Sunday, September 29, 2013
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Thanks to Mike Dawson for the fabulous photo from LaVista!
Last year, I gushed about how well-suited the LaVista course was for my...ahem...strengths. LaVista is a permanent 'cross course in Godfrey, Illinois. It's a course with short straights, many corners, and lots of ways to get out of sight. Last year I raced in the open class with the fast guys and got third.
This year, continuing my reality training, I raced with the masters. Since the master's race starts one minute behind the Open field, I figured I could race guys my age and still see how close I could come to competing with the faster, younger crowd. It worked out pretty well, as I was able to get a pretty good lead on the old guys and move up a bit into the Open field. But only just. I caught just a few of the Open guys, and it looked like I would have gotten a whoopin' from at least 5 of guys leading that race.
Oh well. Even though the course was bumpy, I still consider it a must-do on the race calendar. And the barriers were perfect for bunny hopping!
Onward and upward.
Saturday, September 14, 2013
Tonight, I raced the Masters 40+ class instead of the Pro/1/2. And I won. Go figure. As much as I wish that I could compete for the win in a faster P12 race like Hermann, it's much more realistic for me to just admit that I'm not that good and race with guys like me. It was fun, it was a really competitive race, and I loved it.
Love the city of Hermann, and I really love this race. I'm very happy that I was finally able to put together a nice podium finish to round out my enthusiasm for the event.
Sunday, September 01, 2013
Tyson, second from right, with black jersey and my blue and silver helmet
After 8 years of doing the short sprint races at the Gateway Cup, Tyson finished his first actual Juniors race today. On a borrowed road bike (and using my helmet), he experienced a real deal crit on the Hill. There were 20 or so juniors, ranging in age from 11 to 16. His race lasted 20+ minutes, and he hung in there. Best of all, he LOVED it. That's the part I can't believe. Looks like I'll dip into his college savings for a road bike..... :)