|Sand pit lip exit|
In fact today I started to wonder if there was such a thing as a terminal windchill? Does the wind ever reach a speed and a resulting low temperature where even the weather man gives up? If so, we had to be close to the wind speed today. Tents and riders were being thrown around like a piece of paper in a breeze, with riders on the course feeling the same way. The kicker was the combination of weather and ground conditions.
Over night it was warm enough to rain a little bit - not a lot, but enough to make things wetter than they were before. Since the course had been rutted up on Saturday, the water collected in the ruts making the muddy sections even deeper muddy sections. Then add in the course configuration and topography. Almost all the deep muddy sections were on a portion of the course that was part of the typical driving range at the golf course. Driving ranges aren't manicured like the rest of the course and they routed the course through the drainage areas of the driving range.
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If that wasn't enough to destroy your mojo you had to add the wind to the mix. The long muddy section leading to the second pass of Goose Poop Hill was into the wind, including the run up Goose Poop Hill.
Let's do the math on this. Uphill mud into fine gravel that sticks to your tires up a steep lip exit of the gravel pit to another uphill mud section to a run up of a hill made of aeration cores and goose poop to a remount on top of a hill, all with a 35-40 mph head wind? Oh wait, I forget to mention that the wind was blowing so hard on top of Goose Poop Hill that your bike would nearly be ripped from your hand as you were trying to set it down to remount. That and it snowed for most of the women's Elite race - in a sideways, white, blinding sort of way.
We had a lot of "cross" weather this year in the OVCX, but you have to trust me when I say that our worst OVCX weather was a cake walk compared to today at Chicago UCI.
|Spencer brings home more Goose Island root beer|
In racing news we saw Messer once again claim the 30+ race win. It appears Andy is in fine form to contest nationals in Madison this year. Also in great form is Spencer Petrov. Spencer lined up with the 15-18s today and was holding first place until his prescribed 30 minute timer went off and he sat up. He claimed second and another 4-pack of Goose Island root beer. Wonder if there is any connection to the Goose Island selection with Goose Poop Hill on the course? Probably not.
In Elite news Sue Butler revenged a terrible start yesterday with a win today. It was not without drama as Sue had issues on the first lap of the race again today, but less drastic and still had enough to collect herself and chase down everyone to claim the victory.
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With so much mud in the OVCX, the last few ICX races, and now the Chicago UCI weekend I am praying for weather that is cold enough to keep the ground solid in Madison. My dishpan hands need some Palmolive to "soften the hands while washing the bikes."