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Molly Hurford is the Managing Editor of Cyclocross Magazine. When she isn't writing about cyclocross races, she's likely competing in one. Or running, or climbing, or swimming. Professionally nomadic, she'll probably pop up at a race near you at some point. If you like her work, help support her by subscribing to Cyclocross Magazine!
  • “You Got This”: Reports from the Amateur Women’s Field at Verge, Part 1

    The amateur women on the line at Green Mountain this past weekend. Jeff Bramhall

    It has been whispered that the Women’s field is one of the fastest growing in cyclocross racing today. Looking down the line of the first race in the 2011 Verge Series, Green Mountain Cyclocross, this is visually apparent – a mass of close to 50 competitive cyclists tensely await the whistle. This is ten riders more than last year and while this may not seem like anything more than a tiny victory compared to most other sports, even other types of cycling, that number is huge. If ten new women race every season that means there could be close to 60 next year, and so on. Not to mention that because this is the Amateur Women’s category, most of these women are only a few seasons in and keep coming back or, even bigger, are brand new. We have been talking. We have been recruiting. We have been having fun, seeing results, getting better and telling our friends to join in.

  • Junior and Masters National Cyclocross Champions Join mwi cross Team

    Milwaukee, Wisconsin – When Ian Haupt, a former national champion junior, joined the mwi cross team for the 2011-12 cross season, he decided it was okay to let his mom join too.

  • Anthony and Lindine on Top at Green Mountain CX, Day 1

    The podium – Wellons, Anthony and Annis. Todd Prekaski - 20poundskull.com)

    The 2011 Verge New England Cyclo-Cross Series kicked off today at the Catamount Family Center in Williston, Vermont. The traditional…

  • Professional Cycling Heads to the Midwest: Top Riders Announced for Race in University City, MO

    University City, Montana – Following the launch of the International professional cyclocross season in Las Vegas, the top athletes in the sport are preparing to compete at the inaugural Gateway Cross Cup, Wednesday, September 21st at Heman Park in University City, Missouri. A first for the region, athletes from across the United States and Europe will be competing for prize money and coveted UCI ranking points that are up for grabs at this internationally sanctioned event.

  • Van Den Bosch and Wyman Take Day 2 of Charm City

    Day, Van Gilder and Vanderbeken were in the chase group behind Wyman. Vinny Agnello

    As the fields in the US become steadily more international, we’re seeing Euro after Euro at the top of the field, though there’s no doubt that some of the American racers are mixing it up right along with them. Today, Helen Wyman (Kona) again took the win in the Women’s Elite race, and Tom van den Bosch beat out Ian Field for the win in the Men’s field.

  • Charm City: Euros Wyman and Field Continue the European UCI Points Grab

    Ian Field makes his way around the natural barriers. Cyclocross Magazine

    Charm City in Baltimore, Maryland, has been hot and dry for the fast few years, which makes sense since as the second race weekend of the season, it’s still practically summertime. However, in keeping with the streak of bad weather on the East Coast for the past month, the race opened with a chilly, drizzling morning: perfect cyclocross weather. Racers and spectators alike complained about the cooler conditions, since this early in the season, the legwarmers are still buried in attics and basements. However, the cooler weather didn’t seem to hurt the Euro visitors, and Helen Wyman and Ian Field repeated their winning performances from last week at Nittany Lion Cross.

  • Interbike 2011: 3T Shows Off Ergoterra Bars, Luteus Fork

    3T shows off their new cyclocross-specific carbon handlebars, the Ergoterra. © Cyclocross Magazine

    At Interbike today, 3T was more than happy to show Cyclocross Magazine their new cyclocross-specific goodies for the 2012 season. Specifically, we looked at the new Ergoterra carbon handlebars and the carbon Luteus disc brake cyclocross fork.

  • Interbike 2011 Urban Cycling Fashion Show Photo Gallery

    In the spirit of Interbike, we decided to bring you coverage of the Urban Cycling Fashion Show that happened on the runway just moments ago. Because we all know that at the end of the day, part of going fast is looking cool … right?

