Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Monday, January 26, 2009
In an effort to keep the weekly discussion surrounding each weeks ride out of everyone's email in boxes it has been suggested we use the comments feature of this blog entry to discuss routing and themes. Feel like doing a run to Baker? Climbing all three North Shore Mountains? Field trip to the Richmond oval? Fixed gear valley run? Call it here. I also intend to update the blog on a "frequent basis", so bookmark this damn thing! See you on Sunday!
December - Christmas parties, rum/eggnog, dodging engagements with family and friends and….. Cyclocross! The rest of the Mighty Cross team packed it in for the season, but I hit a couple of December races south of the border.
While Nick, Matt and Pat were baking gingerbread, I was at the final race of the Cascade Cross series in Bellingham - Viking Cross. A tricky, difficult course - snot slippery climbs, a bit of sand, nice sweeping downhill, a couple of stupid hard mud sections and a twisty grass section with turf so soft you could not ride it. Pissing rain, and the deepest, greasiest mud of the season.
Wrapping up the season was a trip to Kringle Kross outside of Seattle. Near epic conditions - a sprinkle of snow on the ground, a Le Mans style start, piles of horse dung all over the course, bottomless puddles of chilly water, more greasy mud and a ridable run up. An all around fine day for cross racin'. The race is a fundraiser for a good cause and there was a really nice vibe at the race - barbeques, home baked goodies, friendly folk and a season best result for me. Check it out -www.cascadecross.com, and www.kringlekross.com for race results and photos.
We somehow managed to take 9 hours to get there, so we missed early check in on Friday night, which meant an extra early morning on Saturday. We arrived on site just after 7am, and with my start time scheduled for 8am, I had to change quickly and find the sign in booth. I got pinned up, and with only 3 minutes to go, decided there was no time for a practice lap and headed straight for the starting line. The starting gun went off like a new alarm clock, and the 100 deep C field took off into the mist. Did I mention that it was below zero? This is what it's all about though; frozen mud, grueling endless straights, and hot cider at the finish!
Nick got a little luckier with a 9:30 start time for the B class. His field looked big and dangerous, but a season of racing the lower mainlands finest had him up to the task of kicking ass! Belgium knee warmers on tight, Mighty's not-so-secret 'cross weapon stepped to the task and ran away with the win.....on both days!
Portland knows how to do it. For real. The course was epic, there was plenty of coffee and cider, beer tents, hundreds of spectators, and good vibes all around. Big thanks to our gracious supplier of couches, Rachel, and of course Rainbow, for many things, but especially for starting the Mighty Riders CX cheerleading squad, the Muddy Buddies.