I did my first race in 20 years today.
It was a blast, although I think I got about 45th out of 50! Two pinch flats in 30 minutes running clinchers at low pressure had me ordering Stans tubeless set-up after I got home last night!
congrats on finishing. hopefully it was a very addictive re-introduction.
i think for many of us that are like me (just started cx last year) it would be great to hear your thoughts on how the sport has changed over the last decade. i'm sure many of the people here have probably been racing for a long time, but it might be interesting to get your perspective having been away from it for so long.
This was actually my first CX race. I raced on the road at National level as a teen and in my early 20's - raced for approximately 12 years. I did have knobbies on an old road bike back in the 80's and did informal cyclocross around local parks but never actually raced CX.
We had a pretty good turnout at the races in North Georgia last weekend, great people, lots of fun. This sport is a lot more exciting than road racing, and I believe harder also, (or maybe its just that I am no longer a Cat 2 racer!)
I would also like to hear people's thoughts on how the sport has evolved. From my perspective it seems to be much more popular than it was 20 years ago.
We'll see you at Grafton. You'll find bigger fields and crowds around Milwaukee and Madison -- and more typical courses. River Hill Park was a sweet venue and fun, but tough, race. Some rideable sand and pretty good kicker of a hill (only one and it's rideable) await you at Grafton.