Cyclo-Cross Blog: Gabby Day’s Nocturne Racing

Gabby Day writes …  I have finally had that proper race sensation, where I feel like I am actually on it and everything flows well. It was a great feeling after my previous races where I felt pretty average at times!

I have been having a really great time in the US and as time to leave comes closer I am finding myself wanting to stay. I have found the whole ‘cross scene here so much more relaxing and less stressful because everyone is so friendly. A perfect start to my season. I have met some amazing people and it has been so much fun travelling together as a big group to the races it makes the whole race weekend so much fun.

Last weekend was another double weekend of racing. Saturdays race was in Burlington, Vermont, a very beautiful place. On the Friday a group of us pre rode the circuit (‘ride with the pro’s)’ with some of the local school children. The course was quite dry and fast with some nice turns, so I was excited about racing the next day. However with some heavy rain overnight the course turned into a complete mudfest.

So it was going to be purely about power and not crashing! I got a great start and was riding comfortably in 2nd and 3rd position until I had some issues…I think mud tyres may have been good, but only having griffo tyres makes my decision before each race rather easy, as I can be quite indecisive at times! Unfortunately I slipped into 6th position after a few slips and slides and felt rather discouraged on my last lap, I guess I let my head decide how I should ride!

After a quick wash and repacking of the car Jeremy, Shaun, Molly, Donny and myself took off towards Rochester NY…a long drive but we broke it up by stopping at a hotel after 4hrs. I have to admit that I was not particularly keen on racing the next day. Saturdays race had been so hard and intense and my bikes were still suffering the effects too! But after racing Rochester and having a pretty good race finishing 4th I was very happy that I rode. Considering how I felt before the race I was pleased.  My housemates also rode great too, so it was a pretty good weekend.

Last night was the Midnight Ride CX race in Lancaster MA. It was to be my first ever night time ‘cross race, so I was excited. My race started at 7pm and the guys race was at 8pm so very late racing. I pre rode the course with Jeremy and we loved it! It was a fun course with lots of cool corners that you could ride nice and fast. Anyway I finished 2nd but was so close to 1st. After the first lap I led the race right up until the final part of the lap.

And then ended up sprinting for the win with Helen… my head wanted it but my legs just couldn’t quite make it! I was so happy with how I raced, my legs felt great and everything just flowed nicely. I rode the corners fast and smoothly and most importantly had fun. Thanks to all the support on the course!

I now have less than a week before I fly back home but before then I have the Gloucester GP, which I am told is a pretty big deal! So I hope I continue to ride above average from now on…

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