Monday, October 27, 2014

Walla Walla Cyclocross

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.


gc said...

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.

Hank Greer said...

Thanks, Glen. I've seen a couple of the Svenness videos. I guess I never picked up on the Sven line.