The Hartford Riverfront CX race was held on Saturday September 9th. It was another beautiful Southern New England day at the former Nation CX Championship venue. Although the course was on the same venue as the Nats it was a very different setup. The Hoffman heartbreak hill was still there but in a different location. The hill was steep, long run-up and provide the best place to max out your heart rate. I had a max heart rate of 180bpm and I am sure that’s where it happened.
Sunday, August 27th was a beautiful summer’s day with temps in the upper 70s, no humidity and clear skies. Expo had a good contingent roll up to the starting line in the “old man’s” race. Joe Candeias was able to sneak into the row 1 (good move Joe!). I was in the second row right behind Joe. Off to my left in the 3rd row was Matt Holcomb. It was a nice surprise to see former Expo rider Keith Honda line up with us. BTW – Keith is soon to be a grandfather, congrats to the Hond
CROSS IS HERE: The local 2017 cyclocross season kicked off this Sunday at Blunt Park in Springfield, MA. The CompEdge team always put together an enjoyable event with a fun and technical course to get things underway. Expo was represented in a number of categories. For the Men's 3/4 race, newcomers Erik C. and Will L., along with yours truly, were flying the Expo colors in a competitive field of 35 or so starters. On a narrow, twisty course, a good start is always critic
I had heard about Cheshire Cx for years, and finally had a chance to go this past weekend. It has a reputation of being the best of grassroots fun, and it really was. A ripping good time of a woods section (hero dirt!), and the deafening roar of the Hill People on Heckle Hill, made it hard not to grin. We also got to line up with Jan Bolland Tanner in the Women's 123! A hero in her own right. After leading for a lap, and then trading spots back and forth with Caitlin Szy
Sometimes volunteer work can feels so good, one wonders who is benefitting, those being helped or the volunteers themselves? The annual South Marshall Block Party bike giveaway is one of those situations where the volunteers get just as much out of it as those they are seeking to help. The scores of kids getting bikes were so excited, and so grateful, and so happy, I am sure that all of our hearts will be lighter for a long time when we recall it. Indeed, my back is still sor
Spring is finally starting to warm up but the Aetna-Expo Category 3 team has been on fire. The team started racing in early March and the results have been rolling in. With great positioning by the team and active racing tactics the Aetna Expo team raced to the following results:
March 15 - Aetna Nutmeg Spring Series - 4th Place
At the Bethel Connecticut race course the Aetna-Expo team began attacking the main field with Dave Well's long distance attempt in the first lap.
Race Report by Jesse Quagliaroli NBX Weekend Day 1 After taking some time off in the middle of the CX season to be a “responsible” homeowner, I decided what better way to come back to racing than on a weekend where temps would be in the 20s/30s and the wind and rain would be plentiful. I didn’t realize how long it had been since I had gone to a race until I had several teammates not recognize me due to my Jesus like appearance. Not to break my luck streak this year, both days
Race Report By Rich Allen Bay State CX Recap, Sterling, MA (Sunday) The Expo boys & Vicky Monahan were out in force this weekend providing a good turnout and some solid results. Keith Gauvin, Todd Bowden, Tim Ratta, Jeremy Brazeal , Gary Aspens, , Keith Honda, and Rich Allen were there to represent the red & black. Ok, Todd wasn’t wearing red & black but I know his blood is red…. Keith Gauvin had a stellar ride putting the hurt on the 35+ (123) group. Keith jumped out to lead
Race Report By Gary Aspnes Baystate Cyclocross Weekend Masters 45+ Saturday and Sunday, Sterling, MA I am a cold loving kind of person and normally like to play in the snow. That includes riding in snow, but usually when it is nice and fluffy. Older and slushy is an entirely different ball of wax, especially when the riding is racing. Those were the conditions I experienced racing in Sterling this weekend and the picture above pretty much sums up how I felt after two days
Race Report By Mark Sondeen Rich Allen and I were both entered into the Cat 4/5 race. I had bib number 67, thus I was basically placed mid pack as the 120 racers were called up in numerical order. Considering my 10 month old son did not sleep much the prior two nights, I decided my goal would be to finish 67th or better. Rich must have done something right and was in placed into one of the earlier staging groups. The course was quite flat, with one short run up, a sand pi