2018 Quad CX

Yesterday, the kids and I went to Quad CX in Maynard, Massachusetts. We had a blast, but it was a long day. The Masters 40+ race was combined with the Masters 50+ and started at 10:30 A.M. It was nearly a full field of 100 (combined).

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I had a decent race, finishing 13th in the 40+ field. I’m gaining strength race by race and hope to be in top form by mid-October. I need a half a dozen more good events to build my speed.

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The kids raced after me and it was so much fun to watch. It was an under 15 race, which meant there were some older kids mixed in with the 9-12 year olds. Dahlia is 8 and Shepard is 12, but their racing ages are 9 and 13 respectively. Cross is weird, in that your racing age is based on your age on 12/31 of the year that the World Championships are held. So, for the 2018-2019 season, World’s will be in February. Even though the we will stop racing (here in New England) in December, your racing age is based on 2019. Whatever.

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So, this was Dahlia’s first official Junior race and she was stoked to finish two laps of the shortened (for the Juniors) course. Shepard continues to improve and notched a top 10 results. They were joined by Team Horst Junior Squad members Boden Chenail and Lars Roti.

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Team Horst Sports had a good Masters turnout too. Joining me in the 40+ race was Arthur Roti and Brett Chenail. Keith Enderle represented in the 60+ race, and Tom Ricardi rode in the Category 4 Masters Race.

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We all enjoyed the course. It was dry and dusty, with some gnarly sections in the woods. I described it as “old school” cross. It was hard to pass, and when you got an opportunity, you had to go full gas to get ahead.

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The kids and I stuck around so that I could also do the Singlespeed race, but it didn’t start until 4:30 P.M. I wanted to do it because it is in the Zanconato SSCX Series and didn’t think that Debbie would be home from Ultra-Trail Harricana until late. Ironically, she beat us home.

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I rode pretty well in the SS race, also finishing 13th. Like I said, I’ve got some ground to make up after my slow start to 2018 and multiple setbacks with my left leg. I’m feeling pretty good and not favoring it at all. Over the last three weeks as cross season has ramped up, I’ve gone all out. I’m going to keep at it. I’m very motivated to reach peak form.

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Race Results

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