Today’s CompEdge Cyclocross was a ton of fun. It was the first time in more than 125 cyclocross races that I’ve ever raced in August. Heck, cross used to be an “offseason” sport. Now, it is the main event. With so little going on in the New England road cycling season, and the triathlon season winding down, I opted to race at Blunt Park in Springfield. It was a dust fest.
After 17 cross races in 2013, I did zero in 2014 after breaking my shoulder in a hard road crash on Labor Day Weekend last year. I’m 95% recovered from that injury and am ready for a full season of cross culminating with the USA National Cyclocross Championships in Asheville, NC in January 2016. My goal is to do 15 races in the next 14 weeks. I’m feeling good and looking forward to the action.
10 days ago, Horst Engineering launched our revamped lineup of Horst Spikes, so it’s hard not to be pumped. Today, I used my brand new Sidi mountain shoes with Medium Horst Spikes. The course was a screamer with a ton of turns. My racing age is 44, so that means I’m one of the oldest guys in the Masters 35+ field. I would prefer a 40+ race, but today they only had 45+ and 35+. We started with the Elite/1/2/3 men, so the race was a hammerfest. I covered 9.2 miles in 47:16. There were a lot of turns and it was hard to pass. Blunt is one of those urban parks that isn’t pristine. It’s well used, but it was a nice venue and only 40 minutes from home.
I’ve got work to do to improve my crossresults.com ranking after not racing in 2014. I’m ready for the fun. Today, I had a good ride and was focused on form and getting back in the groove. I was pleased to finish 4th in my age group (I think 19th including the young guns), which scored me $30. That’s $5 short of the entry fee. If I had pre-registered, I would have made a profit. Of course, no one profits from racing amateur cyclocross. Of course, I can claim that I get “paid to ride.” Just don’t tell the IRS! They collect enough tax from our family business.
Thank you to the Cyclonauts for putting on the event. Team Horst Sports had a nice day. Matt Domnarski took the win in the 45+ race. Ted D’Onofrio joined him for the event. I was joined in the 35’s by my colleague and friend, Arthur Roti. He and I both also ride for Team Seven Cycles. Our Mudhoney’s are dusty, but they worked great! The fact that cyclocross season is underway made up for my awful attempt to make pancakes for breakfast. Every one I cooked stuck to the pan. It was more like scrambled pancakes. I boiled over the maple syrup when warming it on the burner. It was a disaster. Debbie came to the rescue in time for me to head to the race.
I’m still searching for one more sprint triathlon to wrap up the season, but the options are few and far between now that my schedule is loaded up with travel and of course, cyclocross.