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Casco Bay Cyclocross 2015, Portland ME

Team Bikeman - Race Reports

I'm predicting it right here and now, this race will become a major venue for all top CX racers in NE sometime in the near future. The course is well laid out with all aspects of CX bundled into 45 minutes. If you have not attended, do it next year. Trust me and the 250 participants from all over NE and Canada! Fast, fun course in a great location.

As for my ride, I entered the Men Masters 40+ race and was on the line with heavy hitters. Ok, not exactly on the line, I was in the back, they lined us up by number. Sixty riders in front of me and the closed road we were racing on yielded few passing opportunities. After the roundabout it gets narrow entering the sidewalk, I almost had to stop. Then through the woods and it is almost single track, more bottle necks. Down some steep hills then a fast section to a climb, smaller than the first ever course, but big enough to remind you of those days you didn't want to train for the CX season. Winding grass sections with many sharp turns and I liked the the 40-50% fall line traverse and the dirt climb to steep downhill. It was fun when riders in front of me confidently rode it! Then over the tall and bright red/white lettered BIKEMAN.COM barriers. As the laps wore on, my lap times steadily improved and the field evened out quickly. I was able to pick off riders frequently, fill in big gaps out in the field and on the pavement.

I successfully held off a GDI rider and some rider from SMCC, later I found out he was 60 and I really was not competing with him.

One quarter of the way around lap four, I had a flat tire, a tiny thorn took me out. On the way back to the Bikeman.com tent I saw Ryan take first and Big Al 3rd. I enjoyed complementary red Gatorade and caught up with Bikeman.com rider Eric Olds.

I loved the course and had fun racing with great riders!

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