Sunday was the last race in the De Stad Cross Cup / Kansas State Cyclocross Championships held on the campus of St. Mary’s College in Leavenworth, KS. Side note, you may have read about St. Mary’s College lately, last season their mens basketball program has refused to play with a female officiating their games. You could have not asked for a nicer day in November for a race, it was a bit brisk early on in the day but by mid afternoon it had warmed up enough to shed a few layers, it’s always tricky to figure out just how to dress this time of the season. Plus the weather can be completely different when you leave Kansas City and arrive in Leavenworth.
The course was unique thanks to the layout of St Mary’s campus; tree lined brick roads, ponds full of geese, “The Mound of Mercy” a big dirt run up thanks to ongoing construction, a unique and maddening corkscrew maze near the grave yard, there’s something you don’t see at most races, on the far side of the course. And enough leaves on the ground to make you feel your in an episode of the Dukes of Hazzard (it could be in the middle of summer and the roads of Hazzard County were always coverd in leaves). It was a relatively short course and was fast too. It offered something to make the most jaded crosser happy. I now understand why they keep using this venue year after year.
Things could have been a little better in the Mens 4 race, my first row start got me out in front with a few guys but I quickly fell a few places towards the back as soon as we left the brick street. I did my best to keep up with the leaders but I just didn’t seem to have the legs to keep up their pace, typical for me. As always I find myself in a no-mans land between the leaders in front and the stragglers in back. It becomes difficult to judge just where you stand after a few laps when the field tends to stretch out and what pace you need to keep. I’d pass guys on the bricks and then they would catch me on the off chamber areas, I really need to work on that. You play your strengths and try to hang on in areas where your not as comfortable. Due to some stupid choices during the race I fell back a bit farther than I would have liked and finished further back than I’d like to admit. Some races you just don’t have it. I did do better than the Chiefs, god they suck.
My second race, Mens Masters 35+ B was much better. Again, I got a good start, and hung with the leaders longer than usual. Then I had some issues with physics and gravity, finding myself on my ass taking a turn to fast and having my back wheel slide out from under me. That probably cost me a few spots, I caught a few who passed me while I was laying there in the grass like an idiot. I just didn’t have enough time to catch the guys I had my eye on earlier in the race. It really sucks when you feel really good, your legs feel strong aren’t cramping up, your lungs aren’t on fire and you go and crash. I was hoping to finish in the top 10 again, earning enough points to break into the top 5 in series points. Unfortunately that didn’t happen and I ended up 6th in points. It’s frustrating to be so close but have it go a different way, but that’s how cyclocross can be, an unloving brutal bitch. But I wouldn’t want it to be any other way, it’s hard, and it wouldn’t be any fun if it was easy.
No need for a pitty party, there are plenty of races left on the schedule this season. Plus I’m not a Kansas resident and wouldn’t have been crowned champion even if I had won. Yet another reason to dislike Kansas.
We need to get Roger some new music, I can’t take the disco crap he keeps playing any longer. Please make it stop!!!