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2017 NBX Gran Prix of Cyclocross

This weekend’s NBX Gran Prix of Cyclocross was another fantastic adventure with family and friends. This was the final two races of the Northeast Cyclocross Series, and signals that the New England season is winding down.

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All that remains are the CT Series of CX finals at Elm City CX on 19 December in New Haven, and a smattering of other local races in Massachusetts over the new few weeks. A lot of riders will hang up their wheels after NBX.

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I didn’t leave anything in the tank after my efforts in the Masters 40+/Juniors 16-18 (combo) races yesterday and today. I was empty yesterday, but somehow rallied to push through another tough race today. I didn’t have good legs either day, but persevered. Today, I was literally cross-eyed as I pushed to limit my losses after a costly series of early race mistakes.

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One of the great challenges of cyclocross is executing a “clean race.” Even if you have the best legs, you can give up a lot of time with a bad start, poor bike handling, and mechanical issues. Fortunately, other than a bent brake lever or two, my mechanicals were minor. The very rooty and unforgiving Goddard Memorial State Park course is very hard on bicycles. There were lots of punctures, broken wheels, and broken bicycle frame. It was carnage for some folks. My legs weren’t good, so that meant that my self-inflicted mistakes had even greater consequences.

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My pain came from not having my A-game bike handling skills on a tough course that had a lot of mountain bike features. There were lots of loose sandy corners, lots of ups and downs, twists and turns, and lots of roots.

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This Warwick, Rhode Island seaside park and race course is one of my favorites, but it doesn’t suit my strengths, but it does have features that make me a better bike racer. This race will always be special since it was one of my first ever cross races back in 1995. I’ve done it many times over the years, but not since 2013. It always falls on the first weekend of December, which coincides with a holiday party that Debbie and I have attended every year since 2003. This year, the party was in Woodstock, Connecticut, so I was able to squeeze that in between Day 1 and Day 2.

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We had a great turnout from Team Horst Sports and the Team Horst Junior Squad. Shepard did the Juniors 9-14 year old races and had a good time with his teammates. We have watched our Junior Squad improve in so many ways since those early season races back in September. Thankfully, the weather was dry. It was cold, but tolerable. In addition to the junior race, we had good representation in the Masters 50+ race, and of course, in the Masters 40+.

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Yesterday turned out to be the better of my two races. I think the long beach run favored me, as did the extra few uphills. Today, there was less running and my legs were just blown, probably from racing yesterday, and dancing last night. There were some dance instructors at the party, and I actually learned both the Salsa and the Merengue, so all is not lost.

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Today, I had a rough start, recovered almost all the places I lost, and then promptly gave them back when I went down on a steep uphill and got my bike hopelessly tangled with another rider’s. We had to calm down and get them unhooked before jumping on and chasing the 15 or so guys that got by us. The trouble with losing time early in a race like this, is you can ride your butt off for the remainder of the race, turning laps even with the same guys that passed you, but still never make up the time. When you are flat-out, going 100%, you just can’t accelerate from there. One bright spot was the last lap of today’s race. I buried myself to make up ground. I caught up to teammate Arthur Roti, and felt bad passing him, but I was just giving it my all. If I rode that pace for the whole race, things would have been better, but I proved to myself that I could suffer.

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In the end, I was very happy with the race weekend. Having such a great team is a fantastic boost. The kids are loving the racing. This race has a great vibe. It’s even worth noting that Goddard Park is beautiful. The park has lovely stonework, including the infamous stone steps that we have to run up.

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I’m going to enjoy the recovery over the next few weeks. I’m going to skip racing next weekend and aim for a good day at Elm City. I’m working plans to be at the USA Cycling National Cyclocross Championships in Reno, Nevada next month. Punishing my legs this weekend will pay dividends provided that I get the proper “rest” and stay fit over the next month.

Race Results, Day 1

Race Results, Day 2

Appalachian Mountain Club & Crawford Notch

At the end of this week, I made a short trip to Crawford Notch in the White Mountains of New Hampshire for an Appalachian Mountain Club Board of Directors meeting. We met at the Highland Center, one of AMC’s wonderful lodges, and a favorite place for our family.