  • Ronde 2.5 Report and Photos

    The Ronde 2.5: pre-season cyclocross. Natalia Boltukhova | Pedal Power Photography

    by Chip Baker The ’cross gods are like a tempest. Fire and Ice. Honing its legions into razors. The Ronde…

  • Cyclocross Magazine Presents Live, Interactive Coverage of ClifBar CrossVegas On September 14

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    For those of you who won’t be making it to Cross Vegas this year, Cyclocross Magazine will be bringing Vegas to you (sans the showgirls, of course). We’ll be providing live, interactive coverage of both the Elite Men’s and Women’s races, which are both stacked with the best-ever and most international field assembled in the US.

  • Cross Clash: Johnson Takes Powers in the Battle of the Titans on the Interbike Mini-Velodrome

    Pre-race press conference, Powers in a black silk robe, Johnson in a bathrobe, reporters clamoring for quotes.

    In the pursuit match done on a mini-velodrome with BMX bikes, cyclocross legends Tim Johnson and Jeremy Powers duked it…

  • WhirlyBird Cross: Mud, Guts and Community Service

    WhirlyBird logo

    On September 25, Guy’s Racing Club presents round 5 of the Mid-Atlantic Cyclocross Series with the return of The WhirlyBird Cross. Located on the Huntington Valley campus of Bryn Athyn College, this challenging and spectator-friendly course brings world class racing to suburban Philadelphia and serves as a model for community service and competition.

  • Low Pressure Promotions and STANLEY, a brand of PMI, set for StarCrossed

    Seattle, Washington – After putting on one of the biggest bicycle races in the state of Washington for 2011 this…

  • Team Cyclocrossracing.com Presented by Blue Competition Cycles is Back for the 2011/2012 Season

    After a successful inaugural season, CyclocrossRacing.com, Blue Competition Cycles, Rolf Prima Wheels and Hincapie Sportswear return with National and Grassroots Teams for the 2011/12 cyclocross racing season.

  • Cyclocross And Guacamole: Finding Family

    Mark (far left) and the rest of the Rutgers Cycling family on his goodbye ride in July.

    I’ve been in Texas now for about two months, and I have a confession to make: I’m a little homesick.

    Initially the thrill of being in a new place and meeting new people kept me from thinking too much about it, but as the dust has settled and I have fallen into my daily routine, I have to say: I miss my crew.

  • Attention Promoters, Photographers And Writers: Cyclocross Magazine Wants Your Race Report

    Cyclocross Magazine Issue 13 cover

    The season has started, the first big UCI race has been run, and that means for the next four months, here at Cyclocross Magazine, we’ll be working day and night to make sure that results, photos and race reports from hundreds of races get posted in a timely manner. Whether your race is grass roots or UCI, we are happy to shine the light on your event.

  • Fish Head Rolls Without Hooks in Kentucky

    Louisville, Kentucky — “Opening Day” is magic. Whether it’s the start of baseball, cyclocross or even fishing season, “opening day” for grownups is like Christmas morning for a six-year-old. This year’s opening day for this year’s Zipp OVCX Cyclocross Tour is September 18 in Louisville, when middle-America’s most popular cyclocross series will likely be overrun by “fish heads”. Dubbed the “FishStiCX Cross,” the September 18 races take place at Louisville’s gorgeous and challenging Fisherman’s Park.

  • MFG Series Kick Off Cross Starts the Season; Gaertner and Berden Take the Wins

    The expression says it all on the spectators. Kenton Berg

    Mother Nature wanted to have her say today as racers lined up for the first MFG Series race in Kirkland, WA. Big Finn Hill park, for the second year in a row, played host to the Kick Off Cross race delivered by Cycle University. Unseasonably warm weather, or a late summer as some would say, left the race course with burn-out grass and had racers churning up dust from the opening gun.

