Photography by Dan Sharp
Last weekend the Cross Crusade closed out their year of racing at the fabled gravel pits of Barton Park. Thank goodness our friend Dan Sharp was out there with his camera because he captures the action like no other. We were stoked to start repping some radical custom Giro helmets as well. Stooooooked. It also happens that this race fell on a time when nearly everyone was in town and ready to rock, so it was fun to see everyone on the Athletic Racing Squad getting after it.
Our pals from Poler were there. They're always there, ready to rip it up. And once we got our tents up between to large piles of gravel, we were seriously embedded. We basically muscled everyone else out for our place next to the course. Which is cool with everyone, right? We were fine with it. It gave us our little spot next to the course where we could yell and shout and jump back every time someone took that last corner before the run up and caused a wave of muddy waters to spill out over everyone.
Greg Johnson was also there keeping everyone cool on the start line. He doesn't like it when people get all bent out of shape over start positions or how many beers they drank before the gun went off. That kind of thing. Plus, his Poler crew was looking positively resplendent, so that was going in his favor too.
The course itself, while not much different than years prior, was wet enough and dry enough and just enough of everything to be really really good. Like, really good. Sure, there was a bit of brown spray coming off of everyone, but that's why we have glasses and ride with our mouths closed, right? I've never seen joint handups before though. Maybe it's just people getting ready for the upcoming Single Speed World Championships?
Barton Park usually comes later in the year, often times after the Thanksgiving break, but this year the schedule being such as it not only happened before, but signals a bit of an end to the season. I guess that's what you get for having a bunch of double weekends where once there were none. Ahhh, well, I suppose that just the speed of cyclocross commerce these days, eh? Is that a thing? Ah well, now we need to start prepping for all the SuperG races that should start popping up any minute now.