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Last Race of the Season (for me) / Ottawa, Canada(9 posts)

Last Race of the Season (for me) / Ottawa, Canadaarctic hawk
Nov 30, 2003 3:10 PM
The OBC organizers did a splendid job laying out the course. It was very wide open with plenty of room for passing. More precisely, for me to get out of the way!

The course was covered in snow when we got there for the practice lap! As the race progressed (start of lap 1), the snow disappeared in favor of churned up grass & mud, which describes the course nicely other than the paved bike path sections.

There was slush & mud accumulation in certain portions (offcamber portion was pure & simple mud) which also presented its own dangers & fears of sliding & wiping out. Or like me, the wheels were sliding all over & I plowed right into the one & only lamp post! Yup! Felt real smart! The Michelin Jets could not cut it in these conditions as the chevron pattern filled in with mud & slush rendering them rather useless when I needed the most traction. Must consider Michelin Muds or something along those lines for tough wet conditions next year!

For the most part, the course was relatively flat with a 2 barrier section to hop over, which suited me just fine. There was 2 interconnected climbs on the one & only hill, of which a solitary barrier designated the start of the first climb. After jumping the barrier, you had to shoulder the bike partially up the hill. More mud. The fellows with toe spike did better than the running shoes I had on, no big surprise there! Once you put the bike down, it was a short ride down followed by a switchback for more climbing! I ended up pushing the bike up on every lap to the crest of the hill.

The descent was rather interesting in that it involved a jump off the final portion (a cement step if you will used to define a driveway, pretty much like jumping off a curb), & back onto the main road to the parking lot. The catch was that the descent had to be controlled because the landing put you square dead on against the cement step defining the other side of the parking lot driveway, if you don't turn, that is. Needless to say, by the 3rd lap, I zoomed right into it & endo onto the snow covered grass. Once again, the Jets were seriously clogged & offered little or no traction to turn.

All in all, a great time was had. The field was noticeably smaller than Upper Canada & many familiar faces could be seen & pleasantries exchanged. Mike (single-speed Seven) & his outfit were there in force. The fellow, who won at Upper Canada, won this event & the lead chase group was the same as well. All thundered by me & all offered kinds words of encouragment.

I loved my first season, with 3 races under my belt. Though I DNFed the 1st & was dead last for the next 2, I will be back for more next season. Hopefully, much improved too!
Nice to meet you Arctic Hawk! Lots of pics at
Nov 30, 2003 5:26 PM
Hey Arctic Hawk,

It was nice to meet you today. Glad you had fun at the OBC races...that is what it is all about!

There are lots of pics of today's race posted at (thanks to Joe Elliot):

See you next year!

Ride Hard,
Mike B.
That was a fun race...Spunout
Dec 1, 2003 4:43 AM
although the field was small, I had marked a few guys who regularly finish in front of me and soundly beat them by the end. I started a bit slower, plus went for a 1.5 hour warm up ride before the race. Maybe I'm onto something.

Toes very cold, still working on that. I didn't wear my $80 Pearl Izumi covers over my cross shoes, I would have destroyed them running. Still figuring out how to get my left legwarmer to stay up, perhaps I'll just pin it ;-)

Well, back to base training, see you at NOT the Paris-Roubaix next spring.

I agree :)arctic hawk
Dec 1, 2003 5:15 AM
That was way too much fun. I will be back for more next year!

Arctic Hawk!
Yes, it was fun!....SS_MB-7
Dec 1, 2003 5:53 AM
I seem to thrive in bad conditions....perhaps its the MTB'er in me. I managed to finish all 4 warm-up laps and 9-10 (I lost count) race laps standing...not a single fall.

I went out way too hard off the fact, I was 1st for nearly 3/4 of lap. Then, Glen Rendall and Kris Westwood sped by, those guys are fast! I couldn't believe that I was out in front off the gun....nobody wanted it, so I took it.

Then, Steve Proulx caught me followed by Rob Parniak and Dave Stanchon. We raced together for a while. I knew that Dave (also Vet A) was going to be fast (fellow MTB'er who is really kickin' ass in 'cross) so I had my sights on Steve (Vet A sitting just behind me in overall points). At this point, Glen and Kris were long gone and Rob is a Senior. I just had to keep up with Steve and I knew I could take him. I'd draft behind Steve on the open sections and I finally had my chance to pass him on the 2nd climb and hard right hair-pin. I gave it everything up the climb and caught him right before the turn, giving me the better line down the hill, around the tree and down the other hill into the parking-lot. At that point, it was a matter of keeping the lead, which I did!

In the end, I finished 5th overall and 3rd in Vet A. I was happy with my race and very happy with my season.

I was out for a 2 hr MTB ride on Saturday. I started-out with a pair of MEC booties...which I normally don't wear. After a while, I remembered why...the damn hole in the sole keeps shifting and partially covers the cleat making it impossible to clip-in. I removed them half-way through the ride and had no further problems....with the exception of my feet because I was just wearing a thin pair of summer socks. It wasn't too bad though, just had to keep moving.

Yesterday, even though I cut larger holes in my bootie soles, I knew that with the dismounting, running, etc. associated with 'cross, booties would not be a good idea. I used a single pair of summer socks, then a milk bag and then another pair of summer socks....seemed to work well.

Yep, I guess another season is done. Time to dust-off the old Kurt Kinetic trainer, mount the road bike and get ready for some long basement hours.

BTW, are you going to the banquet on Wed? I am. Nothing better to do.

Ride Hard,
Mike B.
Will be there on Wednesday....Spunout
Dec 1, 2003 7:10 AM
to grab my medal for persevering! I tell ya, Vet A is a tough class to do these races.

I have all of the final results here including yesterday. I can mail them to you, I can't get an email address for your site isn't coming up for me (gov) right now. I'll try later.
Yep, Vet A has some very stiff competition....SS_MB-7
Dec 1, 2003 7:41 AM
Kurt Menke, Marc Chiarelli, Kris Westwood, Dave Stanchon, Steve Proulx, Mike Leach, Rob Kerr and Phil Coldrey Lo all provided for some excellent competition. I'm very content with my overall 5th place finish against these guys. Competition can only make you faster and stronger.

Ride Hard,
Mike B.
Email the resultsarctic hawk
Dec 1, 2003 8:09 AM
Can you email me the results too?
Done. nmSpunout
Dec 1, 2003 8:55 AM