|Day 2 podium, Mark Legg-Compton, Michael Wissink and yours truly|
I can't say enough about how cool everyone was in Louisville. Every local we ran into thanked us for making the trip and seemed to at least know that in one and two years time that the masters and elite world championships would be held at Eva Bandman Cyclocross park. You read that right, CYCLOCROSS PARK! The city is giving these guys everything they need to make cyclocross a part of everyday life in Louisville. The area is in a massive drought and the course was mega dry. Dust and sand was everywhere and on everything. The course seemed a pit short and had no fewer than 4 dismounts a lap, making for a very challenging day with little space for recovering.
Saturdays race left little to talk about. I was pretty nervous on the start line and rode much too cautiously early on. Like they say, if you think it's time to attack, it's already too late. I missed the crucial move and was eventually stuck in a 5 way battle for 4th place, which I lost, taking the finally 8th place spot. Matt had a great ride from the last row moving up to 13th place as did Shadd Smith who was in our G5 and took 4th on the day. Nate struggled a little bit but still rode to a good 17th place finish. Troy was a solid 8th in the 45+ with Tom Price 9th.
|5th place after lap 1 on Sunday and on the charge|
The decider for Sundays contest can be seen in the above pic. The hump before the barriers would wreak havoc on the first lap. On Saturday the barriers were closer to the hump, forcing you to slow down, but on Sunday, they pushed the barriers back which really forced you to check your speed before hitting the feature.
Soon we were bottled up behind holeshot winner Eirik Schulz. The group was swapping positions left and right and after a few bobbles by other riders here and there, I found myself coming through with the lead after 3 laps. Mark Legg-Compton and I were away, with Michael Wissink just a few seconds off in pursuit.
|Leading the race with Mark Legg-Compton in tow|
|The rideable sand dune made me wish for deep dish wheels|
|The run-up from day one was rideable the second day|
|Well clear with 4th place no where in sight|
Results for the rest of the crew would be mixed. Matt rode strong again for an 11th place but Nate flatted and had to take a bike a change, falling back to 34th.
Some cool press in Velonews...Pic 1...Pic 2.
|Matt attacking the barriers early on|
|Nate on the Moots after his bike change|
|The Black Lung made it to the podium too!|