Cyclocross season is in full swing at the moment, and in the US it’s huge right now. Whilst in San Francisco I somehow got talked into riding in the first round of the Bay Area Super Prestige series, at Candlestick Park. Now this was to be my first ever cyclocross race, on a course that was 80% sand, on a singlespeed bike in a Cat B race (Cat 2/3 here in the UK). Needless to say I gave it my all, but struggled in the sand & intense heat on the weekend, and I eventually had to drop out. Watching the fast guys race & experiencing racing first hand certainly has inspired me to get off road more & do a few races over here though that’s for sure!
Walton & my steeds for the day.
Start line for the Men’s A race. These guys were fast from the off & didn’t let go.
Steve Tortorelli was one of many MASH riders in the A race.
A crash on the first corner split the group but riders held on & made up valuable time wherever they got the chance.
These braking zones were my first experience of dismounting & running in a true CX style, here Derek shows how it’s done properly.
MASH putting the pressure on the guys in front.
Such a beautiful day for a race!
This climb was without a doubt the hardest part of the course, short & steep & enough to catch even the best riders out.
Kyle ready to refresh Ramone.
Ramone having other ideas. Proud of this photo!
First CX race done. Until next time.