2012 Silk City Cyclocross

Today, autumn and cross season kicked off in fine style at the Silk City Cyclocross in Manchester, Connecticut. You can’t beat a local race in a neighboring town and its even better when you ride to and from the venue. The 75 degree Fahrenheit temperature and deep blue sky was awesome.

The EXPO Wheelmen did a fantastic job with this race. They really went over the top with this one. Experiencing the great vibe brought back memories from all of those years when our team put on the Frank-N-Horst Cyclocross in Keene, New Hampshire and the Connecticut Riverfront Cyclocross in Hartford. The host club first put this race on in 2011, but their first date was a snow out  because of the freak October snowstorm that dumped 18 inches on Manchester and made driving treacherous. They regrouped and had a race later in the season, but it was a low-key affair.

This year, the race grew up big time. There were multiple categories including a kid’s race that was packed. The awards were very cool and generous. There were lots of refreshments and there was a lot going on at the start/finish. The Horst Engineering Cycling Team had a strong presence. Andris Skulte kicked things off for us in the morning race. Then, our 45+ riders were all over the results with Matt Domnarksi, Paul Nyberg, and Pat Cunningham all in the top 10. Matt took 2nd spot on the podium with a nice ride on the technical course at Manchester Community College.

We spent the day with the Roti Family and all the kid’s spent time on their bikes. The two boys did the race and had a blast. I did the 35+ race along with teammates Art Roti and Wade Summers. We were all in the top 10, with Wade leading the way in 3rd. I had a better race than expected.

The 48 minute anaerobic effort is a bit different from what I’ve been doing with all of the triathlon and the longer events, but it was good to get cross season started. The cramping was disappointing. It’s the second time in three weeks that my legs have cramped at a race. My calves are still smarting from the beating they took at the Survival of the Shawangunks.

I’ve got a break from cross next week when we head north for the Vermont 50 Mile Ride & Run, but I’ll be back at it in October. My legs were pretty good until the last lap. Going up the first steep climb, which was rideable, my quads cramped badly. I had to back off or risk a total seize-up. I had been as high as 4th, but had already faded back to 7th, so I just nursed my legs to the finish. I was also able to ride the third climb, but the I chose to ride the 2nd steep hill and test out my Horst Spikes.

I hadn’t been on my Seven Tsunami since the Detour de Connecticut back in April, but this week, I got glued new rubber on to my wheels, re-taped my handlebars, and spruced it up for the season. It was good to get a race under my belt, stay upright, and I’m looking forward to the rest of the season and some more autumn-like weather. The course was actually dusty and sandy in spots. We could use some rain. Today, it still felt like summer.

We hung out and watched several other categories race, including a competitive women’s field. Again, kudos to the EXPO Wheelmen for promoting this race and designing an excellent course. On the ride home, I rode up to Fish Family Farm to meet up with the kids and Debbie who stopped for a little post-race treat. It was a nice day.

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