As I sat down to plan my 2018 cyclocross schedule, first on my agenda was to put down the must attend events. DCCX, Resolution Cross Cup, Ruts N Guts, Jingle Cross, and Cincy CX all made the cut. With the big pieces in place, I started to search for opportunities where I could grab some coveted UCI points. While most of the elite peloton made their way north to Canada for the Pan-American Championships, I decided to go east to the Really Rad Festival of Cyclocross. A first year UCI event, I was looking forward to the opportunity to capitalize on some strong racing in the weeks leading into the race, and a shot at stepping on a UCI podium.