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Race Report CCCX#3 CSU MB

Event: CCCX #3
Location: Seaside/CSUMB, CA
Date: 9.21.2013
Category: 35A
Teammates: Murray Swanson
Place: 7th
Weather: Slight drizzle, 65+ degrees
Tires: Tufo Flexus Primus, 19 psi F/R

trying to manage my efforts

trying to manage my efforts

This was the first time I have raced this flat, sandy course and found that my deep sand skills are quite atrocious, especially as I have placed more weight on the front wheel forcing myself to ride in the drops to relieve tension on my elbow.  Most of the week was spent trying to recover from a bout of intervals that had me feeling pretty wasted and I was really on the fence about whether it was wise to race at all or spend the weekend doing some longer aerobic work on the road.  Murray offered to drive, and that was all the convincing it took.

The course itself was pancake flat with some longer sand sections, gravel pit, and many corners with hard-packed sandstone with little tiny “ball bearings” of sand and rock on top of it.  Most notably missing was any section where you went downhill, and where I could recover.  So be it.

Small field of my favorite friends headed out and immediately the afterburners were kicking in as I scrambled to stay up with a pace that I couldn’t sustain.  After about 10 minutes of effort, I started to get gapped and knew I was done for.  I lost track of the 6 guys in front of me and rode the rest of the race by myself until Todd Hoefer from the 45s came around me and I got a merciful tow in for the last 2 laps.  I struggled throughout on the technical sections just being unable to find a line and desperately trying to avoid any bushes on the sides…as I had been plenty itchy all week and did not want to add to my blistering poison oak collection.  This felt a bit like Worlds—flat course where I just didn’t have the horsepower to stay in contention.

chasing after the leaders

chasing after the leaders

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