Yehaa, the first snow has fallen in Denmark and this weekend I’ve been training on my new FUJI cross bike…Thursday my boyfriend taught me a few basic tips on how to de- and ascend and run with the bike, which are important skills in cyclo cross. Saturday and sunday races were being held near by Copenhagen, and I choose to paricipate for some race action! Unfortunately the women’s field was pretty small, but luckily we raced against the men (over 40 category).
Saturday the course was pretty tecnical. All the classic cyclo cross obstacles were included: sand pit, bars, staircase, steep and slippery hills to ascend running and and flat parts, where you just had to put down the hammer!.. I had fun and soon discovered, that as soon as I lost a little bit of concentration, I started to make mistakes, that costed a lot of time. 40 minutes of racing flew by and felt like nothing compared to a mountainbike race of 1h30.
Sunday the course was much faster. Once again we started with the men and I decided to stick with the front. The plan went well the first 500 meter. Suddenly the guy in front of me went down and our bikes got totally wrapped up. When I managed to pull my bike away from his, the whole field had passed and now I could start hunting the front once again. After a few round on the 2km long course I was back at the front and rode steadily with good speed.
Both days I managed to cross the finishline as the winner in the womens category and among the podium finishers in the men over 40 category. The cyclo cross is great fun and nice variation for training during the winter. Next weekend I’ll be back racing my mountainbike in lovely Tisvilde, where the tracks nomatter the weather are always top class!