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  • The Fountain Brothers’ Sky Ranch Cyclocross Takes Flight

    by Josh Liberles The Fountain Business Park in Moscow, Idaho, hosted an event last weekend that at the very least can be termed unique – but it also captured the quintessential spirit of grassroots American cyclocross. The business park consists…

  • Cross Crusade #2: Tuckerman and Bishop Gordon Roll to Rainier Wins – UPDATED Report, Results and Gallery

    Aaron Tuckerman celebrates his first-ever Cross Crusade win. ©Pat Malach

    by Pat Malach RAINIER, Oregon – Aaron Tuckerman (Corsa Concepts) and Serena Bishop Gordon (Silverado GalleryeSunnyside Sports) both took their first-ever Cross Crusade Elite wins Sunday as the eight-race Oregon series headed north to Rainier. With the likes of Trebon,…

  • On the Newsstands: Cyclocross Magazine Issue 14

    Cyclocross Magazine Issue 14 Cover

    Our subscribers are just beginning to report receiving Issue 14 – and we’re getting kudos both on its quality and our record-breaking turnaround time to keep the content coming during the season. Copies are also showing up at the bike…

  • Euro Dominance on American Soil

    Unless you’ve been sleeping through the beginning of cyclocross season, you’ve noticed the prevalence of Euros racing on American soil, and the impressive results they’ve been racking up. Helen Wyman led a trio of Brits, and she took home an…

  • Mical Dyck Rider Diary: From CX to Xterra to CX

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    Mical Dyck in her element – on the ’cross course. ©Doug Brons Mical Dyck loudly announced her cyclocross season’s intentions in Seattle, rifling off the front of the Elite women’s pack at both StarCrossed and the Rapha-Focus GP. She claimed…

  • Interbike 2011: Boo Bicycles and Co-Motion Show Off Gates Carbon Drive Options

    Boo Bicycles and Co-Motion may not be mentioned in the same breath very often, but both companies had sweet single-cog bike options on display at Interbike this year. Gates Carbon Drive belt systems are gaining in popularity, and new versions…

  • Interbike 2011: PowerTap’s Impressive New Lineup

    PowerTap has long been a big player in the power meter market, but the distinctive oversized hubs are a relative rarity on the cyclocross course. While there are plenty of ’crossers who train with PowerTaps, most of those who choose to race with power typically opt for one of the crank-based meters like SRMs or Quarqs.

    Part of the knock on PowerTaps was their weight. Another factor is the added expense of needing a PowerTap hub in a training wheel and at least one – perhaps several – race wheel. The new G3 PowerTap hubs tackles that first drawback head on. According to Eric Wallace of Saris, PowerTap’s parent company, the new hub is the lightest power meter on the market, adding about 100g to a comparable high-performance rear hub.

  • Interbike 2011: Nifty knickknacks from Showers Pass, Prestaflator, Adarga Bar Tape

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    by Josh Liberles Showers Pass “VelEau” Hydration Pack The best way to describe the VelEau hydration pack is a combo between a tri-geek’s bar-mounted sipper and a Camelbak hydration pack. But it’s actually way cooler than that. Frank Bretl and…

  • LeMond Preps for Hood River Dirt Fondo

    Greg LeMond made a showing at West End Bikes in Portland, Oregon, tonight for the packet pick-up party for this weekend’s Echelon Gran Fondo in Hood River. The event features plenty of ride options both on and off-road, LeMond’s here…

  • Powers, Stetson-Lee Take Cross After Dark Gateway Cup – UPDATED: Full Report

    Jeremy Powers wins 2011 Gateway Cup. Courtesy Brook Watts

    by Matt James St. Louis, MO.—On a crisp, fall evening in St. Louis, Missouri, a collection of top domestic and international cyclocross racers took to a twisting and technical course in Heman Park to contest the third round of the…

  • Interbike 2011: Turner Cyclocross Bike Spy Shots

    Interbike is all about getting exposure for new products, so it’s weird to think that it would be a venue for “spy shots” or unearthing product info not intended for public consumption. But thanks to Joey Mullan’s (of recent “Joey’s…

  • Interbike 2011: New Speedplay Syzr Pedals

    Speedplay has offered mountain bike pedals for years with the company’s Frog model. But the Frogs never really made a dent into the ’cross market. That could very well change with the introduction of the new Syzr pedals, which will relegate the Frog largely to touring and commuting duty. Modeled after the very popular Speedplay Zero road pedals, the Syzr offers adjustable float adjustment as well as tension adjustment for release and entry.

