Ride with Rendall brought the Ontario Provincial Cyclocross Championships to Ottawa this year, building on two years of races held at the Nepean Equestrian Centre. Featuring a whole lot of tape and a whole lot of turns, the Hammer and Anvil tracks are all about cornering and accellerating. With virtually no cruise control sections on the track, racers were out for a hard hour of racing.
A dry day with a good bit of wind, Saturday delivered the fastest CX track conditions I've encountered. While I'd normally think tire like out Clement PDX tubulars would be just right for such a twisty course, the grass was so dry and grippy I think a file tread with a side knob would have been better. Pre-race, Rob commented he'd added air to account for the extra grip; he didn't want to roll a tire. I left mine alone, as they felt fine in warmup. As it turned out, my rear tire squirmed around so much I thought I had a slow leak!
|Andy heads into the difficult off-camber turn.|
|Jamie, same place|
|Jamie Over the barriers.|
|Jamie powering out of the off-camber|
|Matt, mid off-camber|
|Rob powers up and out|
|Thanks for the hand-up Chris!|
|Moog #1, Smith #2, Surch #3. See the Steelwool cap? Available now at the shop!|