My last weekend of Cyclocross racing for 2012 was the USGP Finals in Bend Oregon. Having sustained a pretty serious leg injury three weeks earlier (the day after a solid 4th place finish at Canadian Nationals) I came into the Bend weekend under trained but very well rested. The course was twisty and fast, super fun to ride, plus a fairly large and very enthusiastic (possibly related to the race being held on the property of Deschutes Brewery) made for a real festival atmosphere. I had great starts both days but my lack of recent training was evident on the power sections and the best I could muster was Top 30 finishes both days.
With the 2012 season done it is time for a bit of a break off the bike for the holiday before building up for Cyclocross World Championships in February. I have been making the most of the break with an awesome surf trip to Tofino followed by a solid block of home cooked meals, Christmas baking, and Nordic skiing up in Smithers, BC.