I rode over to Lake Fayetteville on a fine fall weather day to tackle my first “true” cyclocross weather race. A big thanks to De Pijp Racing for promoting the Smoke-n-Suds races. The course that the guys put together delivered. It had a really awesome mud section that sucked the life out of my legs every lap. Which led right into a grassy headwind slight uphill drag. Arrrgh! Folks cheered & heckled the racers. Good times. I like doing these races because I enjoy seeing folks from other parts of the cycling community. There are a lot of good people involved with this spectacle of a sport. Guess what? They are racing again today starting at 11am. Go check it out. Lake Fayetteville north shore park.
Bikes, beers & bells.
I had a lot of questions about my rig. You don’t need another bike to race CX. I use my MTB laced up with CX tires. If you have a 29er you’re in business. It’s a 700c wheel just like CX/road bikes. I’m even running these tubeless. A great way to test things out to see if you like this type of racing.
I think the Drummond family was like half the field of my race.
Ozark mud. This got more challenging every lap. (photo Jonathan S.)
Jason E taking a picture. Notice the heckle device around his neck.
Cole T and several others came up from Little Rock to race.
Duncan W’s muddy steed.
I used every bit of my front suspension.
One of my favorite parts about bike riding. A well deserved meal. Let’s Eat! Fried goat cheese, beet and egg Napoleon. So good! Greenhouse Grille.
Chased by a grilled steak burger & frites. Washed down with Ozark Beer Co.‘s APA. Yum!
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