2018 Minuteman Road Club Cyclocross

Today we made a first time trip to the Minuteman Road Club Cyclocross in Lancaster, Massachusetts, but we are no strangers to the Bolton Fairgrounds. In prior  years, I’ve raced the Midnight Ride of CX on a similar course. Also, last month, we did the Kalon Cross across the street from the fairgrounds.

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The Minuteman Road Club did a fantastic job with MRC CX, as they have done with their other events. They maximized the potential of this course by using every inch of it. It was the most technical course of the year so far with lots of twists and turns. It was generally flat with only a few small rises on the front side of the course.

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The weather was quite un-cross like today. It was muggy and warm. The fairgrounds were soggy after weeks of rain and the mosquitoes were out in force. You could see some color in the trees, but it felt more like August than October.

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The air stayed dry until about 4:00 P.M. As luck would have it, my  race, the Singlespeed Race, started at 3:45 P.M. The additional wetness made the already tricky course even slicker. It was a long day today because the kids raced at 10:30 A.M. The drive was less than 90 minutes and it is a generally pleasant one through Worcester and then northeast.

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My legs were heavy after yesterday’s double-race at Mansfield Hollow. I didn’t mind waiting until the end of the day to race, but hanging around wasn’t optimal. The kids did great in their events. Both finished second in their age group, which was a boost to morale considering they also had to wait all afternoon for my event.

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Shepard and Dahlia were joined in the Cub Juniors race by Boden Chenail and Lars Roti. Both boys also had good rides. The full weekend of racing is just a precursor of the next eight weeks as cyclocross season ramps up.

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After the kids raced, the Masters put on a show. There were 105 riders in the combined 40+ (38 riders) and 50+ (67 riders) field. Art Roti and Brett Chenail were in the race and they both did very well. Team Horst Sports and the Team Horst Junior Squad are starting to fire on all cylinders.

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Debbie was a real sport today. It was a long day for her too. She brought her running kit and got in a short run in the area around the fairgrounds. She and the kids were great cheerleaders during my race. I could hear them from many points on the course.

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I felt strong, but made two technical errors that resulted in hard crashes. On the second lap, I was sitting in 9th place and coming out of the back section of the course on the riding dirt track, I followed another rider on a bad line through some sand. When he swerved to the right, it was clear that we were too close to the course stakes and tape. I hooked my bars on a stake and it snapped, as I crashed through the course tape with the force bringing me down on my right side in a heap. I was up quickly, but at least five riders got by me. I’ll be a little stiff in the shoulder and neck.

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Then, a few laps later, as I was making up ground, I followed Keith Burgoyne into a hard left hand corner. He slid out and I had nowhere to go. I tapped the brakes and slid out hard on my left side, cutting my left leg (what’s new? ) and banging my left shoulder. Again, I was up quickly and thankfully my Seven Cycles Mudhoney SL was in working order. Keith had some mechanical problems, and it cost him. I gave up a few spots, and gave chase, but a gap to the top-10 had opened up and I never closed it.

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I pushed really hard for the remainder of the race and picked up one spot late on the last lap, but could only manage 11th overall. It was my second Zanconato Single Speed Cyclo-Cross Trophy Series race of the weekend. Next weekend is the Gran Prix of Gloucester and I’ll be giving the singlespeed bike rest as I race Masters. The Zank Series picks up again at Belltown CX in two weeks.

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We were famished after gotten through the entire day with one bag of snacks. We stopped at Rein’s Deli on the way home and everyone was happier for it.

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