Blood, Sweat and Beers…Cyclocross @ Brewery Ommegang

There was no blood that I saw, but there could have been somewhere along the way. Wet grass, off camber hills and tight, twisty course markings that went through the beer tent too. Winding our way through he property of Brewery Ommegang near Cooperstown, NY was my next step in the cyclocross learning curve. Alot of open field, a short forest trail and a wet grassy ‘run-up’ that was ridable for many. It wasn’t a difficult race course at all, but the wet grass did make some spots a bit sketchy. No better way to learn than to just do it. My dismounts and mounts at the barriers were so much better this race…not real efficient, but much better. I think this race was the most fun ‘cross race I’ve done yet. And the free beer had nothing to do with it. Actually, with a 1 hour 45 minute drive home, I didn’t stick around for the beer. After my Cat 4 race, I did stick around for the Masters race. I mostly watched at the barriers. There I could see the right way and the wrong way to do it. I felt good about my skill being somewhere in the middle. Our 30 minute race was closer to 45 minutes. I finished -1 in 22nd place, but much better than my first two races.
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