  • Interbike 2011: FSA Brakes, Cranks & BBs

    FSA has suddenly gone from one model of brakes to three, to fit various adjustment needs and price points. The previously released SL-K brakes now serve as the midpoint between the top K-Force and least expensive Energy models.

  • UPDATED StarCrossed and Rapha-Focus GP: Seattle Weekend in Videos and Photos

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    If you haven’t seen our in-depth features on the incredible racing by deep, international fields this weekend at StarCrossed and the Rapha-Focus GP, that’s well worth a look. But here’s some of the plethora of videos rolling our way if…

  • Rapha-Focus GP: Wellens and Nash Double Up in Seattle – UPDATED: PHOTO GALLERIES, Rider Reactions, Full Report

    by Josh Liberles ISSAQUAH, WA Katerina Nash (Luna) and Bart Wellens (Telenet-Fidea) opened up gaps in their respective races, taking back-to-back wins on the weekend.  If Saturday’s StarCrossed story was the quality of North American cyclocross when tested by the…

  • Interbike 2011: Katheryn Curi Mattis & Ritte’s Cyclocross Bikes

    by Josh Liberles Katheryn Curi Mattis apparently has a hard time staying “retired” from competitive bike racing. Curi Mattis—who won the 2005 US road race national title and the 2008 Geelong World Cup road race, and is one of the…

  • Interbike 2011: Parbo’s Pre-CrossVegas Scramble

    by Josh Liberles I stopped by the Leopard Cycles booth at Interbike’s Outdoor Demo today, and talk inevitably turned to five-time Danish national champ Joachim Parbo, who has ridden Leopard’s flagship CX1 for the past several seasons. Parbo has raced…

  • Interbike 2011: Cateye Inou GPS-Enabled Camera

    The Cat Eye Inou quickly mounts to either helmets or handlebars.

    by Josh Liberles Cateye is introducing its new Inou GPS-enabled camera this year, which allows users to shoot POV footage while they ride. The lightweight, 150g unit quickly straps to helmets or handlebars, and can be set to full video…

  • Meet the Builder, Racer & Pro Bike Profile: Ben Berden’s Stoemper Ronny

    Berden took the win tonight on a Raleigh: who's he riding for this season?

    by Josh Liberles Stoemper, a new Springfield, Oregon-based cyclocross frame maker, has an interesting philosophy for launching a new brand: Hire a really fast, heavily tattooed Belgian, put a Belgian-inspired bike with a Flemish name underneath him, and bring him…

  • Greg LeMond to Hit the Dirt in Hood River

    Greg LeMond, shown hear winning Road Worlds, will be hitting the dirt in Hood River

    Former Tour de France and World Champion Greg LeMond to Hit the Dirt in Hood River Greg LeMond has just announced that he will be riding the CrossMountain ride presented by Cyclocross Magazine at the Echelon Gran Fondo in Hood…

  • 150 Miles of Dirt: Nebraska’s Gravel World Championships

    The official unofficial rainbow jersey ©Pirate Cycling League

    It’s the shoulder season – right between the late road and MTB events and the kickoff of cyclocross. It’s the perfect time to head out on the dirt roads and escape the hub-bub while working on your off-road skills via…

  • On the Newsstands: Cyclocross Magazine Issue 13

    Cyclocross Magazine Issue 13 cover

    Subscribers coast to coast are reporting that they’ve received the latest and greatest edition of our print magazine – lucky Cyclocross Magazine Issue #13! Copies are also showing up at the bike shops and book stores that stock our publication too [See our list of "Top Shops"]. Of course, you can always subscribe to the world’s only dedicated cyclocross publication to make sure you never miss an issue.

