2012 West Hill Shop Cyclocross

Today was the 10th time that I have done the West Hill Shop Cyclocross. I first did this 22-year-old race in 1995. It was my fourth cross race ever. Fitting that it today was my 100th cross race of all time. I haven’t raced much in recent years, but I’m happy to be back at it this year, even if it is only for fun. I love this event and this venue. Putney, Vermont is a fantastic community. This race used to attract all of the big names in New England cyclocross, but it has been relegated to “local race” status as series and UCI races have cropped up elsewhere in the region on the same weekend. That is precisely why I love it! Any day that you can ride from a race to the Putney Co-Op to pick up lunch and provisions is a good day.

Team Horst Engineering had a nice showing today, and we were all in the same race for the first time this year. I was joined by Matt Domnarski, Pat Cunningham, Wade Summers, and Arthur Roti. We were led by Matt and Wade, who had excellent results in their respective age groups. Matt was 4th in 45+ and Wade was 3rd in 35+.

The weather was glorious. It was too warm. We brought the kids bikes along and made a day of it. My race was OK. I hadn’t raced in three weeks and felt it when I needed to accelerate. I had no punch. This is one of my favorite courses on the circuit, mainly because of the character.

I towed a large group around for four laps before trailing all of my fellow riders up the final run-up to the finish. Still, it was a fun day because I got to see a lot of old friends!

Race Results (will be posted when available)

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