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reports from this weekend cross races.

 

http://josh-matta.blogspot.com/2010/11/wv-cross-weekend-marilla-and-wvu-i-keep.html

 

I am not getting in what is seeming to me a good ol boy battle in West Virginia. Johnny Zoo.

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reports from this weekend cross races.

 

http://josh-matta.blogspot.com/2010/11/wv-cross-weekend-marilla-and-wvu-i-keep.html

 

I am not getting in what is seeming to me a good ol boy battle in West Virginia. Johnny Zoo.


Josh,

 

Where did you find the photos of the Marilla race?  I haven't been able to find any, was in the same group as you, but "raced" Cat 4.  Does Pratt have a bunch online?

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If it were up to me he would be in jail for forgery. He signed someone elses name. Did you read his response? He is forgetful...I guess he forgot what his name is.

 

Good old boy dispute?

 

Luckily, we aren't of a violent nature is all I can say of JR.

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Josh,

 

Where did you find the photos of the Marilla race?  I haven't been able to find any, was in the same group as you, but "raced" Cat 4.  Does Pratt have a bunch online?


PM sent.

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day one - ABRA WV Night Club cyclocross. its a schweet blog in fact its an exact copy of whats over there!
 
Thoughout the entire week I was looking forward to yet another cross race. The adrenaline high of cross racing is so great that the entire week kinda of suck. Monday suck the most and its almost down right depression from the lack of endophines flowing though your blood. Although the week the weather report were forecasting snow.  Being that skiing is my number one sport off course I was uber excited. Saturday finally came and at my house disappointment....no snow.
 
On the drive down though from Uniontown to just south of Morgantown it was snowing hard in areas heck some areas had snow on the ground! me and my road trip mate Jason were now really stoked to get a sloppy, cold wet snow cross race. Sometime just prior to Lost Creek, Wv though the snow stopped and sun came out. At the venue the race wasnt even muddy! ca va.....
 
Whatever! cross racing is fun no matter what, but oday would just be pain with maybe alittle bit of fun. Preriding the course I found that I was extremely over geared and that today's course was extremely bumpy. Never has  a otherwise benign grass field been such a bad ass mutherfer as today. That course kicked my ass. Hell I endo in a ditch on my preride! The grass was like riding on velcro, there was as many hairpin turns as Gunnar is old(which is alot), and it was bumpy as a ski mogul run. Did I mention there was singletrack section that led to a ditch that was pretty hard to bunny hop on single speed speed? then there was an slick off cambered run up to quick remount steep DH.
 
Start of the race after some hard effort warms up though I felt good and was thinking I would be better than most.  My call up was nice for a good start
 
 
 
I didnt totally suck at the start and ended up maybe 7th wheel. A hard effort though the first lap put me in second not to far from the Pflugger. My belief in cross racing is to go hard at the start no matter what. trying to ride though traffic is a waste of energy.  I kept a strong effort in a attempt to try to chase down Pflug unsurprisingly it didnt work. It did however solidify the gap I had on the field with the exception of local nightcluber Morgan Miller. Morgan was riding a lower geared SS mtb and I have to say that wouldnt have been a bad choice for today.
 
So an epic 3 lap battle ensued. Every time I would get a gap I either have to slow down to breath, get caught up in lapped traffic which 3 laps in is when we started to lap people, or I would have to dismount and run that stupid ditch when the MTB was able to bunny hop it. In the end morgan seized a moment on the run up with traffic and got me on that run up. smart move and after 3 laps of trying to out run him I was so beat my pace and motivation dropped way off. After a couple hundred yards of recovery, I went hard again to ensure Marc Glass wasnt going to catch me. The reality was me and morgan put in such a strong effort that noone was really that close at all in the SS class.
 
So a hard fought battle and a 3rd place, also in true WV fashion the winner of SS got a bottle of Moonshine.
 
 
 
hopefully some pictures of the actual racing soon.
post #36 of 39
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day 2 

 

write up here

 

http://josh-matta.blogspot.com/2010/11/i-won-for-one-lap-murrysville-cx.html

 

First lap trying my best to Bushwack the entire field



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2nd lap me and todd hitting the barrier together.


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Its 45 degree and I was getting to hot, I look like I know what I am doing here.



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Jordan my dreaded friend went on for the win.



