|Bikes taking over my apartment|
In cross racing you have call ups, the higher ranked riders get placed near the front of the field which is great if you are a ranked rider but for me, not so much. Since this is only really my third weekend of racing I have zero ranking coupled with the fact I registered the day before meaning I was the very last call up, even had my own row. My mistake this week was getting comfortable, I found a group and just sat with them instead of just going for it and making moves up. I eventually made it to no mans land a minute or so behind the next group just chasing like hell (actually chasing my own teammate Bruce).
My strategy in most crits is to sit in, do no work, and sprint for the end. This has actually treated me well as until this past year I top 10'ed every crit I had ever entered (minus mechanical/crashes). Yeah, this doesnt work at all in cross racing so I am learning the meaning of the 'whole shot' and will just go for it next week until I pop. The true story of this weekend though was the new Specialized CruX which I got to race for the first time.
|2012 Specialized CruX w/SRAM Force|
As I look at BikeReg.com I see we actually still have a few weeks left of cross racing as it goes far into December. My question is do I really want to race in the snow? Can I give up more weekends for the long travel times? Each race is 4-6 hours away. I sacrifice a lot in terms of a social life for cycling and believe it or not the road season is around the corner. My problem is cross racing has just been so much damn fun. Decisions. When is your cross season ending here in the northeast?