The race always features terrible weather and course conditions. This year a spring thaw melted away most of the snow, but left behind lots of mud. I tend to race well at this event because there is a nasty, muddy run-up each lap (10 laps of about 1.3 miles each). There is also a fast, somewhat technical downhill each lap that I have gotten better at over the years.
This year I finished 3rd overall in the open (all categories) race. The guys above me on the podium are some pretty serious cross racers, so I was quite happy with this race as my season opener.
|Nasty, muddy run-up....it keeps going from here!|
The Springfield State Journal Register has a few more pics of the race: http://www.sj-r.com/photo_galleries/x1568450970/24th-Annual-Bill-Jensen-Memorial-Tour-de-Groundhog?page=0
congrats! (our cyclocross is usually in "winter"-but our winters are like your summers, kinda...)
Looks like intense fun!
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