Last weekend, I headed off to Sherbrooke, Quebec for the 2016 Cyclocross National Championships. After some good time off my bike,and the want to race again, I made Nationals the focus to my Under 23 debut.
Coming from a great season of Cyclocross last year, being National Champion in U19, and landing a top 20 in the Hoogerheide World Cup, I was expecting to be up in the mix for this year.
Lodging and riding with the Norco Factory Team was a HUGE help! I would like to thank Kevin Haviland and Josh Toohill for their great support and motivation through the race. Pre riding the day before, the course was technical, wet, muddy, and super fun! It was looking like it was going to be a great course to race on!
How the race went down…
As the gun went off, I struggled to get clipped in (as I just switched to Crankbrothers) but still had a decent start, and after a minute, I was back up to 2nd, behind my brother Peter. A couple more turns and no mistakes yet and we already had a gap. So… I said “HIT IT” and we charged forward toward the tech section of the course.
Running up a mud-slick hill, I passed Peter. Next corner, get into a rutand BOOM! I hit a huge rock in the rut and suffered a rear flat. Still trying to charge forward I rode on and then charged up the switchback hill running. Once I pitted my bike, Peter already had about 30 seconds on me, but my gap to 3rd was still large. So I charged on trying to make up lost time.
The rest of the race was clean and simple; some sliding, pushing on the pedals, and lots of running… Not really seeing my change in the gaps around us other than the one growing in front of me, I rolled in smiling for my 2nd place in U23 Nationals.
Peter joined me and congratulated me and me back to him for defending his title. It was a great day for the Disera family, as my Dad was there cheering us on as well.
After, I watched Magalie and Jeremy take the Elite titles which were amazing battles.
The next day was the day-after race. This time U23 and Elite were mixed, so I was up against some big guns.
Going out hard and trying to be in the mix, I later faded and cracked but still rolled in to a 5th place! Happy with how the weekend went, my debut to Under 23 was a success in my mind.
I would like to thank all the friends that came all that way to watch our races, as well as the Norco boyz for the hospitality and wrenching. And the rest of the background helpers and supports!!
Next off is the start up for the 2017 season!!