Sunday, November 8, 2009

Fair Hill CX

Women’s 3/4

Course Highlights: Barn through, massive sandpit

Race Stats: 20ish starters (2 HZ/PBRers Me, the Caitlin)

Weather: Sunny, questionable arm warmer weather, definitely overdressed if you opted to wear a wooly baselayer

The Low Down: Another perfect cyclocross day – sunny, brisk, Fall weather. I enjoyed sleeping in until 7 and not having to wake up before the sun to drive a hundred miles to race for 40 minutes…

Caitlin and I were representing the HZ/PBR and both received call ups to the first row – yes, it may be because we race more than most, but we will take it. After the starter said “go” (really, no whistle) the field sped up a gradual incline on road before cutting into the grass. The course weaved and turned, Caitlin took off like a rabbit and powered through the course. I slowly watched her pull away and fought to hold my position. We made our way through the barns and over barriers and to the massive mostly rideable sand pit. More winding and turning and a few falls later managed to finish bike and person in one piece.

The women’s elite race featured 3 HZ/PBRers – Kristin, Nikki, and Kristine. Right from the “go” Kristin and Nikki were off the front along with Dede (C3) and Arley (Hub Racing) – Kristine was sitting strong in the second set of riders. The race got exciting when Kristin took the lead into the sand pit and did not look back. There was no catching Kristin as she rode the course flawlessly. Nikki held her own in the battle for ¾ and Kristine continued the PBR tradition with a top 10 performance.

Summary: Great fall day + turny grassy (no mud!) course + post race apples with chocolate dipping sauce & oatmeal craisin cookies courtesy of my parent and inlaws + Kristin taking the elite win = another great cross adventure

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