Cross is coming… Summer Cross Racing Thread
@daern – different definition of Summer up North 🙂
@hoopyfrood – I may reset the ambitions then… First CX race in a while, so if the course is short and has obstacles then I may take a while to get back in the flow.
I’ll be in Performance Cycles kit (black/red) on the Specialized TriCrossPosted 1 week ago
@richardk – be ambitous! My only being lapped once is based on pretty much always being lapped twice in Western league. It is a pretty short course (and a little shorter than past years if you’ve ridden if before) and there will be at least one set of barriers, which will be just before a steep bank, so there’ll be no bunny hopping them either.
I’ll be in Cheltenham kit on a white Trek Crockett.Posted 1 week ago
Is it much shorter than last year? Great course. I like Pitville park. see you there.
We’re not using the railway path (the straight that’s furthest from the road, separated from the rest of the course by a hedge) this year. There will be a few more short loops on the rest of the course – so it’ll be shorter in distance, but hopefully the lap time won’t be much shorter.Posted 1 week ago
Well that was hard… quite a novelty racing cross in dry dusty conditions, and always amazing how long a course you can put together in such a small area.
@matt lewis – nice result!
Managed 13th in my category, and only got lapped once. Aimed to go off easier than i normally would do, and pick it up through the race – the stats show i didn’t manage this though! 3 fast laps, the slide out on a corner in lap 4 which slowed me. Speed and heart rate dipped in laps 5,6, & 7 as i sat in behind someone and tried to achieve a steady pace – lapping at roughly 6 minutes. Halfway through lap 8 as you pass near the start/finish line the bell went for the leaders – I briefly though about sitting up and letting myself get lapped – nah, **** it, let’s fight, and picked up again in laps 8 & 9 to dip below the 6 minute mark per lap and finish strong.
hrTSS of 129 for 56 minutes of racing, a new threshold heart rate (as advertised by Training Peaks), and a new max heart rate for cycling!
Overall really happy with the race, but probably should have fought harder through lap 9 as the person I’d passed earlier came past me just after the boards.
@matt lewis – nice result!
Next week’s race at Chavenage is cancelledPosted 6 days ago
I was bizzarely (as someone who’s always not quite last) gridded on the front row due to the very small senior field and not many league regulars. I then managed to make it all the way to last senior within a lap or so! I then had a fairly long battle over not-last place, which I eventually came out on top of as the other guy took a tumble somewhere. This was lucky as it came around the same time I was starting to cramp when going over the boards as always happens to me at Pittville. Pleased with only being lapped once, but I can’t have been far off being caught for the second time.Posted 6 days ago
Nice to hear from you Joe. I doubt it, how old are you by now? Get back on the bike and get yourself to a Beastway. You still in London? I’ve been racing a fair bit since being back in Wales. I’ll PM you since it would be good to hear what you’re up to.
All the best,
MattPosted 6 days ago
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