Fazio Farms CX Race

  Me hitting the first barrier on lap #1.

Me hitting the first barrier on lap #1.

Ironclad Cycling knows how to put on a CX race. This course is unique and challenging in that the climbs and descents on the otherwise flat farmland were built by dump trucks and backhoes. And they are steep. This race happens twice a year usually and it is a completely different ballgame once the rain starts. I was feeling good today and I ended up taking the win - not sure which was tougher, the dusty washboard or the legion of hecklers at the top of the climbs. Big props to my wife Lu for grabbing some really awesome shots.

  I was sitting in 2nd on the first lap, then I chose my moment on the bumpy washboard and attacked. The move stuck.

I was sitting in 2nd on the first lap, then I chose my moment on the bumpy washboard and attacked. The move stuck.

  If that isn't called heckle hill, it should be. Those guys were brutal up there!

If that isn't called heckle hill, it should be. Those guys were brutal up there!

  Me climbing solo.

Me climbing solo.

  What other race has you riding under the construction equipment that built the course?

What other race has you riding under the construction equipment that built the course?

  The large rock piles provided some cool scenery, but those rocks were also all over the course. Lots of flats, tubulars were a good choice on this course.

The large rock piles provided some cool scenery, but those rocks were also all over the course. Lots of flats, tubulars were a good choice on this course.

  Me climbing somewhere towards the end. I had a good lead but was terrified of a flat.

Me climbing somewhere towards the end. I had a good lead but was terrified of a flat.

  You can't quite tell from the photo but this was a monster descent. Don't freak out, don't touch the brakes, just hang on!

You can't quite tell from the photo but this was a monster descent. Don't freak out, don't touch the brakes, just hang on!

  That descent then shot you right up this hill at about 30mph. A 180 turn at the top took a bit of skill.

That descent then shot you right up this hill at about 30mph. A 180 turn at the top took a bit of skill.

  Once I was done racing I grabbed the camera and got a few shots of the next group of racers.

Once I was done racing I grabbed the camera and got a few shots of the next group of racers.