Today is a nice cross race close to downtown Tulsa. It is called Hurtland Cross and it is promoted in combination with Tulsa Tough, arguable the best criterium weekend of the road season. The race is at Owen Park, the oldest park in the city of Tulsa.
I drove here yesterday and got here in just enough time to do a couple laps on the course before it got dark. The course is super. Two long concrete stair run ups, plus a couple tricky, off-camber ditch sections. There isn’t too much open riding, but the course is all on a slant, so it is pretty hard. It is probably the best cross course I’ve done in Oklahoma.
I’m going to race the Master’s race at 11 am, then the Pro/Elite race again at 3. It is $400 to win the Master’s race and $2000 to win the Elite race. Both men and women. $15000 total prize list. If only every weekend were like this. I’m going to have to start at the very back of the Elite race, plus there are some guys that are just faster than me right now, so I’ll be happy having a good start and riding up through the field as far up as I can.
It is cold out this morning. Below 40. And breezy. Pretty great cross weather, but hard weather to warm up in. I haven’t been sleeping enough, so I got to bed fairly early last night, but didn’t sleep that great. I never sleep super good before races. I wonder why that is? I think my mind is always going over small things that might be subconsciously bugging me. Whatever the reasons, it is a fact.
Alright, enough of this post. Have to get ready to race. Time is always short on a cross weekend.