September 27, 2013

Charm City Cross - Kicking off the Cyclocross Season! East Coast Style.

Photo: Dennis Smith
There is absolutely nothing better than racing at home.  My East Coast home-away-from home is a close second.

Last weekend All Access Racing traveled to Maryland to race Charm City Cross, part of the Mid Atlantic Cross Series, a UCI race, and just 40 miles from the Gordon family house in Potomac.  I arrived Friday night, bikes arrived as well (big sigh of relief) and by Saturday morning, I was headed from Potomac to Baltimore to take on the fast girls of the East Coast. 

We raced both Saturday and Sunday on a similar course; fast, dry, and with some of the biggest “barriers” I have ever encountered.  

Racing among unfamiliar faces was fun and presented a great challenge.  And a great opportunity to learn some early season lessons. 
Photo: Marni Harker

Charm City Cross was the first weekend of racing of the year for me and while I would liked to have been on the podium, my pair of 6th place finishes left me smiling and in good spirits.  The shift from 4 hour mountain bike racing to 40 minute cross racing was shock to the system for sure, but I know what I need to work on and will be right up there in no time.

A huge ‘thank you’ goes out Twenty 20 Cycling for putting on a great event, Aaron Ghais and Ryan Leech for their help in the pit and making me feel  at home among a sea of strangers, and my family, the Gordons.  To feel at home on the other side of the country is truly wonderful and I am full of gratitude for their love and energy.  

The seasons are quickly changing here in Bend and autumn upon us.  The Webcyclery Thrilla series is underway and I am preparing for a great season of cyclocross racing.  Much appreciation to everyone helping me keep my body, bike, and spirit happy, healthy, and racing fast. 

Photo: Tim Schallberger
Next Up: Cross Crusade #1 – Alpenrose.