2013 Silk City Cyclocross

My cyclocross season kicked off today at the Silk City Cyclocross, the first race in the Connecticut Series of Cyclocross. It isn’t easy to transition from 5-10 hour races to 45 minute races, but I’m going to try. It will take me a few more races to figure things out and develop the fitness required for such intense efforts. I have to work on my bike handling skills too, but I’ve been doing cross for 18 years. It will come back.

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It was great to see so many friends at the race. Of all the cross races in New England, this is the closest cross race to my house, so I rode the eight miles to and from Manchester Community College, which is a fun venue. It was warm and dry, so the technical course was fast and dusty. Team Horst Engineering was well represented in both the Men’s 45+ and Men’s 35+ races. Matt Domnarski and Wade Summers had stellar results, taking first and second in the 45+.

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A second year tradition, the noon-time kids race was a blast for the little ones and both of our children did the 10 minute race on a short course.

Race Results (will be posted when available)

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