2013 Miller Chill Cyclocross Race

20131215_123533_IMG_0187This past weekend I joined the Bloomington Cycle & Fitness Racing Team at the final race of the Heart Of Illinois Cyclocross series. I take great pride in my local town having a mountain bike race, a criterium, a triathlon, and also a cyclocross race. Miller Chill is our local cyclocross race, and this years event was full of snow and fun!

The course was surprisingly ride-able considering the six plus inches of snow that the previous days weather provided. The course was a perfect balance of technical aspects, turns, power sections, and unique sections capitalizing on the terrain. I rode in the open race and placed sixth overall, second in my category. More importantly, I smiled a lot!

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2013 PSI-clocross Cyclocross Race

IMG_1527This past weekend I joined the Bloomington Cycle & Fitness Racing Team at the eighth race of the 2013 Chicago Cross Cup series. The sun was shinning but the weather was still colder than the previous weeks race.

The course was 2.2 miles of hard. Hard. The race had a great mix of elements including off camber turns, singletrack, “Heckle Hill”, long straights, and technical turns. This was my first week racing in the cat 3 race after a mid-week cat up. I had a great time, and thought the racing was a little more business as usual with less chaos, but also a lot harder competition. I ended the day in 37th out of 58. I’ve got work to do :)

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2013 Campton Cyclocross Race

IMG_0263This past weekend I joined the Bloomington Cycle & Fitness Racing Team at the seventh race of the 2013 Chicago Cross Cup series. The weather was sunny and somewhat warm for most of the day. The course was a mix of long straights, wooded singletrack, and off camber muddy turns to enjoy while racing.

There was a large group of tents and hecklers around one of the muddy sections. The mud was a factor early in the day. It provided an abundance of entertainment for the hecklers, but by the time I raced in the Cat 4’s, it was negotiable. In my race, I had a good start and won the hole-shot for the first time this season. I finished 10th for the second time this Chicago Cross season. I’ve continued to enjoy my first cyclocross season and look forward to more racing, mud, heckling, and smiles.

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Bike Update: 2014 Specialized CruX Expert Red Disc

IMG_0060Earlier this fall I was fortunate enough to add a cyclocross bike to my collection. Since getting the Crux, it’s been the primary bike I’ve pedaled. I’ve ridden it in several cyclocross races, around town, and a gravel ride. My initial impression of the bike was stellar. I loved it! Since then the time passed, races completed, and general riding have only strengthened the impression.

Since purchasing, I have made some changes to further align the bike with what I want. The total weight as pictured is down two pounds from stock weighing in at 18.12lbs. I have added black Sram bar tape. I like the feel of the tape and much prefer the black color. I think it helps balance the look of the bike with so much white on the frame.

IMG_0076 IMG_0072I added a (black) Specialized Phenom saddle with titanium seat rails and an S-Works carbon seat post. The seat post made a pretty noticeable difference in ride quality, making an already nice ride even better.

IMG_0079The biggest change is a set of Specialized Control SL wheels being added. I have the Control SL’s on my S-Works Epic, and love them. They are feathery light, have great engagement, and have held up to a full season of mountain bike racing without any issues. I like the added flexibility having this wheel set allows me to have. I plan on swapping them between my hardtail mountain bike and my cyclocross bike.

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2013 Dan Ryan Woods Cyclocross Race

20131013_141138_IMG_9993This past weekend I joined the Bloomington Cycle & Fitness Racing Team at the third race of the 2013 Chicago Cross Cup series. The weather was great, much better than the previous race in the series. My awesome wife and I took a few pictures, admittedly the awesome ones all came from her this week!

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2013 Hopkins Park Cyclocross Race

IMG_2798sThis past weekend I joined the Bloomington Cycle & Fitness Racing Team at the second race of the 2013 Chicago Cross Cup series. The weather was a little colder and there were far less turns on the course than the previous weekends race at Jackson Park. I took a few pictures of the early races, but less than I did the previous week. Without my wife at the race, I was unable to split my time between taking pictures and preriding the course effectively.

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