So you know the quote -- "When all you have is a hammer, everything begins to look like a nail." Well I'm starting to think the same is true with 'cross. When you've drank the kool-aid for cross, every place you ride starts to look like a cross race venue. Today's example was Quiet Water's Park in Annapolis. I spent all of my ride today thinking about how I could set up a great race at the park. Check out the map below:
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There are a bunch of great hills that could be used for either run-ups or off camber runs (nice long ridges). There's also a great trail that has been cut out of some of the wetlands that would be a nice little maybe 1/3 of a mile stretch and there is a great gazebo connects to a bridge that would make for a great feature in the race. (Check it out in StreetView below)
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Anyway, if there is anyone from Anne Arundel County Parks and Recreation reading the blog, kick me an email and we can talk about how we can work together to fill one of the holes in the 2009 MABRA November schedule. (Capital Bikes, Bike Dr. Annapolis, Pedal Pushers, HTO Annapolis, want to sponsor a race???)
In addition to hitting the trail today, I've been keeping up with practice and riding hoping that I can improve some of my finishes in the upcoming races this year. It looks like I've got at least 3 or 4 races left this year including Wonderland in Lancaster and Tacchino in Reston next weeked, Capital Cross in Dec, a couple other misc races and some yet to be announced goodness. Its been a great season so far and I'm looking forward to the remaining races. If all goes well, maybe it will rain and snow for the remaining races.