So yesterday Mrs. Stallion and I were spectators at our first cyclocross race. It was the Saratoga Spa ‘Cross held at the Spa State Park. Up until Sunday, my only impressions of cyclocross were from online reports, podcasts and pictures.
It was an awesome event. It’s a real intimate setting for a race, and there were no bad vantage points along the course. Adding to the parcours was the fact that the day before the area was treated to about 3 inches of rain. Race day conditions were great for racing with sun & clouds and about 55°F.
The DJ had some rockin’ music blaring from the pavillion, although the choice of Norah Jones playing during the Men’s Singlespeed/Women’s Elite race was questionable.
The terrain added something I wasn’t expecting – quiet. I never thought about it, but when you ride a ‘cross bike with what looked like tires at around 40psi on mud and pine needles, it really deadens the sounds of the bike. Braking was the complete opposite – those rims screamed for mercy when the pads forced the mud on them!
It was a great time. It was the first year having the races there and I really hope they come back. I felt inspired by all the action – the riders gave it their all; even guys 5 minutes back were drilling it over the course. I don’t think I’ll be racing anytime soon, but who knows? It might make its way on to my bucket list.