Friday, January 11, 2013

Cyclocross Ice Skating Nationals?

   Steve Tilford, who won the 50-54 masters title after crashing nearly as much as I did, expressed his concern about the course for Sunday for the elite riders.
   Today's course at Badger Prairie was mostly mud on top of some ice. With temperatures forecasted for the 40s tomorrow, the course should thaw out even more, making the course even muddier than now.
   But the rub is that the temperatures are forecasted to drop precipitously Saturday night into the single digits. That means the mud will freeze into wicked ruts. The whole course will be either a skating rink or a frozen ruts.
   I've heard stories about the Kansas City nationals a few years ago when the women raced on frozen ruts. The downhill at BP will get downright dangerous. I understand the course is going to be rolled out tonight and probably tomorrow.
   That may help, but I'd really hate to see our elite racers crash and get hurt on Sunday before worlds. I'm not sure what can be done at this point. It's a worrisome situation.

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