Brookside Park Cyclocross Race 10/29

October 29th, 2006 by Chris Kroll

I was warned; cyclocross racing would be most painful and addicting.  A perfect statement for those who compete in the sport of cycling.  It is just that.  I got a first taste of CX racing at the Ohio Valley Cyclocross Series event at Brookside Park in Indy.  An incredible day with temps in the 60s and Sunny – hard to imagine it’s the end of October.  Adam Rodkey was the other Tortugan represented the squad.  Results – a solid 6th place for him in the Mens B race and I managed 10th in the Masters 35+ after outsprinting the guy who had been in front of me on the final turn.  I’ll take it for a first time ever race.  A great course with 3 sets of barriers and an evil climb up some wicked stairs on the backside of the community building there.  It’s fun as a spectator with lots of action.  Ex teammate and friend Bob Brooks was there to mix it up as well.  He too, just purchased a CX steed and was a first-timer.  If you haven’t got the hint, the sport is really catching on and I’ll admit, a great way to stay in winter shape.  Winner of the 35+ race Mike McShane commented that with just one CX training ride each week and one race on the weekend, he’s staying in good form.  I’d say, as he’s won practically every race he’s entered.  Another funny thing about this racing – it’s a much more relaxed atmosphere; probably from the Mountainbiking influence, but it’s refreshing to see respect tossed around, even to the road racing successfuls getting their arses handed to them in a big way.  If you can spend the money, the time, or the effort to try this out, do so.  Many had mountain bikes there that they already owned, so an entry fee is all your out if you’ve got one.  Time for a few more Tylenol…



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