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Crawford Notch is amazing at any time of year, but late October has to be one of the best. The foliage was just past peak, but the colors were still lovely. I drove up on Friday morning. I had several business calls to make during the drive and was frustrated by the AT&T service. It has been getting worse, especially for iPhone users. I made my last call just as I arrived at the Highland Center. As soon as I got there, I pulled my bike out of the back of my car, changed in the parking lot, and then rode south on Route 302 through the notch.

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I went 10.5 miles to Bartlett, and then turned around. It was all downhill on the way out, and I had a strong tailwind. It was gusting to 25 miles per hour. On the way back, the combination of the climb and the headwind made for an awful ride. However, the views were spectacular and I was just happy to be getting some fresh air after four hours in the car.

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I got to the meeting for 12:30 P.M., and we had a great afternoon of discussions. AMC is a wonderful organization with so many interesting facets. We are working on some big projects, including our headquarters move from 5 Joy Street (Boston) to 10 City Square (Charlestown). Last month, Debbie and I were at another AMC meeting at the Stephen & Betsy Corman AMC Harriman Outdoor Center in New York. Back in July, we were at the brand new Medawisla Lodge & Cabins in Maine.

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On Saturday morning, I got up early and went for a little trail run/hike. I donned my headlamp and headed up the Crawford Path, starting at 6:00 A.M. I didn’t know how far I would go, but figured I would just test the legs. I didn’t feel strong at all. I actually felt weak. I’ve had a few weeks of intense cyclocross racing. Last weekend’s Gran Prix of Gloucester was hard on the body. I smashed my knee on some rocks and I smacked my face with my own handlebars. I’ve been dinged up a little, so I turned around after 1.5 miles and jogged along Saco Lake before returning to the lodge for breakfast.

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The meetings kicked off and went until early afternoon, but then we spilt up in a few hiking groups. I joined a group of seven for the easy hike up Mount Willard. That hill has the best bang for the buck in the White Mountains. What I mean by that is that it has the best steps to view ration of any mountain. The view is spectacular and it’s only a short walk. That’s what I call a good hiking Return on Investment (ROI). The trail was absolutely jammed with people, enjoying the incredible fall weather. It has been unseasonable warm since mid-September. I think this will be the warmest October on record in New England.

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We lingered on the summit for a half an hour and the people just kept coming. It was nice to see so many people out, but when it got to the point where we had to raise our voices in order to hear each other, it was time to go. The only other times that I’ve had to raise my voice like that on a summit was to speak with  my climbing partner above the roar of the wind.

We had a leisurely walk back to the lodge. I departed shortly thereafter, and was home by 8:30 P.M. I stopped at the Putney Co-Op, my usual spot, for a quick dinner. My only regret is that Debbie and the kids couldn’t see the lovely leaves of Vermont and New Hampshire.

 

2017 Gran Prix of Gloucester

We had a spectacular weekend at the 2017 Gran Prix of Gloucester cyclocross race in Massachusetts. “We” is Shepard and me, plus the rest of Team Horst Sports and the Team Horst Junior Squad.

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The last time I raced Gloucester was in 2007. Pretty much every year for the last 10 years, this New England classic has conflicted with the Vermont 50 Mile Ride & Run. With cyclocross schedule changes, the event was moved to mid-October from its historical late-September date. I was happy to return for many reasons.

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I love the North Shore and Cape Ann. Sterling Machine is in Lynn, so I’m on the North Shore several times a month. The seaside Stage Fort Park course is picturesque and fantastic. The expo brought out some great sponsors and cycling industry stalwarts. The robust race fields (848 riders competed on Saturday and 787 competed on Sunday) prove this event’s popularity. In addition to the fields being deep, they are incredibly strong with the best showing up to do battle. The Elite Men’s and Women’s races featured some of the strongest riders in Northeast, with a few national pros and Canadians mixed in. Also, there are more spectators than any other cross race in the region. The beer garden was packed. This is what I like to call: The “New England World Championships.” I’m not talking Belgian-sized crowds, but if you ever want to spectate at a “local” cross race, pencil this one into your calendar.

