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iiyama cyclocross race report

the first cx race of the season at iiyama on sunday
a great course used for last year’s national championships
is this really the last time the event will be held?

it’s cold early morning
and there is a muddy section straight after the start

there is a steep climb too

and a slippery twisty descent through the forest

but I can clear all sections in the trial run
3 laps
are my CX skills improving?

the race will be 4 laps
an hour between the trial run and race
it’s time spent cleaning bike and shoes!

a serious CX racer has multiple bikes, shoes and a portable jet washer!

no time to warm up
but it is what it is!

3,2,1 go!

mess up the clip in
I only started practicing yesterday
later alex will give me some good tips

a slow starter as always
the muddy section is soon blocked by fallen riders
running it is

from here it’s a case of moving up

the best riders will ride off into the sunset
but you can clear the stragglers

on youtube it looks like a “power course”
lots of asphalt
but in reality it’s quite technical

I pick off riders one by one

on the last lap I’m closing in on the Igname rider
I force an error
he crashes in the sand pit
my chance
but I crash too!

roll in in 6th place

 

I rode the course to the best of my abilty
probably my best ride yet
my pacing is good
I need to work on my start
and hopefully the skills will come naturally

next up CX maebashi!

 

 

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