Written by Paul Wojciak Thursday, 08 October 2015 15:59
The annual Mid Atlantic Cyclocross Conference kickoff was held September 12-13 this year. The smack down tests the early season form and presages things to come for the rest of the season. Is your training on track or do you need to tweak it? How's your race time tactics? Still making your moves at the wrong times? How about your equipment, is it helping or hurting? All these things and more came out during the two race weekend for me.
The course in Breinigsville is about as flat as they come for cross. There are two level areas and they are separated by about 10 feet of elevation change. Lot's of power sections and fast turns with few technical features makes this a course to benefit those with the legs versus the handling skills. However, that can be amended slightly when the dry course of Saturday is followed by a muddy, greasy quagmire on Sunday; Then that cornering comes in handy.
I thought there might be another Bikeman face in the crowds but as in Rochester, NY last week, I was the only one sporting the Red, White, and Black. I did talk to Don Seib, longtime Bikemanner, who bought a bike shop and is fielding the Next-BMB team this year. Guess it's up to me to represent.
The MAC folks put on a great event. Timing and scoring are spot on, starts are on time, results and awards are done quickly. The event draws big fields too. Staging is done by MAC series points so if you don't have any or many, be prepared to start in the back. Fortunately, I had a few points from last year so I got into the fourth row of about 11 rows in the Masters 45+ field. The starts left me wanting and working hard to pass riders throughout the races. The dry conditions on Saturday suited me better, just ask my crossresults course performance profile.
I broke a front wheel spoke nipple on the last lap but was able to finish up without giving up spots. The twanging noise as the wheel spun probably unnerved riders I was closing on making them yield to me (Yeah, right). After the race, I took the spoke out deciding to ride minus one for Sunday. Not wanting to deal with the repair I opted to take that chance.
The start on Sunday left me looking at the posteriors for most of the field entering the mega bog behind the velodrome. Rumor is, that the septic system is under that bog too, but you try not to think of that when you're churning your way through the slop. The Clement PDX tubulars were hooking up pretty well and I was riding better each lap scoring riders each time through. Lot of hard work to hit 26/77 and 35/68 for Saturday and Sunday, respectively. Nonetheless, these were enjoyable races. I can conclude that my training is on track given that four weeks ago I was still in full-on endurance mode for the Breckenridge Epic August 9-14. My course tactics were sound. The front wheel needs some TLC but the rest of my rig was outstanding.
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