|Running the sand at Dogfish Hermann CX.|
Photo Cred: Dan Singer.
Manion’s CX Day 1: With the wife and kids out of town I jumped in the car and drove over to KC to see my rents. I got to watch David win the Jrs race and then I finished in the top 10 of the Open Men’s race. (PRO) Joe Schmalz cleaned up on the day. BUT, unlike the last CX race against him, I did not get lapped. That’s some real progress! I was pleased with my result considering I only had 1 functioning brake (my own fault) and that really limited my ability to hit the downhill, dusty, switchbacks.
WTB LaVista CX: I showed up 30 min before this race and managed a decent finish (6th) in the Open race. It was an encouraging day as some of the guys I gauge myself off of (Scott and Aaron) were both behind me. They usually finish ahead of me!
|Teammate BJ throwin down in the mud at Gateway CX Cup with Scott.|
Photo Cred: Dan Singer.
COMO Awesomo: Columbia, MO hosted a midstate CX race which provided an opportunity for David and I to race and my folks to see their grandkids. David struggled with tired legs from soccer and finished near the back of the cat 4 men’s field. Nonetheless, as a first year junior, I think he’s doing just fine. I lined up in the open men’s with Dan Miller and Butthead. BJ and I thought the plan would be to hold Butthead’s wheel as long as possible. The first couple laps were good for me but I felt flat and lost contact with Dan and Josh. I started bleeding (stop me if you’ve heard this one) but then rebounded at the end to finish 3rd. Josh and several other guys DNF’d for various reasons. I definitely had a hard time focusing throughout the entire 60 minutes, but that’s why I do this sport, to train that weakness. BJ finished 4th and we both smoked our legs for the next day.
|See, I was in fact racing for a few minutes...|
Photo Cred: WTB Superprestige CX.
Veldrijden Columbia: After that really fun (but expensive! Flatted tubie, broken chain, y'know, stuff...) block of cyclocross racing, I’m ready to put together the course for this weekend’s cross race in Columbia, IL. I purposely have not replaced the chain on the CX bike so I would not put riding above race prep. (I also took my road bike out of commission – the only way to assure I won’t ride. Lol.) After a few days of trimming back in the single track areas, I think the course is ready. The city recently mowed and temps and precip are settling in to be just about perfect!