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Our Masters team was well represented with Art Roti, Wade Summers, John Meyerle and me in the joint Masters 40+ Category 1/2/3 & Junior 17-18 year old field. Brett Chenail did the Masters 40+ Category 4/5 races. Dave Geissert and Keith Enderle did the Masters 50+ Category 1/2/3 races. All of us raced both Saturday and Sunday.

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The Junior Squad also had a good turnout. Shepard raced in the Juniors 9-14 old category and was joined by Sean Rourke, Boden Chenail, Lars Roti, and Nate Summers on Saturday. Those boys plus Ethan Lezon and Owen Lezon raced on Sunday.

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Day 1 (Saturday)

Yesterday’s course was a leg burner, with several long and exposed sections. The morning races were rainy and the corners were slick. Shepard and the boys did well. They were all smiles. He was very happy with how his race went. The course remained damp during my race, which started at 11:30 A.M. with light rain falling. My only mishap was on the first lap when running the one rocky run-up, I slipped and planted my left knee and elbow on a sharp stone. The knee took the brunt of the fall and might have earned me “best blood” if they had such a category.

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I started well back in the sixth row (eight riders to a row) on the grid, but moved my way up and finished  39th in a stacked field. The first seven spots were taken by the Junior boys, which is amazing. They are getting faster and faster, and the top 40-49 year old racers didn’t have a chance against them. Matt Timmerman, the national champion in our age group, was the top 40+ year old male, all the way back in 8th spot. I felt good about my race, but was knackered by the finish.

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After the race, Art and I did a long cool down, riding northeast, along the coast. We had spectacular views despite a few rain showers. The boys played all over Stage Fort Park and we watched the rest of the afternoon races. The view from atop the large rock, an iconic spot in the park, is awesome. You can see more than half the course from that one spot. The Elite racing was intense and enjoyable.

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Day 2 (Sunday)

We spent the night at one of my usual business oriented hotels on. Route 1 in Danvers, so it was only a 25 minute drive to the venue. The day dawned foggy and damp. The Gloucester weather was changeable, with intermittent sun and clouds and a stiff ocean breeze. It misted a bit in the early morning races, but then the course dried out and it became less humid as the day went on. By the time I raced, the course was bone dry and very dusty. Dust and above average temperatures have been the story of this cyclocross season. I’m waiting for some cold, which is what I prefer. I’m sure its a matter of if, not when.

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The Junior boys raced again at 9:31 A.M. and the Masters 40+ men were at 11:30 A.M. like yesterday. The course was altered slightly with several new sections and several sections removed. The run-up was different, but just as challenging. There were fewer long power sections, and there were several added technical sections. This made for a shorter lap. Some folks termed it “mountain bikey.” I did think that the loose sand and lots of transitions were pretty gnarly. It was a lot of fun, but I guess I preferred yesterday’s course better because it favored me more.

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I gave it my all today. The 17 and 18 year-olds dominated again, but the top masters rider was Alec Donahue, who bested Timmerman. By the third of six laps, I found myself in a group of six riders that included former national champion, Mark McCormack. At times the pace of the group slowed, so I decided to do my part to keep our gap to the group behind us, so I pulled for most of the last two laps. I felt good out front, but despite applying the pressure several times, wasn’t able to get away and create my own gap. Cognizant that I was going to get jumped on the last lap, I eased back into third spot in the final 1/3rd of the last lap.

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I was confident that I could beat all of them in a sprint, but I was unsure who was holding back. in the final few corners, I tried to make a move on the right side, but one of the riders pinched me in the final right hand turn before the road and I lost my momentum The first two riders, including McCormack, got a gap that they held to the line. I had to battle with the other four guys and two of them pipped me right before the finish. It was a frustrating way to end the race after I rode so well. I thought I had a chance to improve my position from yesterday’s race, but ended up 42nd.

