Sunday, November 23, 2014

Victor Apple Farm Cyclocross Race - a Race Report from Jackie

Here is a race report from Jackie Hendrickson after today's Victor Apple Farm Cyclocross Race! Congrats Jackie!

I was the only MIM in attendance.  The roster was heavy with Bike Loft East and Park Ave Bike Racers.  It was also the last race in the NY State Cyclocross Championship Series, so the stakes we high!

The course was snow covered and muddy, making things worrisome for the race organizer. He shortened to course to only a mere 2 muddy miles.  There were more hairpin turns than I've ever seen!  There were also 3 long low grade climbs that started out easy enough, until the life sapping 4th, 5th or even 6th lap.  The hole shot through the barn and the slog through the snow pile were great fun!

So...I started in middle of the pack, but rather than falling off, I gained on women each lap.  I overtook Karla Eisch first, no easy feat as she is a power house.  I worked my way past 2 other Cat 3 women and a few Cat 4's.  I ended up just off the podium by less than a minute, 4th place, for like the 4th time this year!  It was beautifully warm out so I was able to race in shorts.  Bad idea after the fact since muddy legs were an issue later on.  The biggest success though was being approached by Park Ave riders asking how to be apart of our awesome team!

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