This race was/is a great addition to the Mid-South cyclocross racing scene.
It took place in the Shelby Farms Ampitheather. The venue is a natural ampitheater in the nation's largest urban park. The course had a brutal runup through the ampitheater, followed by a nice singletrack ride, a gravel road, a paved path, and finally into a taped off grass field with some painful climbing involved.
That grassy area with the climbing is definitely not my kind of course... LOL
Day one opened with warm breezes and a hard packed course. No mud to be seen anywhere. I arrived early and pre-rode the course a few times. Very easy to figure out once on it. The organizers made a few areas even a bit more clear after I gave them some feedback.
The CX4 race was grouped in with the Masters, SS and Women riders. Made for a big group! One heckuva mass start.
The race progressed, and I slowly fell back from the field. I just was not feeling it in the legs. They were stiff and had no snap. Thats pretty much how the race finished for me.
The big positive for this race was that my wife and daughter were there. This is the first race my little girl has seen me in, and having her there with my wife clanging away with the cowbells I bought them made it an awesome day!
Day two started very cold. Mid-40's were the name of the game, and the course was the same with only a few of the barriers moved for variety. Something was definitely clicking more precisely, as I was really getting my dismounts under control and getting some pretty good speed on the runs.
In the end, I finished pretty much the same Sunday as Saturday. I did feel a lot better though!
I already look forward to this race next year. I know it will be a good time again. Kudos to the organizers - they did a really good job!