Cross season is here! It was a beautiful Saturday up in the Green Mountains of Vermont for the first round of the 2010 Verge New England Championship Cyclo-Cross Series, the Green Mountain Cyclo-Cross Weekend. The crowds of avid cross racers came out in full for a great atmosphere to race on a fun course and cheer from the sidelines.
I was up early to arrive for an 11 am race, the Women’s 3/4 category. I hadn’t raced a cross race in two years, so the excitement and anticipation was running high. The course looked great when I hopped on my cross bike still in my jeans to preview the course. There was a fair bit of climbing with a good technical section with steep dirt rollers, some tight zigzags, and of course barriers.
The race was a ton of fun, and I soon caught the girl in the lead to sit on her tail for much of the race. We had a significant gap on the rest of the field for the last two laps of three. For the sprint finish, I had to dig deep to get to the line in first. I later found out that the girl in second was a mere 13 years old, and a pretty fast 13-year-old at that!
Go here for my Strava ride: http://www.strava.com/rides/187057
Stay tuned for more Strava Cyclo-Cross race reports!