the bad, the good & the ugly

Some new goodies came in today! Woo hoo!
Oct 1

Some new goodies came in today! Woo hoo!

Dean K’s Giant TCX custom/one-off; Ultegra Di2, Shimano hydraulic discs and one-off wheel build. 

Super lucky to rip on this bike! Side note: Dean is the sales rep for Giant and Shimano.
Sep 29

Dean K’s Giant TCX custom/one-off; Ultegra Di2, Shimano hydraulic discs and one-off wheel build.

Super lucky to rip on this bike! Side note: Dean is the sales rep for Giant and Shimano.

Sep 29
Sep 29

Race 3. “Mennocross”. C-race.
-.— km total. -.— km/lap

*winner’s time = 27:54 (—.— km/h)
my time = 34:09 (—.— km/h)

lap 1 - 8:50
lap 2 - 8:18
lap 3 - 8:31
lap 4 - 8:28

5 things I felt good about:
1.bike-handling on grass and off-camber switchbacks. FUN!!!
2.selecting the right gearing for the terrain.
3.my climbing. (!!!)
4.my ability to pass in the corners and the RUN UP see photos.
5.my pre-race preparation.

5 thing I need to work on:
1. dismount-remount. (!!!)
2. hole-shot starts.
3. finding my feet after remount.
4. know when to “run” when I opt to “ride”
5. make time in the straight-aways.

5 things I want for next year:
1. a second pair of gloves.
2. a go-to grass tire tread for grass courses.
3. skinsuit for racing with a zip pocket for keys and Garmin.
4. a person to assist me getting ready.
5. streamlined race-day routine.

** decided to forgo my HRM and Garmin for this race; went by “feel”.

Race 2. “Ego Cross”. C-race.
11.25 km total. 2.81 km/lap

*winner’s time = 31:01 (21.75 km/h)
my time = 40:39 (18.10 km/h)

lap 1 - 9:58
lap 2 - 8:59
lap 3 - 9:16
lap 4 - 9:01

5 things I felt good about:
1. paced myself back into the race.
2. mentality of not letting a crash bother me; in fact it got me feeling good!
3. finishing sprint.
4. climbing VERY well.
5. use of the terrain to gain position.

5 thing I need to work on:
1. dismount/remount
2. timing dismount (so I’m not wasting momentum) and running over barriers; I’ve a bit of a skip-step.
3. use of a terrain to help with remount.
4. commit and hold the line for the terrain hazards.
5. committing to pre-race preparation.

5 things I want for next year:
1. slightly lower PSI, with the amount of grass I found I was ‘bouncing’ a bit too much with the PSI I was running (3.5 bar).
2. time my start so I can benefit from my start-grid placing and not start at the back.
3. a “grass” tread tire set-up
4. consider a single chainring in the front/ a 1x set-up; or a 40t chainring.
5. a non-ratchet shoe, I found when I crashed my right shoe (although not damaged) got de-tensioned—- granted I didn’t take the time to ratchet the tension back.

Sep 29
EgoCross 2014 “C-race”
Sep 28
Sep 7

I knew this was going to be a tough course, super dry and bumpy (bumpy is an understatement) for 3/4s of the course & a fast, wet-grass section, from the pre-ride. Also, I was lined up alphabetically due to being in my 1st CX-race season. The start was a chaotic mess. They allow the provincial developmental team to race with us; I feel that this is a huge mistake—- despite there ability, there is a culture of ‘oh, come on, just let the kids ride”/’freebie”-ism that permeates this town’s cycling establishment. With the ability to pick my line all but gone from the start and advance in positions; I made due.

However, one of the junior kids took a bad line in the first corner and caused a crash, stalling out my section of the peloton. Avoiding the crash, I was subsequently fighting for position with juniors throughout the entirety of the race.
My point being, they (juniors) need to have their own race OR place them with the “open” category races.
Two cases in point, the first instance is on the run-up the grandstands I caught up to a kid and tried to pass them on the run, however they put their bike down HORIZONTALLY across the race course to remount. The second instance, on the run-to-ramp, I saw a junior take a bad line in front of someone who tried to pass them, subsequently, the startled kid collided with them on the down-ramp.

I shouted expletives at those that were in my way; it is a face I don’t like to wear—- but when provoked, I was admitting-ly quite the snarling wolf. So to them, my apologies—- however, I will put the rest of my CX-season efforts on gaining position and speed.

Otherwise, Dark Cross— as a race, IS a superb event (and wonderfully organized)!! And would recommend it to any who ask.

Sep 7
Dark Cross 2014, post-race thoughts:
Sep 7
Sep 6

Race 1. “Dark Cross”. C-race.
9.96 km total. 3.32 km/lap

*winner’s time = 27:22 (21.82 km/h)
my time = 32:51 (18.18 km/h)

lap 1 - 11:03
lap 2 - 10:58
lap 3 - 10:49

5 things I felt good about:
1.bike-handling on grass and hard-packed dirt.
2.selecting the right gearing for the terrain.
3.my climbing. (!!!)
4.my ability to pass in the corners.
5.my pre-race preparation.

5 thing I need to work on:
1. dismount-remount. (!!!)
2. hole-shot starts.
3. picking and holding the ‘right’ line.
4. pacing myself.
5. bike-handling/more confidence.

5 things I want for next year:
1. a proper “kit” bag; instead having 2 bags with my gear.
2. more off-road training.
3. skinsuit for racing; 2-piece kits not convinced they work for CX.
4. a person to assist me getting ready.
5. portable bike stand and mechanic tool-roll.

** was wearing my HRM but forgot to turn on my Garmin. d’oh!