Cyclocross is Upon Us

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I’m just about to head out the door down to Kansas City for a cyclocross camp. The flyer is below. I guess this is the kickoff weekend for cross. There are two UCI races back East today. Seems early to me with the season being all the way to the beginning of February. For some reason, cyclocross seems like a fall/winter sport and it is definitely summer here. It is supposed to be nearly 100 degrees here in Kansas today.

I just got one cross bike sort of back together. I’m planning on riding Di2 on both bikes this year. I think I’m skipping the disc brake deal. It seems like a hassle trying to get enough pair of disc specific wheels to make it worth the effort. Plus, most of my carbon road wheels are pretty close to the end of their lives, so another cross season on them won’t be an issue.

I’ve been eating a bunch of oatmeal recently. That means to me that it is getting close to fall, thus cross season. I pretty much eat oatmeal for breakfast whenever I’m alone. It is easy enough and healthy enough I suppose.

I spent a couple weeks in some pretty beautiful places, Vail, Steamboat Springs, and Park City, but I didn’t think that I would be so appreciative to be back in Kansas. I rode over to Lawrence a couple days ago, on the River Road and it was beautiful. It rained abunch this summer, so the sunflowers are everywhere. The crops are about ready to harvest. It seems like home.

Okay, I have to get going. I hope I’m not too sore tomorrow, from mounting and dismounting a zillion times today.

Nearly every fence line and field has sunflowers now.

Nearly every fence line and field has sunflowers now.

The bees are lovin' it.

The bees are lovin’ it.

And everything is green, which is unusual for Kansas at the end of August, early September.

And everything is green, which is unusual for Kansas at the end of August, early September.

I mix these two.

I mix these two.

Weekend is going to be pretty warm.

Weekend is going to be pretty warm.

3 thoughts on “Cyclocross is Upon Us

  1. Gary

    I really like all types of bike racing, but with cross season seeming to start earlier and earlier every year I fear that it erodes the participation at my favorite bike racing which is MTB, and not to mentions that the fall is a glorious time to be on the trails!

     
  2. Scott

    I agree with you Steve. I am buying the new Crockett cross bike this year and I also decided not to jack around with disk. I would have to buy a whole new fleet of wheels, plus It just doesnt seem worth the expense for marginal braking gains. I raced a bike with disk once last year and i really couldnt tell a difference and it was raining on one side of the course and dry on the other so I got to test it both conditions. You can all the stopping power in the workd, but that is only as good as the tires gripping the surface. Seems overkill to me.

     

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