Tuesday, October 7, 2008

More & More Cross!

* Once again let me say that Cyclocross is in FULL effect!!!

Man this cross thing is addicting. Every weekend we get together and race around on our bikes in some mud. We push ourselves till we're ready to explode and we're loving every moment of it. It's hard to explain because everything about sounds so wrong. We love rainy, muddy days, we race as hard as we can for 45 minutes straight, we have to lug our bikes around on our shoulders to run up hills & stairs and over barriers & rocks, and there's a million and one things that could possibly go wrong with every race we do. But its an AMAZING amount of fun. I could only hope that everyone reading this gets the chance and takes the opportunity to get out to a Cross race of any kind.
I've raced in 3 cross races since the last post.
the Rickreall Rampage down past Salem

the Battle at Barlow out in Gresham

Those two races, along with Pain on the Peak, were all considered pre-season races.
The Cross Crusade series started this past Sunday at the Alpenrose Diary

I've been having a lot of fun this cross season. Last year I was riding on a pieced together shin-dig that held it's ground for me during the end of the Cross Crusade Series. This year, though, I've been spoiled with my Cross & Commuter bike that has been treating me very well: the San Jose. Yeah yeah I know: Jose rides a San Jose. I've been staying at least mid-pack of the SingleSpeed category during these fast races through...
the mud (when we're lucky enough to get rain)

& dirt (when it's dry out),

up some insanely huge rail road tie barriers,

photo from pdxcross.com

down some sloppy off-chamber hills,
(this is a sequence shot. That hot pink leg in the bottom right of the first photo is me going down into the mud & the second photo is me trying to recover quickly)

through the woods,

photo from pdxcross.com

and pretty much everything else you could think of.

photo by John Dorfer

Check out all of the pictures & let me know which races you'll be at!!!
Here's the slideshow:

-The Rodriguez Bunch-