Cyclo-cross Ceyrat (FRA), 10.11.12

Cyclo-cross Ceyrat (FRA), 10.11.12

This must be the way cyclo-cross was twenty years ago...

This wasn't a modern cross at all. If you did it with a Mountainbike, you certainly had an advantage over the ones with cyclo-cross bikes. There was one muddy part, a steep uphill in the words, that was absolutely horrible. Everyone had trouble with it. Also, the muddy single trail part before was really MTB-esque, too many stones on which even a tubular could run flat. Except for one steep inclined slope we had to ride up, the rest was ok. But still it wasn't what a modern cyclo-cross should look like. There was little way to pass someone else, little space, the MTB parts were most definitely not what is done today. One could have excused that though. The thing was that the organisation wasn't fabulous. I'm not going to say that it was done on purpose, but there were a lot of things that went wrong. The cross was on a camping. They didn't let anyone through when we arrived, saying that there was no space left. So a lot of people had to park their cars 500m away from the actual race, down a hill. Then, they did inscribe me on the junior list as a female racer, but when they were calling us on the starting line, I wasn't on ANY list. The other girl either. We raced, no one ever said anything to anyone of us about how many laps we had still to go, in fact, they didn't say ANYTHING. The first junior Bryan Alaphilippe had to actually raise his arm to show them that he'd counted the laps and finished the race. I had to ask if I had to go on still, a lot of people did. Maybe, they didn't have the time to pick up our numbers, because the arrival was after and just before a turn, so we passed it quickly. Nevertheless, they obviously didn't pick up my number, and considered the second girl first. On the reception, they made one error after another, calling some people twice, others weren't classified at all. Pascale Metais, the second female racer, told them when they called her as the female winner, that it wasn't correct and that I had won (which was very nice of her, not many would've done that). I'm not going as far as to say that all of this was done on purpose, I respect every club which actually organises a cross (I really do, it's not getting easier for them either), but it was a little too chaotic.


As for my race, as I said, I finished 1st out of 2 female riders, so another tiny tiny victory, the lap was okay except for the two uphills I didn't like at all. I managed to stay on the bike twice out of five times on the muddy uphill in the woods, but I ran the rest.