On Sunday, Dec. 7th, I participated in the Series Finale of the Bay Area Super Prestige Cyclocross Series. All I can say is that I’m disappointed that I didn’t figure out how much fun this racing is until the end of the series. I participated in the last two races (see previous blog report, Bay Area Super Prestige #4).
This time, for race #5, the Finale, I was ready to do better than my first race. The course was harder. Some longer flat sections, and some very steep, very short uphills…but lots of them. I thought with the climbs, I might do better, but these climbs are better suited for those who can crank out the watts for short spurts, not the true climbers. The weather was cool, the soil soft and loamy, tons of low speed tight hairpins, a looong sand pit, and wood chips everywhere — that’s right, wood chips.
I lined up, and like last week, got a pretty good hole shot. They called up the first 20 riders in the series, which obviously didn’t include me, but then I nudged my way up and punched it at the start. I was probably in about 10th place when the course narrowed down. Since last week, I’d “Mastered” the barriers, which in my case simply means that I’m a Masters racer, and I made it over the barriers.
All kidding aside, I did much better in the barriers, my dismounts and mounts had gone from dismal to decent in just one week (I’m on the steep end of the learning curve in that area), and I fully expected to put in a better performance.
But alas, like last week, I started going backward. I ended up 26th, another mid pack finish, but came away with a smile on my face.
With a little work, and some better winter fitness, I should be able to move up substantially. I considered not writing a report for this race, but then I found some great photos from photographer Veronika Lenzi, which inspired me to post. Ronnie’s got a ton of great photos on her site, including a great crash series where a rider rolls a tubular ‘cross tire and endo’s over the bars! Check out her photos of the race here:
And check out a great video of the event from May Woo that really captures the spirit of the series. Serious fun:
Pilarcitos Cyclocross 2008 – Race #5 – Coyote Point from May Woo on Vimeo.
Two teammates participated in the series, so here’s the end of season tally for CWC in the Bay Area Prestige Cyclocross Series. These are the results for the 5 race series. Note that on 3 occasions, Glenn participated in both the Single Speed and the 35+ A race. Nice work, Glenn!
Paul McKenzie 45+B, 2/5 races, 36th