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September 26, 2016

Cyclocross Madness

"It's a great thing when you realize you still have the ability to surprise yourself." 
- Lester, American Beauty

Not sure how familiar you are with cyclocross, but is one hell of sport. It is a true test of endurance, bike handling, agility and perseverance. These races are all full out sprints with hurdles, climbing, stairs and this time around mud... lots of mud.

This weekend Ken and I made our way to Iowa to watch the UCI Cyclocross World Cup, this is the Tour de France of cyclocross (so, it's a pretty big deal). Not only did we have a chance to watch professionals from all over the world but we both raced the same course the pros did.

Here is a peek at the pros race. Watching the video will also give you a little more insight on what cyclocross is and how challenging these races are:

This is my first year racing bikes and I am so proud of myself for pushing myself out of my comfort zone and trying something new. It goes beyond just trying something new to being competitive in a new sport. It has been both challenging and reward taking on a new sport at 29 years old.

What an amazing weekend with my team and being able to explore a bit of Iowa City.