I escaped the dinner table enough to spend quite a few hours over the holiday wading the shoal behind our cabin.
The results were favorable, as I was able to make the temporary acquaintence of several dozen nice browns and rainbows; however, wading in the fast water was not enough to compensate for this action:
I won't bore you with false modesty; I make a badass chocolate pie and Diane rolled out the perfect crusts!
I try to tell myself that it's OK to relax, eat and chill out this time of year, but even a minor expansion of the waistline is cause for alarm and some anxiety. I'm not going to skip dessert, so time on the bike is a must.
Turkey Burn Cyclocross Race
When conditions suck, it helps to have a destination, and my Sunday destination was the Turkey Burn Cyclocross Race. The fact that it was damp, cold and muddy made it a perfect day for 'cross and the course at Allsopp looked plenty challenging to me.
Iconic photos of 'cross races always include plenty of mud.
Wes cleared the mudhole, but not the adjacent tree. The result is a bent down tube and pedals overlapping the front wheel. The good news: It was a short ride home and a borrowed frame.
CARVE, Team Spokes, and Arkansas Cycling and Fitness were all well represented. It is great to see the competing local bike shop guys work together to put on events, wear each other out on the course, then often ride home together. That's community.
This doesn't have to make sense. It's cyclocross racing!
You can find a lot of great photos here, compliments of AC&F, and at Arkansas Cyclocross blogspot, along with results. There are still a couple of races in Little rock, including the Jingle Bell Cyclocross Race this Sunday, December 4 at Boyle Park. Grab you family and head on over to race or just check it out. Cyclocross is some fun stuff for riders and for spectators. A race culture in which beer hand-ups are commonplace says a lot about why it is increasingly popular.