Monday, October 02, 2006
Cross Crusade #1: Alpenrose
My first singlespeed race PacNW race happened yesterday at the Alpenrose Dairy. The word is that there were like almost 800 racers throughout the day. 72 folks were in my SS race, of which I finished 56th, but I had fun and actually caught some dudes in the latter laps. The next goal is to not get caught by the Mens B's whom had a 3 minute lead on us.
My Forerunner took data of the race, which is kinda cool. Some nice heart rate functions and the above graphics can be made as well from software from gpsvisualizer.com.
It was definetly a day for tubulars as the course was super bumpy in a lot of sections. Unfortunately, I didnt get mine glued up in time.
Race report: Well, I had no goal accept to not get last or die. So mission accomplished, its tough to be competitive I think when you seat yourself on the back row. I'll move a little closer to the front next time. The race went off without a hitch, Sacha White, Erik Tonkin and some other notable guys were on their SS, some, including Tonkin on a fixed gear. Basically, after the start, the race was just me on my bike going around the course 5 times over 2 sets of two barriers, one hill runup and one stair runup. My hands are bruised from the bumpy-ness (and Im not running cork tape but plastic Benotto-like tape)
After the race, I talked with some guys that I "know" through the internet, so it was cool to put the name or screenname to the face.
Thats pretty much it, the next Crusade race is 2 weeks from now, but there is another Portland race this coming weekend.
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