Tuesday, September 15, 2009

No mud, but there's some blood . . .

I guess CX season really started today. Despite attending and leading a CX clinic already this season, tonight was the first Tuesday night group ride. All in all it went really well. I was about 1/2 hour late after getting stuck in traffic. Who gets stuck in traffic in Syracuse? I jumped right in the mix without a warm up. Tonight was the maiden voyage on my new wheels and tubulars. First time gluing CX tubies so I think it was best that I hit the course at high speed without time to think about it. I nearly forgot I had them and a bunch of turns later they were still on and very sweet. I went with the Cyclocross World instructions on mounting them and although it was time consuming, it was definitely worth the effort. We had a great turn out (for CNY). A bunch of new faces from the CX clinic showed up which was great. We also had some converts from the TNTS road series. Even better. CNY CX is growing, and quickly. Hopefully that trend continues.

Mid ride we were doing some barrier work and I approached the barriers with some of the newer guys. Unfortunately I was going way too fast in comparison and as I tried to slow up with the bike in mid air, I yard sale'd it, smashed my shin (on who knows what) and then smacked the back of my head. After realizing that my teeth were all intact, I shook it off and we rode a few more hot laps.

As much as I enjoy the TNTS races, CX wins hands down. First race on Sunday in Kirkland. Might even hop in a race on Saturday if my travel this week doesn't bury me.

3 comments:

Opieos said...

Probably one of the more impressive attempted recovery/protect the bike/protect the new wheels efforts I've ever seen!

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Skinny Phil said...

My shin and head will heal. Wrecking the new wheels could have resulted in PTSD.