This is from last year but there is some cool footage of me.
This past weekend I took part in The New Belgium Cup in Fort Collins. As far as cyclocross around here goes, it’s as big as it gets. The race is the second stop on the US Grand Prix of Cyclocross and it brings out all the top domestic pros. I raced it last year and loved the course and the atmosphere. The cat. 3′s were combined with the 2′s so we had good sized fields of 75 on Saturday and 59 on Sunday. I was looking forward to seeing how I could do racing with the next highest category and starting somewhere other than the front two rows. Here’s how it went.
(Watch the video above at ~5:15 to see the finish of my race)
I was so close to winning!
I a got a front row call up and had a great start in a small field of 26. I’ve been hesitant to take the early lead in a cross race and blow myself up so, as we approached the transition to dirt, I eased up a little and was in third position as we hit the first technical section.
It was nice getting the cross season started in Golden.
This race was really hard and afterwards I was sore in a bunch of unusual places. This was my first real test of the tubulars I glued myself and they worked great and didn’t come off!
The turnout for the 3′s was pretty low, 12 finishers and we had a few dnf’s. Even though I didn’t get a call up I was able to get into the 2nd row when they started calling by number.
For the past two years this is the race my season revolves around. I grew up in Laramie and my mom still lives there as well as many of my old friends. This race is extremely important to me and I hope that it never stops running. Last year my race went great and I finished fourth in the cat 4 race. Racing as a 3 this year I was excited to finally have a chance to do the long version of the course and ride up past Lake Marie and down the other side of Snowy Range.
Since the Uni Hill Crit I’ve stayed busy finishing up my first temporary design job at an ad agency in Denver which turned out to be a great experience. There I was able to do one of the things I’ve gotten really efficient at, taking a photoshopped website design and from that building out html/css for page templates that can then be given to developers to be made dynamic. The variety of projects there was refreshing. Commuting to Denver and not having as much time during the week to ride meant that I had to do quite a bit during the weekend a few times to make sure I was getting all my riding in.
Well, my cold ended up lasting about two weeks but now I’m finally back to 100%. I didn’t get any quality workout in until the weekend following my second sick week where I raced both Hugo and the Uni Hill Crit.
Last week I decided to stick with my original plan of doing the Lookout Mountain Hill Climb and skipping Koppenberg so I could check out A Taste of Pearl in Boulder on Sunday with my girlfriend and some friends of hers. I drove to Golden bright and early Saturday morning only to find the race cancelled because of crazy wind which seems to be a trend this year. I warmed up on the trainer and decided to do the climb anyway which was thoroughly unenjoyable because of the cold and wind but at least I got my ride in for the day.
I was excited to do this race again after doing well last year in the 4′s. On paper the course doesn’t look exciting but the wind, rolling terrain and 180 degree turns make it interesting. It was cold and the weather looked threatening but we luckily it held up and we saw only a few snow flakes throughout the day. I got a short 10 minute warmup on the trainer and started toward the back of our 47 rider field. I was able to move up a bit when the lead moto took us the wrong way towards the shorter version of the course. Some people followed it for a few seconds while others including myself realized sooner that he was mistaken and turned the right direction. Eventually everyone was together again going the right way.