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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!
  • Roadie Ben Swift Talks Off-Season And Cyclocross

    Roadie Ben Swift agrees that cyclocross is a great off-season workout.

    “When I was young I use to race cyclocross. I would like to do it again for fun, as the strength you can get from it would be great training.”

  • SRAM’s 2011 Season Roster; USGP Sponsorship; Trebon’s New Team

    SRAM Apex components gets a white option for 2012

    The challenging weather of fall can only mean that the excitement of cyclocross will once again dominate cycling’s headlines. SRAM’s domestic cyclocross roster features the nation’s top teams and individuals including Jeremy Powers, reigning USGP Series Champion, and Todd Wells, reigning US National Cyclocross Champion. SRAM has also added the horsepower of the two-time US champ, Ryan Trebon.

  • Zipp Announces 2011 Cyclocross Season Roster

    Zipp 303 Cyclocross © Cyclocross Magazine

    Indianapolis, Indiana — Cyclocross is brutal, on both riders and their equipment. The constant obstacles, flying mounts down muddy hills and mad cluster of frantic competitors are just the beginning. The abuse put on equipment is intense, and dependable gear is key. Zipp has a strong commitment to developing strong, reliable cyclocross gear, and supporting the athletes that ride it.

  • Announcing Pain And Suffer’n Cyclocross

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    Kick-start your cyclocross season with this breathtaking race near the top of Bald Peak. This course is a great way…

  • Katheryn Curi Mattis To Race For Bikes To Rwanda At CrossVegas

    Portland, OR — Katheryn Curi Mattis has announced she’ll be dusting off her cleats for the women’s cyclocross race at CrossVegas on September 14th. Curi Mattis is a perennial threat in any contest she enters, but she will certainly have her work cut out for her — CrossVegas attracts some of the best cyclocross racers in the world and has become a regular highlight of the bicycle industry’s annual trade show.

  • In The Saddle With Gabby Day, UK-Based Cyclocrosser

    Gabby taking a muddy downhill ahead of an opponent. Photo courtesy of Gabby Day

    The Euro Invasion has hit the East Coast, and UK-based cyclocrosser Gabby Day has been staying with me in the days leading up to Nittany. This 26-year-old racer has never been to the US, and while maybe the Philadelphia airport wasn’t the best introduction to the country, I’ve been trying to show her some of the nicer parts. Granted, it’s been raining every day, which is going to mean a very muddy start to her US cyclocross season, but she’s taking in stride. With her first US race only a few days away, I wanted to ask her a few questions about her first impressions of the US and how it feels being a woman in the sport.

  • Vengeance In Vegas: Powers Versus Johnson

    Vengeance In Vegas: Powers Versus Johnson

    Tim Johnson and Jeremy Powers: teammates no more. Watch these two champions clash for the first time at Cross Vegas wearing opposing colors. Before they meet on the field, they will do battle at the Interbike/PDW Circulus for an exhibition race and press conference.

  • UPDATED: H&R Block Langley Cyclocross Classic And School Of Cross Clinic With Joe Sales’ Gallery

    A dusty scene at the Langley Cyclocross Classic. Joe Sales

    Clear blue sunny skies set the stage for what was to be the warmest and dustiest Langley Cyclocross Classic on record. Just over 100 participants took to the farm fields and forests of Aldor Acres for this early season ‘kick in the pants’ ’cross race. The course featured a long flat gravel section, barriers, a long run-up with a knee high log at the base of it (which only the top few were able to ride it), a single track descending section followed by some twisty turns through the trees in almost sand-like ground.

  • Urban Ecology Of A Stolen Cyclocross Bike

    Steal a bike and this may be your new residence. 826 Paranormal

    Two years ago, I started bike commuting to Arizone State University (six miles each way) after not having ridden in a decade. I decided to get a versatile cyclocross bike. It could be easily converted between a road, touring, commuter and light duty mountain bike. While cyclocross is one of the fastest growing sports in America, ’cross bikes are still fairly rare. I starting racing in a local race series with about 50 other people, got hooked and was interested in getting a faster race bike. About 10-50 bikes are listed on the Phoneix Craigslist every day, but a ’cross bike only appears every week or two, and it was never the right size or what I was looking for. So, I started upgrading and customizing my bike over two years, while putting about 5000 miles on it.
    Then it got stolen, a comedy of errors ensued, and all was amazingly resolved in less than 24 hours.

  • The Girl With The Cowbell Tattoo: The Things We Do For ’Cross

    The Girl With The Cowbell Tattoo

    I have two of the greatest sponsors in the world. Not only are they both 100% invested in my racing and incredibly enthusiastic about it, they provide services like keeping my bikes in great working condition, making sure that I’m eating enough and if I ask nicely, even doing my laundry.

