One of the draw backs of cross racing is that it requires a vehicle to get you there. This can prove prohibitive and selective in who actually makes it to races. The NYC community tends to rally round and lifts and car pooling is pretty effective.
Thule have been in awesome in outfitting 5th NYC with their rack systems ensuring we can get the full team with 5 bikes to the races. The rack system is super secure during transit and when were in parc ferme with its locking system. We’re using the 526 circuit model, specs here.
Thanks to Angelo for the photos and Chris for ferrying us around the east coast this season.
This weekend saw a dramatic shift in weather. We’ve had it warm and dusty here in the East Coast for the entire season, i don’t think I’ve actually got muddy yet, something I was assured was a staple of CX racing. The drop in temperature this weekend warranted an organisers email warning of the conditions so I new it was going to be bad. Racing the 4/5 first thing in the morning and the 3/4 last race of the day I would miss the brief window where the sun would rise high enough to light the valley we were racing in.
Saturday had a great turn out and atmosphere spread through a great selection of fields in which we represented in the 4/5′s the 2/3/4′s and the 3/4′s. The course changed significantly through the day with the 4/5′s often getting used to test the raceability of the course; changes were made for the better by the time I came to race again in the 3/4′s along with the softening by tyres and sun leaving the course a lot smoother and faster. I achieved a 6th place in the 4/5′s immediately behind Seth who brought us a 5th place. In the 3/4′s I managed 13th with Chris again taking a 3rd place. It was awesome to have Don and Angelo out there with us spectating. The CX season has fragmented us all so hanging out and was awesome. Angelo took some awesome photos of the day all here.
Sunday was a whole different affair with people dipping out of the shelter of their cars to race and then immediately scarper back, not even hanging arounfd to see Tim Johnson swoop another win in the elites. This meant by the time the 3/4 came around it was a bleak race with 20 people from the 40+ predicted showing for the start line. The wind ripped through everything, clothing, course tape, spirits. I think Matt really gets to grips with the sentiment of the day on his write up here. There was a tangible sense of camaraderie as we lined up for the race; it’s the least aggressive race I’ve ever been in, we had all accorded each other the respect and understanding due for just being there. Joe managed a 7th place in the 4/5 field while Chris came 4th in the 3/4 field.
My final 2 weeks in Austin carried on the trajectory set up from the first. The Team Yacht Club guys were exceptional hosts and the racing coalition continued as we hit up Georgetown CX for a full weekends racing. I was fortunate enough to grab a 4th on the Saturday followed by a 2nd on the Sunday.
Despite appearances, Cheshire CX has to be one of the most fun single day races I’ve did this year. It was great to return from Austin and get thrown back into East Coast racing at the deep end with an exceptional crowd and single track wood section with the gnarliest ride/run up I’ve experienced yet. We had a ton of fun especially urging Chris through his first pro 1,2,3 race after we all doubled up on the Single Speed race too. It was awesome to have Phil out with us despite his shoulder injury and he captured a ton of great photos which will all be here. #lightbro
I’ve been in Austin for the past week and will be for the following 2. Team Yacht Club have taken me under their wing as one of their own and I’m having a blast in this town. On Saturday I met up with the guys at Mellow Johnny’s and rolled out to Walnut Creek trails. At some points it felt like an initiation with flash floods making some of the sections trickier than anticipated and making the portage across the river interesting.
Myself and Tyler rolled out early on Sunday to BCRCX in Houston. The weather has been incredible here compared to the east coast and it was no hardship for me to watch the rest of the fields race with the 4/5 being the last to go; I’m used to being the first! The course and orginisation for the day was incredible, with a really well balanced course, great structure to the day and awesome prizes. Eager to exorcise some demons from my first 9 or 10 races and spurred on by being the out-of-towner I managed to bag my first win of the season and was more than stoked.
Looking forward to riding more of Austin and gettin RAD in Georgetown this weekend.
Bubblecross was extremely – dare i say the most over used CX phrase – RAD!
Seth got an awesome 1st place for 5th NYC in the Cat 5 field, and I followed up behind him in 4th.
Chris raced his first ever Cat 3 race while Joe battled it out in the elites.
Check out the spirit of the weekend below.
On Sunday a few of us went to Alexandra Palace for Rapha Supercross 2013 and we were there in force, not to race, but to spectate. Maybe next year a few of #5thLDN boys will be there getting muddy. Our man Erik Jonsson took some killer photos, make sure you head to Build Ride Rinse to check out the first set of photos.