Doogie Roux Does Tulsa

I passed through Tulsa once. I stopped by Soundpony, met some awesome people, had a few drinks, and heard all about Tulsa Tough, “a full cycling experience for racers, riders, and spectators”. What I heard was great, it excited me. I wanted to experience it. Immediately after this, I boarded my flight out and wondered if and when I’d ever return. This past weekend, I got my chance. I made the trek and dove right into the goodness of Tulsa.

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Tulsa Tough teamed up with some real hotshots to make an incredible weekend. First, Red Bull. Their infamous Minidrome was brought into town and riders from the area, along with some out of towners like myself, battled on the world’s smallest velodrome! Awesome, just awesome. Then, Jeremy Powers. Yeah, the 3 time USA CX National Champion designed a course for the weekend’s race: Cyntergy Hurtland, “cyclocross re-imagined by Tulsa Tough”. This course was just amazing with its technical and fast, flowing sections scattered throughout.

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I’m really appreciative of the good vibes and hospitality I was able to experience in the city of Tulsa and at these events. The locals, people from the surrounding areas, everyone, they were just great. I’m looking forward to returning for the crits in June. In the meantime, have a look at a few photos I manged to get in the midst of all the fun.

~ Doogie Roux

DSGP Round 2 – Monroe Day 1

Funroe, Day 1

After two years of cold, wet and miserable conditions, Monroe finally blessed the DSGP ‘crossers with blue skies and balmy temps. A welcomed relief after two weeks of slow, muddy cross racing. Still, the Monroe track held enough challenges as is: a small mound (which I assume was at some point, a Native American sacred burial ground) which riders had to ascend twice per lap,  two sandy volleyball courts that were traversed out-and-back style and enough technical twisty to balance out the pedaling-to-power ratio.

DSGP #1 was a disaster of a race for me, ( I actually gave up a little at one point, somewhere on the backside of the course when I couldn’t turn the pedals as my wheels bogged down in the clay), so I was really eager to put that race behind me.  With a decent weekend in Houston at Give Me Some Sugar CX and dry conditions for Monroe, my cx sensations were feeling good.

1/2/3s and Me

I missed my pedal at the start and spend the first four or five pedal strokes trying to clip in which meant I was last to the sand. Ooof, the sand! I hate running, who doesn’t? Anytime I’m dismounting my bike, my little heart screams in agony and my legs die 1000 deaths.   Maybe it was all the running I did the last three races, but somehow the sand on this course didn’t totally kill me. I made a distinct effort to take long strides to get me through the sand as quick as possible, instead of many more quick, choppy steps. It seemed to help, along with the long straight sections immediately following the sand where you could put some power down yet still “recover”. The main group stayed together for probably the longest time in a DSGP 1/2/3 race which made things kind of exciting. It felt like actual racing instead of individual time trials. I knew it wouldn’t last long and Scott Kuppersmith eventually rode away from us as he did in the Master field before. With Peter Reed’s sudden predilection to the ground, I found myself in second place with Zachary Thomas and Matt Gandy on my wheel. Man, if Reed could just crash himself out of the race, I might have a chance at a podium! Reed must of read my mind because he was able to bridge back to our group after his tenth crash and then attack us all on a long straight. I was sitting on Gandy’s wheel, enjoying the draft but countered and burt my one big match to catch up to Peter. I didn’t put any time into our group, but just reshuffled the deck with Zach and Gandy being able to latch on. Coming thru the finish line, I heard Zach yell, “Go!”. Oh yeah, I have a teammate in a cross race! You can use tactics! I tried to put in an effort but my legs were pretty much in “save our race” mode so as much as I yelled at them, they kept pedaling at their own pace. Well, Peter had enough of our shenanigans and rode away from us, securing second. Zach and I had a nice little battle for the last step on the podium. One of us would take the wrong line, and the other would take the lead. Another would pull too much into the wind and the other would counter. Eventually, after riding my wheel for most of the second to last lap, Zach attached me on the bell lap and blew my doors off. I had enough left to hold off Gandy and take 4th.

KUDOS

I wanted to give a shout-out to other teammates for strong podiums. Rhea Aldridge got her 3rd win of the season and first DSGP win after besting the Women’s Open field (on her SS!). Kimberly Clements held third for most of the race, aggressively attempting to ride up the “Heartbreak Hill” each lap. (She got it day 2!).

Results from day one are here. Below are the shots I was able to grab of the Master’s and Women’s race before I had to go into “racer” mode. Sorry Cat 5’s and 4’s!

Hopefully some Day 2 coverage before the weekend. Don’t forget, reg for  DSGP Round 3 in Natchez is open until Thursday!

Keep Spinnin’
Boedi

 

 

DSGP 2015 Round 1 – New Orleans

Hashtags are no joke.

I don’t think I could come up with enough hyperbolic statements that could accurately describe what happened this past Sunday. There was mud like I’ve never seen before. Mud of all types: slick, thick, greasy, sticky, salty. When one wasn’t bogged down in the goop, you were splashing through hub-deep ponds of water where flotillas of fire ants were waiting for a ride on your muddied skin, thanking you with nasty bites. And it rained. And rained. And rained. Until the last race of the day, the skies gave up their bounty as wished by the sadist Delta States Grand Prix race director, Wes McWhorter. However, he knew his masochistic crowd, who ate it up and had a damn good time. Check out Rhea Aldridge’s fantastic gallery below for evidence:

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With each year, the Delta States Grand Prix continues to grow and change for the better. Now in it’s third year, DSGP 2015 opened with the same amount of crossers as it did in 2014. That’s pretty cool considering the conditions Sunday. This year, the women of DSGP are racing on their own as their numbers continue to grow. An incremental process that is very important thanks to grassroots efforts of practices and clinic held months leading up to the beginning of the season. The pre-reg for the women’s field was 14, the highest pre-reg yet. With one day-of registration, Sunday’s field was the biggest Women’s field in DSGP history! The Cat 5’s are riding solo this year, which created a more robust and largest to date cat 4’s field.  (This should also make those 4-3 upgrade calculations a bit easier).  A Juniors category was added that saw seven youngsters tow the line. I’m very excited that this race was added to the program and can’t wait to see them progress.

Results of the race can be found here. Next up is two days in Monroe. Reg here and here.

Thanks to the Wes and the LAMBRA crew for puttin’ on a good show! Kudos to everyone who crossed the finish line, that was a doozy!

Keep Spinnin’
Boedi

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