Written by Coakley Jopling Wednesday, 16 September 2015 17:54
Cross officially started for Connecticut this past weekend, rounds one and two went off Saturday and Sunday, both races are part of the Connecticut Series of Cross.
Silk City Cyclocross has proven to be a great opening round for the series. The course is typically pretty technical. It has a good mix of grass, dirt, steep ups and downs, barriers and steps thrown in for good measure. Perfect for finding out your strengths and weaknesses early on in the season.
Usually I'll enter Cat 3/4 but the start time was too late. I decided to start the first race off in P/1/2/3. It wasn't a large field, twenty riders to be exact. Off the start I was just outside the top ten. Half way into my second lap the chain snapped. Thankfully there was neutral service and a mechanic in the pit, this happened about 50 yards from pit entry. Coming out of pit I was dead last. Over the course of the next thirty minutes or so I clawed my way to finish in the twelve spot.
Riverfront Cross of Hartford went down on Sunday. The venue is home to the 2017 U.S. National Championship. The course had some good bits to it, like a steep climb and traverse across a dike that lead to a off camber section with S turns, bike path trails through the woods, a little sand action across a volleyball court and a few barriers to slow you down.
Entering Cat 3/4, the field saw a decent turn out with 38 racers, I started out in the fourth row. My goal at the start was to jump up to the top 15 and then slowly pick my way up to the top 10 or better yet top 5. By lap three I felt good I could still see the race leader most of the time, third and fourth were a hundred feet apart from me and another rider. He felt he could close the gap between us and them, so I just stuck to his rear wheel. By the last lap we hadn't made much progress, I was thinking it would come down to a sprint finish between us for fifth place but he had nothing left, I passed him a hundred yards from the finish and rolled into the five spot.
Definitely exceeded my expectations this past weekend. Looking forward to the remainder of the season and coming up, Providence Crossfest.
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