Booty Cross Race Report

Sunday marked the last regular season WCA cyclocross race—Booty Cross. I never did learn the meaning behind the name, or why the race changed from its former name of “Wizard Cross,” but I’m guessing in this case “booty” refers to a) a fine buttocks developed from riding one’s bicycle up steep hills, or b) a valuable prize or award for a podium finish at Booty Cross. Perhaps both.

Held at Hiestand Park on the East side of Madison, the course featured ridiculously challenging climbs and technical descents. I’d spectated at the race last year, so I thought I had a sense of what to expect. I knew it would be awful and difficult, and a feeling of dread filled my mind all morning. I overhead countless riders complaining about the hills. There were swear words flying, and I heard the mumblings of “this is not a cross course” repeatedly.

Despite the challenges (we’ve already established that I’m awful at hills), Larry encouraged me to stay positive—and reminded me that the course would be difficult for everyone. He advised me to come up with a mantra that I could repeat to myself during the race, something like, when other people get tired, I get tougher. So that’s the mindset I tried to get into before the race. I may not be the best hill climber in the field (far from it), but I can take the pain and draw strength from the challenge.

I had a great start and quickly found myself in 4th place among a very talented field of women. We hit several hills on each lap.  Most I could ride up very slowly; others I couldn’t ride at all, and had to hop off and push my bike to the top. I’ve never quite experienced the intense burn I felt in my lungs and legs. My heart was pumping wildly and I could barely breathe. Riding down the steep descents wasn’t much of a break either; it was just plain scary. I felt totally out of control.

I got tied up on a technical descent/climb on the second loop and lost time. Shortly after, I was passed by a few women. I tried to hang and was able to keep three of the women in site for the rest of my race. Near the end of my fifth lap, I was passed by the 45+ men’s leader, which meant my race was over at the end of the lap. I was the first woman to be pulled from the race, while those ahead of me headed out on a sixth and final loop. It was my first early pull from a race, but instead of being disappointed (as I’m sure I’d feel at any other race), I felt lucky. No more hills. I ended up in 7th place. It was a tough race with a fast field, but I was relatively happy with my race.

Next up is Wisconsin State CX Championships (Saturday) and Midwest Regional CX Championships (Sunday) this weekend in Verona.

Category: Racing and Training 3 comments »

3 Responses to “Booty Cross Race Report”

  1. Miranda

    Girl, I LOVE reading your race reports. You are the toughest athlete I know! I feel like this sport was made for you!!!! And, let’s me honest, you KICK ASS!!!!! Good luck Sat and Sun! I can’t wait to read all about it!!!! :)

  2. Miranda

    Girl, I LOVE reading your race reports. You are the toughest athlete I know! I feel like this sport was made for you!!!! And, let’s be honest, you KICK ASS!!!!! Good luck Sat and Sun! I can’t wait to read all about it!!!! :)

  3. Miranda

    *be not me! oops!


Leave a Reply



Back to top