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Awesome mudder at Estabrook. It wasn't a race when you could go too deep, but it was super punchy. Gingerly around curves, and then slam it to the next section, gingerly around the next curve, then slam it again. Confidence and balance was necessary to stay afloat in the sketchy straights. I set my sights on two competitors and beat them both.

  • At one point to remount my left foot swung up and on to the top of my rear tire, where it kinda got stuck there for a couple of seconds. Not sure how that happened.
  • There was a large "railroad tie" that I've never been able to get over until this race. Ran it once, front-wheeled it twice, made it completely over once. Feels good.
  • Another point I was passed in a chicane by a guy on foot, who whipped that shit around real fast, so I decided to give it a try on my last lap. But I confused myself in that moment that I just slowed to a stop. Mentally dazed. One of my teammates partners was in that corner and heckled me real good.

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Sun, 11/05/2017 - 10:13
y's picture

been having a pretty crappy (by my standards) cx season. back pain has been a major limiter (though that's getting better) and i've had a bunch of race-ending mechanicals.

finally last weekend i'm sitting in 5th place mid-race. super technical course and it's pouring rain, i wore out my break pads to the point where i couldn't slow down at all. pretty much blasted through the tape on every corner until i'd hit something to slow me down. had to dnf on the final lap.

broke a shifter 10 min before my start today. yolo'd the singlespeed race and won. so much fun, i think i'll try and repeat at the provincial champs next week.

Sun, 11/05/2017 - 19:10
y's picture

also, who knew mud tires were so awesome? i'd never owned any. it's possible to go a full season without needing them here, so it never made sense dedicating a wheelset and i'd usually make do with fangos.

ran some vittoria xl pros today, holy smokes are they good! even though i probably had too much pressure, i had tons of grip in the sloppy stuff. very predictable, not noticeably slower.

Sun, 11/05/2017 - 21:32
b-roll's picture

Eastabrook was just the CX stuff I long for, even though I suck even more at CX than I ever did.

Local hero Jo Van Deraffe gets some national press at 6:05 or so:

"Long story short: I'm stupid, but stupid like a fox."

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 22:52
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Thu, 11/09/2017 - 19:50
y's picture

won the sscxpc today. you guys can call me "champ" now.

Sun, 11/12/2017 - 18:03
crabbi's picture

went to socal to race the CXMoVal weekend. on Saturday, I did elite A and immendiately after (I had enough time to fill up a waterbottle before staging) the SS A. in elites, i was sitting in 5th in the last lap and then i burped all the air out of my front tire after riding up some stairs. I have never done that and still dont know what i hit; i was already at the top of the set when it blew. i had to run/jog/walk half a mile to the pit. Everyone behind me passed me and i grabbed my ss and finished out the last bit of the course. then i went immediately into the ss race and was so wrecked it didn't matter. i didn't finish last, though. Sunday i only raced ss and got 6th. Had 4th and 5th within striking distance, but we started lapping people on our last lap and i got caught behind the a guy in one of the lose corners. Gap opened up again and I wasn't able to latch back on. super dusty, a few straights that were fast, a lot of deep, loose corners, 3 sets of stairs, a flyover, and a crazy dirt feature that was really choppy as the weekend progressed. Super fun.

Sneaky Viking wrote:
if you're here, you probably fucked up somewhere along the line.

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 13:22
littletinyfish's picture

I flatted in my last race thanks to a tiny thorn. I nearly missed it while scanning my tire afterwards because it was buried in the rubber and just large enough to matter. I had to grab a pit bike with flat pedals and actually run the run-ups. Always exciting to do a bike swap.

I can't tell if my low performance is fine for just entering Cat 3s or if my end-of-season reserves are running out cuz I bonked by the end. I'd like to consistently achieve Top 50%. Maybe I can have a strong season finish after the Thanksgiving binge.

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Mon, 11/20/2017 - 13:59
b-roll's picture

Sign up for the 123 race at States and win yourself a belt.

"Long story short: I'm stupid, but stupid like a fox."

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 20:59
Larry Winget
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Woodland Park GP was pretty fun. 88 in the SS field. Granted some of those were on Limebikes, tandems, etc... Finished 50th, but I managed to find someone I was pretty evenly matched with, so that was fun. I battled with him the previous week too, but an hour for the SS race in the other series proved to be a little too much for me. Here I am passing him about midway through the race in one of the tricker corners. He caught back on, but I lost him for good when he ran the last babby log and I rode it.

Also found some camera footage from the previous week's race where I was in front of the camera for most of the first lap. I learned a few things:

The good:

I'm pretty smooth on the bike.
I generally pick good lines in corners.
My dismount to shouldering has gotten a lot better.

Needs work:

I'll never be an aggressive starter, but I'm missing out on opportunities to make up places when a hole opens up because I can't accelerate and get through.
I get off a little too early for barriers (but that's still better than too late and having to brake a bunch).
My remounts are really ugly. I can set the bike down pretty predictably now, but I still need to work on the rest.
I could ride a little more defensively in corners when leading.

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Thu, 11/23/2017 - 01:39