So, I might be in the wrong time zone, at the wrong latitude, and in the wrong weather (Hawaii) but that doesn’t mean I can’t throw together another HTRWW on the women’s race at the Deschutes Brewery Cup. While the men’s race might have been colder, the women experienced much more rapidly changing conditions, putting even more priority on riders’ abilities to adjust, recover from bobbles, and pick the right moment for the critical pass.
YES! SNOW! I cannot properly describe how much I love racing in the snow, especially snow like riders experienced at the Deschutes Brewery Cup. Lots of slipping and sliding, body English, little to no group tactics, and a spill or two thrown in for good measure. I just hope Jeremy Durrin’s hands will someday recover
ACHIEVEMENT UNLOCKED: HTRWWs from all three days of CX race weekend. The evening session of Jingle Cross Rock’s opening day didn’t feature the wind and weather of rest of the weekend, but it wasn’t without it’s charms. Tight, technical, dusty bends, a mercilessly steep run-up, and a challenging exploration of the anecdotal advice that if you’re not sure whether it’s faster to ride, you probably shouldn’t.
That old maxim about “if first you don’t succeed?” Well, there’s a reason people say it. On the third day of festivities out at Jingle Cross Rock—the race weekend’s sole UCI C1 event, it turns out—aggression came out even earlier, and made for a very different race. Would fortune favor the bold? You’ll just have to watch and find out.
Starting to get a little CX-y out there after long dry spell. Big climbs, hard descents, a little bit of mud—or at least slick-ness—I’m into it. Without the wind, things might have unfolded a little more actively, but plenty of riders still rolled the dice, both with attacks and innovative cornering techniques.
A certified World Championship™ course at the Derby City Cup, and man did it ever deliver on Sunday. Brutally technical sand and stair sections broken up by speedy, fluid flats with an almost rhythmic feel led to yo-yoing and a a few lovely displays of prowess.
Still, the rubber band would eventually snap, and some surprising names would find themselves on the unhappy side of that divide. Of course, that doesn’t necessarily mean their races are over, but maybe the riders who’ve made split will have something to say about it. Excitement down to the line, I guarantee.
Nice to be back in the more-or-less present, reporting on part of the Cincy3 (or Cincy-ish) cyclocross races this past weekend. Grass looked moist and healthy, though we’re still lacking a properly muddy race so far this season; with some notoriously greasy venues coming up, that may not be a problem for long.