I managed to stay on my bike and barely on the same lap yesterday. The race was pretty rough, as you will read on the cyclingnews sites.
Talk about drifting! Never hit the deck but I was hanging that leg out in the corners like a maniac!
My heart goes out to the injured riders. (Powers, Trebon en co.) That sucks so bad, hope it does not keep them off the bike for the next month of racing.
I am a tyre pressure nerd and was running shy of 20 psi again yesterday. It was a little low for the different conditions so as I rode pass the boxes I shouted through frozen lips: “25 psi!”. When I swapped bikes I hopped on and it was like “what the fuck!!” Someone misunderstood me and snuck 30+ psi in there and it was crazy!
I am a tyre pressure nerd but, I also believe in the school of: “it is the legs not the equipment” So I stuck with it and took a beating!
In hindsight I think I was riding conservatively too, I’ve still got the post-crash jitters. If there ever was a course to re-injure yourself, that was it. Someone said it, there was just about one speed to take the course and if you took bigs risks, you would crash and lose lots of time. That is generally the nature of cx I guess.
So now I am sitting in a cafe near the KC airport, flying into Chicago, Dublin and finally Amsterdam. Renting a car and driving my gear to Leuven. In a twist of fate, the guy I am renting the flat from came home to KC for the holidays and we met up last night for an in person handover of the house keys! Pretty sweet, thanks Allen!
It has been a hard season so far but with so much time off the last couple months, I am motivated to do some hard riding in Europe. I’m nervous and pumped to head over!