This weekend we headed up the coast to Gloucester for the GPCX two day race. This part of the country was probably closer to my heart than the rest of the boys due to spending a summer there when I was younger so I was amped to get there.
The weather was incredible and it was no hardship waking up to incredible sunrises before heading out to race bikes. Myself and Chris were staged in the front row for Days 1 & 2 is a completely different race and state of mind from the front to the back. While myself and Chris dealt with the pressure of the heavy breathing looming pack behind us and calculating just how hard to push and where, James on the other hand was working his way from deep down the pack picking people off and having to find his own motivation to push knowing a top spot is virtually impossible.
Day1 ended abruptly for me as I snapped my chain clean off, Chris pushed on to an 11th position and James 22nd. Day 2 was more eventful with myself and Chris going 1,2 into the holeshot with Chris eventually finishing 6th, myself 10th and James 29th. We were more than happy in fields of 100+ riders. It was great to see the Joe’s of Bicycle Roots out reping the 5th in the elite field and 4/5 field! Back home Seth won the local Westwood Cat 5 race!
Once again Cross was more than about the racing with the social and festival aspect blowing me away. It was awesome to visit or re-visit new places, hang with good people and race bikes. Until Providence…
Photo Credit: Johnny Hsu