Much like pimpin’ cyclocross ain’t easy, especially when it’s snowing. The flakes began to fall yesterday but didn’t stick since the ground was too warm, overnight the ground temp. dropped enough for the snow to begin to accumulate, it’s nothing much, just enough to cover the grass. However all the melted snow made the ground soggy and the grass was quickly chewed up and turned to mud over nearly the entire course. Finally, a down and dirty, cold as f@&k cyclocross race. Boss Cross II was not for the timid or week of heart.
The weather really scared off a good deal of the field, most categories were about half the size as the turnout the last few weeks, fair weather cyclists I suppose, probably at the mall. It’s their loss, ‘cross is at it’s best in nasty weather. It was obvious that things were going to be a challenge as soon as the first race went off. It looked like they were going in slow motion, and half of the field was running their bike instead of riding. It was at that moment everyone knew things were not going to be easy. But, cyclocross isn’t easy, it wouldn’t be any fun if it was easy.
Eventually our race rolls around and we’re off, things go well up the asphalt road then you hit the off road area and sink into mud that’s deeper than your rims, your in your granny gear and your back wheel just spins, nothing for the knobbies to grab onto, you soon realize why it looked like the previous race was going in slow motion and your gonna be doing a lot of running, pushing and carrying. It’s gonna be a long race, hope your good at shouldering your bike.
So far this season it has been about speed and power, today it’s all about bike handling. Who ever stays upright and avoids stupid mistakes will prevail, a very technical race. I battled it but found myself on the ground far too often. All of the good lines quickly disappeared and the course was riddled with very tight turns especially in the off chamber sections, if you were able to stay upright you spent most of the time with one leg out trying to navigate the turns.
I’d have to say, this was possibly the best time I’ve had at a ‘cross race this season, you guys who pussed out missed a great race. Sure it was cold and my fingers went numb and my bike and I were covered in mud. But damn, it was so much fun! Plus, I got to break out the new Black Sheep Cartel jersey, it’s bad ass, it looks great, pink and black and covered in mud!
p.s. Craig, if your reading this, let this serve as your warning, I will get you back for that snowball to the side of my head.