Fantastic Angie!! Congrats!
@adm0629 Congrats! Love the picture on the podium! Great way to end the summer. Tina
Hello everyone! I’m going to make my first post a “rule breaker” by telling you my goal for 2019 instead of 2018. I want a significant improvement in my performance in the Paris (Ontario) to Ancaster race in the spring. It’s a real mixed bag of pavement, gravel, trail, farmers’ fields… My plan is for all around improvements in cycling strength and hopefully lose a few kg just to make those climbs quicker.
Also, congratulations to everyone above who had a successful season so far. I look forward to being part of this discussion group.
Welcome Marc! I shall update the title of this thread
Looks like a great event. What distance are you planning to race?
I will race the longer course. Last year I think it was 70k, but it varies a bit depending on the conditions and the cooperation of the landowners. Last year there was a “scandal” when some entitled cyclists broke the rules and rode the route in advance, which meant going on people’s property, spooking livestock and, in one instance, riding through a family event. They were banned.
i have a sheet i have typed up on my PC with a checklist and print it off every race as my check so that i dont forget anything
Did my first cyclocross event of the year. I did ok. 24th of 72, but I did it on a mountain bike instead of a cross bike. Still trying to convince the wife that I “need” one. Here is what it looked like:
Yep, you NEED a xbike. You can tell your wife that I recommended it, and I’m old…and a Canadian, which must count for something.
My main goal for 2019 is to not have any major crashes or break any bikes or bones. Sounds easy enough, but it has proved quite challenging for me over the last two years!
Don’t set goals that are impossible to achieve.
After some solid work, she just told me this morning that I need to go order the bike with my LBS today so I can race on it next weekend.
“solid work”: please be more specific so that I may also use this strategy with my partner.
I sure am lucky… I have a really good CX bike (2016 Trek Boone, electronic shifting, disc breaks, carbon wheels) which I have been using on gravel. Started racing CX this season and Drew starting commenting how my bike is heavy and maybe we should get a lighter one if I really get into CX…
But yeah, you definitely need a CX bike, Ian! My race this weekend will be a mud pit, so I am on my way to the LBS to get some mud tires!
Try the Donnelly PDX or MDX. They stand for Portland and Mud. The pdx can be run on all surfaces. Probably one of the best all around tires if you could only have one set of cross tires. MDX great for mud courses like you had on week #2 of cross. We have 3 sets of tubular zipp wheel sets in our garage just for cross. (Courtesy of oldest son.). He now owns 2 more sets of clincher wheelsets for cross. It’s nice having a son who works at a bike shop.
I pick up my new CX bike tomorrow. Race it on Sunday.
Of course there’ll be pictures?
Oh yeah. I’ll get some pictures today
Linda- I had the Donnelly PDX on my CX bike before last week’s race and it was great in the mud! I had to run it tubular, but was still able to get down to 30 psi. I heard you can go even lower on tubless- but I had no issues with all that mud at 30 psi.