Whoo boy! That’s it! The season is over; stick a fork in us, we’re done!
It’s been an amazing season for sure, and we at the Bike Gallery had a great time. Every race was a little different, but the overall experience was the same: good times, good friends, great racing.
The season started off very dry, but the last two races were straight-up mud fests. Sunday’s race at PIR was absolutely disgusting, but in a fabulous kind of way. The early and consistent rain made the course a nightmare for riding, and many racers shouldered their bikes for very long stretches. As the different fields took their turns, lines came and went. Every racer was on their own, and many had a hard time staying upright, including yours truly.
The course designers did a great job building a difficult and fun race course that was fun to ride and entertaining to watch. The combination of mud, grass, gravel, puddles, and smoke from campfires was a blast to navigate; there were smiles everywhere. Even those who broke derailleurs during their races were smiling, evidence that cross is fun no matter what happens.
At the end of the day, we were happy to pack up the van and head home, but sad that the season was over. Cross is a great way to keep the cycling fun going as the wet weather settles back in for the season. The mud and grime can be a bit daunting for beginners, but once you start, it’s hard to stop.
More photos can be seen on our Flickr page. See you next year! This entry was posted in Employees, Racing. Permalink.