With Laurel Rathbun and Lance Haidet taking the weekend off from racing it was Jamey Driscoll flying the Donnelly Team flag at Charm City CX in Baltimore, Maryland. The Charm City race crew always put on a great event and this year was no exception. The fans, the venue, the course and the overall atmosphere was incredible.
In what he hopes to be the last hot races of the season, Jamey had this to say, " Both days were pretty tough on me with the heat and humidity. I was able to start well, but once the front group reshuffled, I immediately went into the red zone...and to the back of the group. The heat really hit me hard. What advantage I've gained living at altitude in Utah, I feel like I've given up the my adaptation for sticky weather!" Jamey would finish eighth on the day.
Sunday's race was going much better for Jamey as he rode strongly in the main group until an untimely mechanical issued forced him to pit for a spare bike. "It was a few degrees cooler and overcast today so that was good for me. Plus, the front group whittled down faster than the day before. A mechanical took me out of the front group, but fortunately there was a large enough gap behind me that I was able finish fifth."
The entire team will be together this weekend in Donnelly's hometown of Boulder, CO for the U.S. Open of Cyclocross at Valmont Bike Park. We hope to see you there!
Rider Tire Selection, Pressure and Course Conditions
Charm City CX course conditions report from Head Mechanic James Sullivan
Saturday was lots of dry grass. The course was hard but nothing hidden underneath to cause flats so we went a bit lower on the tire pressure.
There was some light rain on Sunday morning which made the course slippery. It was drying out during the day so we could have used the LAS, but due some slick grass on the climbs and corners we opted for the MXP.
Charm City Tire Selection and Pressure
Front: LAS / 24 psi
Rear: LAS / 25.5 psi
Front: MXP / 25 psi
Rear: MXP / 26 psi
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