Is this what you mean by Sandbagging?
Wait a second, wake up at 6am, in the dark to roll out to a bike race in the pouring rain when its 50 degrees out? That doesn’t sound like a lot of fun. However, once you get used to the idea, get your coffee on, set up, and start your warmup under the tent its not so bad and by the time you pre-ride the course and line up to start you’re ready to go. Then the race is on and the mud and rain become like a run-up or a barrier that you have to get through or over.
Then you wake up the following Sunday and its a glorious fall day. Its still 6am or earlier but its sunny and dry – racing will be easy compared to last week’s mud bog except for the beach. The beach is that 200 yard section of sand that you cross twice, its what makes Silverlake especially tough. You hit it full speed off the start, sit back, hold on and let the bike work its way through. Much like the mud though after awhile it just becomes something in your way to get over.
Better than some overwrought writing though of course are photos of which there are plenty. They show the best of CX racing in the Pacific NW – all sorts of conditions all of which equal fun. Mofi got out there and raced and while some might call it sandbagging we call it 1st, 3rd, 4th, 6th and 8th.
Thanks too to Max Ralph and Dana Sweney for getting out and shooting some great shots!