Cobblestone Cyclocross

Cooked up a mess of pancakes Sunday morning and somehow managed to bundle the whole family into the minivan by 7:40am to drive up to Mechanicsville for the Cobblestone Cyclocross race at Pole Green Park. It may have been #4 in the Virginia Series, but it was my first real ‘cross race due to the absurdly front-end loaded schedule this year. If I have one thing to tell Virginia ‘cross organizers, it’s that it should be chilly out when we’re racing.Getting the family up there allowed both Ellie and Millie a chance to race. Ellie did her first cross race, lining up with the 10-14 Juniors, who started right behind the older juniors and A- and B- women.

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I hope Ellie follows in Silly Sal’s footsteps. Sally threw down a great sprint, taking an inside line and forcing the other rider to try to come around on her outside to win the Bs.

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El toughed out the race pushing her mountain bike up all the steep little hills and lifting the heavy thing over the barriers for four laps.

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Despite the grim look on her face, she insists she had a great time and bragged about it at soccer practice later that day. She got 4th.

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Millie had fun too, racing the Winder siblings in the kids race. Brett took off like a shot and Millie did her best to chase. Hope seemed content to just watch. The organizers were awesome enough to give little Mil the second place A-women’s prize since – a bottle of Hammer Gel – since only one A-woman raced. Thanks!

I raced both the 35+ and the B-race for an exhausting day. The 35+ race started fast. I stayed with the lead group through the starting flat and the chicane, but felt a little gassed when we hit the pea gravel. I chased over the barriers…

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And up the hill…

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To no avail. Mr. Bill and Mr. Russell proved too strong (let alone the even faster trio that beat the three of us).

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I came in 6th out of 15. And felt pretty good, so I lined up later for the B-race. More on that later (with videos).

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6 responses to “Cobblestone Cyclocross

  1. Looks like a good time, even without the bad weather.

  2. Thanks for the spot at the line in the B race Chris. True class….

    Jimmy D

  3. Wow, what a family! Looks like you’re all in it now. What a great family sport. Fit and fun!

  4. Gotta give your wife credit watching the kids while handling you bottle after bottle. I think she worked harder than you during the races.
    Good racing with you (although I did line up with you, I never saw you after that).

  5. Hi, I had heard Ellie did the cross debut. Great to see the photos!

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