Yes, that’s right, I’m declaring cyclocross season officially open! Okay, maybe it’s not quite cyclocross season yet, (we still have some great mtb and road racing ahead of us) but I’ve already been out for two CX rides, and seen a lot Facebook chatter about racers getting their new whips built up, tuned up and ready to go. It’s been odd this year: I feel like the weather has played a large role in the early ‘cx itch’. A late start to the race season back in the spring, followed by seemingly endless bouts of serious rain wreaking havoc all across the province, has kept me, and I think a lot of other people ‘off their game’ this year.
I don’t ever recall riding my mtb bike on so many paved trails, dodging sections of bog, as I have this year – it’s been sad, really. In fact, my time on the singletrack this summer so far has been so abysmal, I barely know how to ride anymore – what flow I once had, is gone. Case in point, being up in Canmore for Nationals (just to watch, not to race) I went for an early morning lap of the course, and I was all over the place, taking bad lines, timid on downhills, and just pretty much riding like a idiot. I even crashed on a simple little downhill switchback – injuring my heel somehow… That was a couple weeks ago, and it’s still not 100% – weak sauce, I tell ya. – Read More –