The Connecticut Series of Cyclocross resumed this weekend with two races. Saturday’s race was in Cheshire and today’s race was in Middlebury at Hop Brook Lake. I did the mountain bike race at Hop Brook earlier this year and it is a great park.
I was away all week, but both races are near my in-law’s home, so it was convenient for us to go and stay with Debbie’s parents. The family joined me in Cheshire, but I went alone to Middlebury, which is only 15 minutes from the Schieffer’s.
I didn’t have the best legs this weekend, but I had a lot of fun. Both days, I was joined in the 35+ race by Horst Engineering teammate Arthur Roti; and our teammates, Wade Summers and Mike Wonderly did the 45+ race.
Yesterday, Mike had a fantastic day on a course that suits mountain bikers with skills. That was perfect for Mike’s strengths, and he took a fine victory with a little teamwork from Wade. Both of them controlled the race at Hop Brook too, and they were in the front group, but they didn’t get the victory.
In our races, Art rode strongly again. He narrowly missed the podium in Cheshire, but still scored free beer! I was a few spots behind him. On the faster of the two race courses today, we both missed the large front group and ended up in no-man’s-land. Again, Art was a few spots ahead of me.
Yesterday’s weather was spectacular with war temperatures and nice sunshine. Today, it was still mild, but it was damp with showers. The course was bone dry yesterday and a little damp today, but still no sign of mud in this New England cyclocross season. Thank you to the organizers for putting on a couple of good events. I miss the days when our team promoted the Frank-N-Horst Cyclocross, Fox Hill Cyclocross, and Connecticut Riverfront Cyclocross. We will do a cross race again some day.