Jingle Cross Recap

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Not much to report here. I started 48th out of 56 guys. The start went well and I got by 25 guys or so in a right hand sweeper. I ended up right behind Chris Horner, who was on the 2nd row. We had a little conversation about how great of a start he got and how low our heart rates were considering we were racing, ie not going very fast because of traffic.

The technical, tricky part of the course was a long off camber descent with a couple switchbacks in it. It wasn’t too bad if you have MTB skills, but not many of the riders possess those. I was alright though. I moved up to probably close to the top ten after the descent.

Then, a problem. I fell in the gravel on a high speed left corner. It wasn’t the gravel, but the dirt underneath was frozen and ice. I destroyed my right shifter and limped into the pit. I had a hard time finding my spare bike because of all the mechanics standing around. Chris Horner, Tristan and a few other fell on the same corner. It was dark and you couldn’t see the frozen ground. When I finally got back into the race, I was in 30th. Right back with Horner, Joseph Schmaltz and Bill. I wasn’t climbing the hill too good. Horner and Joseph dropped me, but on the descent I was good and I never saw them again. That is until when I was stopped 5 laps later because my chain snapped climbing.

I’ve only broken two chains before in my life. Now 3. I have no idea why. It was a Shimano chain. Not on the connecting pin. I had ridden up to 14th when it happened. I was only shooting for 11th, so I was going to have to shut it down anyway. I was up until 2am putting a new shifter on my bike and screwing around. I am super sleep deprived the last two nights. Racing today on 2:30. I’m on the last row today. But, Sunday I’m set. The course has a super long run up, which I’m planning on walking. Or maybe jogging. Just depends. Still shooting for 11th.

So, a swollen knee, scrapped up elbow and gamekeeper’s thumb is the extent of my injuries. The thumb is going to be the worst for racing. I think I’ll go take a nap.

There are two guys lined up behind the Kansas row. Joseph had a clear line on the left and started off his bike running. It didn't work out for him. I think he mounted too quickly and should have run more.

This shifter was DOA.

The hotel room floor at 1 am.

One thought on “Jingle Cross Recap

  1. Sean YD

    Thanks for the reports from the road, Steve. You’re nearly as fast as some of the media outlets when it comes to getting race results and recaps online.

     

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