September on the other hand has been great. A few weeks back, I had a double race weekend where I raced the Ithaca Grand Prix cyclocross and the Addison Oaks Fall Classic. Ithaca was my first cyclocross race. Wow, is CX a blast! I would have never thought I would like it this much. The next day I raced the Addison Oaks race and was able to pull off a win! I was pretty stoked about that. That's win #2 of the year and my first win as an Expert MTB'er. A couple weeks ago was the Ronde Van Stony race. This is a mostly gravel road race that starts and ends at Stony Creek. This is a good race to put on the schedule. It's basically road racing on the dirt. I got in a good group with some Cat 3 roadies and we worked together till we got back to Stony. Once we hit the 2 track I was able to get away from them. I know that dirt well from riding there so much. I also raced a crit on labor day and did ok there. I was 9th. I'll be doing a lot more road racing in the future.
Since then I've done a couple more CX races. CX hasn't come along all that easy to me. I'm still getting comfortable with the bike. It's not like mountain biking and it's not like road biking. It doesn't even feel like something you should be doing. It's a total blast to do. For 45 minutes, I don't think you can have more fun on a bike. At the last race I blew my front tire and I didn't have a spare to swap to so I ended up DNF'ing but actually I feel like that was the most comfortable I've felt on a CX bike yet. There are plenty more races to come and I feel pretty confident that in the next couple this is going to click for me.
Here's a few pics from the last few months .