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I’m just happy to be able to do this stuff. My heart rate was above Zone 4 the entire race and averaged 169 beats per minute for the 50 minute effort. I was even more toasted today, and I’ll need a few days to recover from these hard efforts. Chances are it won’t be another 10 years before I compete at Gloucester again.

 

Race Results (Day 1)

Race Results (Day 2)

2017 Monroe Dunbar Brook Trail Race

Yesterday, the Livingston Family returned to the Monroe Dunbar Brook Trail Race for the first time in since 2014. The four of us did the 2 mile “sampler” version of the race, which is a simple one mile out/one mile back course along Dunbar Brook. It’s a fun little jaunt with lots of undulation, wet roots, and slippery rocks.

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I’ve personally run Monroe eight times since 2000, but Debbie has done it more than that. Her first was in 1999, and for a while, she was “streaking,” with more than six in a row. Six of the eight times that I ran it were in the 10.5 mile main event. I last ran the 2 miler, way back in 2000. She and I had been dating for about a year. She must have convinced me to run. I’m sure my legs were trashed! This year was Shepard’s second time doing the short course, and it was our daughter’s first time experiencing the beauty of Monroe.

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I know it had been a while since were at Dunbar Brook Picnic Area because all of the pine trees at the start/finish line are gone. I know they were there in 2014 and before that, in 2012. My photos prove it! The picnic area looked different this year with all of the open space. Debbie and I were in this neighborhood in May of 2016, but we passed by without stopping to notice that the trees were gone. We rode River Road from Rt. 2 as part of a mixed asphalt/dirt loop adventure that we did on our gravel bikes.

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Yesterday, I rode that road again. I rode from Savoy Mountain State Forest via Rt. 2. It was a fun, but very wet ride. We camped at Savoy on Saturday night after driving over from Berkshire East Mountain Resort. On Saturday afternoon, after the Mansfield Hollow Cyclocross and a soccer game, we drove to Thunder Mountain Bike Park at Berkshire East in Charlemont. We went there for a YPO family event called “Pick Your Own Adventure.” Shepard and I got in a few runs on rental downhill bikes. That was a blast.  We intend to return when we have a full day to explore the trails.

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I normally ride a 29 inch wheeled Seven Sola SL rigid singlespeed mountain bike, so the Giant Glory with 203mm of suspension and 27.5 inch plus tires was like riding an air mattress. Our first run was led by Guide Paula Burton, who is a tireless trail advocate and longtime NEMBA volunteer. Paula gave us some great tips for riding berms and technical descents. While Shepard and I rode, Debbie and Dahlia spent time on the Thunderbolt Mountain Coaster.

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After dinner, we drove to Savoy, located in the town of Florida, where we spent the night. We’ve been to Savoy many times over the years for trail running and snowshoe races. It was a windy and rainy night, but we slept in the van. Early on Sunday, I rode to the start of Monroe. Debbie and the kids passed me on the way, and then we met back up just before the start.

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The WMAC website has a lot of great history about the Monroe Trail Race, and results dating back to 1992. We wanted to get back to Monroe this year because we miss the people. I know that the faces have changed, but there is still a core group of New England trail runners who have been going to these classic races since the beginning. The calendar is full of newer events that conflict, and some interest in the Grand Tree Trail Running Series has waned, but it was THE series to participate in when Debbie and I first got involved. Monroe was part of the WMAC Trilogy, along with the Mount Greylock Trail Race and the Savoy Mountain Trail Race.

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I wish I had more time to socialize, but my ride took longer than planned. It poured the whole way, but it was gorgeous. Seemingly, overnight, the leaves changed colors and with mist rising from the valleys, the colors were finally starting to show. I got there about 20 minutes before the 10:00 A.M. start. The short course race went off 10 minutes later. Debbie ran with Dahlia and I chased Shepard. After we finished, we hiked down to the Deerfield River to see the Dragon’s Tooth. The water was flowing fast, but the kayakers had already passed through. We had to consult YouTube for video of people actually navigating the rapids.

