Monday, October 12, 2009

Chris Cross Leavenworth, KS

its cold in Kansas already, don't even know why I wanted to race up there, but because I was in the area I decided to check it out. Whatever negative someone says about Kansas does not particularly apply to cross races. Plenty of folks showed up to the Chris Cross race on Sunday and the hosting was great. The race took place on the St. Mary's college campus in Leavenworth Kansas which allowed the use of the gymnasium for check in and bathroom facilities. There was a nice spread of food and warm drinks as well. The course was a rolling 2 mile loop with 2 barrier sets and a couple of huge very steep off camber turns to make things interesting. For some reason it seemed the whole thing was uphill. The end stretch consisted of 700 yards of old brick pavers that made for a smoother ride than some of the grass, but kept things relatively uncomfortable for the entirety of the loop. 50 people entered in the cat 4 and shortly after the start the field broke up with about 6 guys in the front and me chasing them about 30 yards back. The gap was never closed and because of someone's mechanical I ended up in 6th place at the end of the race. All in all a decent race. Some documentation below:

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