Or maybe I’m just stupid. After extolling the virtues of gears last week I had my worst race of the year Sunday on the geared bike completely negating my positive experience with gears the previous week. This supports my original hypothesis that it just doesn’t matter, you’ll do how you do based on your ability and fitness and not on your bike. I mean, I already knew this from mountain biking having equal if not better results on a SS. I was hoping that maybe, just maybe, gears might make a difference in cyclocross. Nope.
I was kinda pissed about it too. After pre-riding the course at Woodstock I was sure I would clean up. It was very mountain bikey with lots of dirt and climbs and rough sections, for sure I was going to be at an advantage. Ended up 16th with nothing left over for the 30+ race that I had signed up for. I whimpered away with my tail between my legs.
Was it the gears? Am I not training hard enough? Am I training too hard? No warm-up? Too many encased meat products consumed? I can go on.
I’m not throwing in the towel just yet on gears, I’ll give them 1 more chance. This weekend is double cross weekend at Chicago Cyclocross Cup and I plan on riding the geared bike for both days. Of course if I really stink it up on Saturday I’ll have no problem turning my back on the geared bike on Sunday, maybe forever.
7th, 9th, 9th, 11th, 12th, 11th, 8th, 16th (italics for geared races)