2013 NCCX Series, Week 8

Hendersonville 9 200

Week number eight of the North Carolina Cyclocross series took us to Hendersonville, North Carolina for the only UCI race of the series.  Because it was a UCI race the turnout was larger than normal.  In fact it was the US Grand Prix race as well as the next to the last race in the UCI cyclocross series.  What made it even more important is that in the Pro field, the top three ranked riders were all within a few points. Sunday’s pro race had over 48 riders registered when a normal pro field is 20 or so riders.  All the fields were deep.  Laura Rice of Henderson County Parks and Recreation, which hosts the event each year, said there were 331 finishers on Saturday, and 330 finishers on Sunday.  When you consider that only 34 finished (or 70% of the...

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2013 NCCX Series, Weeks 6&7

Salisbury Podium 2 - 200x200

Week Six: Wilkesboro Week six of the North Carolina Cyclocross (NCCX) Series had us in Wilkesboro, North Carolina for what is by many accounts, the most physically demanding course of the season.  The shortest lap so far this season with only 1.2 miles per circuit compared to the others at between 1.6 and 1.9 miles. The average temperature was 33 degrees! It was true cyclocross weather… whatever that is?!  I think that is cycling code for miserable, but I’m still new so that’s just a wild guess.  Cold and it felt even colder because the wind was blowing 15-20 miles per hour.  It was definitely an embrocation day. The course this year was easier than last year but that’s not saying much.  It was still very physically demanding with lots of...

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2013 Brunswick Brawl 6-Hour Race, Leland, NC

Starting near the back of the pack I managed to move to the front group by the time we entered the woods.

Last year I raced the first annual 2012 Brunswick Brawl 6-Hour Race in Leland, NC (basically a suburb of Wilmington).  It was an awesome event — the staff was top-notch and the course was great.  I’ve raced a couple of hundred bike races so I have a rather seasoned perspective.  Many races while fun, are all about the promoter making a living putting on races. The Brunswick Brawl is different.  It stands out, like Shiner’s Revenge as being a different kind of race.  In both cases the promoters have gone out of their way to simply put on a great event.  Staffs are incredibly helpful and upbeat.  Races are well organized.  Great prizes and great food. I was so impressed last year that while this weekend would have been my only weekend off...

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