Chagrin River CX

tent is setup to assist in keeping us dry. great spot to watch the race too.

So another great weekend of Cross has come and gone. This week like many before it was another mud-fest. I only managed to race on Saturday which was muddy enough for me though I kind of wish I would have been able to race Sunday too. I did however manage to get to the race with enough time to warm-up this week and even helped clean up the course in a spot where a tree had fallen overnight. Brett was on the spot with a chainsaw.

heading back after clearing a fallen tree

As many local events this weekend was the official Halloween race for the NEOCX series with a good many riders dressing up on Saturday. I had one costume planned but with how muddy it was I went pretty simple…nothing beats a tutu.

racing fancy. photo by m. adams

With regards to actual racing it went pretty smooth for the most part. I tore away with Brandon and the group racing for the hole shot. I had a pretty good line to clear the corner but something in me pulled up a bit and followed wheels into the first of many slippery single track type sections. I was in the mix sliding through corners and grasping for any traction that I could so that I could slide through the next corner. I really felt good however I let a gap go thinking I would just pull it back in the next section as I was riding the corners well but that one gap turned into a larger gap and before long I was a short straight away behind and in this kind of mud there was no making that gap up. I trudged on though experimenting with different lines through the mud only to find my original line directly through this mud was the quickest by far. In the end it was a great race. I was a bit disappointed in my performance because I felt like I gave up a bit early but happy to be out there racing.

ernie slamming through a puddle. photo by julie sroka

unexpected dismount through the mud ditch for brandon.

going through the barriers. photo by julie sroka

 

 

post race beers by the fire. yep still muddy.

So if you are still hanging in there through this post congratulations! This week is a big one here in Ohio with the CX circus coming to town in the form of the Cincinnati UCI3 weekend. Yep a solid weekend of cross!! This year seems to be even bigger than in year’s past with more and more riders pre-registered and with us as Raleigh attending in a big way with the entire Raleigh/Clement team in attendance!!

the Raleigh-Clement team. photo by brian cummings photography

Watch for the whole team to light it up! Ben is coming here fresh off a win out at the Colorado Cross Classic and is fired up. Craig is lighting it up SSCX style! And Nicole has been ripping it up taking hole shot after hole shot. I think she might need some heckling for sure…well more than just Heckle Hill on Saturday. Don’t forget the styling prowess of Allen and Nicole as they keep throwing down race after race.

And want a chance to meet the team in a more casual atmosphere? Come out to MJs on Main Friday night after racing ends as Bishop’s Bicycles is once again hosting a meet/greet with the team! The plan is for us all to get cleaned up then we will head to MJs. The last race of the day is the Men’s Elite race at 4:45 so figure meeting up at the earliest around 7-730 by the time we get everything all packed up and hit the road. The address to Mjs is 18 Main Street, Milford, OH 45150.

Last but not least should you want to throw your leg over awesome (and test ride a Raleigh RX 2.0 or RXC Pro Disc) stop by the Raleigh tents as we will have demos o’ plenty. I’ve had the good fortune of riding both bikes and can’t recommend them enough. I think the only thing better might be a Raleigh Hodala Gates Carbon Belt-Driven SSCX but I might be bias.

Look forward to seeing you there!!

 

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