Here's the start of one of the races. As you can see the turnout was big for the first ACCC collegiate race. Plenty of participants!
Casey, a new guy on the team this year, is getting ready to start the A's race. Below that he's warming up on the trainer.
I took a flying W after the barriers on one of my laps there. My foot caught something on the last barrier, my bike kept going but I hit the deck pretty fast. I did rebound quickly with the cheers and heckling from the nearby spectators. On my first lap I was forced over into a ditch and burped my front tire (yes I'm running tubeless Clements this year front and rear) then soon flatted it completely trying to get over to the pits for a pump. After running to the pits there was NO PUMP to be found lying around so I as off to the races on foot. Running a full lap and one-half in carbon soled mtb shoes s not fun by the way. I managed to jog around to the guys and let them know I needed a wheel in the pits. They rushed Schyler's Easton over but where I'm running disc brake wheel we had to do a front brake mastectomy on my Niner to make a rim brake wheel roll through without hitting the brake caliper because the hub/spoke spacing is wider on a non-disc hub. 3 of us and 2 minutes later I was back in the race and made it all the way back up to 6th place out of 12 or so, to that effort I was amazed with myself.
Sunday at Roanoke:
We arrived early after staying at the downtown Holiday Inn express to a barely set-up course. The crew barely finished setting everything up by race time. There was several sweet technical sections; single track, a mulch pit, sand pit and these sweet triple log barriers that most peeps rode around on the left, missing them entirely, going up. (I did twice because Schyler and Blair tried to stand on the end and force peeps over the wood)
Start of the Men's A race. One hour of giddy up go!
The sand pit was super easy with speed. It also had about a 2ft drop off entering into it as well.
Casey through the sand. His shoulder popped out of joint mid way through the race but he sucked it up and finished one-handed. He even rode through the sand pit a couple of times one-handed. Good job Casey.
Schyler, you know I'm not going to let this slide................
Blair and I are standing by the pit when Schyler rolls up to it. I heckle him by yelling "ENDO". What does he do? He endos right smack dab in front of us! poof!!
All these pictures (except for the crappy iPhone ones I took) are by David Lehn. He races at some of the events but he is also a great photographer. Please go to his website and check him out. You can do that by clicking on his name and the link will take ya there. Thanks David!!
We just returned from the first SECCC collegiate cx race hosted by UGA in Athens, Ga. I'll save that for another post and wait until I can find some pictures. This next weekend we'll be racing at MSG/King on Saturday and Virginia Intermont on Sunday. Both colleges are only 3 miles from one another so they split hosting which will be cool because it'll mean 2 different courses for the weekend.