It’s hard to believe that October is here and the cyclocross season is in full swing. September was an epic month for the Rustbucket crew and we wanted to share what we’ve been up to.
First of all, many thanks to all the riders and spectators who came out to the Opening Day Relay on September 3! We’re very grateful for the big turnout and can’t wait for the second running of the Rustbucket Races on 12/16. All-star officials Brian Adamchuk and Michael Carey kindly donated their time and expertise; please thank them when you next see them at a race.
Extra special thanks to Ava and Chris Scales, who went above and beyond by hosting their second CX clinic at the Rustbucket this year.
We were also lucky to have guest instructor Thomas Carey (winner of the Men’s Elite race at last year’s Rustbucket) on hand to provide invaluable advice on protecting the family jewels while remounting the bike.
Finally, photographer Bruce Buckley paid a surprise visit to Norfolk after finishing his annual trip to the Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon in Virginia Beach. You can see his awesome photos and read his extremely kind words here. Thanks to Bruce for capturing the spirit of cyclocross in Norfolk; we have our fingers crossed that we will see him again in December!
At the end of the month, we took a road trip to Roanoke to check out GO Cross. It was an impressive event with a great atmosphere; lots of fans came out to cheer and heckle. The cyclocross course is a permanent feature at Fallon Park in Roanoke, but the race organizers pulled out all the stops for race weekend by adding an extra-long sand pit and an intimidating flyover (to say nothing of the huge purse!).
We had a lot of fun at the race, especially with the Cheesy Western handup (our technique has room for improvement). Our only regret was not shaking hands with the owner of the bike pictured at left (photo by Brian Kearns). It’s not often that you see somebody racing a steel bike with a clown head along for the ride!
Deschutes Brewery and the City of Roanoke have really gotten behind GO Cross and helped to make it into a premier East Coast cyclocross event. You should make the trip to the Star City for next year’s race – Cheesy Westerns on us!
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