Monday, September 24, 2007

My First Cyclocross Race!

I raced in my first cyclocross race last Sunday, and it was awesome :) I came in 19th/33, which I thought was OK for my first race. Dylan came in 8th! We were both racing in the beginner's category.

From wikipedia: "Cyclocross is a form of bicycle racing ... and consists of many laps of a short (2.5–3.5 km or 1.5–2 mile) course featuring pavement, wooded trails, grass, steep hills and obstacles requiring the rider to quickly dismount, carry the bike whilst navigating the obstruction and remount in one graceful motion."

My lovely Torelli bike was designed for cyclocross racing, although it's an older bike and a little heavy, it still works. It's also a great road bike and commuting bike. To get it cross-ready, all I have to do is change out the tires from slick road tires to nubbly off-road tires. That's a bit of a pain, though, so I got some new wheels so that all I have to do is swap out the wheels, which is considerably easier than swapping out the tires :) I needed new wheels anyway.

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