End of the 'Cross Season 2013
After these experiences I figured that cyclo-cross would be a relatively civilized discipline. While my fledgling mtb skills were a great asset, I learned that cross is painful, exhausting, frustrating and the most humbling best damn time anyone can have on bike. Cross says,"Give me your young, your old, men, women, experienced or inexperienced, I have a race for you." I particularly enjoyed watching fathers warming up with their sons and daughters in tow around the course (I wonder if Mom knew where they were). To begin, you can spend over $5,000.00 on a Sven Nys inspired rig, or do as I did and put together a sub $1,000.00 ebay and old parts bin project. (Great way to burn up all of those old Shimano parts collecting dust in the garage.) Your bike handling skills and appropriate tires are the most important pieces of technology. Plus, cross is a great spectator sport. I believe my support crew and official photographer enjoyed her weekend excursions. And I earned money! Yes, I was given a $1.00 hand up at one event for shouldering the bike correctly.
So, I can't wait until next Autumn. I know where and how to practice, will be ready for the explosive sprint at the start of each race and hopefully, after more mtb rides, be ready to glide through and over sand, mud, snow, ice and perhaps axle deep water.