|Here was the course they laid out for us.|
I think the most nerve wracking part for me was the start (keep reading for the other wracking part). It was probably a hundred yard stretch of pavement before the course dived around a bend into the first of many sandy corners. I definitely didn't want to be in the pack and fall over in the first turn (taking out god knows how many other riders)....so I stayed to the back of the pack.
|The men's B (intermediate) and women's A (expert) start.|
|There's definitely a bit of competition up front for the hole shot.|
|One of the super sandy and loose corners. This one had a nice inside line option!|
|An overview of the course.|
On my first clip out and jump attempt I just didn't get the second clip out before my body tried to start running. I almost crashed into the barrier and pulled the bike on top of myself! Fortunately, the clip popped loose at the last second and it was just a minor tumble for me. The blow to my pride might have been slightly larger.
|One of many dismounts....shoulder that bike and climb those stairs!|
|....and then dive down the hill and back into the sandbox!|
A small aside here...this is a real bike race so guys wear spandex (pretty much head to toe). This getup does a pretty good job of controlling male anatomy, even with all the running, jumping, riding, etc. However, if you are going to run and jump on a relatively small seat 10+ times per lap the potential for a uncomfortable landing is pretty high. And....I will attest to the fact that while this may not make you crash....you definitely will ride a little slower after one of those landings!
So, despite the learning curve on how to "ride" cyclocross, I had a blast and managed not to fall down during the four laps and 30 minutes of riding. Heck, I even passed my new friend from Cycle Oregon who invited me out to the race!
So if you want to give it a try, I'd definitely say come out and join. The people are really friendly and family is encouraged to come out and cheer. Heck, they even have a kids race! So check the schedule in the previous post and make the drive up to Truckee on the 13th!