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post #37 of 39

He was just excited about his new Ventana! It was probably the short chainstays on the climbs.....

 

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I It did however solidify the gap I had on the field with the exception of local nightcluber Morgan Miller. Morgan was riding a lower geared SS mtb and I have to say that wouldnt have been a bad choice for today.
 
In the end morgan seized a moment on the run up with traffic and got me on that run up. smart move and after 3 laps of trying to out run him I was so beat my pace and motivation dropped way off. 
 
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He was just excited about his new Ventana! It was probably the short chainstays on the climbs.....

 

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I It did however solidify the gap I had on the field with the exception of local nightcluber Morgan Miller. Morgan was riding a lower geared SS mtb and I have to say that wouldnt have been a bad choice for today.
 
In the end morgan seized a moment on the run up with traffic and got me on that run up. smart move and after 3 laps of trying to out run him I was so beat my pace and motivation dropped way off. 
 


I got him this week.

 

 

http://josh-matta.blogspot.com/2010/11/best-and-worst-of-it.html

 

 

The Best and Worst of it.

 
Cross is chaotic. Sometimes you rock times you dont. Last saturday I did both in the same day.

First I just want to say that the Morgantown Monster Cross was by far the best cross course of the year. JR is doing a great job with this series and this course. The course had everything including the run up from hell.

SS Race

  After a very nice front row call up for my second in points. I was happy to be starting next to pflug and montana.  The start was pretty chaotic and a found myself sitting pretty far back in the SS/Cat 4 field.

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Marc Glass had a really great start and was holding the Gerry's wheel for the first lap of the race. On the second lap the true front runners were moving towards the front. Montana and Gerry were pulling away together which was to be expected. I moved past alot of strong riders and was finding myself in no man's land. Morgan Miller was moving up fast to join me though.

For the second week in a row me and morgan would battle. My Cross Bike vs his MTB and I thought on this course that I had much better advantage over him. The course was smoother, and the turns were grippiery than  last week at Lost Creek. A fall in the sand pit from me left me in 4th chasing down Morgan. Instead of passing him like I would have weeks past I sat in and let him push wind.  For 1 lap he lead, and I got good rest. It was then time to fly or so I thought. I could here him breathing hard, about as hard as I was breathing. I got a lead and was faster on the run up from hell. I guess all that running was paying off....or it was just the lighter weight cross bike being easier to carry.

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 This run up was tough. On a SS bike I think it was un clearable, some of the stronger 3/4 and elite group were able to ride it. Everytime I hit it thought I gave it my all knowing that there was a sweet SL downhill though some trees to recover on.

On the last lap I had pretty good gap on morgan but he was catching up fast. One last time Up that hill and I was givin it all.  Morgan still caught me by the end of the DH and was on my wheel for the sandpit. I carefully rode the sandpit hedging my bets on my sprinting ability. Out on the finishing piece of Pavement. I pounce on the pedals as hard I could and held of a hard charging morgan. 3rd place, according tocrossresults.com my best finish of the year.

3/4 Race

The 3/4 race to follow ended up being my worst finish of the year. A really bad start and some glimmers of hope passing riders that I should be passing I caught up to my buddy Jason and being the nice friend I am, I wanted to put both of us into the pain zone.

I was just to exhausted from the first race to safely go fast though and it would soon show in an epic barrier fall. It was scarier and looked worse than it was. I was really stunned about the fall. Jason words to race him remotivated me. It was like remotivating a drunk to go fall down again. I caught up to jason and passed him again, some friend I am, eh?  I then proceeded to fall right in front of him. Yep. This was not going good. I start soft pedaling contemplating what I was going to do. My buddy Tim passed me missing a brake pad. I then decide to be charitable and give him my bike. My bike is tiny compared to his. We then both dropped out and joined the hecklers spraying people with whipped cream on the run up from death.

My first cross DNF. IT kinda of sucks but I literally just wasnt feeling it. 

I am feeling the last cross race(s) of the year this weekend in Bruceton Mills and the start of ski season is less than 2 weeks away.

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I do stink after cross race sorry Gerry

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post #39 of 39

Little Miss Roadrash finished off the Georgia-Cross season in strong style finishing 3rd in the last race of the year and winning the Women's B division championship.

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