Author: jaycapers

Nov. 11, 2018

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NCCX #8

I decided to race Elite Master Cat 1,2,3 today, why?

A. I am an idiot

B. I am an idiot

C. I am an idiot

D. All of the Above

I was a little intimidated as 27 of us lined up, so I position myself in the back, as I look around at all the guys in skinsuits, carbon wheels, etc, I feel like a mule in the Kentucky Derby. The whistle bows and I have 2 goals, not to be dead last and not get lapped by the racers that started in front of us. I immediately pass 5 guys and have a gap, OK maybe I won’t be DFL. As the laps (Cat 3 does a lot more laps than I am used to!) go by I am picking people off, I have a couple of great back and forth battles with racers and manage to not get passed by anyone that I didn’t pass back, I wasn’t lapped and finished 18th in the field, 8th Cat 3. A good day!

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Nov. 10, 2018

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North Carolina CX #7 – NC State Championships or my second Cat 3 race.

I had a terrible start and was dead last for almost half a lap! I finally started picking racers off and worked up to 4th and closed in on 3rd… but I couldn’t find my rhythm and kept having to dap, skateboard, and generally miss every line, so I was passed by a couple of riders. I finished 6th, but 2nd over 50 racer.

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I played with off camera flash before my race.

Nov. 8, 2018

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Protestors gathered at the Guilford County Courthouse as protests were held across the country to protect Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia and Trump’s campaign.

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One of the slogans was to shine a light on the naming of acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker.

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I spent the night playing with a borrowed 85mm f1.8, but it is fun be shooting something real for my Photo A Day!

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Nov. 4, 2018

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NCCX #6 – Pinehurst…. or lots of sand!

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My first Cat 3 race: There were 9 of us, after 8 call ups, I was alone on the second row. We start and I sprint to 4th and pushing third till the run up. I fell back to 5th as I had a slow dismount/remount and hit the first up/down sand pit (above picture)

The race is longer than any cyclocross race I have done, I was racing younger guys, and I had to wait all day for my start (I went early hoping for one more Cat 4 race)

To sum it up, I am very pleased with my race, I challenged 3rd for 2 of the 6 laps, finished 1 spot off the podium, I gapped 5th on the last lap and can race with these boys!

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