Raced cyclocross today. Cat 3 race at Cross off Cancer in Shawnee Mission Park.
Actually lined up on the first row, was a little nervous about that, turned out to be fine. I was maybe second wheel after 15 seconds but then found myself around 6th. The fast start winded me. Then i crashed on a 180 before the barriers and was sitting around 8th. Ultimately i rode up to 4th but couldn't close the gap to 3rd. Then 5th joined me and we were attached at the hip for the next 2 or 3 laps. The race quickly shrank to the two of us and we played a few games, at least i did. It was windy so there was no way i was going to pull the rest of the race, i would slow to force him to come around but sometimes he would just go slower. Then I would think how someone might catch up to us if we kept this up, and how our chances of catching 3rd were growing slimmer and slimmer. Although honestly i was tired and wasen't too motivated to try and catch 3rd.
But nobody caught up to us, and we never caught 3rd, so we had our own little race.
I was taking the barriers faster than he was so as we approached the final barriers on the last lap i attacked and got a gap. It worked, i got over 'em pretty quick and then hammered it the last 30 seconds to the finish. I glanced back to see he had sat up and i coasted across the line.
Best finish of the year, also one of the smaller fields. Funny how that works.
BK took 3rd in the open race! I guess not racing ss earlier in the day makes a big difference.