2017 Belltown Cyclocross

Today was the inaugural Belltown CX in East Hampton. It was race number four in the Connecticut Series of Cross. Heading into the race, I wasn’t feeling to hot. I’m a little nicked up after several weeks of heavy racing. Plus, last night, I drove back from Crawford Notch, NH. Four hours in the car contributed to my legs feeling stiff.

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Yesterday, Debbie took Shepard to the third race in the series, the Brodie CX in New Hartford. I had to miss the race, which was disappointing, but fine. Last weekend was a double race, so this weekend, I was happy to only do one. We had another day of unseasonably warm weather. The course was dry and the sun was hot.

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Belltown turned out OK. My legs were definitely heavy. I’ve got a nagging right quadricep  issue that results in late race cramping. I had to measure my effort to keep the quad from  hurting too much. I ended up in a group with Stan Lezon and Joe Rodrigues. The three of us battle frequently.

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My teammate, Wade Summers, was with us for a good part of the race. The first four spots were out of reach, but we fought each other for 5th. Late in the race, Ernie Tautkus squeezed into our group. I don’t know the full story, but it would appear that he missed the start and chased all race, working his way up to our group.

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I held off the trio for 5th in the Masters 40+ race. Stan got pipped on the line by Ernie, and Joe and Wade dropped back a bit. It was a fun final last fracas. The course had lots of wide open riding, but many of the corners were on gravel, making it treacherous. There were a lot of crashes and a lot of skinned knees. After smashing my left knee last weekend at the Gran Prix of Gloucester, I was happy to stay on my bike for the entire race today. Unlike last Sunday when I botched the sprint in my little group, today, I executed it well, leading them the whole way.

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There was another great turnout for the Junior races. There were 37 boys and girls in the 9-12 year old race. There were another 18 riders in the 13-15 year old age group. They even had a kids race for 8 and under. Dahlia did the modified two lap course and had a blast. She can’t wait to do the real races when she turns 9.

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Team Horst Sports and the Team Horst Junior Squad had a great turnout and some good results. Mike Wonderly won the Masters 50+ race for the second day in a row. Dave Geissert had his best cross race ever, finishing second behind Mike after Bob Bisson in a sprint. He was thrilled.

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It was another good day of cyclocross racing. The crew from Airline Cycles did a great job with the race. The prizes were fun and cool. Bevin Brothers Bells is in East Hampton and they make the best Made in the USA cowbells. The Connecticut Series of Cross continues in two weeks at the Cheshire CX.

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