Thought you’d never ask!!
I did my first race last Sunday and loved it!! There is something special and fun about racing in grass and dirt. Even better when you know you are a complete rookie, because it gives you permission to make a fool of yourself and there is no pressure or expectations (not that there should ever be, even when you are more experienced, but that’s another topic).
I went to my first CX clinic on Saturday and raced on Sunday. Falling is no big deal when you are riding slow and on “soft” terrain. It seems that there are more riders willing to try CX than riders trying road races. Meaning, there are lots of newbies. The energy is great- families and teams spread out around the course cheering everyone. I got lots of cheers even when I was sucking big time.
The start line is seeded according to points so of course I was in the last row with zero points. Passing others is tricky on single track and hills, and several times I got stuck people slower than me or who could not ride up the hills when I could, so I had to get off the bike. It was also funny finishing a race not feeling tired at all. In looking at my power files, this was almost the equivalent of a rest day (well, with some short, sharp VO2 efforts in there from the hills). That was obviously because I was going slow… Being new my only goal this season is to learn the skills.
I finished 23/32 and had a blast! Will be going back for more!!
PS - I recorded the race on my GoPro (showing also power, speed etc.) It’s hilarious! I will post that soon.