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We climbed back up to the picnic area, changed up, and waited for the first 10.5 mile runner to arrive. That turned out to be Kelsey Allen, who broke the women’s course record by winning the race overall. That’s fantastic! It was great to see her. We saw two more runners finish, Daniel Grip, and Todd Bennett; before we snuck out of there. We ha to high-tail it back to Connecticut so Dahlia could attend a friend’s birthday party. Life is busy. We did make a quick pit-stop for lunch at Hearty Eats in Shelburne Falls.

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WMAC has so many great longtime volunteers. Ellen and Pancho Mach are two that come to mind. Pancho was at his usual spot, the turnaround point of the 2 miler. I swear that he was there 17 years ago when I did this race the first time. Ellen was minding the finish line food tables, just like in years past. The Monroe Trail Race will always been one of our favorites, and it’s even better now as a family affair.

Race Results

2017 Mansfield Hollow Cyclocross

This past Saturday, I was back at the Mansfield Hollow Cyclocross for the 10th time since 1995. This race dates back farther than that. Race Director, Ron Manizza, is a longtime supporter of New England cyclocross, and he was promoting cross races in the 1980’s. The first few years that I did the race, back in the mid-1990’s, it was in December. I remember riding in cold rain, ice, and snow.

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This time, there was no snow. October cyclocross in New England in 2017 has been a hot and dusty affair. These aren’t my preferred conditions, but you take what you get. This race is now a family affair. The Team Horst Junior Squad was out in force. My son, Shepard, did the 9-12 year old Junior race. There was a total of 31 girls and boys in that race, which is awesome. There were 40 other Junior girls and boys between the ages of 13 and 18. The work of the Connecticut Cycling Advancement Program continues to pay dividends, especially at local CT Series of Cross events.

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I’ve been riding strong, but not executing well. I’ve had some frustrating mechanical problems, including at last week’s The Night Weasels Cometh, but that is part of the game. Saturday, I had good power, but fumbled several times. I never solved the steep hill. I tried to ride it, alternating the left and right lines, but it wasn’t working. I took a pedal to my right shin on one lap and it left a nice welt. I fell over two other times. By the last lap, I just decided to run it from the bottom, and even that wasn’t without incident.

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I struggled on some of the other dusty corners and had multiple “dabs.” Once I got out of synch and my heart rate spiked, it became a race of attrition. I held fifth spot for a while, had a good battle with Joe Rodrigues, Wade Summers, and Tim Ratta. We all swapped places in the last few laps, with Wade riding away from us as the race got longer. Joe was next, and Tim dropped back after a fast start. The Masters 50+ men started a few minutes after the 40’s, and the top guys were catching me by the end, which isn’t typical. I usually hold them off, but I was gassed. One of those fast Masters was teammate Mike Wonderly, who rode through the field to 2nd spot on the 50+ podium.

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The race was supposed to be 45 minutes, but there was an extra lap. The leaders did 55:38 and I crossed the line, exhausted, in 58:34. A three-minute gap in cross may not seem like a lot, but these were long laps, and it felt like an eternity. That put me back in 7th position. I’m going to use this week to rest up (actively) in advance of the Gran Prix of Gloucester. I haven’t done Gloucester (aka the New England World Championships) since 2007.  Over the last decade, it has frequently conflicted with the Vermont 50 on the last weekend of September. However, the cyclocross calendar got a makeover, and this A+ race is now in October.

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The volunteers, many from Thread City Cyclers, did a good job, and we appreciate the hard work that goes into putting on an event. I would have preferred a shorter lap. The start was in a new spot, but I like the old spot that gave you more open riding before funneling into the single track. This race course has always been “old school,” which is fine with me. There were three sets of barriers, plus the infamous telephone pole, which we took in the opposite direction this year. I chose to run it. The “sand pit” was also unrideable. So, with the steep hill, four dismounts, and the sand, I was off my bike a minimum of six times per lap, which is a lot. It was painful, but in an enjoyable kind of way.

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Between the Team Horst Junior Squad and our Masters racers, we had 15 riders participate in the event. That’s a great showing and indicates our support for this classic. In every category, the 2nd place finisher received a set of donated Horst Engineering Cross Spikes. Cross Spikes (I used Medium’s) helped in the sand and on the steep run-up, but we could still use some rain in New England to add some moisture to our “desert-like” landscape.