  • Pre-Gloucester Midnight Ride Of Cyclocross Registration Open

    Lancaster, Massachusetts – The Minuteman Road Club is pleased to announce the opening of registration for The Midnight Ride of…

  • Cross on the Rock Comes To British Columbia Starting September 11th

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    We have 7 races on Vancouver Island this year, from Victoria to Cumberland, Nanaimo to Port Alberni. Of those seven races, six are series races and one is the “Island Championships” (see information below). Of the six races in the series we will score a max of five events throwing out your worst series score if you do all six events. The last race of the series will be the series championships in Victoria and will be double points as it has been in the past.

  • Announcing The Zanconato Single-Speed Cyclocross Trophy Series

    The Zanconato Single-Speed Cyclocross Trophy Series: A six race single-speed cyclocross series and a chance to win a custom Zank frame and fork!

    The Zanconato Single-Speed Cyclocross Series is a series of made up of six of the coolest grassroots races in New England Cyclocross with a dedicated single-speed category. Men and women will be scored separately but race at the same time.

  • Mechanical Mondays: Pre-Season Equipment Improvements; A Case Study

    The newly improved shifting on this built up Ridley X-Fire. Jeremy Chinn

    The season starts in less than a week — is your bike ready? Mechanical Mondays writer and mechanic Jeremy Chinn walks us through improving the shifting on one specific bike, but you can also look at his advice in a much broader spectrum of bike maintenance, upkeep and constant improvement.

  • Eurobike, Part 3: Parting Snapshots

    The new Firefly Ti Cross is sleek and race-ready. Ken Bloomer

    There were two more bikes of note, and Ken Bloomer sent us some specs and photos of even more bikes to lust after. The first is the Firefly Ti Cross with an Enve tapered fork. It features Campa Record 11, Chris King R45 Campa hubs with Enve 45 rims and a custom internal cable routing carbon stem. It’s total weight? A mere 6.5 kg.

  • Australia’s Dirty Deeds 2011 Cyclocross Series Comes To An End

    Cam Mckenzie blazes past spectators in the last race of the series. Andy Rogers

    In a shocking turn of events, 2010 series champion Lewis Rattray has had the 2011 Dirty Deeds Urban Cyclocross series wrestled from his hands, being defeated in the third and final race by Red Shift Racing’s Andrew Blair.

  • WickWerks “Wicked Fast Lap Award” at CrossVegas

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    Las Vegas — Faster shifting means faster racing, and at CrossVegas, it’s measured in fast laps. Fast is encouraged! . . . that’s why WickWerks is sponsoring the”WickWerks Wicked Fast Lap Award” at CrossVegas. In each category the rider who completes the fastest lap will receive a cash prize — $100 for blazing a Wicked Fast Lap.

  • Cyclocross at Eurobike, Part Two: More Disc Brake Bikes, New Tires, Tools and Gear

    Meridia showcased their Cyclocross Carbon Team – D bike. Featuring SRAM/Avid disc brakes, the all-carbon rig utilizes internal cable routing and sports a 7.7 kilogram weight. © Jeff Lockwood

    Here at Eurobike, among the fancy carbon mountain bikes, quirky commuter rigs, sexy road bikes, latest cycling fashions and the most diverse group of bike-nerds in the world, is the newest collection of cyclocross rigs and components. Just about every bicycle manufacturer, large an small, has some sort of cyclocross offering here at the 2011 Eurobike bicycle trade show in Friedrichshafen, Germany.

  • It’s Always A Good Day To Ride: Preparation, Waiting, And Finding Some Patience

    At least school is finally done for the year for Lee. Photo from flickr via KB35

    In less than two weeks, I’ll be traveling to the first cross race of the season. Like you, I’ve been preparing for these races all year, training hard, eating and drinking right (most of the time … )

  • USA Cycling Board Elections Candidate Statement: Katie Compton

    I have extensive experience with racing in the US and Europe; I know the differences and successes between the two, which will contribute to how we approach the growth and management of the sport. I’ve been involved in teaching clinics, coaching cyclocross specific athletes and encouraging others to try the sport and help it grow. I know the technical ins and outs of cyclocross and feel I would be a good candidate for the committee.

  • Cyclocross On The Cheap: Home-Baked Energy Bars; A Canonical Overview

    Nutrition is almost as important as training, but can be super expensive. David Evans

    This week: cheap eats. When reading up for this article, I came across two schools of thought: those who ride to eat and those who eat to ride. I can’t pretend to be too partisan, I have sympathy for both camps.

