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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2013 Hilly Hundred

This past weekend I joined a good friend to participate in the 46th annual Hilly Hundred, a two-day bicycle century. As this ride’s date approached, I was looking forward to the mixture of riding in southern Indiana and distances that are challenging, yet not overwhelming. The century was roughly split into a 58 mile first day and a 46 mile second day.

Upon arriving, we checked in to the event, giving me my first understanding of how many volunteers it takes to put on an event like this. If I had to estimate the number of volunteers, it would be well over 100, including police officers to marshal road intersections. I can’t say enough about how well-organized the event was or how friendly the volunteers were! Our campsite:
2013-10-19 11.46.16Day One:

I woke up Saturday morning to the sound of rain drops on the roof of my Element (Sports Utility Camper). I pulled up the weather on my phone and then sent a text to my friend in the next tent over with the message, “Character Building Ride?”.

40’s and rainy…

We decided to hold off on starting the ride for a few hours to wait for the rain to die down, using our new-found time to grab some hot breakfast from a local diner.

We set off on the first mile of the two-day century around noon on Saturday. The weather was chilly, but the rain had stopped for the most part. Getting clothing correct seemed difficult at first as I overheated quickly, removing layers as the first miles started to tick away. About a half hour in, I was settling into the ride. I had my clothing figured out, and life was good. The check stops provided a chance to stretch legs off the bicycle, take in some nutrition and hydration.
2013-10-19 13.07.172013-10-19 15.05.57The lunch stop of the first day left me pretty cold, as the sun was unable to shine through thick clouds and the wind was evil. The time spent eating lunch let the cold seep into my bones. After lunch we set off to finish the ride and I made extra efforts to regain warmth by climbing fairly hard which resulted in me bonking with about 10 miles to go on the first day and I suffered through the last climbs. Finishing day one with a smile!
2013-10-19 16.17.22My trusty Specialized Roubaix performed great, providing a comfortable and efficient ride.
2013-10-19 16.17.41Garmin data for day one

Day Two:

We set out day two with much better weather. While riding Sunday we saw many more people enjoying the blue sky, sunshine, and warmer weather. I’m guessing the colder and wetter weather was responsible for the lower perceived participation on day one. The rest stops were a great opportunity for me to take in how great the experience was. There is something special about being surrounded by hundreds of cyclist, all partaking in a great ride, each of us knowing the secret of how amazing moments on a bicycle can be.
2013-10-20 10.56.402013-10-20 11.47.40 2013-10-20 12.57.10Garmin data for day two

Overall, I had a great time! I enjoyed the route. We managed to ride 103.54 miles in six hours and twelve minutes. As for the numbers related to the “hilly” aspect, we climbed a total of 7,952 feet with some pitches exceeding 20%. I set a new maximum speed personal record of 45.2 miles per hour on one of the downs on day two. Something tells me this won’t be my last Hilly Hundred.

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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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