2016 The Night Weasels Cometh

Last Wednesday, I returned to The Night Weasels Cometh in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts. Weasels is a fantastic night-time cyclocross race that I’ve done several times. I did the 40+ race that started with the Elite riders at 8:30 P.M. under the lights at Ski Ward.

The course is hilly and technical. Unfortunately, on a warmup lap, I took a gravelly downhill corner way too fast and wiped out hard. I keep banging my Vermont 50 Mile injuries (left arm and left hip) so they aren’t getting better. Even worse was that Todd Bowden was following close and couldn’t get around me. He crashed hard on top of both me and my bike.

The bike suffered. I broke a spoke on my rear Zipp 303, which rendered the bike useless for the race. I had to go to my pit bike, my Seven Tsunami, which was my main bike for 10 years, but hasn’t been my main bike for the last five. It has cantilever brakes which isn’t a big deal, but the geometry is quite different from my Seven Mudhoney Pro. I much prefer the Mudhoney, but it spent the race on my car rack.

I never felt comfortable on the Tsunami, but gutted it out. I had a clean race, but I was really tentative, which slowed me down. Another rider crashed hard on the second lap and I heard he broke his leg. For 45 minutes, he was down on the course with emergency personnel tending to him. It’s always scary to come around and be told to slow for the rider down on the course. I hope he is OK. It looked like he was in agony.

My teammates, Matt Domnarski, Arthur Roti, and Whit Massey were in the race with me. I got lapped by the winner just before the finish line on his last lap, but still did another lap. The results got messed up. I should have been 41st, but when they published them, they had me 2nd to last because of that extra lap I did. Whatever! I was happy to just race another Weasels. It was a long day of work followed by another fund race, and then the late night drive home. I’ll be back in 2017.

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