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Shepard and I had no time to linger after the race. It was the start of a busy weekend, and we had to get out of there, even before results were posted. Congratulations to all of the riders. I’ve seen some great photos from the race, including those by Steven Yau. When the next work week comes around, it’s always fun to look back on the prior weekend’s adventures. These images help carry you forward to the next weekend’s races. Cyclocross season is flying by; enjoy it while it lasts!

Race Results

2017 The Night Weasels Cometh Cyclocross

Last night, I was back at The Night Weasels Cometh Cyclocross for the fourth time. I also did the race in 2012, 2013, and 2016. It’s become one of my favorite cross races. The tradition of holding it mid-week in the first week of October makes it the perfect time. I love the Wednesday night vibe.

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I raced the Elite Men’s race at 8:30 P.M. They ranked the 40+ riders separately, but we all started together. The field was strong, with several visiting pros still in town from last week’s KMC CrossFest, plus the best local riders. I worked a full day from Sterling Machine in Lynn, Massachusetts. Then, drove to Methods Machine Tool in Sudbury, and spent three hours at their Metal Storm tradeshow.

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Then, I drove to Ski Ward in Shrewsbury for the race. I had ample time to dress, register, and get warmed up. It was a beautiful night. I got two warm up laps in before the Elite Women’s race, and didn’t crash, like I did in 2016 when I broke my rear wheel before the start. That forced me to my pit bike, which was an unfortunate disadvantage.

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Last night, I had a great ride, but some bad luck again. I was able to get my heart rate above my threshold and hold it there for a long time. It’s a sign that I have my best form of the year. I was hammering, and moving up in the field, with a shot at cracking the top-20, but coming through the gravel section with two laps to go, I felt the rear wheel of my Seven Mudhoney Pro get soft. The course was super-bumpy and there were some rocky sections. I was past the pit by a few hundred feet and into the dark section of the course before I realized my tire was dead flat.

I ended up having to ride on my rim for the entire climb and descent, which was more than 1/2 a lap. By the time I made it to the back side of the pit, nearly 15 guy’s had passed me in this stretch, as I lost a few minutes of time. I was seriously frustrated, but that’s how it goes. I was able to grab my other bike, a Seven Tsunami, but it doesn’t have the same feel as my primary race bike and I’m not as fast on it. I really should do something about this! I would need to get a new frameset with the identical geometry. It would be a smart thing to do given my spate of bad luck.

I lost a few more spots until I “stopped the bleeding” and got back in a groove. I was able to hold off a few chasing riders in the last couple of laps, even though I had an incident on the stairs run-up. I caught my toe and fell to the ground, but slammed my face on my handlebars in the process. I have a little swelling on my nose and eye socket. I also smacked my right ankle on my crankset, and it too is swollen. That’s cyclocross!

It’s the punctured tire that really frustrates me. I just glued this TUFO Flexus Primus two nights ago, so it was brand new. It was its first race, and now it has a pin hole in the sidewall. I may try to fix it, otherwise, I have to pull off the tire, which is not easy when it has just been glued (five layers plus Belgium tape). At least I didn’t break a spoke like last year, or brake my hub like I did last month at the Hartford Riverfront Cyclocross. I’m ready to put the bad luck mechanical problems behind me.

The course was very dry and fast. It was my best Weasels ever and I was still happy with 34th place. I would have been ecstatic with 20th place, or even 25th place, but alas, it wasn’t to be. It was still a good time and I’ll return in 2018 with the goal of having a clean race.

Thank you to the Night Weasels crew for putting on this event. Also, I appreciate that they shared the photo album on their Facebook page. That’s where I got these two awesome action shots. If you have never experienced Night Weasels as a rider or spectator, you should check it out next year.

Race Results

2017 The Midnight Ride of Cyclocross

This past Wednesday, I did The Midnight Ride of Cyclocross for the third time. I also rode  it in 2013 and 2016. It’s a fun mid-week race at the Bolton Fairgrounds in Lancaster, Massachusetts.

