I used to harbour dreams of adding another lovely Enigma to my collection and building up one of their 'cross frames next year along with a few other bits of nice kit, but right now I'm struggling to see the point! It seems to me that 'cross just chews up your stuff and spits it out along with a nice big bill for yet more.
I've only raced 3 times this year but so far my list of broken/damaged/destroyed kit includes:
1 x 105 rear mech (2 damaged ribs went with that one)
1 x set of Castelli knee warmers
1 x Shutt training jersey (currently off for free repair - brilliant!)
1 x RS10 rear wheel that needs rebuilding
1 x Cannondale CAAD9 frame now scratched up, paint rubbed off inside the seat stays etc...
...before I even start thinking about the canti's that dont really do anything any more and need sorting and the bar tape that really needs replacing and the rapidly accelerated bearing wear I've created on a bike that was 2 years od when I bought it.
Don't get me wrong, for some unexplained reason I'm really enjoying racing despite being lapped, the falling in the mud and yesterday being humbled by LVRC members far older than my 40 years, and am focused on developing my skills and pushing my fitness and speed forward. However the edge is being taken off slightly when I get the bike home and start the washing and cleaning up process only to find yet more damage...
Is it me choosing uber muddy courses (are there any other kind?), the downside of riding a 2 year old bike with plenty of miles on it already or is it just part of the 'fun' of 'cross? I used to look at the 8 or 9 races in my calendar and wish there were plenty more whereas now I'm wondering if I can keep the bike going for all of those!