Race report from Sun Prairie Day 2 which was two weeks ago. Third time lucky on punching it out on the iPhone…
First muddy CX race of the season! The tacky conditions from Day1 had transformed into a soup bowl overnight and guaranteed a different race on Day 2, despite the course being largely the same.
The start of our race was aggressive as we thundered down the wet pavement vying for the hole shot. I wasn’t really in contention since I started from the 2nd row, but did hit the hole shot line in 4th or 5th. Upon entering the grass we all squirted different directions as we tamed our speed and gained an appreciation of how our tires were going to handle the wet conditions.
From there I quickly slipped and slid my way back to the familiar 20th position, which is when then the real fun began. I mean, when you’re sucking and well out of podium contention you might as well race for fan appreciation!
The Stanley Run Up, where I earned marshmallows and GWs the day before, was completely unrideable today. It was all I could do to huff my mud laden bike and body up the hill, but that didn’t stop the fans from hollering, “Hey plaid, what’s your problem!? You rode it yesterday!”. I laughed, but was thinking, “Hey Wisco fans, what’s your problem!? How come you’re so stingy with your greenbacks on Sunday?” By my 4th and final lap I only had 1 soggy bill down my skin suit and was ready to wait for the 21st place rider to see if we could stage a mud wrestling match and charge admission. Then, from behind my mud caked glasses, I saw a fan dangling his arms over the course tape and yelling, “free hug hand up!!” Hope he didn’t think beggars could be choosers because I stopped and dished out the muddiest bear hug I have ever been part of. Thanks man, I needed that. Hope your jacket was machine washable.
Huge thanks to Glen and Kari who were all stars in the pits for us. Fresh bikes each lap were such a luxury!
And that was that, the end of our 2 week cross crusade. Big thanks to our home stays and all the great people we met along the way!
A picture from Day 1 (Podium Insight). Yes, I get that excited about marshmallows:
Mud from Day2 (velonews):