  • Christian Heule Wins First US Race With QuadCross

    QuadCross

    Sunday, Christian Heule proved that he is in the US for a reason this season: to win races. As the newest rider for Cannondale-CyclocrossWorld.com, he had big shoes to fill — Jerey Powers’ cycling shoes, to be precise. But so far, so good. Last night, he tweeted, “First race today for Cannondale-CyclocrossWorld.com and I won it. Thanks Stu Thorne for supporting me as car driver and mechanic.”

  • Meet The Promoter: Kyle Isaacson and Joe Johnson of S.B.R Utah

    Dusty Utah cyclocross.

    We were trying to scheme up ways about how to get more of our friends into CX. It is hard to talk somebody into buying a whole new bike set up until they have experienced how fun a race is themselves. We also wanted to create a local mid week series to give us more time on our cross bikes during the racing season and use it as a good work out.

  • Registration Open: Singlespeed Cyclocross World Championships 2011 to be Held in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco On November 18-20

    MFG Hit a home run with Raceway Cross and the Single Speed Cyclocross World Championships. A rain soaked day didn't keep the riders and fans away from the action and fun.

    September 9, 2011 – San Francisco, CA – Promising a three-day affair unmatched by previous host cities, event organizers for the 2011 Singlespeed Cyclocross World Championships (SSCXWC11) have named Golden Gate Park as the venue for this year’s battle, which is being held from November 18-20, 2011. Previously hosted by Portland and Seattle, 2011 marks the first year the annual race series will be held in San Francisco. Online registration for SSCXWC11 opens on Saturday, September 10th, 2011 at 6:00pm PST and will be available on the event website: http://www.sscxwc2011.com. Racers must participate in qualifiers on Saturday, November 19 in order to secure their place in championship races being held on Sunday, November 20.

  • Nittany Day Two: Euro Podium Invasion; Wyman and Van Den Bosch Take The Wins

    Van Den Bosch, Field and Lindine on the podium Day 2 of Nittany Lions Cyclocross.

    The first weekend of racing is over, and racers on the East Coast are feeling extremely tired after an incredibly muddy first weekend of cyclocross racing. The normally flat and fast course at Nittany was transformed into a muddy bog, and with the course running backwards on the non-UCI day two of racing, the racers started by almost immediately hitting a mud pit.

  • Jesse Anthony to Retire from Cyclocross

    Jesse Anthony is racing his last race at Gloucester this season.

    As many of you know, Jesse Anthony has announced that after Gloucester’s race this year, he will be retiring from cyclocross to pursue road racing as his main sport. After the summer he’s had, we can’t say that we blame him, as he’s had some amazing finishes and wins, winning Nature Valley overall to name just one. But we will miss him in cyclocross. Issue 15 will include a reflective piece from Anthony as well as a look back at his superlative cyclocross career.

  • UPDATED: Jeremy Powers and Helen Wyman Open UCI Cyclocross Season with Wins at Nittany Lion Cross – Brief Report

    Helen Wyman developed a gap early and held it. Cyclocross Magazine

    Jeremy Powers (Rapha Focus) and Helen Wyman (Kona) opened the 2011/2012 cyclocross seasons with wins at the 2011 Nittany Lion Cross in Breinigsville, Pennsylvania.

  • It’s Fall – A Column By Lee Waldman

    Lee is ready for cyclocross to start up again, and has a few tips for new racers.

    It’s almost Autumn. Hard to believe when the temperature in Wheat Ridge, Colorado, yesterday was in the mid-90s. Our first ’cross race, the target of all my work this past summer, is in less than three weeks. As soon as I got back from Nationals I began thinking about, planning for, and training towards this season. How many times in my life am I going to have the chance to even consider going to Masters Worlds? With their presence in the US for the next two years, it actually is a reality for me. All of the goals I’ve set, every mile on the mountain bike this summer, each circuit on the ’cross course; they’re now money in the bank. This week I’ll finalize my racing schedule for the season and then, with Louisville firmly planted in my mind, I’ll start racing. One more endurance race over Labor Day weekend, and then, cyclocross. Scraped shins, mud of all varieties, ruts, sand, max heart rate, blood, sweat and drool. What could be more fun?

