Today, I raced the 10th annual Cheshire Cross in Cheshire, Connecticut. It was race number five in the CT Series of Cyclocross. I’ve done it several times over the years.
The course is one of my favorites because it is technical and it has a long steep hill. That hill, known as Heckler Hill, has quite the reputation. Most people can ride it, but it isn’t easy. The “Hill People” congregate on it and they are nuts.
My race was early, 9:00 A.M., but by noon, the hill people were out in force. They were loud and hilarious. Many were dressed in costumes and they were proud of breaking UCI rules. This wasn’t a UCI race. It’s one of the fun local events that make New England cyclocross so interesting.
I had a decent race, but once again, failed to pick up a spot in the final sprint. I had a last lap battle with Bryan Atwood. I led him until the bottom of the hill, but he muscled his way past me as we crested. I figured I would have a chance to come around him in the soccer fields, but as I made my move to pass him on the finishing stretch, a lapped rider blocked the way and I had to hit the brakes.
Oh well, I still had a fun day. It was cool and blustery, but the intermittent sunshine was pleasant. Debbie and the kids came to watch and the kids race got good participation. It was a longer loop than usual, which was nice. Next year, our son will be ready to try some junior races.
The Horst Engineering Cycling Team had some good results. Pat Cunningham won the 50+ race and Paul Nyberg wasn’t far behind him in 4th. I was joined in the 40+ race by Wade Summers, Art Roti, and Mike Wonderly.
I hung around after my race to watch the Elite Men and Elite Women. The men’s race was won by Matt Timmerman after a tight battle with a young rider. It was fun to watch. The women’s race had a dominating performance by Jena Greaser, who took the win.
The Connecticut series continues tomorrow at the Newtown Cross.