The Masters and SS race seems to be the only one I can really cover well this year. Here is hopefully one of two videos (the Monroe video is currently in limbo and might just be cannibalized into a “DSGP 2015 Greatest Hits” video) of those pesky old guys and the knuckle-dragging one coggers.
Full results from both days can be found here. The final round is this Sunday in Baton Rouge! Don’t sleep on what is shaping up to be quite the finale. Registration and more info can be found here.
As I was careening down a grass hill around 26mph into sweeping right turn for the 5th time, my hands tired from maxing out the brakes, I thought to myself, “Man, NOW I get the disc brake hype!”
The Bamacross course at Brookside was tough. I feel like after every cross race I exclaim something about how that course was the hardest one I’ve ridden. It was definitely true last weekend. Really technical sections were balanced out with sand and multiple off camber turns with a few good climbs that zapped everything from my legs. It’s always awesome to see crossers racing out of their region and a decent sized crew of NOLA CX’ers and DSGP regulars made the trek. Kudos to all!
Emma did NOT want to have this bug I found her.
T-Bone practicing one of many difficult 180° turns on the course.
Butch Sims getting after it.
Teammates offering advice.
Rhea rocking the 2014 DSGP Best Spirit Jersey!
Rhea coming across the line in first, still unaware she won.
Rhea wins the W4 race on Day 1.
The BAMACROSS series has a separate W4 category that my teammate (and very frequent contributor to this blog) Rhea Aldridge would be competing in. Rhea does a lot for our scene with her amazing photo coverage. However, being the one behind the lens means you rarely getting any photos taken while you shred the course. (And come on, WHO doesn’t love have rad riding pics?). Since she was racing first, it worked out perfectly that I could pay back Rhea with a little lens love.
Day 1’s climb.
This angel was here before the descent, to keep all crossers rubber side down. H/T to T-Bone Myers for the picture idea.
Rhea had the best form over the barriers in her field. All her practice paid off!
Day 2’s climb.
This Peachtree Bike shredder won the Women’s 4 on Day 2.
Rhea’s competitor made an inside pass two turns from the finish.
Day 2 podium.
Many thanks to Jason Lackey and Stewart Miller for putting on such a great race at an awesome venue. Also, did I mention there were cash payouts in the 3’s?! This was my first time winning money racing cross bikes. I could get used to that.
I have to give a huge shout-out to Sean and Danielle Williamson for being our gracious hosts. Not only did they have no problem with four people taking over their cool house, they even made sure we were fed and caffeinated each morning! Also, their dog Vishnu is pretty rad. Cross is BAWSE!
Don’t forget, DSGP #1 kicks off this Sunday. BE THERE!
This was supposed to come out before the first NOLA CX practice, but injuries and road trips got in the way. While the season is now officially underway, I still urge you to come on out and participate in the best thing on two wheels: cyclocross!
Four big galleries by Rhea Aldridge for your viewing pleasure!
A million more photos after the jump!
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Rich and I have realized that when we raced first in the 4/5s last year, we could A) party more B) get better coverage of the rest of the race day. So please enjoy this small sampling of photos from the 4/5 race, that I admit, are biased towards my teammates on Rouler Racing. Peep results here from another cold and wet one in Funroe, LA.
Yeah You Ride
It’s out of focus, yes, but this is Wes just after his ct scan.
Once you see it.
Cat 4/5 call-ups.
Comb-less coq. You need to get to the top step of the podium to get the full coq.
The CX hobo.
Pretty much a rule when you have a gap such as Zach, you have to take the hand-up.
One to go.
One to go.
Fin. First place.
Fin. 2nd place.
Gazooks! Illustrious photographer, Rhea Aldridge, had forgotten to grab her camera before heading up to DSGP2014 #2! I was more than happy to lend her mine as I pretended to play the part of serious bike racer and lo and behold she did not disappoint! Enjoy these amazing shots of DSGP #2 and the 1/2/3 race. Give her a like on Facebook to see more of her great work! Thanks, Rhea!!!
Yeah You Ride
Gunning for the holeshot, because why not!
There go the really fast dudes on MTBs!
Cat 4/5 Overall Podium
Single Speed Overall Podium
Yep, we’re still racing.
The Scarman, is wonder, isn’t he? #podiumouttake
Cat 4 Podium
Cat 4 Overall
One of the few places where you could accelerate.
Kudos to Ben Allen who kept grinding away to a podium spot.
Please don’t mistake facial spasm as a smile. There was no joy exiting the beach.
Lou gets it.
In the tape and cross-eyed was pretty much my m.o.
At least it was pretty.
Tell me how.
CX is now. There is no more #crossiscoming, there is no more #therewillbemud. Cross is here and mud is being. On Sunday, October 12, Semi-Tough and Yeah You Ride officially launched New Orleans cyclocross with an unofficial swamp-jammin’, beer-chuggin’, bike-racin’, family friendly gnar-fest.
The course was comprised largely of the City Park Singletrack, and was familiar to Thursday night practice race attendees, except for a few added twists. A Le Mans start separated racers from their rides, and introduced an element of chaos as racers sprinted and scrambled to right their bikes and launch free amidst a flurry of mounting riders. Sections of the cross country running trail were utilized to change the flow and add some new turns. By far, the biggest curveball of all was the PBR sponsored Handup Shortcut at the final turn. Racers arrived at a split where they were forced to choose between taking and finishing a cold frosty beer before the end of the handup zone, or else navigate a tight chicane and barrier section. Racers were required to complete the barrier section a certain number of times, and few elected bonus barrier sections over surplus handups.
Continue reading “SWAMPLOCROSS!”
On July 20th, I was lucky to tag along with the New Orleans chapter of the Rapha Women’s 100K. Steamy mid-summer temps and epic downpours, these women were truly badass! Thanks to Murat Celebi for letting me stand all over his front seat and commandeer his vehicle as the official “media wagon”.
Note: I don’t have Vimeo plus, so to watch it in full HD, go the Vimeo page.
Check out last year’s write up here.
Stage race weekends are pretty fun. Get yourself out of town, fill up on road snacks, gamble with your constitution at strange restaurant locales, try and find enough sleep in strange hotel rooms and eventually, after all the cat juggling, go ride your bike! Here are some photos that from the Bike Crossing Grand Prix and Race du Lac that for whatever reason, have never made it onto the blog until now.
Yeah You Ride
Downtown Brookhaven, MS.
Will is ready.
Road race finish line.
Nate “Three Flats” Batts has a salty brim. I know because I licked it.
Matt Erchull about to win the TT again.
Foam roller and laptops. #hobbyenthusiastlife
Team car/chill zone.
Watchu looking at, Rob?
“Topo Chico, I guess.”
Cat 1/2/3 guys raced for 90 minutes in the Mississippi sun.
Gas pipe pit life.
Stephen Mire takes it.
Rob dialing in the set-up the night before Race Du Lac.
Have you ever seen that Youtube vide, “Four creams, one coffee”?
Race in Progress.
Adding crabon brake pads moments before the TT.
No chain, no TT.
Rob’s spoils from the Rouge Roubaix.
It aged quite well sitting in Rob’s car for a month.