UPDATING REGULARLY: Missives from the Motherland—EuroCrossCamp 2013

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Thursday, December 26th

Courtenay McFadden recounts her Namur race, and how all her running through Seattle mud was an advantage:

The first lap I was trying to remain calm and comfortable with the course.  I discovered where I could make passes, for example, by the girls who where walking up the run-ups! I realized my running was a lot stronger than theirs, so I made my passes there, or on different lines down the descents. I was catching up to girls in front of me and was making up lost places after a terrible start. The lack of sleep was very obvious in the lack of power coming out of my legs, but I was having fun so I just didn’t care!

Going into the third lap, I opted to pit, and after passing the pits during the third lap, I ended up crashing, breaking a wheel (which didn’t surprise me, since I didn’t think the Mad Fibers would be strong enough for this Euro mud and drops) and a shifter and had to run half a lap to the next pits. That was SO much running! My legs haven’t done that much running in a long time, it made the run-ups that much harder, and I am sad to say, I did have to walk for a second to catch my breath during one of the run-ups.

While I was running on the off-camber rutted-out hill this girl passed me, and as she passed me she said (in a foreign accent), “Your wheel, your wheel is broken.” I laughed to myself because clearly my wheel was broken! As I was getting closer to the pits, I thought I was for sure going to get lapped.  Turns out, I didn’t get lapped, grabbed my pit bike and finished the last lap.  I caught a couple of girls on the last lap, but not enough to make me happy with my placement.

I had said in my last blog post that if I didn’t do better than my start position, I better start thinking about my racing career. I think that was karma, because I finished 42nd. Ugh. I was so mad. The positive I took out of the race was how much fun I did have with the course. I re-fell in love with cyclocross. The course was challenging, the mud was wickedly awesome, and I had a smile on my face for most of the race! I could really only take the race with a grain of salt, a great experience, and a lot of fun.

Read the rest on McFadden’s blog here.

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Gunther Ranwez
Gunther Ranwez

Great overall performance by the American woman ! Nice to see they can compeed with the Europeans, great for the Worldchampionships in Holland !!

Sharon Bennett Hall
Sharon Bennett Hall

I truly admire you Josey, and I've witnessed myself through my son the incredible perseverance and talent it takes to work through difficult riding situations and the energy and focus it takes. All the best for your comeback!

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