Racing to Benefit Cyclocross Project 2015
By Will Black (General Manager, Mellow Johnny’s)
The Georgetown Cyclocross Festival is in part a fund raiser for the Cyclocross Project 2015. The vision of the Cyclocross Project 2015 is to develop Texas youth and juniors with the goal of participating in the 2015 Cyclocross Nationals, which will be held in Austin, Texas. By providing free clinics and training sessions to foster the next generation of cyclists, we can help develop principles and values such as good sportsmanship, positive attitude, and teamwork among all of the participants.
Sunday’s Georgetown Cyclocross marked day two of the festival. The course was a good mix of slow technical corners, power straights, a couple of short steep climbs, and a leg-sapping sandpit. When you mix in the typical Texas wind and a few bumpy straights, it was definitely be a power rider’s course.
I got off to a great start and led the group the first time into the sand. I knew that was going to be key in making the first selection and by the time we hit the sand on the second lap, it was down to Bryan Fawley and me. We rode together the first three laps but then on the backside of the course Bryan put in a dig on the short climb and got a gap on me. I was able to keep the gap close and over the next couple of laps, I made it back to him and felt like I was starting to come around.
We traded pulls for a couple of laps and I thought that it might come down to a last lap last sprint but there was still plenty of race left. On one of the passes through the sand I got off line and Bryan got away again.
I was able to keep him honest and maintain the gap for the remainder of the race and even gain back a bit off time on the last two laps but was never able to get close enough to really worry him.
Even though I came up short on the day, it was just what I needed as I start to build my form for when it matters most – at the end of January – when I will competing at the National Championships in Madison, WI, and then then Masters Worlds in Louisville, KY.
Images by Lee McDaniel