Cross Nats Master’s 30-34 Recap

It’s been exactly 224 days since January 9, 2015, which was the Master’s 30-34 CX Nats race.

And it’s 24 days till Cross Vegas 2015.

Seems like a good time to pick up the blog again. To the 6 people who viewed this blog this month, my apologies.

When I left off, I had just finished the Non-Championship race at nationals. This is a quick recap of my Master’s race.

Friday was my Master’s race, the event I had been peaking for all year. I warmed up on the rollers at the house then cruised to the start. It was cold for this island boy for sure. I went Aero helmet with hat, long sleeve wool base layer with long sleeve skinsuit, embro on the legs, and long fingered gloves.

Lined up and at least this time I was on the 5th row, not the 12th row. (Still the last row).

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Last row again?!?

I tried to be aggressive off the line. It paid off down the start straight and I went from 40th into top 20. But I was maybe a little too aggressive. I took the inside line on a much larger rider half way through the first lap and I tried a little “Low-High” action. We both went down and both got back up quickly. But the cable on my left shifter snapped and I was effectively testing out a Sram CX1 setup, without a CX1 setup. I only had a 38T to use on the front so it was all about shifting the rear effectively.

It was a hard race: colder, slicker, and way more windy. I tried to stay smart, ride everything I could, and finish strong. I ended up 28th place and the 5th Cat 3 there. For my first ever Nationals, I’ll take it.

Take home points.

1. Starting position means a lot. If you have a great call up, take advantage of it. If you don’t, do everything you can to get one.

2. Be prepared. I had to buy a base layer from REI the day before. That thing saved me.

3. Handle the unexpected. I didn’t stress out about losing my big chainring. I just kept racing.

4. Finish strong.

Lots of off camber cornering. Sometimes hitting the corner more slowly, and in control, meant saving time by sticking the high line as seen here.

Lots of off camber cornering. Sometimes hitting the corner more slowly, and in control, meant saving time by sticking the high line as seen here.

Tim Johnson rode a way faster line in his preview video here. I was too gassed and I just picked my way through.

Tim Johnson rode a way faster line in his preview video here. I was too gassed and I just picked my way through.

Staying well away from the trees. My cousin and nieces cheering from the tape.

Staying well away from the trees. My cousin and nieces cheering from the tape.

Breaking down the post race analysis with my cousin.

Breaking down the post race analysis with my cousin.

Most of you know about the debacle related to the Elite race that Sunday. It honestly left a bittersweet taste in my mouth about an otherwise awesome city and awesome trip. Here’s to USAC getting it right next time.

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