Surrounded by grasslands, fertile food homes and genuinely flat country definitely gives the city of Sacramento a leg up when it comes to having great city parks. The Sac CX series has been exploring these parks for years. With the overpopulation of the SF Bay Area and the hatred for cyclists, Sacramento seems poised to take local cyclocross to a new level. No matter how often I tell people how great the series is very few from the Bay believe me. Or is it they spend so much time commuting during the week that they don’t want o drive all the way to Sacramento. Who knows? I don’t really care, other than it would be nice to support a great series. Don’t they get bored with the same old courses, the same old competitors and the same old result? Oh well, I will have it all to myself then.
Round 2 of the Sac CX series did not disappoint. Sure they didn’t have a two way pit and if you flatted on the back side of the course you would have a mile slog with bike to the said pit, but these are only minor details. Typical Sac weather saw temps in the area of “hot”. Not as hot as it could have been but it certainly wasn’t cross weather. The course was a fast grass course with some rolling hills, lots of turns and a sand pit. In talking with Chris Mcgovern before the race he was psyched to use some file treads and kind of looked at my knobbies with disbelief. Man I wish I had that many wheel sets. This whole disc thing has screwed me when trying to come up with tire options. I’m on a shoestring budget, not a Rapha budget. Reluctantly I took my slow and sticky tires to the start line.
I got a front row start and took a side by side hole shot with Robert of Reno Wheelman, who would be the eventual winner. Ok I just gave away the end of the book. I don’t win this race, but it wasn’t for the lack of utterly imploding myself and then coming back to life until I utterly imploded again….and again. I lead the first lap after Robert bobbled a corner and tried to drill it in order to drop a few people. That did’t work. It only made me more tired. So I let some others do some work and we had quite a strung out peloton for the first few laps. Then I let one too many gaps go and was off the back. I kept the gas on throughout the 60 minute ordeal. Back screaming, crusties on the corners of the mouth and choking on dust, I rolled in for 5th. Not really what I wanted, but what to do….Chalk it up to training and experience and utter joy of riding my bike. Big take away from this race was that one of my athletes, William Youngman, won the 45+ A’s and moved into first place in the series. Way to go William!
Followed by dry mouth
William – top step!