I was very happy to toe the line today at the West Chester Cross Classic. The race is promoted by the local Bike Line team, and headed up by Bob Reuther, who long time readers of Fatmarc Vanderbacon know is one those cycling guys I have always looked up to and held in the highest regard.
This year the lap was a much more standard length, and the crew added a super sweet, super hard run up. Remember my friends, technical features in cross races are good. Cross should have challenging features. Traversing the fields of West Chester Rustin High School, the course was still a power rider's course and featured a number of hard 180 turns, and quick power climbs to sap the legs. The course raced really fun, and I was stoked with my ride.
|In this picture my ASS LOOKS HUGE!|
Traditional Race Report to start now:
|Shit my HUGE ASS is still there!|
Got a good start. At the end of lap 2 settled into a nice group with Jason, Greg, and Joe (the 55+ race winner). Oddly, they started the 55 plus at the same time as the 35+ behind us. Joe pretty much tail-gunned our group the entire race, which was cool. With 2 to go, I felt like out of the corners, and barriers I could get a little gap and put some pressure on Greg, so I tried to pop him off our group. I failed. He made me pay for my indiscretion.
Group Compacto as we start the final lap. At the run up Joe moved up from his tail gun position and went to the front. Jason and Greg reacted and charged back in front, and I got caught flat footed, and with my pants down a bit. I charged and got back to Joe's wheel, but Jason and Greg were as Richard Fries says, "had the cash, and escaping in the get away car" I settled in a bit and finished up. I was happy with my race.. Greg, who I tried to dislodge from the group, won the group. Well played my friend, well played. Strong legs beat bad tactics every time.
|the group I raced in today. Much respect to Greg and Jason who worked me over.|
Thanks to Bob Joos for pitting for me. You rock.
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Thanks to Jen Sears for the awesome pictures.
Yup, even for the one that shows off just how bootylicious I am.