Big thanks to Flannery Allison for some great photos!
I've always been a fan of the Mt. Pleasant Winery cyclocross race in Augusta, Missouri. It's main feature is the geography: it's built on a hillside. That means the course snakes across that hillside, back and forth, until all participants beg for mercy or death. This year, the course was bone dry...dusty even...with the exception of a drainage ditch that bisected the entire course. We crossed that little drain 5 times per lap, and the "A" field did 11 laps. Doing the math, I lifted my front wheel at relatively high speed 55 times. My biceps confirm that number as I type.