Since the Super Cup was taking a break for the CX season a few of us got went out and raced some of the local races for fun. There were two races this weekend. Cam -Rock Cross on November 14th, and TBD Cross on the 15th.
Cam-Rock has always been a fun venue because of the single track mtb course along with the swirls of doom near the playground equipment. There is also a log crossing that is fun to hop, this year a blow up monkey was there to greet riders. It was fantastic. Wish I had more photos of that. Laura Andrews raced a strong race, better suited at the mtb course. She placed 11th in the large women's cat 3 field. Single Speed race has the most AMR members for the day. Joey King came out swinging and held both myself and Mike Van Dyke off. Joey ended in 13th overall for the Elite Single Speed, Mike Rocked it to 17th and I finished in 18th. My chain tensioner decided not to put tension on the chain and I dropped the chain twice. It was a bit frustrating. I was able to pull off a 13th place finish in the cat 4 guys. I was wanting to make up for the disappointment of the SS race. There were about 4 racers that went back and forth between us and I was able to make the move to at least beat the group I was racing with. Small victories are still fun.
Sunday was a very different course. This race was TBD Cross by the Revolution group. The course is located not far from my home at Hiestand Park. The course it self was geared to anyone who well had gears or also liked to run. This was a grueling repeated hill climbing course that just kicked me down. Joey was back in good form for the Cat 3 Masters 55 group. He needed up 5th in the race, 4th in Cat3 for 55+. He did make the right decision to race this one on a geared bike instead of racing SS. I however did not make that smarter decision. I race in the SS group. It was a tough race that forced me to run 4 sections of the course. The turns were very slippery because of the long grass. The best part of the course was the Cheeseburger. This little ramp would shoot you over the foam Cheeseburger and you got style points. Style points did help me a bit, but not enough to place where I wanted. I did end up in 10th for SS Elite. Not horrible, but had I been a runner, things would have been different. Great group. Lots of fun racing.
Photos below are taken by a host of friends. Karl Hendrikse, Leah Uhlenhake, Anders Ahlberg, Matt Riley, and Laura/Brandon Andrews.