This is Jesse Heath‘s mountain bike. I’m going to ride it at the next bamacross race at Sloss Furances, on November 8. You are all invited to my funeral.
That should be a blast! Have fun and get muddy!
You are going to kick some muddy ass. Or, at least have a good time getting dirty. I am so excited and proud for you!
good for you anna. ‘cross will be the most fun 45 minutes of pure, unadulterated misery you ever experience.
First race on a Surly 1×1? I can’t think of a better way to get started. Just don’t forget to have fun. =-]
I’ll be with you in spirit. I just hope I survive my equivalent mistake.
YES! You will have a great time. From one newbie to another…trust me, you’ll have fun!
Just don’t ride so hard that you puke!
Thanks for the encouragement everyone! I went for a training ride yesterday, and although I was incredibly slow, I did manage to survive and enjoy myself.
don’t worry, i’ll be dying as well.
Cyclocross races begin as a mass start, then quickly devolve into an individual, multi-dimensional struggle to maintain one’s (1) pace, (2) dignity, and (3) motivation while simultaneously maintaining a pretense of sanity. You signed up to do the race, ergo, you cannot be sane, therefore the best you can hope for is to appear to be in your right mind. Of course, it’s also handy if you can remain upright, not upside down on your back in the mud, waving your bike around as you struggle to get out of the pedals. Not that I’d know anything about that.
Go Anna! I didn’t puke. You gotta hold up the tradition!
PS: Even a slow single speed will get special respect from the announcers. Remember, at some point it’ll be over and you’ll be wondering when the next event will be.
PPS: Don’t do a face plant in the mud hole…
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