Posted by: ahypio | November 16, 2008

I’m not very good at cross…..

But who cares, it’s so damn fun! Arrived at Wheeler nice and early which worked out well because after riding for 5 minutes I realized I didn’t bring enough clothes. Ran home to grab tights and warmer gloves, got in a warm up lap and lined up with 65 other souls in my category. No, this wasn’t a race in the northwest, Utah CX is just that big now. Started out around 20th or so, passed a few people, got passed by a few people, pulled about 8 people down the road sections each of the first two laps and finished mid-pack. Compared to others I seem to be faster on the straights and road sections and much slower in the twisty stuff. Strange since I’m a MTB guy but I waste a lot of time dodging trees with my large frame in the narrow singletrack. I bet I would be faster on my MTB, even with the paved and road sections but the point is to get faster and gain skills not to try to beat 10 more people in a C race. The Wheeler course set up was sweet, many props to Matt and Joe for building such awesome courses week after week.

I kept my front wheel tubeless but went with a Stans’d tube in the rear at about 60lbs. Just got sick of the rear tire burping. My back was hurting by the last lap but both tires held air and rear traction didn’t seem to suffer too much.

Rhonda started out slow (she hasn’t been on the bike much lately either) but built up to normal speed by the last couple laps. Sucked a few wheels (she’s learning), held off Melissa and passed TC at the very end for 14th out of 30 starters (the women’s fields are getting huge as well).

Tomorrow we’re hitting Cutthroat cross which will be our final race of the season. Time to start thinking about next season….. Desert Rampage is less than four months away!

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