Sunday, October 10, 2010

Hyattsville CX

Raced Hyattsville CX today. Finished, somewhere in the back half of the pack. Didn't check the results.

Standard race for me. Did ok on the first lap...painful laps 2 and 3. Got a 2nd wind in lap 4. Passed a dozen or so guys in the last 2 laps. Didn't crash, until after the race. I went looking for Sonya and the kids...needed water. Wasn't paying attention, front wheel to a curb, couldn't clip out. Massive endo. Big audience.

Good postrace beer and BBQ. Added another pint glass to the overflowing cupboard.

Took the boys out to ride and watch the Elite Masters race. They were mesmerized by the "spiral of death".

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They were itching to ride the "grown up course", so we took a spin on it for awhile. Said they preferred singletrack, but the spiral of death was cool.

Both raced Lil Belgians. 4 year old race was tame, without too many kids in the event.

6-7 year old race was a cluster, with 8 kids lining up in the front row. Barrier 20 ft from the start. Told the organizer to expect a crash. It happened. Luckily we made it through safely up near the front 3 riders. But one girl was down crying, a couple others were on the ground. A few tried to ride through the carnage. Went in to help sort it out and stop a couple of over-competitive kids who weren't going to let a couple of crying kids on the ground get in the way of their 2nd lap. Eventually it sorts out, but is chaos with fast kids, some kid on a push bike. Some older-looking kids that must've been sandbagging. Hmm...sounds like some of the adult races I've been in.

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