Cyclocross is finally1 here.
Here being Minnesota where I’ve been for the past six weeks or so for the summer. With cyclocross season just around the corner in Germany, I was stoked to be able give my legs a warm start into the coming race season by entering the first of six Tuesday Night CX races held around the suburbs of Minneapolis.
An 18:00 start with temperatures at 26°C (80°F) and humidity of 46% 🥵 was in complete contrast to what I’m used to cyclocross racing in Europe. Thank goodness the course was extremely forgiving as it snaked along 1.8km (1.11miles) of the grass-covered rolling hill of Aquila Park. There were no necessary dismounts (sand or barriers) which made for a fast and furious, blood-pumping forty-five minute race in the Intermediate/Masters/Women category I entered.
It’s not the result I was hoping for…but the inviting, community vibe more than made up for placing 18th. This being my third race in Minnesota this summer (the first being a criterium and the second being the bandit cross) it’s enlightening to experience the different layers of the Minnesota cycling culture.
Needless to say, Minnesota cycling is alive and well.
|#01 Tuesday Night CX||Endurance Promotions|
|18th of 64||Full Results|
|Distance 18.24km||Moving Time 52.06|