MFG #5 Marymoor
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.