Monday, December 12, 2011
I had no intentions of racing cross this season, so when the Harmonizer coyly suggested we race DAS Beer Cross, and then hit up Case Mountain for some mtb fun I found myself at something of a loss at my acceptance of the idea.
To keep things simple I figured I'd just race it on Blü.2; that way I'd just need to do a quick cog change and I'd be ready for Case.
I had zero expectations; the race was just something to do before a mountain bike ride.
4 people had pre-registered for the singlespeed race. I figured since it cost less to sign up at the race, than on bikereg there would be a bigger turn out.
To make it even worse one of the people who pre-registered decided he had enough and was skipping the race.
On the line the organizer asked if we just wanted to do laps. He suggested 4. Someone suggested 3. He looked at me and asked "what, do you want to do more?"
Well, yeah, 4 laps seems kind of short.
He then proclaimed "This guy probably wants to do 8" (that would be better).
We settled on 5.
By the first sand pit I knew I was in the wrong race.
The course was really fun and mountain bike-y.
Being on a mountain bike was a huge advantage on this particular course. The sand pit was easily rideable, the singletrack was, well, singletrack, so of course the mtb was awesome. There were two barriers; one I had to run, the other was an easy bunny hop. The final obstacle was a hill run up in the woods. Best way to tackle it was get up a head of speed, blast up it as high as momentum would carry you, jump off and run the remainder.
I finished the race in about 29 minutes (it was listed as a 45 minute race) and as the leaders of the "A" race begun to lap me on my last lap I was making a point to stay out of the way.
So on the finish line when the promoter gave me my prizes, did I graciously hand them to the guy who came in second?
Are you freakin' nuts?!
If there is one way to pacify Mrs. CB2 to the challenges of being married to a bike racer it's to bring her home presents. Presents such as beer.
James got 2nd in the "A" race and also brang home a sixer (he got 2nd in Manchester on Saturday too; Yay James!).
Special shout out to the King for having the tool I forgot to pack to change my cog!
Case would have sucked with a 60" gear.
Case was fun too, although I did get us a little lost.
A great day on bikes!