“You might love cyclocross, but it doesn’t have to love you back”
The MABRA Super 8 series could not have started with a better race this year. The Tacchino course rewarded both fitness and technical ability equally this year. The course was run opposite in direction from year’s past and the change lead to a series of leg breaking, soul crushing sections with names such as “Alpe d’ Woes”, and “Hup Hup Hill”. Racers from catagory four to the elite levels were spewed all over the 2 mile course. The run up on the backside provided for lot’s of drama. Some brave riders were able to ride the run-up while others were forced to maintain position while running. Several riders were overheard after the race saying it was one of the toughest races they have been a part of.
While the course offered several challenges to the racers, the vibe around the race from spectators really gave the race it’s true flavor. On the back side of the course, music was blaring while racers ran up the hill. 70′s and 80′s stadium rock dominated the soundtrack for the hill. Beer hand-up’s may or may not have happened. On the front side of the course near the pavilion, you had the requisite on point commentating by none other than Bill “CX HAIRS”. The beer vendors, funk band, and moonbounce for the kids rounded out the awesome experience for spectators. If you haven’t seen a “Lil Belgians” race yet, you are missing out on a whole lot of awesome.
Close to 600 racers bumped elbows, bunny hopped barriers, kissed stems in pain, and cut their way through peanut butter mud. The race reports are slowly coming in on the message boards and one can only assume folks are too tired to type. The weather may not have been “traditional” cyclocross weather, but it’s only September, and I have a feeling MABRA will see it’s fair share of grey skies and cold this year.
We have some really great races here in the Mid-Atlantic region. Do yourselves a favor and get out and support them! Bring a friend, have a beer and sausage, and watch the weekend warriors and elite athletes punish themselves.
Winchester Apple Cross is up next in the Super 8, and the bar is set.