  • The Start Of The Season: Labor Day Cyclocross Race Report

    Labor Day cyclocross was a salute to the end of summer. Joey Mullan

    The first race in Washington state is always one to attend, especially when it’s on Labor day weekend. Top riders, old friends, and a whole slew of cheers or jeers were happily reunited. Presented by Team Double check, the Labor Day cyclocross race was a success in drawing in riders from all over including Nick Weighall and David Richter. Raleigh’s new addition, Jenni Gaertner of Raleigh USA even came out to throw down with an impressive win since her contract at Raleighs Midsummers Race. Located at a new venue, “The Pit” (Lloyd Enterprises Retail Yard) in Milton, Washington. this gravel pit was converted into an abusive cross course that tested the skills and hydration of many.

  • Stafford Lake Cyclocross Registration Opens Today At 6 P.M.

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    San Francisco, California – The race that is bringing cyclocross to Stafford Lake Park in Novato, California for the first time is opening registration today, Friday September 9th, at 6 P.M. Registration will be open for all classes from C’s (beginner) to Elite (Pro).

  • United States International Cyclocross Calendar Rolls Out Saturday

    Colorado Springs, Colorado — The United States will once again host more top-level cyclocross races than any other nation in the world with 49 events slated for the 2011-12 United States International Cyclocross Calendar (USICX). The USICX, a new domestic cyclocross calendar comprised of top quality, UCI-inscripted events, begins this Saturday, Sept. 10 with the Nittany Lion Cross in Brenigsville, Pa.

  • Pro Bike Profile – Gabby Day’s Raleigh RXC Pro Carbon

    Gabby Day's Raleigh RXC Pro

    With Gabby Day stateside for the start of her normally European-based season, it seemed like a perfect chance to get an up-close and personal look at her new Raleigh RXC Pro Carbon bikes with Ritchey and SRAM Red componentry. Since we’re the same size, it’s been a huge temptation for me, seeing the new carbon Raleigh frames with their stealth matte black appeal. Day is stylish on her own, and the new bikes perfectly compliment to her new team, The Chainstay and RENNER Clothing Team. Day is racing on the East Coast for the next month, from Baltimore to Vermont, and spent some time this week talking with me about her race plans, thoughts on the US, and thoughts on being a woman in racing.

  • Pro Cyclocross Rumors & Rumblings: Week of September 9th, 2011

    And they're off! Here, 2010 Nittany Lion Cross kicked off UCI season. It might be a bit muddier this year. Anthony Skorochod/CyclingCaptured.com

    The Euro’s are coming, the Euro’s are coming. Have we really made that much of an impact or is this just a fluke as everyone is thinking about the 2013 World Champs in Louisville? It is officially here though folks, ’cross season’s big kick-off tomorrow. So with that being said, where are the pros going this weekend and what are they up to if not racing? Jeremy Powers, Adam Myerson, Tom Van Den Bosche, Ian Field, Bryan Fawley, Luke and Jesse Keough, Justin Lindine and Weston Schempf are all lining up for the men at the 6th Annual Nittany Cross. And for the women we have Helen Wyman, Rebecca Wellons, Laura Van Gilder, Vicki Thomas and Gabby Day. Tim Johnson is out training with ’cross buddy and fellow New Englander Jesse Anthony; will we see Jesse hit the dirt much this year? Zdenek Stybar gets serious about ’cross, at least on Twitter. Ryan Trebon starts the competition early at the GP Molly Cameron. Telenet-Fidea looks towards the future with Bart Wellens and an all-new women’s team with Nikki Harris, Sophie de Boer, Nicole de Bie and Pavla Havlikova.



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