2019 Quad Cross

My 2019 cyclocross season kicked off today at the Quad Cross. This was the second time I’ve done the event hosted by the folks from QuadCycles at the Maynard (MA) Rod & Gun Club. This isn’t a new race. It’s been held 13 times, and nine at this venue. It was new to me in 2018 because it is part of the Zanconato Singlespeed Cyclocross Series.

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On my way to the race, I stopped at the Coventry Farmers’ Market. The theme today was Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten-Free โ€“ Part Deux.ย I had a good time walking the market and I grabbed a nice lunch for the road. I was well-fueled headed to the race.

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The Zank SSCX Series is my prime objective for this fall’s cross season. I had a set back to my run-up to the season with my hard crash four weeks ago. I figure I was only at 80% leading into the race today. I hemmed an hawed all week about competing. On Thursday I deleted the race from my Outlook calendar and then on Friday I changed my mind, but registration had already closed.

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I decided to go and was fortunate that they let me register on the day of the race because I drove 90 minutes to get there. Last year, I went to the race with the kids, but both of them were away. Yesterday I dropped Dahlia at my in-law’s house so that she could spend some time time with them. Debbie and Shepard have been gone since Friday afternoon. They went to Kingdom Trails in Vermont for two days of mountain biking fun. We were at KT back in June, but at that time, Shepard had a broken wrist. Debbie promised him that we would return. I haven’t mountain biked since my crash so it made more sense for Debbie to take him. They had a blast.

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Today, I was definitely not in top form but I knew that going into the race. I needed the speed workout and racing into shape is what I plan to do. I’ll need a few more weeks of racing with some intervals mixed in and I’ll be ready for the second half of the season. It was great to see several of my friends.

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I picked up where last season ended (at the Ice Weasels Cometh) where I battled with Eric Wyzga. At the last series race in 2018, I got the best of him. At this first race of 2019, he caught me on the last lap and we battled into the final corner. He was in front of me and chose to dismount (and run it) before the last uphill chicane. I should have gotten in front of him before the barriers, but I failed to make the pass and was blocked. When I tired to ride by him on the final hill, I bumped into his leg and lost all my momentum. I’m already looking forward to battling with him again. I’ll be feeling better soon. I’m excited that cross is here.

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