MABRA CROSS CHAMPS / SPORTIF CUP FINALE
Sunday December 01, 2013
by: John Glodek
Crazy times. I had a solid weekend off from racing to recharge the batteries before the final push to the end of the season. Throw in my wife Stacy and I purchasing our first home and then spending Thanksgiving with the families. It has been a busy last 2 weeks. I was stoked for MABRA Cross Champs. I had been gathering a ton of "scrap" to lay out on the race. It was pretty cold by the time I was kitted up and warming up out on course. The track was still pretty frozen. Very crunchy. The race before went through and softened the entire track up. Word through the call ups was that it was a totally different course than an hour earlier. Awesome. Boom. We were off. I knew I had to be out in the front going onto the track. The start section was a gnarly off camber, short, up and down and up and down. The first guy to put their foot down was going to reek havoc on the field. It happened. I got off and ran the section. Once I was back on the bike it was full speed ahead. Sitting top 10. Game on. Then it happened on a left hander. Slipped rear wheel. Boom. Chain off and stuck behind cassette. NO! Disaster. I worked the chain and worked the chain as the field passed by. Finally after what seemed like an eternity I got the chain back on. From then on I was drilling it to catch back onto the field. The course was super slick. Every turn was a wash. I was trying too hard too soon. I made simple mistakes everywhere. Then the rail of my saddle snapped. Another setback. I pulled the saddle back to center and got going. It was cold. Muddy. Slick. It was cyclocross. I battled. Not to try and come from behind and win. I battled to finish the race with my head up. It was a small victory for me. I could have pulled the plug numerous times but I did not. Plus, Stacy was there cheering for me every lap and every turn. She knew I was having a rough race and kept me going. No way I was going to let her down. Finished. Proud of the race that I rode. Can't wait for next weekend. Thanks for reading!