Friday, September 25, 2009

CX

I'm finally set up with a cross bike and am getting ready for my first cyclocross race next weekend. You can bet I'll be the guy who nose dives over the barriers and racks myself trying to remount my bike while running.

But it looks way too fun to pass up. This video captures some of what I'm talking about.

US Gran Prix of Cyclocross - Portland, Oregon from Jesse Rosten on Vimeo.



My bike is a SS with a 36x16 gearing. I'm not sure if that is too easy or too hard of a gear but I'm sure I'll find out within 3 min of the first race.

I got my bike dirty today during lunch. What a trip riding a road bike on dirt. It was a cool feeling and has given me a needed shot of renewed excitement for cycling.

12 comments:

Aaron said...

Where did you ride? My CX bike needs some serious work before it's ready to race again, but I may show up to a few CX races with my Superfly this year. We should get together sometime next week and practice a few dismounts. On the other hand, it was pretty memorable for me to try my first dismount ever during my first CX race at RMR a few years back. No better way to learn than trial by fire, right?

Rick Sunderlage said...

aaron- get you cx bike out, dust it off and come meet me.
i rode the jeep road above the race course from my office, down to provo canyon.

Dave said...

Ha! I'd love to watch you two "practice a few dismounts". I'll shoot video to share with your wives.

Dave said...

sorry, that was inappropriate.

Jason said...

Nice! Your gonna dig it...

Rick Sunderlage said...

dave- It's okay. I know you couldn't help yourself.

pat t cakes said...

its gonna be sweet

JZ said...

Sweet, one more guy in the SS class. FWIW, I found 42x17 was a pretty good ratio for me for most of the courses. That is tough gear for slow corners and any climbs, but helps me keep up on the flats.

Rick Sunderlage said...

JZ- Thanks for the input. I'm thinking a 38x16 might be good for me.

SkiMoab said...

Uh oh... Are you sure you want to awaken this beast?

Anonymous Lurker said...

Was that a slow-mo shot of Mitchell Peterson's face in the video?

JZ said...

I like my caveman speak: "That is tough gear for slow corners . . ." Oh well, you get the idea.