The last round of the Bay Area Superprestige took place last Sunday at Coyote Point Park in Burlingame. This is a classic course and since Golden Gate Park was taken out of the series, it is my favorite. Like all good cross courses it has a little of everything – ups, downs, sand, off camber and some very fast sections. The key to this race has always been the hill and it comes into play immediately after the start, so separation comes very quickly.
Race #5 in the series was my tire disaster, so my start position for this one was horrible – 3rd row. I managed a good start, but just wasn’t aggressive enough on the hill and ended up behind a couple riders who weren’t on good days. They added a very deep sand trap on the upper part of the course this year. In warm-ups it was unrideable, but after a few races a line formed and it made for a powerful, yet makeable section…for some. The hill and sand forced a gap to form between the lead group and myself. And just like that, they were gone.
The line in the sand (not really that much sand) on Lap 1
But the race wasn’t over by any means. The inner grumbling and coaxing your body to go faster was just beginning. All racers must go through this…yelling at yourself, whether out loud or in your mind, trying to make yourself go faster. It works, right? I ended up hooking up with Sage and we rode a cyclocross, 2-man team time trial for the rest of the race. But drafting doesn’t really work that well in cross, as we didn’t catch many people. Sage has been running good all year, but he wasn’t hitting on all cylinders for this race. Isn’t it annoying when a fellow riders says “I’m not riding well today” or “I’m sick” or “I just got off the couch, eating bonbons and haven’t been training”…and then they beat you. That’s exactly what happened. Sage ended up 8th and I was 9th….and I was completely healthy and running on all cylinders. Some riders are just better than others. haha
Ahead of the World Champ? Not for long…
Sage and I hooked up for a cross paceline
The rest of the CX Nation crew also had a good day…with a mix of bad luck. Kristin finished up 6th, just off the podium again, in the Elite women’s race. Brij had a great result finishing 4th, just behind the Cal Giant Berry train that was 1,2,3. Miles was sitting in 3rd on the first lap in Men’s B’s when he flatted. A run to the pits cost him some places and he wound up 14th. Double sided pits would be helpful. Yes, they have two neutral service areas on the course, but imagine how much faster it would be for a racer to just grab a bike rather than waiting for a wheel change. My only gripe about this awesome venue.
Miles coming out of the sand
Kristin on the downhill – on her way to 6th
Brij on his way to 4th….
So that’s it for the biggest racing series the SF Bay Area has to offer. They tried some new things this year. Some I liked – the separate days of racing, and some I didn’t like…3 days at the Candlestick bump fest and two days at the dust bowl. Till next year BASP….