Archive for 26 December 2008

World Cup, Nommay

Posted: 26 December 2008 in Uncategorized
So we got down to France after a 6 something hour drive (which isn’t that bad, but it’s loads when your the one doing most of the driving).  We were able to swap out drivers though, so I was able to get some shut eye!  (or bobble head time as some people might call it for me).  We got to pre-ride the course as soon as we got down there and it was pretty cool, but was going to be VERY hard the next day as it was loads of wet on the course and most of the course winded through a pretty deep grassy field!
Nommay World Cup
I managed to weezle a 2nd last row call up (some how) and there were a crap load of racers there too.  They had 85 at least sign up for the race and were on the start list.  It was incredible.   On the day there weren’t that many, but still.  The start was pretty fast and the typical bottle neck came about when everyone got to the first set of Mamouth stairs.  It was pretty surreal running in between 50 other dudes running up stairs with their bikes around their shoulders!  I was able to steer around a large pile up on the decent after the stairs by going on the inside and then after that it was straight into the mud pit of a field!  We weren’t able to have as many mechanics as we might have liked as there were only 2 people for 4 girls and 3 dudes.  I have to hand it to Stef for being the man on the spot and having to deal with cleaning 3 different bikes all within one lap!  I tried to hold off with the bike changing for as long as I could so I only changed every full lap, but almost wish I would have changed more!
After one of the off-cambre ascents in the mud some dude ended up slipping up in front of me and somehow managed to jam his foot right into my front wheel.  Now I have to get it trued, but still, I’m pretty choked about it!  I was able to ride a pretty strong race though after just racing 2 days before and after having to drive 6 hrs to get there.  So I was happy at the end of the day.  About half way through Derrick St. John managed to mangle both of his bikes and had to run a bit of the course to hit up the pits, but was strong enough to be able to catch me with about 3 laps to go.  I tried hard to hold off the charging Sven and Lars, but it just wasn’t in the books.  Lapped with 1 and a half to go!
Maybe next race, I’ll hold them off?

Scheldecross, Antwerp

Posted: 26 December 2008 in Uncategorized
So I really should jump on these race reports a little earlier than this, but right now i’m replaying the last 2 weeks of racing in Europe.  It’s currently Boxing Day in Belgium and it’s cold (compared to normal), but unfortunately, this is the first year that I haven’t had a White Christmas.
So I lined up at the C2 (I think) race basically on the last row.  There weren’t too many guys racing, but all the strongs ones showed up (with the exception of Sven Nys and Bart Wellens I think).  But off the gun it was a very fast a long start straight.  by the end of the start straight, I was basically in my 46/13.  It was fast.  Straight into a 180 degree turn.  During the first lap I did pretty good to hold my line and stay out of trouble (until I got to the sand of course).  This course (little did I know before hand) has about 600m of sand pit. 2 major ones per lap.  It’s incredible.  Pretty fast because it wasn’t all that wet (for the most part) so I didn’t need to change the bike at all.  It seemed that I was getting really good at taking crappy lines through the sand pits and the "paths" that were ridden into the sand from the previous guys, I just wasn’t really able to stay in them so I ended up doing LOTS of running.  I even ended up running into a couple of guys.  One guy even fell right in front of me and I didn’t have time to put on the brakes so I just rode right into his back!  If he didn’t want to get hit, he wouldn’t have crashed!!  That’s how I think of it.  Anyways, there is a pretty good picture that someone took of me coming out of the sand pit on one lap and I was looking at my heart rate monitor to see what it kept going to because it kept getting higher every lap I did that section!  I’ll try and post that one on here soon!
Anyways, I finished up getting lapped with one and a half laps to go.  I really need to work on my sand riding, as the sand riding over here is a whole different ball of wax compared to what were used to at home.  (although the sand here doesn’t freeze under ground (or turn to clay either), so we get off lucky! 
Next Race:  Nommay World Cup (southern France)