With the second half of the 2016 cyclocross season well underway a bit of fatigue is starting to set in - not just from the racing but also the Friday night drives that inevitably seem to last until midnight, only to be followed by painfully early alarms for the two following mornings and of course a return to the weekday grind immediately thereafter.
Thus after several weeks bouncing between UCI races in Connecticut, Baltimore and Glouchester it has been exceedingly pleasant spending recent weeks closer to home at Marty Cross and HPCX (or skipping the races and taking in a bike of biking + hiking + camping).
This recent local oriented theme carried through to this weekend with Bubblecross in Milford, New Jersey, a race best known for it's long beach section. Thankfully unlike NBX the beach at Bubblecross is definitely rideable - in some ways it's the exit of the beach up a rocky, rooted singletrack trail through the woods that is the more leg sapping obstacle.
As for the 2016 edition, Day 1 proved to be highly successful with Ted staging mid-pack but quickly surging through the field to take home a podium for the squad. Behind him I finished in a more measured 10th place while our third racer, Chris was plagued by mechanical issues and rolled in a few spots further back.
Thanks to @winniethebulldog for the photography assist during my race:
Matthew Vandivort is a New York City based cyclist and sometimes photographer who was also a founding member of To Be Determined. You can follow him online at @photorhetoric or http://photo-rhetoric.com/