|Kewaskum’s John Beiswenger runs through the barriers.|
Cyclocross practices have resumed at Royal Oaks Park in West Bend. This is our 4th season and it should be a great one, especially as there are no competing practices nearby. But we’re still more than 5 weeks away from the start of the Wisconsin Cycling Association season, so attendance was light yesterday. We had 6 racers, 2 of whom were brand new to cyclocross, and we spent a little more time than usual on skills before doing our 30-minute race simulation. Even the race simulation was something of an experiment: we did 4 laps of a new 1.5-mile course. I liked that better than 6 laps of the 1.0-mile course we used for most of our past practices. The extra length came from existing trails, so there was less to set up and tear down. Our new course feels like a mix of features from Badger Prairie and CamRock. Like our old course, it demands more climbing than most WCA courses and emphasizes aerobic fitness over bike handling. With no run-up or sand feature, Royal Oaks is not the most technical challenge … but it will whip you into shape.