Mike RobinsonHoly Week of Cross back here in the right coast. Gloucester was wet, muddy, and cold. In other words, great cross weather. On Saturday, I took up my usual spot in the back of the Masters 45+ pack (9th row; wtf?), got a good jump and moved up a good 25 or 30 spots and was having a good race; right up until I flatted. Out; DNF, too far from the pit. Sunday, same spot, better off the line and had a decent race.
This past weekend was Providence; ahh Providence. What a course, what a race, and quite the event. Took up my 8th row spot, had a great start (hot day; 79 degrees, wtf?) and off we went. My type of course; mixture of power and some technical sections. 3 laps in, the announcement; "4 laps remaining". This is not normal, we usually complete 5, 6 max; I bonked at lap 6. Got lapped by the eventual winner (and good friend) Mike Rowell. Sunday, better start, cooler weather, dry track, nice and techy. And a flat on the last lap. I haven't flatted in 3 years of racing and I've flatted twice in two weeks. I'm ordering a set of tubulars this week.
MFG Kick Off Cross CAT3 35+, Brian Bressler
My legs felt good and powerful. I was passed by only one rider and later passed him back. I had enough juice at the end for a mad uphill charge where I spun out my 42x12 and made one last pass at the line. I came through in 6th place, 1:31 behind the leader.
I wasn't as devastated and utterly destroyed as I anticipated. I left too much on the table. Next time I’ll have good call-up, I’ll I dig deeper, accelerate harder and put the pain down. Love it.
MFG Kick Off Cross Cat 4, Colin Ferguson
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