The Colorado Cyclocross Classic & Boulder Cup
Due to recent flooding in Boulder and the upcoming National Championships being hosted at Valmont Bike Park both races this past weekend had some interesting twist on the classic courses that make up the BoulderCup weekend.
The Colorado Cyclocross Classic takes place at the Boulder Reservoir but with the low-lying southern most part of the course covered by standing water the promoter had to make the most of what was available.
This resulted in a lot of twists and turns out in an adjacent field and some challenging sand riding down by the water’s edge. With the loose soil and so many tight corners the course made racing at full speed and fighting for each position challenging and required your attention for the full one hour effort. At the start I was able to make it thru the first series of turns without incident and got into a good group with Mitch Hoke and Skyler Trujillo. As Jamey Driscoll was coming back from a broken chain and Yannick Eckmann succumbed to a crash the five of us were racing for 13th. Pulling a 16th finish in a field this talented and at this point of the season for me is a success.
The Boulder Cup at Valmont Bike Park has been receiving a lot of hype with the upcoming National Championships being hosted at this venue. This year Chris Grealish maximized the elevation change of the bike park by snaking up and down the North side of the venue multiple times while using some of the additional features of the park. It’s no secret that Valmont and I have a bit of a negative history, but this year I actually feel like I got some redemption. I was able to get out to a cautious and clean start with out getting caught behind any of the many bobbles that happened out on course. The legs were feeling good after the previous day’s effort and I am really getting comfortable on the Kenda tires and how they react under different psi and terrain. About mid way thru the race Tristan Schouten and I were able to get thru the lower sand pit clean and turned a group of four into a two way battle. I got a slight gap going up the stairs on the last lap, good enough to solidify 14th place.
With the first World Cup coming up this weekend I made a late decision to head up to Rochester, NY for a UCI weekend and to crack the top ten. Looking forward to mixing up and checking out some upstate NY fall colors.