  • Nicole Duke Signs with Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com

    Nicole Duke at the National Championships in Bend. ©Tim Westmore

    When we recently posted that Christian Heule had joined the Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com crew, we also mentioned that Stu Thorne, who runs the team and owns Cyclocrossworld.com, alluded to the possibility of signing another woman to join Kaitlin Antonneau. Well, we’ve just…

  • Echelon Gran Fondo Gets Dirty in Oregon – PLUS Contest for Free Entries!

    Echelon Mt Hood Gran Fondo flyer

    Cyclocross Magazine is partnering up with Echelon Gran Fondo to bring a first-ever dirt option to the organization’s rides. In addition to a variety of road offerings, the Hood River, the Oregon, fondo adds “CrossMountain” routes – either 30 or 45 miles mixing paved road, singletrack and dirt forest roads in the stunning Columbia River Gorge.

  • Heule Joins Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com

    Here, Christian Heule has recaptured the Swiss national champion's title. Now, what can we expect from him in the US this season? File photo © Bart Hazen

    Rumors have been flying about European racers coming stateside for the 2011/12 cyclocross season, and both the Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com team and Christian Heule featured prominently in those speculations. Stu Thorne made no secret about looking for someone to take the place vacated by Jeremy Powers, and Christian Heule announced a new team and a big change for the upcoming season, but hadn’t yet confirmed details. Well, now the secret’s out – Heule will ride alongside Tim Johnson, Jamey Driscoll and Kaitlin Antonneau for his final season, and he’ll mix a US-based schedule with some European swings.

  • Newbie News: Racing Cyclocross on Mountain Bikes

    Katie Compton Winning Mountain Bike Races to get Ready for Cyclocross

    Fortunately it was pretty easy to make one of my mountain bikes ‘cross worthy, and that was enough to get me by for a few seasons. I think any cross-country oriented mountain bike will work for cyclocross racing, with a few caveats. A hardtail is best, but a full-suspension bike isn’t a deal breaker. It’s like bringing combat boots to a 5K run. The equipment will work, but will probably put you out of contention for a podium spot. That being said, I’ve seen some sub-20lb, super-efficient, “no-bob” full suspension bikes with traditional front triangle designs, which would be fine to take to the starting line.

  • USGP Shifts from Portland to Bend

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    We’d heard rumors of a UCI race coming to Bend, Oregon, and this release confirms it. What we didn’t realize was that it’s the USGP that’s making a move, leaving its long time home in Portland. From USA Cycling: Bend,…

  • USA Cycling Implements New System for Start Order at Nationals

    USA Cycling Cyclocross

    USA Cycling has tried different methods for establishing start orders for National Championships the past few years. While Elite racers have a UCI point system that makes ranking and positioning easy, non-UCI and age-based racers first endured the “race to registration” – whereby the front row was determined by the previous year’s results, but everyone else got their spot on the grid based on when they signed up online – then for 2010 had a time trial the day before the main event determine lineup.

    USAC has talked about implementing a point system for non-UCI races for a while now,

  • On the Newsstands: Cyclocross Magazine Issue 12

    Cyclocross Magazine Issue 12 Cover

    Most of our subscribers now have the latest issue of Cyclocross Magazine, #12!, in hand, and they’re showing up at the bike shops and book stores who stock our publication too [See our list of "Top Shops"]. Of course, you can always subscribe to the world’s only dedicated cyclocross publication to make sure you never miss an issue.

  • Mechanical Mondays: The Conical Brush

    Sometimes, it’s easy to forget that when it comes to bike maintenance, sometimes the simplest tools can be the most effective. For example, Dave Drumm walks us through the many uses for a five dollar conical brush. (We also love…



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