This is my friend & teammate Tim - I raced first in cat. C and he raced B, the photographers were paying more attention after my race was over. So sadly, no race pictures of me that I know of yet but obviously if I find any.. they’ll be on here.
I placed 4th in my category, and I had to bleed to do it. I had the engine to win but not the handling skills, I slid all over the place and had a really hard time with the stupid SPD pedals. Fuck SPDs hard. Thankfully I could really drop most riders during the straight sections but those were few and far between. Anyways the weather and course were damn tough; It was rainy and 45ish degrees, there were several sections of sand, a LOT of hairpin turns, and one wicked steep hill that had most riders running up it. Figured it out pretty quick, though. I was racing on Tim’s Redline ‘cross bike and the gearing is way lighter, if you shift all the way up you can pretty much climb anything. I did crash a lot though. Might upload a picture of my left knee because I gashed it on the stem/headset one of the times I fell. Oh yeah, I fell at least 6 times. Twice over the handlebars in sand, lots of sliding out on the wet grass. But overall, it was extremely fun and intense in a new way. Three more ‘cross races in the Marquette area this fall and I plan to do all of them!
Edit: Woke up this morning covered in bruises and scrapes. Even a few of my fingers are swollen. And some of the damage is dangerously close to my groin… I think I’ll take today off?