The first Reno Wheelmen Sagebrush Cyclocross race of the year was held at Dorothy McAlieden just a few miles north of Reno in Stead.
This race hurt. I had done the Race Around Lake Tahoe earlier that morning, and arrived in Stead with just enough time to put on my skin-suit and go. No time to inspect the course, change my SS gears (42×17) or let air out of my tires (40+ PSI). I didn’t make it clear enough to everyone on the start line that I had 3 hours of racing in my legs already, and that everyone should go slow – because the race was won by Jude Mayne (1st) and Sean O’Meara (2nd) after a fast first half-lap. Fuckers and their variable geared drive-trains.
The course was a sweet with a mix of grass, pavement, lots of tricky sand and an exhausting run-up. There were no typical Nevada goat-heads to flat a tire, but plenty of used hypodermic needles and broken glass to make up for it. I am happy that I finished and that I had plenty of encouragement from the sidelines.