Teamwork and team strategy, how important? Favorite venues? Favorite country to race in (besides Belgium/Netherlands?) What's the scene like in other places, Canada, France, Czech, Italy?
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If you had a chance to talk to a ‘cross pro, what would you want to know? While our focus here at Cyclocross Magazine is more on the average ‘cross racer, we average riders often find the pro’s perspective and personalities interesting, informative, and often entertaining. So, as we chat with some top racers, we’d like to give you a chance to ask the questions. Let us know what you’d like to learn, whether it being about their equipment, training (no wattage or heart rate questions, please), personal interests, or what they love/hate, or funny stories.
We’ve had many good comments on our interviews with Katie Compton and Jonathan Page (in issue #1, now mailing), and want to give readers more of a chance to steer our next set of interviews.
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I want to know what the PRO's would ride if they weren't getting free gear and PRO/BRO deals?
If you had to choose between making rent or upgrading your drivetrain....food or a new frame......what gear would be on your cx bike? What gear is so good it's worth retail?
Along that line, if you could only make it to a few (say 5?) bike events per year, what races/events would you pay to go to?
Like Chris (2nd Top) with a tighter time focus, I would like to know what some of these guys do about 10 minutes before the hammer drops. "Do" defined as rituals, mental focus, positioning, social humour with the guy next to you, or what ever else comes to mind that they maintain with consistency. Maybe its "secret"!?
I also like Mike's idea of articles that are clevely written about lifestyle, background, etc. There is room for this and will make the issues different and appealing. I liked one particular story a road mag did last year on a classics CSC rider who shared lines from his weekly diary for a couple weeks as he traveled, raced, spent time at home. It was written 1st person by him and simply written in chronological fashion making references to things as they happened ...was an entertaining read
Single front chainring or double?
Do you have a bike for each?
What conditions do you prefer single or double ring?
Favorite pop tarts. Favorite dirty word. Where they like to ride bikes other than 'cross bikes-(They do exist i've learned). The monologues in "pure sweet hell" are great models for interviews. For the elder statesmen of american cross and their thoughts on prefab ready to go bikes and the good 'ol diy days. I dunno, I don't necessarily want to read about training-Get on your bike and ride it, right? I think a glut of mags now cover cross and how to jump barriers and set your bike up like "pro a" and will continue to do so as long as the sport grows (and it is growing FAST), so maybe more lifestyle, out of the scene style interviews would provide readers with more insight on the mentality of a pro bike racer?
- Information about their cyclocross specific training and the timing of that training. For example, 3-2-1-Season Start-1-2-3 months in season what workouts are they doing and what frequency are they doing them with (e.g., on bike-strength workouts, hill repeats, endurance, etc.). Thanks...
I want to know, how to train, can you show me, how to get faster, Iwant to spend the race at the front just hammering, whats it going to take?
Favorite tire setup (tread, width, pressure)?
Down tube or top tube cable routing?
Shouldering or shopping cart?
Shouldering: under down tube or around head tube?
How much do you run (flat, uphill, sprints)?
Lots of threshold work or anaerobic training (or both)?
Gloves or no gloves?
Ever use top mount levers?
Attack early or with 2 to go?
What do you do the night after the first of a doubleheader?
Peak early, peak late, or try to be Sven Nys?
Anatomic or classic bend handlebar?
I would like to know what the pro's do for the last hour before a race. How do they warm up, what intensity, what do they eat, what do they drink, etc...
How are cross bikes supposed to fit?
Like a road or mountain bike?
Getting it right seems to be a competive edge!