Old School Cyclocross

“This is old school cyclocross” we were told when we lined up for the Hannover race.

“Old school” turned out to involve a sand pit, tree roots, and a steep rutted descent into a covered picnic area. For me it also involved cramping and falling off. Over and over again. The Hannover race was hard, and it beat me up.

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Jules and Jane had no such issues though: Jules took advantage of a blunder by a UVM rider and made an early escape, winding up on the top step of the podium (his first P/½/3 win) with a 30 second margin. Jane took third in the women’s elite, and was also the top placed collegiate rider, scooping maximum points.

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We returned to Nashua for burritos and beer (that cycling diet though…) and made an early start for Saratoga in the morning. The course couldn’t have been more different: a grass crit with lots of flat and generally smooth switchbacks.

There were some fun sections that wound through trees, and a superior spectating/heckling area with a fire pit. Jane fought off a larger field than the previous day’s, and took sixth – once again the top collegiate rider.

Jules put in another stunning ride, and rounded off the day with another podium – this time 3rd place.

All in all a great weekend of racing that took in five states, excellent host housing courtesy of the Babala’s (thank you again), and some motor pacing and bottle handout practice with the RISD van. Most importantly, Jules and Jane now each stand at the top of their respective collegiate categories.

-Marcus Peabody

Photos by Franciosa

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