So just like that, the 2017 race season is over. Starting out as a lowly Cat-5 on a very cold April day in Central Park, to a warm and sticky autumnal October in Prospect Park, via Vermont, Jersey, and, of course, our signature race starting at the GWB. And what a fun season it was. So, some potted highlights for your reading pleasure. Continue reading
“Winter is coming”. Well, that’s what they’re saying on Game of Thrones, but in the world of Bike Racing, we try not to think of such things until we really have to. Late July and August have been blessed with a pretty busy race calendar, and a great chance to learn some new things. While the first half of the season was mostly about hanging on for dear life, these later races have given us the opportunity to learn some of the dark arts of bike racing. So, without further ado, here’s a few tips we’ve picked up!
It was a dark and stormy night… Or, at least, I’m told it was, because I went to bed at 9:30, and slept pretty darned soundly till my alarm rudely woke me up at 3:45AM on Sunday morning. But all for a good cause, because Sunday was race day! And this week’s race was the snappily named CRCA Hincapie Grand Prix in Honor of Fred Mengoni. After a week of searing temperatures in the high 90s, with humidity to match, the overnight storm was quite welcome, as Sunday dawned a little cooler. Well, I say “dawned”, but really it was still dark when my alarm clock went off, and would be for another two hours. Still, off to Central Park I trotted at a lovely 4:15 in the morning, Now, unlike those winter rides, there’s generally no need to check the weather five times before heading out in the summer, but I did anyway. Habit, more than anything. And my selection of weather apps all told me the same thing: “no rain”. Excellent.