As a junior we used to ride our road bikes, tubulars and all, through Wilderness Park pretending to be racing cross. My first go at a cross bike was a pieced together old Trek 420 or something like that. It had 27" wheels, enough tire clearance you could squeeze Specialized Tri-Cross hybrid/cross tire into it. I outfitted the back with Moots Mounts for cantilever brakes but had to settle with the stock center-pull Weinmann front brake.
If cross back then was what it is today I don't know if I ever would have done as much road and mountain bike racing as I have. I love cross just that much more.
So here's my pictorial history of cross racing...Nebraska style
|1989: Racing on the Cross Country course at Pioneers Park. Nobody had cross bikes in those days so we were all racing mountain bikes (if you had one). Barriers were made out of downed tree limbs|
|1995: Still on mountain bikes but the racing was moved out to Branched Oak Lake. This was probably the first year we had an actual barrier but we still had a few log barriers too.|
|2004: Things are really taking off. The KC scene is rocking and John Lefler put together the Midwest Cyclocross Series with races in Nebraska, Kansas and Missouri|
|2005: Nebraska is catching up. Holligan Hill begins to become legend. Beer hand-ups have started. Pretty much everybody has a dedicated cross bike, tubulars, titanium, and carbon.|
|2006: Jingle Cross|
|Holligan Hill and beer from the misses|
|2006: It was all about racing SS for me. Huge scene in KC and growing in leaps and bounds in Nebraska|
|2007: Still doing it SS style|
|2008: Still SS only this time with more facial hair|
|2009: Transitioning from clown singlespeeder to serious cross racer. To quote Dave Chappelle "Shits about to get real"|
|2010: Real deal cross racing. Race bikes and pit bikes. More carbon than you know what to do with. USGPs. And the legendary Holligan Hill with live music. This one goes to ELEVEN.|