What a difference 24 hours makes. After Saturday’s unseasonably dry and warm weather at the Supercross Cup, Sunday’s weather was extraordinarily bad. Overnight, it snowed several inches in Rockland County, New York.
The Rockland Community College course turned into a quagmire. The early morning races got the worst of it. It was our luck that all of the Team Horst Sports riders were in the second and third races of the day. It was freezing cold and extremely wet.
After a warmup lap on the snowy, icy, and muddy course, our Cub Junior team was reduced from three to one. Wisely, our two youngest riders opted to sit this one out. They will have more than enough future opportunities to ride in the mud. The strongest of our bunch, Sean, raced. He was super-tough to gut out a finish in the awful conditions, but the distress on his face at the finish signaled the discomfort of having cold and wet feet and hands.
The Masters 45+ and 55+ race followed at 9:45 A.M. and it was still freezing cold. The course was super slippery. I had a terrible race compared to yesterday’s excellent race. The conditions were horrendous and I suffered miserably during the five lap event. I made a few preparation mistakes in addition to all of the in-race errors. I could have used an extra layer under my long sleeve skin suit. I had a Capilene base layer, but it was too thin. I could have used thicker gloves. My fingers were frozen and they didn’t warm up until the fourth lap. In the meantime, I was having trouble braking and shifting. I could have also used an extra pair of socks (two layers). I’ll be better prepared next time.
By the third lap, my disc brake pads were shot. I’ll have some maintenance to do before the next race. It took me 64 minutes to go less than nine miles. One good thing (that prolonged the suffering) was that I didn’t get lapped. I hung in their and finished.
It was a great day to showcase Horst Spikes. After all of the dusty and warm races, this one had true cyclocross weather. I used Titanium Long Cross Spikes TM and they were fantastic. Some of our team riders used the Ice & Snow in either Titanium or Stainless Steel. Our Cub Juniors used either Medium or Mini Standard.
Cross Spikes TM were critical for gaining grip on the numerous steep climbs and on the off camber sections that required running. I saw some amazing skills out there yesterday. Some riders are so talented at handling their bikes. I was happy to survive this one.
Race Results (will be posted when available)