With a hint of storms in the forecast we here at Pirate cXc were hoping for dire conditions for race #2, but the storms never made it and only left us with a pristine course and humidity levels of 101%. A solid crew showed face for what was to be a perfect night for racing. We had equal numbers in both the A and B races, and we ran the course backwards.
Since these are informal training races, Burnsey decided to ride instead of keeping everyone's individual lap time. We set-up a digital timer at the start-finish line so you could see your lap times as you flew by. It was up to you to get to the clipboard and write down your own finish time. This worked out well and allowed everyone on site to actually ride and have a great time.
Aside from racing and heckling, Handleballs somehow dropped his chain not once, but NINE times during the race. All but the last time, [he] caught back up to the main group. Summers flatted on the first lap only to put the hammer down and finish strong.
The Shawnee Riverfront CX Course is finally getting smoothed-out and the line is pretty darn obvious. It seems that folks have finally got their spine back and are giving the course a go. It's amazing the power that fear has over the weak minded. The goat-head thorn issue is non-existent ON THE COURSE. It's very important to understand that you need to stay on the gravel parking area and the mowed course ONLY. Cutting the course, especially riding the levee just to 'check things out', will get you a flat and a slap in the face. Wake up people.
We were sad to see a handful of folks that raced last week not return, I guess Joules CX and the Wyco MTB races over the weekend put some people in dire recovery mode. Our numbers would have been really large and racing would have been on a higher level had these few sacked-up and showed. We still had a solid turn out, more even than race #1, and everyone had a good time.
Tige Lamb was there to push the A race. He's recovering from pneumonia and still showed up to race. Where the hell were you? There is a reason that some folks are fast and others fat and slow, living vicariously by reading about what goes down, how others stay motivated - if you call that living. Get out of that office chair and ride a Phuking bike people! You are a sad, sad human!
Dirty Crits #3 is Monday. It's Halloween week and we challenge each and every one of you to come in costume and bring a friend. We will race, have some post race refreshments and socialize. Best costume will get a prize. It's also getting dark early, so we recommend bringing lights.
Here are the final results for Dirty Crits #2. Hope to see you all again next week for more fun riding bikes fast!
A Race (4 laps)
- The Silent Killer 39:06
- Tige Lamb 39:27
- Chuong 42:55
- Brian 45:00
- Ted 48:00
- Summers 48:24
- Wendy DNF
B Race (3 laps)
- Justin 34:19
- Kevin 34:36
- Kauk 34:37
- Burnsey 35:33
- Chris 35:57
- Handleballs 36:14
- Chasm 40:03 (kinda...)