It’s that time of year again…Cyclocross season is right around the corner. It’s time to get on your cyclocross bike and practice. Practice your dismounts and remounts…practice your barriers…practice your run-ups…and practice shouldering your bike. For me, the hardest part of cyclocross is my remounts after the barriers and run-ups. So, most of my training/practice consists of dismounts and remounts. Yes, I have many failed attempts while practicing. But when it all goes the way it should, you know it and it feels good.
Here is a short video that I found that shows you the basics. You will hear the instructor say, “you need commitment to do this”. And he is right, hesitate and you will fumble…we’ve all been there.
The NYCROSS.com Series wrapped up Sunday with the Bethlehem Cup at Elm Ave Park in Delmar. This is another great venue that the guys ar NYCROSS have for the Series. It’s fast, it’s grueling, it’s muddy and it’s a great time.
The “really fast old guys”, as you know I like to call the master’s categories, are as fast as ever on this course. The start is at about the 1/2 way point of the lap, on a long-ish, flat stretch of pavement that leads to weaving through the trees and the fields. I actually got off to a good start until we reached the finish line to go into the first full lap. That’s pretty much were I settled in for my typical positioning. I ended up finishing 17th place, -1 lap. I always want to finish on the lead lap, but with this group, that isn’t going to happen all the time.
Thanks to everyone that puts on the NYCROSS.com Series! It’s great to have such a quality Series right here in our backyards.
Next to the Uncle Sam Race in Troy, the Saratoga SPA:CX cyclocross race is probably the ‘cross race that I enjoy the most. It’s a fast and also challenging course in Saratoga Spa State Park. It has fields, and sand, and off camber, and mud, and singletrack. It is such a fun course to race on. I feel like I always ride well in Saratoga, and that’s one of the reasons that I look forward to this race every year.
This year, I might have had, my best ride of the ‘cross season at Saratoga. While I still finished way down the line, I did finished on the lead lap, which is always one of my goals going into the race. I rode hard and consistent and felt strong. When it was over, I knew that I had raced as hard as I could. And it was the first ‘cross race this season that I didn’t feel a little discouraged. I finish in 11th place and felt great doing it.
And here is the first lap of the Master’s race…yep, I’m somewhere behind the guy with the camera.