Saturday's race was held at Memorial Park in Walla Walla, WA. This was a power course. There were long stretches of wet grass, tight off-camber turns in wet grass that got greasier as the day progressed, and a long run up.
My single speed race went well and it was quite the workout. Going through the wet grass felt like I was riding my brakes the whole time. I got some good footage from my GoPro for the video. (Not so for my second race. I switched batteries but didn't realize I put another dead battery in.) Three hours later I was left behind on my Elephant as the fresh and/or stronger riders in the men's 50+ took off on me. No worries. I had a fun time.
I posted tons of photos from on the INWCXS Facebook page. Here's the video.
Walla Walla Cyclocross - Day 1 from hank greer on Vimeo.
Later on I was listening to a 6 or 7-year-old tell his dad how he was taking the "Sven line" on the slick turn you see a few people go down on.
"What's a Sven line?" I ask.
It's taking the outside edge of the turn.
Schooled by someone just starting school. Cyclocross is great.
Monday, October 27, 2014
Walla Walla Cyclocross
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Hank, Google "Svenness" there's some video showing the finer points of high performance cross. That's where that "Sven line" phrase is from. Try Svenness 2.17 to start.
Thanks, Glen. I've seen a couple of the Svenness videos. I guess I never picked up on the Sven line.
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