OK, have a bit more from Bend nationals left to post here. The women's 40 & up groups (several groups, with 30 second starts, all merging by the first corner...) and the 30+ & 40 + B races from Thursday. The starts are pretty funny at the first corner. 160 people do not fit too well thru there. There is even the sounds of cows mooing and sheep bleating on some starts.
The Biggest ride to see here is in the 40+ B... Michael Robson was on the worst end of the random callups for the B race, started even behind me. He was in about 100th thru the first turn, behind even me and definitely behind ALL the chaos. Half a lap later, at the stairs, Michael is in 30th place, then took SECOND in the end. AMAZING ride. Kirk Olson ended up getting 14th after starting in my row, same basic place at the first corner, and he was in 35th by the stairs. These guys passed 60 or 70 guys in a half lap. They are my new cyclocross idols. (is that going to be a new "reality" show...?) I guess there is NO more whining about where you line up. Just hit the gas & go pass a hundred people on the first lap, and get on with it.
Should have a crash compilation done soon......
Thanks again to Lisa R. for the video.
Women's 40 & up group(s)
National Cyclocross Championship 2009 Women 40+ start from Dale Riley on Vimeo.
national cyclocross championships 2009 SW 40 & up Lap 1 from Dale Riley on Vimeo.
40 + B race
National Cyclocross Championship 2009 Men 40+ B Start from Dale Riley on Vimeo.
National Cyclocross Championship 2009 Men 40+ B Lap 1 from Dale Riley on Vimeo.
30+ B race
National Cyclocross Championship 2009 SM 30+ B Start from Dale Riley on Vimeo.
National Cyclocross Championship 30+B Lap 1 from Dale Riley on Vimeo.