Manions Cross was my first race of the year, and it was the most fun I've had on my bike in a while. The Manions course just gets better and better, this year it was hard, but not the I want to shoot myself in the face hard, but still fun enough to keep you wanting more. The venue is definitely one of the best, certainly the most picturesque, especially on a perfect fall day.
The race went pretty well. I raced 3/4 and finished right in the middle. The start was a little congested and I didn't get a great start, in fact I was pretty far back. However the pace back there wasn't crippling, so when things opened up I was able to move up pretty well. Early in my 2nd lap I ate it pretty hard over the handle bars as a rut in the middle of a turn that ate my front wheel. And then soon after that I rolled my tire on one of the off camber turns, apparently 30 psi is too low for tubulars. These weren't devastating issues, but put me too far back to get a great result. I still felt like I rode decent and overall was pretty pleased with the first race of year. I am looking forward to a great cross season.