What a weekend! The build up to cyclocross is one of my favorite times of the year. September nears and I know Dogfish Cross in Hermann is close, I always have high hopes for a great event.
This year did not disappoint. Riders from all over the place came to Hermann to test their cross skills and fitness. I truly enjoy putting this race on. I have a deep seeded passion for cyclocross; this is my way of sharing that and giving something to cross to help it grow.
There are so many folks to thank for their efforts this weekend, it's a huge team effort that requires a ton of work and man power. One big piece of the puzzle is my wife, totally supportive of bike racing and the two events we put on.
|Dawndi and I at registration|
New this year were the masters categories, 30,40 and 50+, good turn out which I think will grow as the event continues and word gets out about this option. My goal for the weekend was the 40+ Source Endurance Leaders Jersey. So lined up with 14 other 40+ guys and off we went for day one.
|Start of Saturday 40+ Race|
|Sat 40+ race first lap up the stairs|
|Podium day one, got the jersey.|
The plan now was to clean up and race again under the lights for the last race of the night. It was a great night for a race, the crowd was loud and ready for a show down.
They got one but not with me in it. Rider from my six touched my tire, took me off line into Travis, whom I leaned on for a few seconds until I fell to ground just 50 yards down the pavement start stretch. I did get up and completed a lap but as I looked over my wounds I started to think my best bet was to stop and clean up so I could compete for the 40+ jersey on Sunday.
|Trashed Jersey from Saturday Night|
Up the next day feeling good despite some major road rash and a crooked pinky, I was ready to lay it all out there for the repeat. It rained some that night making for a completely different course, it was splashy slippery mud.
|First pass through the sand pit|
|Getting caked with mud|
That's what cyclocross is all about!
Photos here by Dan Singer, check out the rest of his awesome work plus others here