By now we are deep in the Cyclocross season and the move up to Elite has been a learning curve that is for sure. The prep was there but you can’t prepare for the injection of speed. Also the 60mins + race is tough. To make things harder Id opted to do Singlespeed too. Thats two races per day with about 30mins between the first and second race. No time to cool down and warm up.
The double header weekend happened in Vancouver at the start of October so that meant lots of racing in one weekend. First off was Foreshore Park with the unforgiving Sand pit. The Steed Cycles Team helped organize the race so we got there nice and early to mark the course and look after sign on. Once that was out of the way it fun began.
I didn’t have a call up so started at the back. and tried to work my way up. The speed at the front that Craig Richey and Kevin Calhoun produce really puts it to me. I held on as long as I could and then tried to settle into a rhythm. I kept the lap times consistent but with a lap to go tried to relax as I knew I was racing the single speed straight after.
The Singlespeed Race went a bit better for me. I was a bit under geared for the fast bits but held it together in the twisty bits. I took the lead at the start to try control the speed as I was still recovering from the first race.
I worked to stay with the two leaders but they managed to get away in the traffic of the other racers that we were catching.
By the end I managed to hold onto 3rd place and try keep some in the tank for Sunday race at Vanier Park.
Onto Vanier Park…..the day didn’t start well when I got stuck in Traffic following a fire in Stanley Park and missed the first race at 11.30. This meant I had to go all out in the Singlespeed race. This race has always been really fast and a bit like a road crit.
Riding the logs on the first lap.
Chasing down the leaders.
I once again stayed with the guys that got away at the start. We all worked our way thru the backlog. I couldn’t hold the pace with my gearing (this is starting to make me wish I had gears) so dropped back a bit.
With about 4 laps to go I caught back onto the lead riders and started to do battle with Nick Berry. It was a great last few laps as we raced thru the back markers and diced for each line and corner.
As I came onto the last lap I knew where I wanted to attack Nick so tried my luck. He countered at the barriers and we sprinted to the line. I took 5th and the last spot on the podium.
More racing to come. The season is far from over. Thanks to Scott Robarts, Alison Sydor, Amir Shahrestani and Louise for the photos.