I'm 24 years old and ride in the category for amateurs (Dutch). Most of the time I only ride races in my region but for the season of '12-'13 I want to race more national races. I wanted to ride more races this year but I was injured during the summer, my condition isn't good enough to enter national races at this point.
Current Bike Collection:
I ride on the Focus Mares Disc, with the flat pipe for your shoulder. The bike is fully equiped with Shimano Dura Ace, the other parts are from FSA, I have the Wing Pro steer with the same type of ahead set. The SL-K saddle post from carbon fibre is also from FSA. The saddle is a white one from Sella Italia, the Flite Team Edition. The brakes are also white, they are from spooky for the races I have several wheels all with the Gomma Italia tube tires.
My favorite race is the national cyclocross in Heerlen, but I like cyclocross races the most when there is a lot of mud and the speed is very low. When there are parts your wheels dissapear in the mud and you have to run for several times. Also the nationals in Boxtel, St. Michielsgestel, Almelo and Surhuisterveen are races I like, but like I said, that also depends on the weather.
Spezialized CruX E5 OSBB with Shimano Dura Ace and the Shimano WH-7850-C24-CL wheels (20mm carbon).
Favorite thing about cyclocross:
Becoming all dirty and racing your complete ass of in only one hour...