It may only be the second day of October, but cyclocross season is well underway in the mid-Atlantic. Possibly one of the best things about living in the DC area is that there is no shortage of cross races to pick from every weekend from September to December.
Fort Ritchie was the first race in the Sportif Series and the DC area, and it was a good way to test out the legs early in the season. Bruce Buckley was just off the podium in 6th place for the Men’s 3/4 35+ and Karen Talley Mead was 4th in the Cat 1/2 race and overall women.
Next up in the Sportif series was a new race, South Germantown CX. This course was full of cornering, but don’t expect the same course again next year. After a successful first event, the park has already given approval for the race to use an expanded area next year, which should make for a more interesting course in 2014. Ryan Jenkins took 8th place in the Men’s 3/4 35+, and Arden Sperty was 3rd in the Women’s 4 race.
Winchester Apple Cross, the first race in the Super 8 Series, was this past weekend, and the Bike Lane had a strong showing of riders in fields ranging from the Junior to the Elite races. A few course changes from last year resulted in a fun, fast, and technical course. Ryan Jenkins took 3rd in the Men’s 3/4 35+, missing second place by only a few seconds.
If you are thinking about doing your first cross race, or if you have been racing for a while, be sure to check out the book Skills, Drills and Bellyaches: A Cyclocross Primer. The books is full of a lot of great information that you can either learn over time by trial and error, or just learn right now and get it right the first time. The Bike Lane’s Bruce Buckley is responsible for all the great photographs throughout the book.