2007 Gran Prix of Gloucester Cyclo-Cross

Cross season is here. One of my favorite sports is cyclo-cross. In New England, cross is a popular type of cycling done from September until December every year. I kicked off my 2007 cross campaign and joined my mates on the Horst-Benidorm-Property Research Corp. Cycling Team at the Grand Prix of Gloucester today. The course was at Stage Fort Park, a beautiful spot on Gloucester’s Western Harbor.

The course at Stage Fort Park.

The race was a rude awakening. Two weeks ago, I rode/ran the Vermont 50 in just under eight hours. The fitness required to hammer a 45 minute cross race with 124 other guys is totally different from running ultra marathon trail races at your own pace. I usually come on late in cross season as others fade, so I’ll write today’s miserable performance off as “early season training.” Despite the lousy ride, I had a blast. Deb and Shep joined me on the trip and we got to connect with some friends that we don’t see so often anymore. The weather was spectacular for October on Cape Ann in northeastern Massachusetts. We had bright sun, a light breeze, and seasonable temperatures.

Scott rides the ball field hill overlooking Western Harbor.

The fishing village of Gloucester is famous for its maritime history and in recent years gained popularity because it was the setting for Sebastian Junger’s fine book, The Perfect Storm. The book was made into a movie starring George Clooney, who I love, and Mark Wahlberg, who is pretty good too, but I prefer the written version.

Wade Summers, Southington Cross RD, tackles the run up.

The travel was a bit challenging for such a short race, but we enjoyed a fine Sunday together and I got some laps in on the cross bike. Next up is the Southington Cyclo-Cross, our team’s race, in Southington, Connecticut, next Sunday. With the Red Sox in the American League Championship Series, the Patriots pounding the Cowboys in Dallas today, and cross in Gloucester, it was a really nice fall weekend.

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