Monday, December 15, 2008

Little Everglades Cross

Yesterday was a huge day for tall guys in the world of cyclocross. Porkchop wins nationals and Big Twig Hank, gets a victory in FL. Now I'm not saying that one race is better or more deserving of praise than the other, but let's just say, some of the same things occurred in both races. I'm kidding of course.

Seriously though, congrats to former Floridian, Ryan Trebon for taking nationals for the second time. And also, to all the Floridacross guys who took the crusade to KC and represented well. 

Here's what you missed back on the home front; 
The folks at the Little Everglades Ranch in Dade City put together a wonderful day of racing and entertainment. The course was very fast and very open. It was mostly on some sandy dirt roads, a few light gravel sections, some good grass, and a nice paved uphill section. The most challenging section was an uphill grass climb that immediately turned down into a tough off camber turn. I won the men's A race after getting a gap on the double barrier section on the first lap. I really didn't mean to get away there but figured if I could get some separation, then I would be able to rest and see if anyone had the legs to come up and challenge me. 
The battle for 2nd through 5th was very animated with riders getting gaps and being pulled back continuously. Eventually on the last 2 laps, a separation was made and no major sprints were had. 
The course was much fun and the people supporting it were fantastic! Thank you to all who came out and let's all make sure that this venue continues and grows.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Hank's OVCX Journal

While y'all are having a wonderful training day down in sunny FL, I'll be cold and wet and pinning it (hopefully) in Louisville, KY. The forecast says rain, and you know the rest. I raced well at Champions Park when I was there for the USGP back in October, so hopefully I can have a good race tomorrow. The course should be different, but the terrain will be similar; except for the muck! At least I hope!

It might work out that I can get down there to Dade City on the 14th. If so, I'll be bringing the heat, or lack there of. I'll post my result tomorrow after the race. Send your good vibes my way, I'm gonna need em'. 

Florida Cyclocross '08 Race #1 &2

The Tallahassee races were this past weekend and our roving reporter, who is the news, was there to capture it. Here's the link to Adam's bike blog
There's some photos to show how the course was laid out.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

One day to go!

Most of the country is wrapping up their seasons now, but we're just hours away from the first race. Tally here we come!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

The New York Times' obligatory annual cyclocross story

Every year, in that dark news chasm that exists between Election Day and Christmas, it seems the Times rediscovers cyclocross. Seems this year is no different.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Hank's OVCX Journal

This weekend I went with my trusted driver/ mechanic/ frame builder/ blogger KT, to the OVCX race in Dayton ,OH. It sucked! Or at least the race did. KT just received his super miniature tiny MSI notebook, on which he downloaded a bunch of cross videos from Nathan Spear

So even though I finished 15th, I felt like a winner thanks to some exciting GVA Trofee and World cup races. Oh yeah, now I need a euro mullet like Niels Albert.