Cyclocross! Gillies Creek in Richmond, VA
42 degrees with rain. Some great Belgian weather for CX. This is one of my favorite courses of all time with the added benefit of being 15 minutes from my house. How many courses do you get to ride a BMX track on?! Although you do it backwards so they don’t send roadies on cross bikes off the steep lips. This is my last outdoor race of the year and I’m not in the running for an upgrade, so I went for full-fun and did it on my mountain bike.
Overall I think the main thing I could have done a bit better was if I’d have gunned it harder from the start and really fought for a better position. I got stuck pretty far back and it bottle-necked pretty far at the first stair case. Oh well, my fault! The course was pretty slick and I saw one person completely slide out in front of me (soon after 6 minutes) and someone else fishtail in front of me, I fishtailed twice but rode out of both. I could see the group I was aiming for just a few seconds ahead of me for most of the race but never bridged the gap. I was red-lining so I don’t think I can really say I could have put out more effort. Looking at my line choice I could have been smoother but that gets surprisingly hard at 180bpm. I got 13th out of 40ish so I’m pretty happy with that. Please note the end of the race where Kevin looks over his shoulder several times with a grin, lets me almost catch up, then hits the line just ahead of me while I scream with effort. Fun times. I’ll get him next year.
Things I learned:
- Go harder at the start, fight for position
- Make more of an effort for bike/body separation in corners
- Stand on hard efforts more
Things I’m happy with:
- Aerobic performance, I paced hard but didn’t blow up
- Pre-race nutrition was dialed
- Pre-race mental routine was great, ended up really pumped at the line but not nervous at all
Thanks to everyone involved in Virginia Cyclocross, it’s been a super fun year. See you next year in Roanoke!