Cyclocross de Cessy

written on Sunday, October 20, 2013

19.10.2013 - Cessy, Ain, France

Home races are always difficult, although home crowd is usually very supportive. I didn't have the great legs and have done several pre-start errors:

  • Late arrival and bad warm up: I was spinning for only 15 minutes instead of 30 minutes.

  • Did not really understand the first technical part. It contains a lot of turns, the majority of them are U-turns with rather solid radius. So as the result I lost quite some time finding better trajectories and carrying speed through corners

Although I started from the second line, I lost quite a lot of positions during first two laps. The field was really strong and quite aggressive, but overall correct. Surpisingly, towards the end of the race I found legs and trajectories, and started to push harder - may be it was worth doing from the beginning :)

Overall, it's still possible to mark several positive moments:

  • I found good trajectories during the race, and finally understood the idea of "carrying the speed through the corners"

  • I started to push harder, and that gave me the feeling of proper cross pedaling technic; good warm-up is absolutely necessary for this, and today I missed it.

  • Although two leaders passed me by 1 lap, they are really CX specialists of the national level of France; the rest of the top guns stayed on the same lap.

  • No problems so far with the remounts in barrier section and after uphill running; in the same time, the top guns just bunny-hopped through them :)

Let hope, that proper preparation and speed will come with some efforts from my side. Cross is wonderful and I really enjoy it every time I do it :)

UPD: finally, photos arrived. Thanks a lot to Christophe Jacquemet and Crans Cycles, André Cavazzana!

Photos of Christophe:

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Photos of André Cavazzana:

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All the best, stay tuned and happy 'cross-ing!

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