CYCLOCROSS IS SOON!!!
thanks to EC for posting... Looks like everyones getting their shit together, Evil Fred seems stoked for racing, and MZ might just end up racing her track bike...
BUT For those of us, and ALL out there who havent raced any cross before here is what you need to do.
First you should buy a USA cycling license HERE. Register for an account online and apply for a license, its a bit pricy but worthwhile.
THEN! get an account with BIKE REG (and a PAYPAL account will help too) bike reg is where the majority of races you will do get posted for registration. pretty sure bike reg is free to register, but this is where you pay for races and t shirts blah blah and using paypal makes it faster and easier....
Keep up on bike reg as races with category caps WILL fill up, sign up asap... and waitlisting if possible is a good alternative and most of the time you end up getting to race if you show up.
DANNY'S CYCLOCROSS RACES TO HIT!
-Urban Cross in Charlottesville VA... by far my favorite course, utilizing very little space incredibly well around a bombed out factory in a industrial/commercial complex, lots of tight turns, short fast climbs and descents and close quarters elbow rubbing racing.
-Richmond festival of cross... Richmond rules almost as much as charlottesville. Chimbarozoo park is defined by a long cobblestone descent into an off camber, then a grueling back section back to climb the cobblestones, turn left (hop the curb if you can) and climb up the grass bank of the hill, into a stair climb spitting you out onto a flat road sprint finish... bryan park (like the crit race) is a big ring race, really fast.
-Dardentowne Park Charlottesville... this race feels like a mountain bike race at times, after barriers right at the start, the course climbs then drops into singletrack then into the woods along a river, then a crucial off camber turn, eventually a big downhill into another woods section with a sketchy bridgecrossing... until you find yourself in a paceline out of the backsection like a road race with a monster hill infront of you and if for whatever reason you find yourself able to ride not run it... chalk it up as an attack cause youll be passing people..
TODAY! i leave for nova scotia for some bike touring... will return with no money and itching to shave my legs (havent raced road in 2 weeks) and start training for cross.