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Bressler Cannot Answer!

posted Oct 31, 2012, 5:55 AM by Brian Bressler

MFG #5 Marymoor Park

CAT 3 35+ Brian Bressler 

The rain came down. This was the first true muddy CX race of the season.  By the time the CAT 3 35+ guys rolled up, the course was a greasy mess, cut and tracked by thousands of tires.  Nemesis moved up to the CAT 1/2 35+ race so I felt extra confident on the front row.  Looking down the row, most of us, including me, were running Clement’s PDX tires with crazy low pressure.  The field was about half the normal size, only 34 riders braved the rain.  I took the hole shot and hammered full throttle up the pavement after the first turn.  My goal was to go a full out the entire race, no drafting, no pacing, no waiting. Only smashing.  The Marymoor Velodrome is a spectacular venue for cyclocross with a grassy slope wrapping the banked corners of the Velodrome. The course was extremely technical with lots of off-cambers and pavement-to-mud transitions.  Sally of HODALA and Raleigh fame was right with me there the entire race.  His superb bike handling skills were better than mine and he cleaned corners where I had to either slow down or dab a foot.  However, when the course opened up, I could manage a gap.

 Going into the final lap I had an 8+ second gap on Sally but it eroded by the last corner where I led by one second. Sally attacked on the finish straight and I couldn't answer.  I feel great about the race and the spectacular competition.