Position: Last "row" (do 3 non-consecutive dudes qualify as a "row"?)
Goal: Do not get lapped.
...am I the only one here without carbon wheels? I can remember the smell of the first turn well. The pavement ended, and everyone jacked up their brakes for the turn onto the grass. The air was thick with the rancid smell of burning carbon. If that doesn't intimidate you, you've probably smelt smoking carbon rims before. I had not. I was intimidated, and a bit repulsed. That shit reeks.
Cat3's are your friends.
All those cat3s that hated me before? Well, now they're my fans. The fan club's numbers have swelled, I think we're up to 5 or 6 now. We're going to have to find a bigger conference room. Not sure if only Cat3's know who I am, or if they were living vicariously through me, but they were loud. When you're drooling all over yourself, your vision is blurry, and your throat tastes like blood, volume is the only thing that gets through. Thanks Cat3 men, we cool now?
"you're doing it"
Whoever it was that was saying "you're doing it" on the last two laps, rock on. Sure, it was bit creepy, but it was exactly what was going through my head at that point in time. "you're doing it". Not only was I in front of Colin, but I wasn't going to get lapped, all of my wildest dreams were fulfilled. "you're doing it". I thank you, anonymous spectator, we were on the exact same page.
if you squint, it kinda looks like i know what i'm doing.
Ouch, ouch, ouch, ouch....
Back when I was weighing the pros and cons of upgrading my mountain bike license, one of the cons was race length. The pain and agony of the last lap would double. Well, when you go from Cat3 to Elite, you have to do about 4 last laps. Gloucester Day2, my time was 39 minutes and change. Providence Day1? 1:04 and change. That is well over a 50% increase. I had no idea lap cards could go so high.
Kevin 1 : Colin 0.
(all photos courtesy of doublehop.blogspot.com, the bestest, doublehoppiest, photographiest, cyclocross photo blog in the world. they rule.)
(Late edit: I ended up 34th out of 55. Seriously, I beat 20 elite cyclocross racers.)