Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on October 23rd, 2006 at 10:23 am
Yesterday in North Plains, 700+ cyclocrossers enjoyed perfect weather at the third stop on the Cross Crusade. A very challenging course offered little respite to racers for burning legs and lungs.
Unfortunately the usually festive atmosphere was hampered by a serious crash that sent one rider to the hospital via helicopter.
No update yet on his condition Here’s an update on his condition. I’m not sure where exactly he went down, but I can vouch for the tricky, narrow and serpentine singletrack that might have caused it.
But despite the challenging terrain, I think most racers would agree that the toughest part of the course wasn’t the downhill. The copious amounts of climbing, especially the one really long and steep run-up (that was taken out after the post-crash course revision), had everyone gasping for breath.
I borrowed a bike (thanks to Joel at Bike Gallery!) to race on and brought my family along for moral support.
I raced in the C category and stuck to my usual modus operandi; keep pedaling and fighting hard and try to pass everyone in sight. I thought I did pretty well and hoped for a top 30 or finish, but somehow I managed 7th place (out of 67)! Woohoo! That sure makes the pain a distant memory.
After my race, I got the camera out (a loaner from a friend because my broke down) and shot a few photos. I enjoyed capturing the faces at the start line of “Kidde Kross” and I did a little photo-shoot with Matt Slaven’s new Vanilla bike (see below). This beauty is Matt’s prize for winning the Singlespeed Championship last year (hence the belt):
And while there are a ton of blingin’ Vanillas rolling around, I also noticed some sweet frames from two other talented local builders; Ira Ryan and Joseph Ahearne. It’s great seeing local bikes at local races.
Like always, the course was perfect for spectators and there was some serious cheering going on. Veloshop racer Mark Blackwelder was sporting this funky pink jumpsuit, and there were plenty of cowbells. And of course, Team Beer was on hand to provide plenty of support.