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Boston Road Club Cyclocross Race at Shedd Park – Race Recap – Nov 18, 2012

It was an awesome Double loop that is for sure.   Lots of fun.   Sunday was also a great time at the Shedd Park Lowell MA cyclocross!   George Bennington and I ripped open the Masters Field (which was pretty large this year).   George had an excellent race with some great technical riding over some really nasty roots on the side of a hill.  We rode together for several laps, which was really fun to ride with a Teammate!   We ended up with a group of 5 including my other buddies John Plump. Chris Burke and Derek Griggs.   We handed out blows to one another lap after lap until Chris got a little gap on the downhill and stayed clear and I ended up sprinting it out the John.   George was chasing with Derek and was quick on our wheels.   It was a fun race, though I did really feel the efforts of the SMR 2X in the start of the first lap (which was killer).    It was excellent to pace with a few other riders and this was a really nice course with a little bit for everyone including a barrier/run-up and several other difficult rooty sections and a hard steep ride up.   The other fun part of this course is the cinder track, which always leaves your face looking like a coal miner!    George and I missed Bruce Shwab who was getting over being sick and Jeff Fisher who had some family obligations.     We need our Masters Team ready for Sterling, MA Double Verge race next weekend!

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Maine Cyclocross Camp 2012

Maine Cyclocross Camp 2012

Since last year was so much fun! We are back for a multi-week cyclocross training camp.   This will be quite comprehensive and is open to all from beginner to expert level riders. Based on feedback from last year, we will have some regional “guest” racers doing part of this instruction, and will cover all aspect of Cyclocross including:

3 and 4 Lap Course Inspections/warm ups, Dismounts, Remounts, Barriers, Stairs, Off Camber terrain, Sand Pits, Run-ups, Small hills, Body positions on the bike, Bunny hops and jumping/riding barriers, Course Tactics, Team Racing Tactics, pack riding on courses, Wheel and Bike Pit support, Pit bike exchanges (Riders and Pit staff), CX Time Trials Training for Cyclocross, including heart rate and power measurements, Cyclocross equipment/clothing selection, Weather issues and adaptations (racing on snow and in rain/mud),  race preparation logistics for an individual racer (what do I bring to the race)? Race start sprints (strategies) and the “hole shot”, surface conditions and adaptations, and many other aspect of CX that I have learned in the 30+ years of racing cyclocross across the USA.
Paul Weiss will run these in Southern Maine at different locations that will be announce each week.   We will include both the 2 Maine Race Course Venues (Pinelands, New Gloucester and East End, Portland) in these camps.   Each week we will focus on selected topics from (above). Paul will also add on several hot topics of interest.   You are always welcome to ask questions on any aspect of cyclocross.  Also, some folks just want to train for a few hours, and you are welcome to do that, while other focus on skills.   We will be setting up some tape mazes and barriers on a few of the weeks and also doing some trail courses/training races.
Paul will send out emails each week with an agenda and location.   Locations and times will vary to fit into my schedule.    Once per week, mostly later afternoons but might do a morning or 2. Most sessions will last 1.5-2 hours.   This is an unofficial camp, please ride at your own discretion and risk.   Also be considerate of others using the parks we use, and stay off any ball fields or nice grass areas during muddy conditions.
If you want to be on the Maine CX email list, contact Paul Weiss.
Cost: Free or optional Food, Beverage or equipment donations!