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To Be Determined Journal

To Be Determined is a journal of cycling, adventure and photography, curated by a NYC-based cycling team known as TBD Racing or Team TBD. From criteriums to cyclocross to bikepacking and gravel it is all part of the TBD Journal.

Hartford Riverfront CX

I'll admit it. After a long day at Silk City CX I definitely could have just slept in and skipped another day of racing cyclocross in Connecticut. But as usually occurs, I ignored that voice in the back of my head and found myself heading over a twisting, at times broken glass covered, walkway over I-95 on the way to the Hartford Riverfront Cyclocross race.

Making a large loop around the riverfront boathouse significant portions of the course where either grass or smooth dirt walking/biking trails. In addition to a single steep climb midway through the course, there was interesting barrier placement, significant portions of the course taped only on one side and a vehicle crossing all thrown into the mix. As a happily retired race promoter I won't begrudge most of those elements, but the latter was a real issue because the vehicle crossing wasn't staffed and a car drove unimpeded across the course in front of at least one racer. Yikes.

I suppose staging also fits into that mix of the 'unique' as well: as we were hanging out in the finishing straight staging was completed on a first come-first serve basis. It's always a fun discovery rolling up to the start line and realizing you're starting last. But it wasn't the first and it certainly won't be the last time I have started at the back of the pack. Thankfully while my cyclocross skills (and fitness) are definitely on the mediocre side right now, I do have #sprinterwatts to spare and with a non-technical stretch to start the course I was able to work my way from the back to the top fifteen in the first quarter of a lap.

Unfortunately I was still too far back to make contact with the leaders, but with those first lap gains the rest of the race was a pretty straightforward grind to the finish - grabbing a few spots here and there while managing to avoid the spectacular implosion that plagued me the day prior. In the end I rolled across the line in sixth. After the race and a brief thunderstorm we headed back to our hotel, though not before sneaking in some fun with our Garneau Steeple-X bikes at a skatepark we discovered along the way