The most wonderful time of the year

It’s official!  Cyclocross is here!

Anyone who knows and trains with me knows that I’m a cyclocross racer trapped in the body of a road racer.  There’s something so awesome and wonderful about spending 40 minutes just riding on the rivet and maybe crashing a few times for good measure.  I love getting dirty, I love technical and muddy courses, I love the barriers and I love the fans.

I am so lucky to have found a team like cyclocrossracing.com who believes in me enough to give me a ton of support (our team mechanic Kyle was at my car before I even stepped out of it at the race on Monday) and encourage me to do what I love to do, develop the sport.

Monday was Labor Day CX, a bumpy dusty early season race down in Tacoma.  "okay so you attack the hell outta this guy and I'll attack the hell outta that guy and then we'll just put everyone else into the tape."I really wanted to sleep in and eat pancakes for breakfast and the 11 AM women’s race really conflicted with that plan so I opted for the Cat 3 men’s race alongside my husband Niels.  I think about 30-35 dudes toed the line and like a pro, I started in the back.  My start was … okay.  Better than it’s been in the past but I didn’t get clipped in right away and had to really shoulder my way through the first couple turns.  Like a total dick, I attacked Niels about 3 minutes into the race and made it into the single track in the back of the lead group.

Halfway through the first lap I crashed through the twisty single track and got passed by three or four dudes and managed to gap myself off the lead group.  From there, I spent the whole race just trying to catch every carrot in front of me. After the first few laps I was getting really comfortable on my new Blue Norcross SL and FMB tires and was able to not be a total mouse in the corners.  I wasn’t really paying attention to where I was placed since I was mostly just trying to race my own race but I still managed to roll across the line in 7th (would have been 6th if not for a wily junior who got me at the line)! Not bad for my first CX race of the year on a totally new ride.

This weekend I’m going to race again with the men and then it’s off to Cross Vegas to get my legs ripped off by a bunch of really really real fast ladies.

 

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About Jess Cutler

35 year old pro road and cyclocross racer. National Champion. Generally nice person.
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