Thanks to everyone who contacted me after my race on Monday and urged me to stay in the Singlespeed category for the remainder of the short-track series.
Thanks also to the race organizer who suggested I cat down to beginners for the final three races. Your comments were offered in a helpful and good spirit and they were taken that way.
I am bruised and a little stiff and sore after my crash on Monday but feeling good and looking forward to the next race. I will stay in the Womens' Singlespeed category. There are only three races left and frankly it would feel weird to cat down at this point, even if it meant I finished a few places ahead of last as a result.
My placement is not the issue here.
Finishing my race each week and growing my bike-handling skills is.
Growing the new category is also the point, and perhaps the biggest one. Not only for this series, but in anticipation of advocating the creation of a Womens' Singlespeed category at Cross Crusade this fall. We had nine women on Monday, the largest field yet. I want at least a dozen by the end of the series, and fifteen would make me positively giddy.
Singlespeed ROCKS. If you're reading this and want to know more, come find me at PIR next Monday. I will be there around 5 pm, and would be happy to explain my enthusiasm for the freedom, beauty and flow of One Speed.