TEAM HEALTH WARRIOR JOURNAL
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The dark and frigid mornings of winter in NYC are sadly not far off, but until they arrive the THW squad is taking advantage of the last bit of fall weather, be it on River Road or a Friday morning cruise through Central Park as captured by the team’s own Matthew Vandivort.
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New York City is easy to love and easier to hate, especially for New York City based cyclists. We are blessed with a plethora of local racing opportunities that may be unmatched anywhere in the country, but also cursed with too much traffic and far too many miles on the usual routes. At some point it becomes vital to escape the concrete jungle, be it a day trip to the back roads and reservoirs North of the city or an afternoon spent on the mountain bike trails just across the Hudson River in New Jersey.
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In hindsight I may have a tendency to declare too many rides a "perfect day on the bike." I almost certainly used that term somewhere in recapping our riding in Italy. And I'll almost certainly use it when describing our journey through France. And it has without a doubt come into play during more local explorations. But therein lies the beauty of the bike - it's ability to provide solace from the real world, it's ability to foster friendships formed over miles in the saddle and of course it's ability to allow you to consume inordinate quantities of food with teammates.
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With the second half of the 2016 cyclocross season well underway a bit of fatigue is starting to set in - not just from the racing but also the Friday night drives that inevitably seem to last until midnight, only to be followed by painfully early alarms for the two following mornings and of course a return to the weekday grind immediately thereafter. Thus after several weeks bouncing between UCI races in Connecticut, Baltimore and Glouchester it has been exceedingly pleasant spending recent weeks closer to home at Marty Cross and HPCX (or skipping the races and taking in a bike of biking + hiking + camping). This recent local oriented theme carried through to this weekend with Bubblecross in Milford, New Jersey, a race best known for it's long beach section.
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HPCX is one of the main events on the East Coast calendar. And because it is just over an hour away from the city, we always look forward to this weekend (along with Supercross, our other ‘local’ UCI race). The course is made up of slippery corners, climbing, fast loose descents, and couple sandpits. It is always very cool to see how a typically flat NJ landscape is turned into a challenging cx course.
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With a break from the #NECX grind the THW squad instead headed to Chester, NJ for some grassroots cyclocross at Marty Cross. Under brilliant blue skies the team battled against a hilly course and strong headwinds, with Chris Burati topping off his fine Gloucester performances with a 5th place finish on the day. After which the team headed to a nearby farm for fresh baked doughnuts and some cider (with a nip of bourbon added to celebrate a successful day at the races).
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It's a Monday morning in October which means much of Team Health Warrior is sporting a serious cyclocross hangover, this time from a Sunday afternoon in New Jersey at Marty Cross (followed by an obligatory trip for cider donuts). Before we dig into Marty CX however, we have part two of our Gran Prix of Gloucester recap, featuring a race report from Chris Burati, race footage from Matthew Vandivort and images by Daghan Perker.
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After the opening races at Intelligentsia Cup one overriding theme moved to the forefront for the rest of the weekend: the heat. In fact Saturday's Lake Bluff Criterium is the only time I have totally and completely overheated on the bike - winding up in the medical tent after the race as mid-afternoon temperatures hovered in the mid-to-high 90's.
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While Yom Kippur may mandate a change in our schedules and certainly in our on the bike nutrition, it doesn't preclude us from sneaking in a few midday laps in Central Park - keeping the pace steady and storytelling along the way.