A Cyclocross Race at Heber Downs Conservation Area in Whitby, Ontario.
This is very close to my house, so I took a spin over there yesterday. As luck would have it, the race organizer was there too, and he directed me to where the course was and what markings to look for! I did a few laps to get a feel for things.
The course starts in a parking lot, then immediately hits a hill that can better be described as a 10 foot wall... dismount for me! Then we go across a grassy area, a bridge, and immediately up a very steep hill. Several laps of that hill are going to make the quads burn, it's a tough one.
At the top of the hill there is an old campground road, which takes us over to a wood chipped trail for a bit. Then it's a steep and sandy descent, with a bunch of hairpin turns and trees... it took me 3 laps just to get comfortable enough to do it without unclipping in terror.
Next comes another grass section, which you leave briefly for a rocky creek bed, only to resurface at the parking lot where it all began.
Very cool course, a lot of varied terrain and challenges, I can't wait!
There are also supposed to be some obstacles on course, not sure where they will be placed.
I've only owned my Cyclocross bike for a few weeks, and this was my 3rd ride on it... so my goals are very conservative:
- Not crash
- Not cause other people to crash
- Get cyclocross race experience