Solid week of training after TrekCXC and before you knew it Dale and I were packing up early (5:45am to pick him up) for a trip to KC supporting Volker Bikes and their race team at Manions. Raced there a couple years back; hillside course has you either going up or down.
As we pulled into KC the rain started, but held up just enough for us to set up the mini-Kuat compound. Racing masters is nice as it's usually the first race of the day so plenty of time to get out on the course and try to dial in some things.
Course had tons (and I mean tons) of turning and tight turning on top of that. During warm up there was plenty of grass (but that changes during the course of our race and eventually way worse) to drive all sections (except for the ditch). I did one lap on the Clement MXP before switching to the Rhino's (with PDX on my B bike) the next and that was obviously the right call.
|Two weeks ago it was sun shade, this week legit rain and wind shelter.|
|Photo from Micah Gordon shows a little of what the course was about|
I am interested listening to folks after races talking/griping about not having this or that kind of wheel/tire or 'just putting a bike together' showing disappointment in their results. Yes, bad things happen outside of our control during 'cross season, but equipment preparation along with pre-riding to select/adjust tire choice/pressure and such is a HUGE key to racing not too far behind physical preparation (much more so than other bike racing disciplines). I think many overlook this.
Dale rode well in both the Master 50+ and the 3's.
|Kuat NV is the only way to go with muddy bikes. And yes, I'll keep plugging them...|
|OK, guess which bike stopped of for a spray down after the race?|
|Yep, it was one of those kind of 'cross races...|
Packed up after the race and headed home, but not before a stop at Freebirds (fav for the burritos) and a car wash for a little bike de-mudding.
Decided after having a solid day to forfeit driving the 2.5hrs one way for day 2 of Manions to snag some time with the family. Early morning spent detailing the bikes/wheels while watching Worlds (great finish if you are not Spanish) and then church. Darion and I caught a movie then I kitted up for a nice three hour cruise. Got to the edge of town enjoying the nice weather and did a 180* back to the crew. Changed up and then Deb, Ian, D, and I rode bikes to the local tennis courts for several games (I'm pretty sure D and I won, but that's still in question), Sonic slushes, and back home to a great game of backyard football (D and I got beat on the last series, but it was close). By then it was bedtime for the youngsters and I ended up on the rollers for a couple hours (catching up on Breaking Bad). Plenty of two and three day racing coming up so the 'stay at home' pick was a winner as we all had a great day.
Up next is two days of 360 Cup in Lawrence, KS.