That being said after Festivus in STL I had an open day on the 26th so Dale and I headed to KC for Boxing Day CX. The initial plan was to race masters and then a couple hours later do the Open, but that changed about half way through the masters race; I'll get to that in a minute.
After a great Christmas day with the crew Dale and I headed out early getting to the race venue to see an interesting lay out for the course. First and foremost let me say I am not a 'hater' and truly thank anyone who puts on a race. Big Kuddos! The course, pancake flat was a series of go straight, turn 180, go straight, turn 180, look out for the log, go straight... Absolutely uneventful and uninteresting, but still thankful someone put it together and I was racing.
Lined up in a field of combined masters ages for a mass start and off we were. Justin Bowes, visiting from Chicago, set a fast pace right off and I sat on his wheel (big gap quickly formed behind) for the first half of lap. Over a pole/log barrier I upped the pace and from there on out I was off by myself to the finish. With 1 1/2 laps to go I did have a run in/tangle with a lapped rider that tore up both shin fronts and hurt pretty good, but was able to continue with plenty of room at the end.
|Small fields this time of year|
Half way through I decided to skip the Open race and head back home early as the loop was brutally boring and saw no reason to do it again. Talked to a couple locals and they referenced a long trail system nearby so Dale and I ended up riding 1.5 hrs on that before loading up and heading home.
Sunday was a Christmas day with my folks so couldn't make the Grote race and this Wednesday forecast for Cross off the Year race has 22* as the high and night prior at 9* so I see no reason to battle the elements. So that means heading out of Bolivar on Friday to Dallas and racing Sat/Sun at the Resolution Cup event. After that its an easy cruise on to Austin for Nats