Here is a quick race update for your crappy snow/rain day reading pleasure:
Rob and I ventured up the coast of Maine for two days of Downeast Cyclocross this past weekend. With the race being close to great shopping, eating, and drinking in Freeport and Portland, we decided to make a long weekend of it. Unfortunately we forgot our camera, so I don't have any photos to highlight the great fun we had racing around in cow poop, I mean mud. For now I'll have to give you this photo to set the scene:
Monday, October 10, 2011
I can easily see why Providence was the sight of Nationals back in 2005/2006. It is a gorgeous venue with a great course layout! The set up for this weekend was super fast and fun...very little technical and a lot of long power sections which favored the roadies. The weather was a little too hot for my taste (high of 80's). I was glad to be in the earlier races and catch a break from the heat of the day.
As for results, not too shabby, but nothing stellar on my part. Both days I saw a bit of bad luck getting caught up behind a crash in day 1 and a flubbed start on day 2. Luckily on these courses I had long road sections to make up some spots and I was able to crawl back up to 10th and 15th respectively.
One interesting thing to note, my body decided to get rid of the double tap re-mount thingy. Perhaps it was just too inefficient. Now if I can just correct the drunk driving, feet flailing part after I'm on, I just might have a normal cyclocross re-mount.
Rob also enjoyed the courses. Unfortunately on day 1, his front tire blew out just as he was finishing his last lap in top 20. Second day he landed 24th with all tires in tact.
All in all, it was a great weekend of racing!