The race course at Swan Creek Park was a bit different than I've ever experienced. The off road portions could accurately be described as single track. With plenty of half exposed rocks and roots. The on road portions were flat, smooth, fast, and numerous.
Readers of this blog may infer that the Battle at Fort Steilacoom was waged against one of the other cyclocross competitors. That is not the case. Long time readers might read between the lines and conclude that the battle was between me and the Fort Steilacoom venue.
Cyclocross season kicked off on Labor Day in the Pacific Northwest. And it did so in style with the optimistically named 'Labor Day Cyclocross Championships'. Fortunately the promoters have a good sense of humor and expectation.
Although it was marketted in 1993 as a touring bike, this Cannondale T700 is probably more accurately classified as an 'all-arounder'. It has many of the touring goodies like rack mounts, fender stay eyelets, chain hanger, pump peg, cantilever style brake bosses, and attachments for three water bottle cages.
I fell off the blog wagon for a couple races. This post will include two short race reports followed by a more detailed account of the recent Waves for Water UCI Pro Cyclocross event.
This weekend was my first attempt at a two race weekend. Saturday took me to Tumwater for the Deschutes River CX. Sunday saw me in Graham at Frontier Park. I had seen neither course nor ever raced with less than a week of recovery. It was a fine learning opportunity.
Greasy. Not cheap diner greasy. Not mechanic's overalls greasy. But greasy where there is a thin layer of slippery slimey mud covering the hard packed soil underneath. That was the theme for the Cyclocross Revolution course at Sprinker Recreation Center.
The Cyclocross Revolution's most North venue was at the Arlington Airport. The airport is active but has various corners of the property that have been used for cyclocross events in the past. My wife Deanne decided to join me for this race as did our Lab mix Poppy.
The MFG Cyclocross brought the show to Lakewood last weekend. Those guys have flair and it shows in the the naming of the event. Although my race schedule doesn't usually include MFG events I figured if they hosted an event in my backyard I needed to do my part and participate.
The first event of the Cyclocross Revolution cyclocross race season took place at Silver Lake. This venue was good for me last year as the course had a number of fast descents and technical sections.
In my first season of Cyclocross racing I learned some racecraft, qualified to move up to Category 3, and figured out my weaknesses. I also found that my equipment was adequate but not perfect. This short piece is a summary of what upgrades were implemented.
Miyata 610 touring bike from 1985.
Initially I felt disappointment at having to miss the Puyallup Cyclopath Skate Creek ride. Until I heard the post ride weather report. And I was happy to spend a long weekend with family in the Gorge. Hood River is a great place to windsurf, get outdoors, and relax. We did most of those.
The Editor purchased this wheelset second hand. He spent a couple summers riding (not racing) on them in the mountains. At the end of that time a number or cracks in the rear rim were discovered. The full story follows.
Without much information The Editor purchased this frameset from an online auction service.
In the late 70's Takara bicycles were known for being exceptional values. The model 732 did not employ top of the line tubing in its frame yet it still featured quality components.
The 'Professional' was Bottecchia's finest model in the early seventies and included Campagnolo components and Columbus tubing.
The Volkscycle Mark V bicycles were produced and marketted during the seventies 'bike boom' that took place in the United States. Despite the name similarity with a German car manufacturer the bikes were produced in Japan.
There are a number of pedal systems on the market. This is a quick summary of the features that each system provides along with a subjective assessment of each. This is an incomplete list that ignores the less common systems.
This page documents the steps taken to replace the 'G' springs and 'G' spring carrier in a right side Centaur 10 speed shifter. The parts and process are identical for many other Campagnolo Ergo shifters.