DSGP 2015 Round 4 – Masters & SS Video

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.

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Bamacross – Brookside

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!

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.

 

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!

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Boedi

Come On and Cross!

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!

 

DSGP #3 – Monroe

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.

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DSGP2014 #2 – Covington // Guest Gallery by Rhea Aldridge

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!!!

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SWAMPLOCROSS!

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.

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New Orleans Women’s 100K

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.

Bike Crossing Grand Prix and Race du Lac.

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.

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