Two back-to-back weekends of cyclocross. Four days of racing in the most varied conditions of the year. One team. Join the Blue n’ Gold as we take the fight south.
Part II: US Cyclocross National Championships
December 10-13, Bend, OR.
Three short days after the USGP, we were back on the road, this time with a full school bus. Robert, Nick, Steve, Troy, Jeff R., and both Hot and New Carl. Bend is a short 6.5 hours away and a cool little town. While the hotel was on the opposite side of town, it only took about 20 minutes to walk to the race course.
First race for the RCR crew was Nick Adsero and Nick Brown lining up in the Thursday morning Men’s B 30-39 race. The course snaked through the woods and fields next to the Deschutes Brewery. Though sunny, it was a brutal 12 degrees outside and the course was 10% frozen grass, 10% frozen dirt, and 80% snow.
With second and third row call ups, these two were poised for good races until Nick B. flatted while sitting in 10th or so and Nick A. broke a chain (on the last lap!) while running in 15th.
The afternoon featured a round of heckling and trying to stay warm as the temperatures dropped and the course that had thawed during the day turned back to ice. The place to be was at the top of the horseshoe-shaped run/ride up, where riders would successfully make it to the top but crash spectacularly on the way down. Friends of RCR Jonny and Troy were on hand to offer encouragement:
http://cowbell. cxmagazine. com/video/ master-b- 40-crash- hill-carnage
(Copy and paste link into browser bar if it isn’t clickable, yo.)
It’s not all beer drinking and heckling though. Nationals lasts for four days, and we had somebody racing each day, including single speed, masters, and the elite race.
Eventually, after surviving each others’ company, the cold, and some dancing, we made it to the big event.
Racing done, we carefully re-packed the van, stopped at Mondo Pizza for the best food deal in town: from 3 until 6, two slices of pizza AND a beer cost less than two slices of pizza alone. How could you go wrong? Though tough at times, we had a great trip and it was a good way to wrap up the season. The RCR cyclocross crew is fired up for next season and next year’s nationals. Carl, we’ll need a few more rooms.