat. i felt pretty good and would have loved to do that race without incident. but thats racing and i now know the fox polar paw gloves do not work in wet 20 degree weather.|
|re: Boulder CX Finale||CrossBones|
Nov 26, 2002 9:35 AM
|I agree with BZ and p-lo; really fun course! Conditions like that remind me why I commute by bike year-round; made riding in those conditions seem not-so-bad. Had great fun over the whole series; and three cheer for Brian and all the Boulder Racing crew.
P-lo, best thing I've found for cold and wet conditions are some plain old neoprene gloves (kinda like wetsuit gloves). I've got some I picked up a few years back in an Army-Navy store for $5 that work great; just as well (if not better) than some of the higher-priced gloves out there...
Take it easy,