Crossasaurus Awesome 2015; Don’t Underestimate a Wet, Wooden Bridge

Hello everyone,

Not road rash, bridge rash! Ouch, it freaking hurt. Video of the crash below.
Not road rash, bridge rash! Ouch, it freaking hurt. Video of the crash below.

I had another not so stellar race this last Sunday at the Crossasaurus Awesome Cross Race (I’m going to acronym this race into CACR because typing the word crossasaurus takes forever).  I love this course.  It is tied for my top two favorite courses in the PACX series with West Chester.  The folks at CACR did a stellar job adding some additional mileage onto the back of the course.  They do a fantastic job of giving the riders around 5 to 6 different locations to decide to ride or run.  I rode everything except the barriers and the sand pit.  I can run fast and the sand pits are right after the barriers.  It was unfortunate I had a bad race here.  I made a huge mistake and decided to accelerate on a wet, wooden bridge.  BIG MISTAKE BUDDY!  I crashed myself and the bike on the bridge, knocked the chain off the front chainring, and bent the rear derailleur hanger.  Pretty much ruined my race right at the bridge and guaranteed a last place.  The team did well in the CAT 4/5 race.

2nd place for Eric in the CAT 4/5 field!
2nd place for Eric in the CAT 4/5 field!

Eric and Dan Ciabattoni had a great start in the 4/5 race.  Eric ended up moving from around 3rd to 1st, and finished 2nd place.  We also had a few other team racers out there doing a good job of flying the team colors.  I had a not so good showing in the Masters 35+.  I didn’t do a whole video this time of the first lap since I crashed on the first lap.  Video below and I’m really surprised I didn’t throw out some F’bombs on the crash.

I don’t know what is going on this year.  Maybe it’s the increase in power I have?  Maybe I can’t get

I love that they incorporate a sand pit at this race.
I love that they incorporate a sand pit at this race.

out of my own head this year?  I don’t know what it is.  I’ve been working on my starts for weeks now and I just can’t get clipped in on the start line.  I’ll do 20 starts on the Saturday before the race and get about 15 of them damn near perfect.  I go to race and can’t get my damn shoe clipped in to save my life.  That leaves me near the back of the pack and working my butt off trying to accelerate and pass people.  I’m not going to let this get me down.  This was a great course and sometimes you ride the course and sometimes the course rides you.

The legend, Bob May!
The legend, Bob May!

I did have a good time catching up with a former teammate Bob May who is a local fixture in the Fat Bike and Endurance scene around here.  He’s a pretty cool dude and I got to meet his two little boys he brought along also.

I had a long trip home thinking about my mistakes out there today.  I guess I need to practice my starts about 100 more times before I can get it right.  Maybe I need to get out of my own head and just ride my damn bike.  It doesn’t matter how I place, I do train hard so I can do well.  However, it’s seems I’m training hard just to be last place.  You wouldn’t believe how hard I work to be mediocre at these races! LOL!

Anyways, the girls did patch me up at home.  I was happy to be home again after this race.  It’s time to think about doing a double header this weekend at Swashbuckler and my own team’s race at Stoudts.  I also had to remind myself to “embrace the suck!”

The Girls fixed up my boo boo!
The Girls fixed up my boo boo!

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