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Flatwater Cycling Cyclocross Weekend 2015

Michelle doing a fine job tempting racers with cookies.
Photo: Matt Pearson
"The cyclocross community is insanely supportive and fun! This is further enhanced by being the team known for its delicious pastries. Thanks to practice rides in Wilderness Park, I'm was definitely more comfortable and feeling in more control of my bike during this race. Definitely have a long way to go in improving as a cyclist but am stoked for the ride and feel so fortunate to be a part of the team!" - Michelle

"Felt like cobblestones." - Sara on Friday's race course conditions

Rough terrain didn't keep Sara from a 3rd place podium finish. 

Saturday brought barrier treats of donuts and Honey Stinger Chews.  Photo: Craig Schmidt
"This race weekend was doughnuts. I had 4 doughnuts for breakfast on Saturday and doughnut hand ups at the race. I could feel the doughnut flowing through my veins feeding my urge to ride circles in spandex in a park. Guess what? Someone brought doughnuts on Sunday too! Here we go again. Life is doughnuts."  - Emmett

Emmett putting in a great ride despite his donut diet.  Photo: Kyle Hansen

 "Totally over-cooked a corner.  Kaitlin smartly made the most of it, putting in a gap I was unable to close." - Sydney on Saturday's W1/2/3 race

Second place finish for Sydney on Saturday.  Photo: Sara Nispel
"Racing is way more fun when you have rivals to fight it out with, even if you're not fighting for a podium spot. Also, racing two days back-to-back is harder than it sounds like it would be. Also also, being sponsored by a pastry shop is AWESOME!" - Amy

Amy puts the heat on local rival, Ashley,
from Battle Axe Women's Cycling Team. Photo: BattleAxe

No, Rachel. You can never have too much fun with hand-ups.
Photo: Matt Pearson

"My three goals going into this race were: look around my corners (and not at the ground), don't start too strong and die later, and have fun. I accomplished all three of them along with a third place podium spot while I was at it! The best part of the day, however, was giving out Goldenrod Pastries cookie hand-ups to the racers after us. We probably had way too much fun with that."  - Rachel

Rachel rounding out the women's cat 4 podium.  Photo: Matt Pearson

Sara selected a smoother rolling squishy
20 psi for her tires. Photo: Matt Pearson
"I was testing recovery this weekend. 30 min race on Friday & 45 min race on Sunday gave me two good efforts. Only felt like napping after Sunday's race and I did.  I know during that race, I tapped my bucket, as during the middle, it seemed SO long and I had moments where I wanted to drop out. I had two errors so I have things to work on. That's always reassuring. First, my left foot didn't clip out at the barriers and I fell to the ground, and later I accidentally flipped to the smaller chain ring at the finish. I was happy with my off-camber handling and I enjoyed chasing someone within reach (It takes ones's mind off of the pain and draws out greater effort). Stoked, I was only beat by 7 tenths of a second. I don't think I'd trade what I gained in that race for the top of the B race's 3s podium. Money isn't everything."  -- Sara, "The Analyst"

Cat 4 racer, cat1 cookie toss. Licki masters
the hand-up.  Photo: Matt Pearson
"This time around my goals were to keep the rubber side down, not get hurt, and focus on the fun aspect of riding around in a park with good people. It was so dry and windy - fall is really here! Had tons of fun on the bike (and giving out hand-up cookies!). I did manage to somehow skin my knee from a standstill after all the races of the weekend were said and done however. I have so much to improve on but I'm having fun and feeling motivated!"  - Licki

Barrier practice showed this weekend as Sydney used them to her advantage.
Photo: Matt Pearson
"There's so much to putting it all together - from training to nutrition to recovery to equipment. At this point, I've got my warm-up dialed in and glimmers of fitness, but am still struggling with equipment selection and configuration -- that's the hardest part of such a late start to the season. But, Masters Nationals isn't until January 7, so I think I'll get it sorted by then." -- Sydney

After a lap 1 crash, Sydney chased from the back for a 3rd place finish.
Photo: Matt Pearson

Powering away from the barriers, Russell prepares to snatch a donut.  There are a lot of ways to win in American CX and putting grins on kid faces is one of the best.  Photo: Matt Pearson

Post-race recovery with teamies.  Photo: Angela Garbacz, Goldenrod Pastries
For more photos, see Matt Pearson's Flatwater CX Weekend Album on Facebook


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