North Carolina Cyclocross

Dec. 17, 2017

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North Carolina Cyclocross race #13 in Southern Pines. I always have a good day on the sandy course behind Sandhills Community College and today was no different. I got a call up, so I got to start on the front row and battled in the top 10 early. Each lap there was 5 spots I had to get off the bike, a couple of them just pure evil. I held on for 10th!

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After my race, I joined Clay, Kay and Jeff for a nearly 3 hour road ride…. when we got back, I played with panning before helping break down the course!

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Thanks to Clay for this picture of me racing and cheering me on!

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Dec. 10, 2017

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Sunday’s race, same 8:30 start. All those muddy tracks from yesterday are now frozen. It was down to 19 degrees overnight (Glad I have good sleeping bags!) and I couldn’t even ride the course on my warmup. I even considered not racing….. for a second.

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Again I had an easy start (read I was not aggressive) and it took awhile to get around less technical riders, but making a new track just off the edge of the frozen ones worked, the up/down/up/down whoops were still not ride-able. But I finished a touch better today, up to 12th.

Click to Watch a GoPro Video of my Lap

Dec. 9, 2017

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Up early for the 8:30am start. I slept great in the Flippac, despite the cold and snow all night.

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Frame grab from the GoPro on my body from one of my many falls.

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Carry the bike.

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My race was just OK< it was fun, but since I have not been racing, I didn’t have an aggressive start and ended up behind folks who couldn’t ride stuff I could.

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I finally settled into my on the bike, off the bike, carry the bike, push the bike, repeat. There was so much snow and we were the first to race, I was pulled after only 1 lap or almost 30 minutes. Finished 17th.

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As the day went on, a race groove was formed and then became a mud track.

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The moment you regret making your racing kit white!

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Save the bike!

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I am not sure what was worse? Deep snow or mud….

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If you fall, at least make a snow angle a heckler yelled and she did it!

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Nov. 13, 2016

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Back to ‘cross. The season is half over and this was only my 3rd race. The first two showed I had no speed, but today was better. I love the course at Salisbury and after starting next to the last row, I climbed through the field to finish 30th of the 49. With the talented racers in my field, I was happy, had a great battle with several guys I used to race around, and even caught and passed the jerk (work friendly term) that rammed into me on the first lap.

 

Oct. 15, 2016 (The rest of the day)

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The day started before dawn for the drive to Lenoir and the first race of the 2016-17 North Carolina Cyclocross Series. Turns out tennis does not help one bit for cycling – I finished about 5 from dead last, but this picture from Sam captures the moment… this is the last lap and coming out of the last turn, the lap before I had caught this guy but took a beer hand-up (illegal, but it’s ‘cross) and had to work to catch him again, as I started my sprint, the chain slipped (why I am about to go over the bars) so no fun sprint to the line for us.

Then Sam and I visited Henry River Mill Village (it’s own post) and headed for a hike a part of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail to the Upper and Lower Gragg Prong Waterfalls and Hunt-Fish Falls. We got a late start, and I decided to turn around before it got dark, as it was it was after 5:30 when we got back to the truck.

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Cruising along dirt roads in the mountains

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Finally we got on the foggy Blue Ridge Parkway and headed for a campground for the night.

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Dinner, a small fire, a quick card game and off to bed!

 

Jan. 16, 2016

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The final race of the cyclocross season. A muddy course at Tanglewood Park.

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This mud hole was after the asphalt road climb. Left was the way to go, right was a lot deeper.

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Why do you read your camera owners manual? To find out it can do 20 frames per second as a motor drive.

 

So I did some mud splash details.

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One of the great traditions of ‘cross is heckling. North Carolina is a southern state, so everyone is nice…. good thing I moved back. Normally when I heckle Wes Richards he glares at me (he is normally leading/winning his race) but today I got a smile….

 

 

Jan. 3, 2016

 

Race #13 of the North Carolina Cyclo-Cross was in Charlotte. As always, the course featured mud, sand, a big run up and a lot of fun. I played around with off camera flash and panning. My race was OK, after spending all week on the couch with my back, I laid back at the start and tried to pick off as many as I could…. finished 38th of the 46 finishers. I am still not racing as well as last year : (

Nov. 1, 2015

11015podAA wonderful morning drive to Boone.

11015podBTough to see but 2 dozen turkeys (right in the woods) were around this shack, but they ran when I stopped.

11015podC_EthanAI like the course in Boone, around an old fairgrounds and dirt track. The race starts and almost immediately feature a run up (I hate this one)

11015podCWith all the rain, the course was a little “snotty”

My races? I was not DFL, but I could see him. I rode hard but just don’t have any speed. But I had a great solo trip, camping, racing with friends and a little hiking.

Oct. 31, 2015

10315podCAnother weekend of racing cyclocross in NC. Saturday is on a new venue in Lenior.

10315podBThe course feature short but steep climbs, a stair run, sand, mud and some pain.

10315podMI decided to stay solo in the mountains, so after my race, and cheering some friends, I went waterfall hunting.

10315podNAnd driving dirt roads I could find.

10315podPEven some Forest Service roads.

103115podRMy second hike/water fall was cut short by too many stream crossing and only one pair of shoes.

I camped on the Blue Ridge Parkway on the last night it (campground) was open for the season, between the temps in the 40s and rain, I had the whole campground to myself, never even saw a Ranger. Peaceful night reading and listening to the rain and wind.

Oct. 25, 2015 (the morning)

102515podAIn the world of cyclocross, today is always special – the world UCI race is Zonhoven -and it’s famous sand run up.

102515podB 102515podCIn North Carolina we have a race at Sand Hills Community College and it’s long sand pits. (The only race I stayed for after my race was the juniors, had plans in the afternoon) – My race? Started slow and my legs were dead – too much truck waxing yesterday and on again/off again sleep waiting till 2:30am for Sam to get home (another story)? But I finished strong picking off 5 riders to finish 39thof the 60ish starters. I am still not in race shape, but I had fun!