Month: October 2018

Oct. 15, 2018

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Recovery Monday:

Started the day working on Deb’s Honda, it has been stumbling and the CEL finally came on, new plugs and coil packs hopefully will fix it.

Then the weight room, a bike ride and tennis. Thank you to all the trail gnomes who worked to open Country Park, I was amazed how trees were down and cleared after Hurricane Michael came through.

Oct. 14, 2018

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Race #2 NCCX and the same results, same three on the podium and in the same order.

The race was at Lions Park in Raleigh and I have always liked the course, even I have have never had a good result there. This year they took away recovery dirt road on the back, made the bog hill a run up with barriers and made the lap a hair longer. I got the call up today, so I started on the front row: The start, yesterday’s winner got a good start and then did a “dick” move and cut right in front on me, but karma got him and he dropped a chain or cross chained or something…. all I know was suddenly he was moving and was right in front of me, and I had to cut hard not to pile into him.

The mechanical also meant I had the hole shot and after the first left turn I was in front before we hopped the curb into the woods. All I could think of was go, go, go… I have never been in the front of a CX field and wasn’t sure how hard to go vs “popping” – whatever I was doing was working I was building a gap and finished the first lap with over 100 yards lead. After halfway through lap 2 I saw yesterday’s winner and he was gaining, and by the next switch back he had closed the gap why faster than I expected…. I learned, he is MUCH faster than I am so I concentrated on my line and he caught and passed me before the run up, I stayed with him for a bit, but just not as fast as he is. Lap 3 was fast, third place didn’t close in on me, and I wasn’t gaining at all on first. I am still happy with my second second of the year!

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‘cross = early starts!

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The run up, last year it was ride-able, this year Tim added barriers.

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Fun stuff

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Oct. 13, 2018

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No suspense in this blog, I finished on the podium for the first time in the NCCX series.

Race Report: I did not get a call up and started on the second row, as we sprinted away, I settled into 5th place as we hit the first off camber part and realized first was pulling away and I was faster than the other 3, by the next 3 turns I was in second. I was pushing hard to close the gap and making progress as we started into the woods/single track, but the leader passed some back markers of the field in front us right before the woods and I didn’t so I had to wait till we came out…. back to chasing. Half way through the second lap I was carrying a lot of speed through a greasy/grass off camber ess when my bike just slide away from me and I was on the ground.  I was able to jump up before anyone hit me, but never managed to close on the leader.

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But I am VERY happy with my day!

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Just some photos after my race.

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This guy was trying to bunny hop the barrier before the run up.

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Tangled up

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It was perfect weather for ‘cross, I warmed up in a long sleeve shirt and wore shorts and a sweatshirt after my race.