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Cold weekend!(5 posts)

Cold weekend!ColnagoFE
Nov 25, 2002 8:23 AM
Got a good ride in Saturday and now I remember what It's like to ride in the cold. Boy do I feel out of shape too after a couple weeks of mostly not riding@!! Snowed Sunday and was really cold. Anyone do the cyclocross series in Boulder Sunday? That had to be brutal.
Boulder CXBipedZed
Nov 25, 2002 10:28 AM
I raced as did LFR. It was freaking cold and snowy but cross is so intense that I ended up racing in a long-sleeve skinsuit, ls undershirt, legwarmers, and long finger gloves and I was never cold during the race, even with the 20 deg temps and snow spray. Lost use of my front derailleur within the first 10 minutes due to ice buildup.

LFR how did your race go?
DFL by a huge margin but I liked the courselonefrontranger
Nov 25, 2002 11:05 AM
Hey there Zed, your arms sore from carrying home all that schwag? :) Congrats on winning the Boulder series and the "Colorado Cat III Strictly Unofficial Turf War".

The course was awesome; nice and solid except for the mud bog in the woods, and even that only had one unrideable spot, and it made more sense to run there anyhow because of the log right after it. It got so deep and choppy there that even the Pro 1/2s were dismounting early for it.

I'm so out of my league out here. I finished in the back half of the Women's 4, and they started over a minute behind us. I still can't shoulder the bike AND run so I had to push it on those long runs, which created big squirrel's nests of mud and debris in the brakes and BB. I actually felt better and took back some real estate in the last 2 laps, but nowhere near enough to catch the back of my field. It's definitely not technical skills, it's a simple matter of horsepower.

The bonus for the day was that I ran into another one of my former-Ohio bike buds. The racer (T. Laffey) is a good friend of mine who recently moved to Longmont. She used to run the Dirt Divas camps in Ohio, which is where I learned to mountain bike race.
But you were on the start line and that's what countsBipedZed
Nov 25, 2002 11:41 AM
It was great to see you racing again yesterday. I agree and thought the course was excellent and really fun. Even though we don't get mud often it makes for the best races IMO.

Colorado is brutally fast compared to most of the country, and it can be discouraging, but if you work hard to be competitive out here you can race anywhere in the nation and be among the strongest. Good place to race if your long-term goal is to podium at Masters Nats.
Well.........Rode Warrior
Nov 25, 2002 11:16 AM
I did attend the race, and started off with the group, but that was about the end of my "race". I managed to finish DFL, after being lapped twice by the leaders. While I can't blame my results entirely on not being able to clip my right foot in for most of the race, and having a mostly flat rear tire, this didn't help me much at all. With no mechanical issues, I would probably have only been lapped once :)

So this being my first 'cross race, here's what I learned:
1) cheap SPD pedals and shoes are not a good choice
2) make sure your tires are correctly inflated
3) training to ride fast is much better that just riding
4) register for the raffle, you just might win (Giro Pneumo helmet for me!)

All in all I had a great time, the course was really fun, and I am now even thinking of getting a 'cross bike instead of a road bike this spring.