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I forgot where I originally found this tip. It was very useful this past week with all the rain that fell on Atlanta.
Wet clothes need a way to dry especially when you are caught in the rain for your morning commute and need to ride home in the clothes. You can hang them somewhere. Bit if you don’t have that luxury, you can do the roll method; not the best but passable.
Lay out your wet clothes, lay some paper on top (paper towels, news paper, etc.) and roll the clothes up. At the end of the day, unroll, recycle the paper, and you should have some drier clothes for the ride home.
For your shoes, stuff your shoes with paper and set them aside for the ride later.
The last weekend of racing in the Georgia Cyclocross series was this past weekend. A full day of races on Saturday and Sunday was as Euro as a race can get in Georgia. It’s usually the driest part of the year but for this weekend the skies gave us rain and turned the course into a nice muddy race.
Dub taking a hard earned 5th place on Saturday even after wiping out in the off camber section. (Pic by Dub)
I can only write about the Sunday race as I missed out on the Saturday fun. The course was long. I think an official said it was 2 1/2 miles. The course was so different from last year’s course it was hard to compare it. A false flat start lead into the woods for some muddy single track. This made positioning and quick passing a priority. But with the slippery mud made things a little uncontrollable. Easy passes on a dry day were crazy in the mud as wheel checks and body bumps were in order. There were some places where the ground was dry and fast, mixed with some challenging uphills. Off cambers were slippery as well as some corners that were ankle deep of mud. Speed was great but staying upright and finding the most traction were tops on the list.
A note about how long and hard this course was, some of the racers in the 30 minute races were pulled after finishing just 1 lap while the leaders did 2 laps. For the 45 minutes races, some racers were pulled in 2 laps while the leaders did 3. The course was that long and tough that quick lap times in the mud were few.
So here’s the Team SoPo Race Team recap. On Saturday Kevin raced his way onto the podium and another 3rd place finish. Dub got a little mud on him riding and falling on the off camber section. He still finished in 5th. On Sunday, SoPo was out in numbers as Joey, Kevin, Andy, and Bobby all raced in the CX5 race. Joey raced his way onto his first podium and a 2nd place finish. And everyone was in the top 10. Akwetee raced in the Masters race and placed a respectable 12th in a very strong field.
For the Sunday CX4 race, Corny finished in the top 10. Mud is a great thing, while roadies can take the fast courses, mountain bikers finish well in muddy courses. Corny is neither so a top 10 is Awesome! Congrats to SoPo Super Friend Zach for winning the Sunday CX4 race and ,by chaneling his inner Jack Passion, won the Best Beard competition.
For the last race of the season, Team SoPo decided to crash the singlespeed race. Looking at the start line, it looked like a battle of super teams ATLX in their black and blue versus the black and white of SoPo. But really in all the good fun, ATLX with their experience, all finished in the top 10. SoPo was enjoying taking hand-ups while Corny’s race consisted of a run-up, kick his non-drive crank arm, and ride away on a loose non-drive crank arm. He also lost a folding allen keys out on the course. In case anyone finds it, please return it to SoPo.
The Georgia Cyclocross season is done. SoPo still has one more cyclocross race for the year in Birmingham and Sloss Cross. As a year end GA CX recap for team SoPo. Kevin finished at the top of the CX5 category by virtue of racing all the GA CX races and the list was in alphabetical order . Kevin did finish better and was consistent throughout the season. So let’s crown him the unofficial CX5 series champion. The unofficial CX5 state champ is Connor of the L5 Flyers p/b Maxxis team. Team SoPo scored 5 podiums with 2 of them coming the last weekend at Elks Aidmore.
We had a blast racing in the GA CX series. Thanks to the promoters, volunteers, racers, and fans who came out to support SoPo and Georgia cyclocross. We are so looking forward to next year.
The SoPo race team has 1 more race this year in Birmingham for the ever popular Sloss Cross.Report on that race coming next week.
SoPo High Five!
Saturday’s CX5 podium. Congrats to Team SoPo Race Team racer Kevin for 3rd place. (Pic by Liz)
Sunday’s CX5 podium. Congrats to Joey for his 2nd place finish. (Pic by Liz)
We are SoPo; fixing things all the way till the starting whistle.
ATLX / SoPo tent at the top of the hill. Ride it or run it, hand-ups were waiting for the riders.
SoPo went to Alabaster, AL which is just South of Birmingham, to race in BiCi Coop’s Cyclocross Cup race. The race was also the Alabama Cyclocross State Championships.
Back in Alabama to race and again on December 15th for BamaCross’ Sloss Cross. We just can’t get enough cross and as a bonus, we get to race with our good friends at BiCi Coop. And since this is their race, we just had to show up. The race was at Barton’s Greenhouse and Nursery which made for a great venue to race in. There were greenhouses to ride through, punchy hills, false flats, fast sections, and some technical hairpin turns. This was definitely a fun course with a good mix where an all-around rider would do well.
