My first cross race of the year with Redline and it was awesome. I met up teammate Justin Linden who helped me set up my new Conquest Team with Shimano Di2 electronic shifting! The first day of Cincy at Devou Park was a dry grass course with one steep ridable climb and some longer climbs. I moved up quickly through the pack and was riding with the leader group when the selection was made but eventually I had to let them go and ride my own pace. I got into a good rhythm and held my own placing 7th in my first race of the year. I was very happy with this result.
Day two was a very exciting night race at Kingswood Park. The course was very muddy and wet with some great short climbs, muddy sections, and some turning sections as well. The start was wild with some crashes, mud and water, and some dark sections of course. I didn’t have the greatest of starts but I was able to miss the crash. Later in the race I was able to move up more and more as lap traffic spread out. I finished this C1 race in 9th position, I was very happy. It wouldn’t have been possible without two Redline cross bikes and some great help in the pits from Dan Delph.
The last day of Cincy3 was held of Harbin Park. This course was composed of technical turn sections and a loose sand pit. I was struggling off the start, feeling the fatigue from a lot of previous racing. My start wasn’t very good and my handling was a little rough but as the race progressed I started to get back in the grove of things. Unfortunately I took quite a spill in the sand pit and lost some of my momentum. Even with a bit of a hard race I learned a lot and enjoyed the course and the race.
This was my first time to Louisville and I was excited to see the world’s course. Again my start wasn’t great and it was a tough race but I learned a lot. I had never raced a course with sand pits like Louisville so Saturday I learn so much while I was racing. Sunday I showed what I learn and had one of my best bike handling races, I finished 9th and was very happy with my placing in respect to the caliber of riders at this event!
Iowa City! Friday was the first night of this three-day event and it was a night race. It was very fun! The start was fast and furious as always and I was pretty far back but I made up a ton of places running as hard as I could on the steep climb/run up. Found my self behind the leaders group but in front of a small chase group. Got into the grove and followed a Luna rider who was coming from the back. I ended up losing her wheel on the descent and made some mistakes and slipped to 10th position but again I learned so much and am proud of my result.
Saturday was windy and a little rainy. Got off the start in great position and was happy about that. The main feature of todays race was the very steep switch back descent, which was very tricky to ride. I worked hard to be smooth on my bike but struggled a bit with the features in the course. I held on for 11th after a tough race.
Sunday was the last race of the weekend and by far my best day of bike handling. I found myself passing people on the run-up and felt great on the climb, each lap I felt smoother and smoother. I was very happy with how the race went.
Thank you Redline for all your support and another great weekend of racing!