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iron cross and fox hill results on bikereg.combuffalosorrow
Oct 22, 2003 7:30 PM
Congrats to Jay (frequent discusser here on RBR CX)
for taking the first singlespeed in the iron cross!!!!!!!!!!!!
Mad Props! if you get a chance and if you've recovered, please elabotate on the race....

Also re- sandbagging post, check the fields between the C's B's and A's, you had a big field in the C's and only 5 or so riders in A and 25? in B? Many of the C riders inluding myself could have rode the B race. Also look at the times, 60 min or so for top B and 37 min for top A, thats a big gap....we'll seen this weekend who's who at the HVVC Southington race on sunday.
Oct 22, 2003 8:26 PM
Thanks for the props. I attached a copy of an email I sent out to my teamates, shich pretty much sums up one of the most fun experiences I have ever had on my bike.
"Hey All-
In light of all the well deserved praise that has been going on with CRC, I wanted to give a shout out for a great event that happened this weekend. Most of you thought that DeeDee Winfield, Mark Stevenson and I were nuts, but we went to conquer a GREAT event called IronCross. It was a 58 mile cross race in PA with a meager 6000 feet fo climbing. I am going speak on behalf of DeeDee & Mark when I say that this was one of the most fun races I have ever done in my life. The course varied from flats on the road to 15% grade climbs to 45+ MPH descents on gravel roads to super techicnal descents & drop off's (with lots of endo's to be had on big rocks). While Panaroma has a 10 foot run up, Iron Cross had 2.....and they were several hundred feet high hike-a-bikes with big gnary rocks and views for hundreds of miles. While this race sounds a little out of the ordinary, it is. That is exactly the point. It put you out of your comfort zone at times and was an epic experience in a way that most rides and races just aren't."

Now - about the single speed thing - It actually went great, ended up riding a 38 x 18. I powered up the short and steep, and actually did well on the long sustained climbs as well. There was a 15 min steep climb that I hit about 3 hrs in that did hurt pretty darn bad, but everyone was feeling it at that point. I lost major time on the descents (some were smokin fast) and the one or 2 flats there were in the whole thing. Glad I went with the SS. Usually when you ride SS, people think you are nuts...I think most thought I was just plain stupid on that course - but I had a freakin blast. A very well run race that I will definately be back for next year.
Take it easy - Jay
cheers jmdbuffalosorrow
Oct 23, 2003 3:45 AM
i cant wait for next year, there will be twice as many riders....this race is a must.

were you running the michies?
what kind og gear did you pack, a saddle bag or backpack? Were there water stops? or was is BYOW (or BYOB)?
cheers jmdJMD
Oct 24, 2003 3:40 AM
Actually I sold the cross bike I had. I rode an old steel crit frame I have had since high school. It will only fit a 27mm Vitoria mastercross in the back with 80psi (I can't believe I didn't pinch flat). I did buy a cross fork for it and rode a big fatty - a Ritchey 42mm ZED. I know it s not really a cross bike but the thing handles so sweet - actually like it better than my old cross frame. I used a camelback topped off with water, carried 2 tubes, tools, pop tarts and gel. They did have water stops and drop bags, I really didn't see the need to stop though - I was too busy smiling and riding my bike. The only thing was that yes, it was BYOB....which I was glad I brought.
DeeDee & Marky. Where's Joey, Johnny & CJ? (nm)Dream plus
Oct 23, 2003 4:12 AM
Oct 23, 2003 8:12 AM
sounds awesome, I hope to make it next year on a SS, this year I had to skip it due to family commitments but it sounds like an EPIC not to miss. I have been running that same gear ratio this year so far, maybe a little smaller gear for a 58 miler would be nice.

Have you done the Wild 101? Just like this sounded, great terrain, awesome fun, great race support, cool people. results alsoAlbob
Oct 23, 2003 4:37 AM
The results has a full description of the action by the leaders.
I must agree that this was a very fun race. Well organised with a really good group of people.
I was happy with my choice of equipment.
1) steel cx bike
2) 38 Ritchey Mount Cross - I ran 70 pound and would drop to 60 psi - was worried about pinch flats and didn't have any.
3) 48/38 chainrings with 12/32 cassette.
4) I always carry too much but carried 100 oz camelback with 3 tubes, tools, etc.
I was around 25th and usually race mtn bikes vet sport and have done a few 100 mile mtn bike races.

There were a few rocky technical sections where I saw many guys fixing flats and one guy hurt.

They had plenty of water stops (some with food like fig newtons, cookies etc) and one stop where you could stage your own drop. I stopped once for water in the camelback and just used hammer gel and gatorade.
The weather was perfect - about 60 degrees and dry.