Sunday, November 12, 2006

Vet's Cross Results

Borrowed a geared bike in the morning (thanks Rob and Barb!) and hurried to Leavenworth to do the women's open. Ended up second to Catherine Wahlberg who kicked my butt on the hills and who also played the pavement much better. Nothing like experience, but thankfully she shared a little of her knowledge after the race. I now know a lot more about what to look for in a tire for those types of conditions. Thank you Catherine! Also got to see friends Jennifer and Michelle. Everyone was disppointed more women weren't out for the race, but Rob says women do triathalons instead. So, hmm. How do we get more women racing bikes? If equal money won't do it, what will?

15 comments:

gravy said...

More cow bell?

c said...

Equal money would do it for me if I could ride well enough to place! Good job, by the way! It was nice to finally meet ya at the pub crawl.

CC said...

Good Job Sydney! Gotta get a bike....

CC said...

I actually met Chatherine at the Platte River Marathon this summer. She is pretty cool. Very smart lady!

KimC said...

Hmmm-more cow bell...it's not the money thing for me-it's the time/family thing-oh well!

Neve_r_est said...

How to get more women to bike races?? When you figure that one out I think everyone would like to know. Usually I hear "there's no one to compete against", yea well...bring your friends!... darnit.

Nice first cross season you've got going here. See you at Lincoln. I'm secretly hoping for snow, he,he..whoop..

mg said...

i know of one particular female rider who, while fast on the bike, finds the concept of competition intimidating.

irrespective of gender, i think that's the challenge: making competition not seem intimidating.

in my opinion, that's in-part why our races need to be events that push riders' boundaries in themselves. that way the position you finish in doesn't matter as much... sadly, one hour (or less) beginner xc races don't meet that challenge, and since they've decided not to have "enduro" events in the 2007 psycowpath series, i fear we've once again taken a turn for the worse in that respect.

i could go on, but i suspect i should just stop now...

mtb05girl said...

are u coming to ia city november 25-26 for the jingle cross rock? u should, it's going to be huge!

Emily said...

Syd, how come we've never ridden together? Don't you think that's ridiculous? Yeah, I do too.

John Jr. said...

If you find competition "intimidating," that is a personal issue. Let's not forget this is bike RACING. It is fast, challenging and unforgiving.
You train, you do well.

That does not necessarily mean you finish first or even 10th, it means you get what you give. Changing the format of the racing is not THE answer. More beginners raced at Swanson and Tranquility in'06 than both the Enduro events combined. The enduros are fine events and a discipline of off-road cycling that has gained momentum in recent times, but it should not replace traditional XC races, which are more accessible to the 30-something male/female with 2-3 kids, a spouse, full-time job and about 6-8 hours of weekly training time, tops.

Competition implies challenge, stress, but it also provides feelings of accomplishment and accountability.

I finihed 12th at a 'cross race against guys I was beating soundly 3 years ago...is it intimidating to line-up and feel like you might not be as fast as the others? Sure! It's not about where you finish, but how you finish. Did you accomplish your goals?

Matt: If there is a rider, male or female, that is interested in racing, but has questions/apprehensions, it is our duty to help them along, coach them through, etc.

The day you line-up and do not feel nervous, blessed, intimidated, excited and/or anxious is the day you are no longer at a race, but a group ride...and who wants to pay $25 for that?

To answer Syd's original question: I think what we need is for Women to support each other's desire to try racing and be HONEST about results and expectations. Not everyone can expect to post results like Syd or Catherine Walberg, but they can expect to improve fitness, bike handling and gain a BOATLOAD of friends (even hippies) through riding and racing.

That's my $.0000002

See you all at the cyclo-cross races this weekend...RACING!

gravy said...

I'm not a woman and I'm not a racer, but are people allowed to ride the course too see what it's like first before or after the events?

John Jr. said...

Absolutely! I strongly encourage it...the best thing to do is ask one of your buds that is a Sport or Expert racer (Cat. 1/2/3 on the road) to show you the "lines," etc. I was fortunate to have a really good group of guys that taught me how to get around the trails at Platte, Ponca, Caves, etc. In fact, I have "passed on" the favor with the guy that plays bass in my band...one time at Platte demostrating how to get around and he rings my phone off the hook to go ride there and everywhere else...good stuff.

sydney_b said...

cc, catherine is super nice.

mg, john has a point. u sign up for competition and competition is the point. That being said ... I think there's something to having more of a social scene. In KC, I think the Boulevard crew had a clinic for women to learn how to do the dismount/mount, barriers and all that. Also, I think focusing on how racing can motivate one to train more or in a better way is worth mentioning.

I know my first race was the cornhusker state games, and had I not already felt comfortable with being a total dork, I might not have done it b/c I didn't have a single clue, really. (A lot of folks tried to tip me off, but not having any experience, I lacked context for applying their knowledge.)

Perhaps some clinics to build confidence and help folks know what to expect would aid development of a group/scene.

I will say that all the women I've competed with so far have been wonderfully supportive and I think if women try it once or twice they might find the like it a lot.

Emily, I do think it's ridiculous and must be mended. :)

sydney_b said...

Amanda, I am coming to Jingle Cross. Look forward to seeing you. :)

mg said...

i agree that each of us has to do everything we can on an individual basis to encourage those interested in racing -- that's a given.

look at riders like tara johnson (as an example). she's an AWESOME rider, but she rarely races. why is that? is it that she's not competitive, or is it that she doesn't feel the challenge of the competitive options available to her?

i'd bet you money it's the latter.

that's why i only participated in five races in 2006...