The course starts with a long uphill straight in a grass field that kicks up at the end to a left turn. A couple of turns later, still going uphill past the team tents, was a fast section, definitely the fastest section of the course. This leads to a 90 degree right turn, a couple of hairpins, and then an uphill section leading through a barn. Some technical turns leads through a greenhouse. Coming out fast through the greenhouse and downhill to a low lying railroad tie. After that, it was winding through a grass field, then uphill, a mix of punchy climbs and false flats which leads to a short fast downhill to a hairpin and a set of barriers. Uphill and then downhill for 3 more hairpins goes into a sand section. After that, it’s a left turn to the starting/finishing straight.
Does this give a good description of the course? Good because there are a couple of sections where it really made the race. In the CX5 race, Kevin flew the SoPo flag. The race immediately strung out. The holeshot winner who also won, was cruising away on a single speed geared 42×17. 2nd, 3rd, and 4th were pretty close, all within sight of each other. As the 30 minute race rolled on, the distance between the 3 would expand and contract. At the railroad tie, Kevin and a couple of others were bunny hopping it.They also powered through the tricky sand section. In the end, Kevin stayed in his big ring and rode to a solid podium finish in 3rd place. SoPo High Five!
Through the barn.
In the CX4 race, Corny lined up in the second row. In the drag race up the hill, the group stayed together as it approached the first left turn. This led to a couple of stray elbows as riders fought for position. A group of 7 sped off for the 45 minute race. Those behind that group tried to chase but were too spread out. On the first lap in the technical turns after going through the barn, Corny misjudged a turn and was passed by a handful of racers. He soon passed a couple back and was leading through the next lap. At the fastest section of the course, another racer blew by him so fast without warning and a very close call pass. Corny followed his wheel for the next couple of laps and figured out that the racer switched into his big ring on the fastest part of the course. It was fast but had enough grip to not wipe out. Corny would use this to his advantage for the rest of the race.
While losing time getting off his bike and jumping over the railroad tie while others bunny hopped it, Corny made up for it on the uphill and false flats. A lap later, Corny passed the rider in the sand and powered through the start/finish uphill section to pull away. He rode steady passing a couple of more riders along the way. On the last lap a couple of turns from the finish, Corny picked it up and raced hard through the hairpin before the barriers. The corner was already loose and his front wheel washed out and he went down. Corny picked up his bike, got the chain back on and hurried away from the rider behind him, putting in a little more time in the sand. He furiously pedaled for a hard fought finish for 7th place.
Through the sand.
As of note, we saw a couple of familiar faces from the GA CX series racing in Alabaster. We made a lot of new friends. SoPo High Five to BiCi Coop.
And more of note, Kevin was on the podium during the medal presentation and they asked him if he was from GA or AL. Uh oh, wrench in the works. But really, the podium places wouldn’t change. Only the top placing AL rider would be the Alabama State Cyclocross Champion. And the guy on the singlespeed who won was from AL; controversy avoided. Kevin kept his 3rd place podium position and earned a sweet medal for the state championships.
It was a great event on a great course. Thanks to BiCi for putting on the race. We hope there are more races at this venue. It was a great day of racing.
Kevin through the barn as he passed another racer in the darkness.
A reminder to all the folks who want to stop by the shop.
We are closed tonight Wednesday, November 27th. We’ll also be closed tomorrow night Thursday, November 28th.
We will be open again on Saturday, November 30th, from 2-6pm.
Picture is from Mission Bicycle Company; one of my favorite bike shops in SF.
The past couple of days have been cold and wet. There are most likely people still on the road riding through this weather. So it’s a good time to post something on cold weather riding. You may have to adjust to ride in cold and wet weather. From commutebybike.com, here’s the article, an oldie that continues to remain useful…
Every now and then I flip through a copy of Bicycling Magazine. Usually, there’s nothing in it for me. Lots of expensive toys, lots of talk about Lance and Floyd, and maybe some amateur-level maintenance tips, though I don’t know how many times you can advise your readership to clean their chains before the message is received.
This time of year, I start to see these ridiculous $300 cold weather cycling jackets. If anyone is preparing to extend their commuting season through the winter and is thinking of getting one of these, don’t. I’m sure they’re nice, but they are a waste of money. I commute year round, and I’ve never spent that much on winter gear. I totaled up the costs of all the clothing and gear you’ll see below, combined, including socks, underwear, gloves, and helmet, everything pictured except my flesh, and the total cost was $211. For everything. That gets me through every season.
For the most people, the line for comfortable cycling seems to be somewhere around 50 degrees. Below that is where the ranks start to thin out. So, with that in mind, I’ve constructed some guidelines for cold weather riding.
SoPo Note: Dressing to stay warm while cycling does not need cycling specific gear nor do you have to spend money. Most likely, you may already have some of the stuff around.