UPDATE #3: TDR buddies Mark Drajem and Mark Wigfield have posted their stories on the ride. See them at the DCMTB blog. According to Mark W., I made the “everyman goal” of a sub-6 hours finish. I was working like a dog to beat that time, I’m glad it counted for something! See another sparking report from the front group at the Hill Junkie blog. Guess I wasn’t the only one suffering huge leg cramps.
UPDATE #2: Judy Allison could not ride this year, she says, so she got behind the shutter to catch many of the IC racers in their urgent fury. See her photos at her Picasa page. To find yourself, type your racer number in the upper right search box, and then click “Judy’s Gallery” in the results page upper left. She got photos of me Here. Thanks Judy!
UPDATE: Results have been posted. The good news: I made my personal goal of a sub-6 hour finish. The bad news: I came in 70th out of 93 in the 40+ men’s bracket and 183rd of 253 overall. Next year, then.
I had two thoughts during much of Sunday’s Iron Cross VI cyclocross race: “Wow. Better get off and walk,” and “I hope I don’t crash!” Billed as America’s Longest Cyclocross Race, at 62 miles, this beast of a ride in the Michaux State Forest in eastern Pennsylvania had about 300 entrants. The course was something of a brevet on steroids — shorten a 200K to half distance, take out everything flat, use dirt roads to climb granny-steep ridges and then take rock-strewn single track to come down. Repeat over and over.
Thanks to Mark W. and Mark D. for the encouragement to do this “race.” It was more of endurance event to those of us who don’t ride singletrack, and well worth it if you enjoy going outside your normal boundaries once in awhile.