This year, it was hot and humid, which isn’t my favorite cyclocross weather, but I’m not complaining. I did the Men’s Pro/1/2/3 race at 8:00 P.M. There were some lights, but as is typical, there were some dark and sketchy corners to add to the excitement. I drove up after work and had a little time to warm up in the parking lot. After dark, even with lights on your bike, Rt. 117 isn’t safe to ride on, so I stayed in the lot. That proved to be dangerous too, because there were absolutely no lights in the lot and it was pitch black. Traffic leaving the earlier races made riding a challenge. This was my only issue with the race. Otherwise, I appreciate all the work that goes into producing an event like this. Course set-up isn’t easy, especially on a weeknight.

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My legs were a bit heavy from last weekend’s Vermont 50, but I still had a decent ride. There were a handful of Masters 40+ guys mixed in with the fast young guys, including some professionals, so I wasn’t last. I stayed on the first lap and was only about two and a half minutes behind Todd Bowden and Adam Myerson, the fastest masters racers. The course had a nice mix of long straightaway speed sections, tight turns, a few sets of barriers, and some technical sand. It was dry, but the humidity and dew made for some slick corners. I used my TUFO Flexus Primus SG tires.

The race winner was Garry Millburn of Sydney, Australia. Garry was sporting his Horst Engineering Cross Spikes on the podium. It was great to meet him in person. He is an ambassador for our Australian dealer, Cyclocross Minded Australia. Garry is a past Australian National Cyclocross Champion and is one of their top cross racers. He is spending some time in the USA, racing the top UCI C1 and C2 events in Connecticut and Colorado. Then, he goes to Japan for some more racing, and then heads to Europe for the remainder of the season.

He was accompanied by his spouse, and fellow ambassador, Fiona Caroline Morris. She finished third in the women’s race and was excited to be on the podium too. I was winded after my race and without my iPhone or a camera, so a big thanks goes to Katie from Katie Busick Photography for snapping a picture and posting to Facebook so I could remember the moment. Night racing continues next Wednesday with the Night Weasels Cometh at Ski Ward in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts. I’m a Night Weasels veteran too, and look forward to this year’s race. This is also a fun one to go and watch, so if you are interested in taking in some cyclocross, check out the Elite Women at 7:30 P.M., and then the Elite Men at 8:30 P.M. I’ll be racing with the big boys again.

 

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Awesome morning at #elmcitycx the #ctseriesofcx finale. The kids did great. So did the Masters. Great season. Many of us are done after today. A few of us are headed to Nats. At the moment, all of us are frozen! #newhaven #cyclocross #teamhorstsports #teamhorstjuniorsquad #crossspikes @horsteng #lifedeathcyclocross ❄️🚴🏽⛄️🍺 @bentwaterbrewing #bentwaterbrewing #pulpfiction #lynnlynnthecityofsin Overnight with @boyscoutsofamerica Troop 25 at the 4-H Camp in Pomfret. The toboggan run was hairy! I just watched. #boyscouts That moment when @trailrunningmom discovered that our longtime #Christmas Tree 🌲 supplier is a regular student in her #yoga class. They previously hadn’t recognized each other when not wearing #yogini gear. It was great to hear how our farmer has improved her strength and flexibility since she took over the business from her late husband. Note: preparing our menorah for #hannukah takes less work than this! Lovely December day for #Cyclocross at Goddard Park. @nbx_bikes #nbxcx @vittoriaseries #teamhorstsports #teamhorstjuniorsquad @horsteng #crossspikes #rhodeisland Lovely day for more than 130 #BoltonLandTrust members and friends at the annual Walk of #Thanksgiving #bolton #connecticut 🌲 #blackfriday didn’t start so badly! Great day at the #manchesterroadrace @shenipsitstriders #shenipsitstriders #silkcitystriders #teamhorstsports #thanksgiving 🏃🏻 If I always had the option to commute by train 🚂, I would take it. #multitasking 1h45m each way if uninterrupted productivity and NO driving. I even squeezed in a lap of #centralpark with Tim. 🏃🏻#manhattan #newyork

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