Our first race of the day was the 3/4 Masters Race, where I finished 17th (according to their results!)...
...and Rich finished 23rd (also a bit suspect).
But neither of us cared if there was an error, because were were both Pa. residents, because the course was really fun, and because despite the 25 degF temperature…the sun was shining brightly!
Our next (Team) race was the U19 race, in which Sam RODE AWAY from all other contenders in the first lap. So while Sam took 1st Place in the race, as a Pa. resident, he did not qualify as the Ohio State Champion! But a local paper did interview him (while he ate a sample of the Tofu Hot Dogs being sold at the Start/Finish area!) and the race promoters let him keep this cool trophy :)
After hanging out for a few hours, Sam then started in the Cat 1/2/3 race, where he contracted the Claw of Death (forearm cramp) and had to abandon.
Other neat things at the race were, (1) The Bike Rack outside the potty, (2) The Drum Corps, that could be heard ALL OVER the course…
(3) The Ridge of Doom and Destruction Finish Line, where if climbed too fast, you would catch air launching over the top...
...and (4) My (CycloCross) Cow(Bell) Hat!
All in all, a great day and a course to return to next year.
For more on the day, watch Sam's Blog for anything he may post.