2014-12-07 Sac CX #5 Miller Park Race Report by Ron Shevock
Hey Everyone –
I’m sending this to both the road team email group and MTB/CX team email group since there are so many of you dabble in cyclocross.
This weekend I doubled up on ‘cross races with the NCCX “Kitten of Vallejo” race on Saturday and the Sacramento Series Race at Miller Park Sunday (today). In both races I raced in Elite Singlespeed (or Singlespeed A…same thing).
I knew going into the “Kitten” on Saturday that it would be a mudfest. I was a little apprehensive about trashing my bike (and body) in the mud since I just had to replace my bottom bracket bearings from the last mud race a few weeks ago at Gibson Ranch. And plus I’d be faced with an evening of thoroughly cleaning the bike up to get her ready again for Sunday’s flogging. But in the end, I decided to race with the determining factor being…additional conditions preparation. I.E. Next week is the NCNCA District Championship Race at Lange Twins Winery in Lodi. The Lange Twins venue is historically a very wet and muddy venue. And there is talk of a really big storm bearing down on us this coming Wed – Friday. That storm is going to turn the Lange Twins district championship race venue into a lake of thick mud and I figured I better familiarize myself with dealing it and trying to be fast and smooth in it.
Anyhow…..the results were good. First place in the “Kitten” on what was maybe the hardest course I have ever ridden against some good competition, and a 2nd Place today in the Sac Series. The Kitten was probably the hardest course I have ever ridden and good prep for Districts in the mud. I’m still kind of in disbelief that I ended up winning because halfway through the race I was probably a minute out of it, but somehow clawed my back to win by just 3 seconds. Photographer Tim Westmore was there and wrote up a great play by play of sorts of the race on his blog which I’ve linked to below.
Today’s Sac Series race was really fun and fast, and even with the massive effort put in on Saturday, I still like my chances of possibly pulling out a win here too. I ended up in a breakaway after the first lap with eventual winner Rich Maile, and on the last lap I made a few mistakes that Rich was able to capitalize on and I just did have any matches left to burn to give chase so I ended up sitting up and cruising it in.
If anyone wants an entertaining scene next Sunday, head on down to the Lange Twins Winery in Lodi to watch the District Champ race. It’s a great venue for spectators as you can wine taste (YEAH!) and keep your feet dry as you watch the course and racers slugging it out from a concrete overlook. Pretty cool. There should be a few of us there racing in various categories throughout the day.
And here is that report from the Kitten of Vallejo race by Tim Westmore on how the course was setup and how my race played out. Check it out.Handful of photos in here too: Dalton, Judelson, and Shevock Conquer the Creeks