Before we head out to Nationals, let's take a quick look at a recent race most of you probably didn't hear much about: the Midwest Regional CX Championships.
To be honest, the last several seasons that I've raced, I don't think I was even aware that there was a regional championship race. Likely I ignored it because it was further than I wanted to travel, and highly improbable that I'd do well. It's after a long season, and past my state's CX Championship. We're in the upper Midwest, it's the middle of December, and it's likely very cold with a bunch of snow on the ground.
Unfortunately, a lot of other racers seemed to feel that way too - despite the great set of folks putting on this race plus a sweet course at a really nice venue - attendance was around 250 racers. The temperature was in the teens and several inches of fresh snow had just dumped in the days leading up to the race, so I can't really blame people for sitting this one out and letting Chicago locals stack the fields.
On the podiums, it was a good mix of the Midwest; riders from Illinois, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan up on the steps.
Enjoy the photos, we'll see you at Nationals. Say hello if you see us around!