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J: cyclocross virgin no more!(11 posts)

J: cyclocross virgin no more!JS Haiku Shop
Dec 9, 2002 7:02 AM
...and man, did it hurt. like a mutha.

30 of the most enjoyable minutes i can remember. 25 minutes + bell lap. course was mostly flat, grassy, very little pavement, two sets of obstacles plus one thrown in at the end of a long, muddy false flat. course included some fast, wide singletrack that hit a 90* turn, then a nearly 180* turn. day started 32* and windy, race started 35-40* and dry. mud was thick and firm (LOL), and icy, 'til the last 2 laps, when it started to thaw.

my friend, who has done the whole series and moved up a category (consistently placing top 3 in the new field), convinced me i'd finish high or take the "C" race. wrong. i got schooled, but good. finished 8 of 12. i'm full of good excuses, but let's just say that there are two more races in the series, and i'll hope to do better next week.

aside from a couple of mechanical problems, i didn't DNF or come in DFL, didn't stop to cry, and didn't vomit. all in all, a great success.

thanks to Wonderdog, and his puppy, for providing the "J cheering section"!

best $.50 per minute i've spent this year.
J. Are you now in the market for a cross bike? NMeyebob
Dec 9, 2002 7:11 AM
have one, but don't want to get it dirty. ;) nmJS Haiku Shop
Dec 9, 2002 7:18 AM
yeah!! cyclocross ROCKS!!weiwentg
Dec 9, 2002 7:24 AM
get a cross bike; you won't regret it. on some courses, you can be at quite a disadvantage on an MTB. I blew right by one guy on a hilly course once; he was on his MTB. 2 races later, he got a real cross bike, and he ended up in the lead group. I could only madly chase everyone else, partially because I started a bit back.
*sniff* they grow up so fast...lonefrontranger
Dec 9, 2002 7:45 AM
dude, welcome to the theatre of pain that is 'cross. I was going to post you a link to the Memphis 'cross series early in the year, but I figured you get in enough trouble with the missus and junior Haiku as it is.

*sniff* they grow up so fast...JS Haiku Shop
Dec 9, 2002 8:11 AM
it runs november & december, but i was out of town most weekends in november.

just how exactly does one go about kicking arse at this? i held the leaders for a few minutes, then saw them not at all 'til the end. seems they got about a 1/2 lap lead over me and held it fairly steady.

running, crossing barriers, carrying a bike, in bad weather, uphill...shure is a b!tch, ain't it?

can't quite get the jump-on-clip-in-pedal-on-the-run thing. plus, my legs & lungs are already screaming to keep the bike upright and moving forward, then ya have to get off and run over stuff? there is *no* recovery allowed, eh? it takes me 40 miles just to warm up. :(
um.. how to say this?lonefrontranger
Dec 9, 2002 8:47 AM
er, it doesn't GET any easier, you merely get faster. The pain level never decreases to any measurable degree.

You will probably find that as a beginner, you lose most of your time on dismounts. Practice them 3x per week if you want to get serious. Get Simon Burney's book "Cyclo-Cross"; it's available on - this is the recognized bible of all things 'cross.

After technique, work on high-intensity interval stuff; we're talking 1-hour workouts with 2-minute drills at VO2MAX. Don't bother doing a lot of LSD or endurance running, just practice short burst sprints, VO2, and uphill runs with the bike, just like you would in a 'cross race. Find a local park where you can practice and set up an ad hoc course. Get some of your buddies together and have fun.
Getting fastBipedZed
Dec 9, 2002 9:40 AM
Simon Burney for reference but you need to see it done before it'll make sense. For that I recommend the 96/97 Cyclocross World Championship VHS from World Cycling. Absolutely essentially for studying good cross form.

Otherwise, cross is a blast and the low-key friendly scene makes it my favorite racing discipline. Keep at it and you will get better.
*well* you just go on with yo buff self!lonefrontranger
Dec 9, 2002 9:39 PM
Zed, you are going to kick some serious butt at Nats this year.

Dear Santa: I wanna set of legs like that when I grow up. For the edification and enlightenment of the forum, I have met the Biped, and you can truly bounce quarters off his... er... quarters.

I'll just crawl back in my hole now ;-)
just started tooscruffyduncan
Dec 9, 2002 8:04 AM
great isn't it?. I'm still a jittery roady on the slippy stuff, and have fallen off alot, but i'll get the hang of it soon.
First race last weekend too - another non virgin!outofthesaddle
Dec 9, 2002 9:50 AM
Raced at Coyote Point in Northern CA this weekend. I only had one goal going in - don't embarrass myself so badly that I wouldn't want to race again. It was all upside beyond that. Only partially sucessful - I went down on the last lap. When I got up and remounted, I saw someone with a camera and a telephoto lens pointed at me. My only hope is that it wasn't the event photographer. We'll see.

Still - lots of fun. We had a big group of C's (25 riders). I can't wait for the next one.