2014 Rolling Thunder Cyclocross Race

November 1st and 2nd

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

It's coming, It's coming, It's coming

Cyclocross season starts in 14 days at Cross Vegas. For the latest Interbike updates visit Josh Tack's website. He will be covering all the events. Do you remember this picture? Russ in the pain cave.

I must admit I'm late getting the cyclocross bug this year. For some reason I was super pumped in February and March.

The late season road events can either burn you out or make a season. Last year I finished my road season at the Bozeman Crit. It was the result I needed to train for Star Cross and the first half of cyclocross season. This year I ended with the Huckleberry Festival in Wallace, ID. The promoter put on an excellent event, but it didn't turn out super good for myself. I fell on the 180 corner and took out someone behind me. It was 100% my fault......which always sucks. Well before my crash the race had already been decided. With just two NRO, Tack was covering pretty much everything in the first 10 minutes. At about 15 minutes in Shawn Howard blitzed past the finish line on the right hand side. I was in perfect position to roll with him. I jumped on his wheel and had instant flashbacks of Roubaix 2008 (me following a Shawn Howard attack, then pulling through, and blowing). I tried to stay calm, but he was going too fast. The peleton had sat up, the race announcer declared that our move was the winning move. Next time around Howard added more pace and dropped me. I floated back to the peleton knowing that the worst case scenario had just happened. Howard ended up lapping the field and taking the victory. It wasn't a big deal, but ending the road campaign that way left a bad tasted in my mouth. Since then I've been off the bike and on the road, traveling for work.

Anyways.....back to cx. The Missoula Wednesday Nighter starts September 30th and Rolling Thunder weekend is October 24th and 25th. So, far the course setters for Wednesday Night are: Tim Bechtol (bumpy and technical), Jeff C. (short, tight, and mounds), and Toby M. (as many technical parts as possible in one lap). Shout out to Five Valley Velo and Tim Bechtol for putting on the Wednesday Nighter. What a great thing to have in your backyard!

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