  • New USA Cycling Rankings System Offers Members Increasingly Precise Mark

    USA Cycling Rules and Rule Book, 2012 - Cyclocross, Road, Mountain Bike

    Colorado Springs, Colorado – USA Cycling’s new rankings system is now available for all current licensees via their My USA Cycling Account. The revamped system will not only provide increasingly accurate rankings, but also the ability to compare and contrast results and rankings with fellow riders across disciplines, age and ability categories.

  • Eurobike Trade Show Highlights New Cyclocross Gear

    Shunning what they refer to as “the flashy-ness of the modern carbon fiber” cyclocross scene…meaning both materials and graphic aesthetic, Hispania (out of Spain) is offering a couple unique options for cyclocross bikes in Europe. The Barrizal is built with Columbus XLR8R Scandium and Zirconium Triple Butted. The more bling-ready Cross is a titanium rig with custom chainstays and seatstays. © Jeff Lockwood

    A simple stroll through the Eurobike trade show in Friedrichshafen, Germany is impossible. It’s the largest bicycle trade show in the world, and such a distinction means it’s a sensory overload of all things bicycle. Two-wheeled (and three- and four- and one-wheeled) eye candy of all shapes, sizes colors and versions assault the visitor’s senses on several levels.

  • New Altitude Simulator May Boost Performance

    Altitude training benefits performance, but what about just being at altitude? Photo courtesy of Flickr via MinutesAlone

    The Wall Street Journal reported that a new altitude simulator called the CVAC Pod, may boost athletic performance. The pod works by suctioning out air from the pod to simulate being at a high altitude…

  • Cyclocross Comes To British Columbia With Langley Cross Classic; School Of Cross Cyclocross Clinic

    60H&R BLOCK Cross Race and Clinic Poster

    Team H&R BLOCK is once again proud to co-host with Mighty Riders the Langley Cyclocross Classic and opening round of the BC Cross Cup at Aldor Acres farm on Sunday, September 4th, 2011. As in years past, all net race proceeds will be donated to the MS Society. Come out to test your skills and fitness on this great course with cash and merchandise prizes for all categories. Draw prizes for all racers and volunteers will be awarded following the Elite Men’s race.

  • A Fine Line – Trying To Stay Upright In Oregon

    David Sterry, post-race. Photo courtesy of Flickr's klamath_falls

    I’m getting dropped. It’s a Saturday morning in the middle of August, and I’m on a training ride with my teammate Christian in Portland’s Forest Park. We are headed up a stupidly steep fire lane and all I can think is: I’m getting dropped. I should be at home sleeping in, or at least eating breakfast and reading a book. But instead I’m out here, heart rate through the roof, sweat dripping on to my Garmin so I can’t even read it, looking for an extra gear I know isn’t there. What am I doing?

  • Single Speed Cyclocross World Championships 2011 Venue Announced: San Francisco

    From last year's challenge to become the host city. Winner? San Francisco. Norm Thibault

    Are you ready for Singlespeed Cyclocross Worlds? A year ago, San Francisco locals battled it out in Seattle for the rights to host the prestigious and raucous affair in the city by the bay. Rising victoriously amidst the barrier-hopping, costume-wearing and beer-guzzling, the date and venue has now been set for this year’s event. Needing no introduction, the famed Golden Gate Park will welcome racers as they compete for the title of Singlespeed Cyclocross World Champion (SSCXWC) during the weekend of November 18-20, 2011. With title sponsor Sheila Moon Athletic Apparel and well-known local race promoter Murphy Mack — responsible for West Coast GoldSprints and the multi-terrain SF Enduro — throwing their weight and considerable expertise into the occasion, the pair promises to make the three day event a weekend unmatched by the race’s previous host cities. Details are still being finalized.

  • Providence Cyclocross Festival Registration Opens

    Boston, Massachusetts – The Providence Cyclocross Festival presented by Interbike, one of the premier cyclocross events in the country, will open registration at midnight on Thursday, September 1. This year’s edition of the race, to be held on the 8th and 9th of October, will include a UCI Category 1 race on Saturday and a UCI Category 2 race on Sunday. Both days will be part of the new Shimano New England Professional Cyclocross Series presented by Verge for the elite racers and the amateur Verge New England Championship Cyclocross Series.

  • Psychlo-Mom In The Kitchen: Earth-Shaking Granola Recipe

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    Earthquake?! Feh.

    That was our sexy MAC cyclocrossers warming up! We’re three weeks away from ’cross season … so boys are crashing through city parks and then running from the cops seconds before they get told to leave. You can feel it now, right? What you eat matters, and now is the time to start experimenting with what goes down easy and stays down, what keeps you going and what revives you so that you can get up and do it all over again the next day. So, I’m baaaaack, because what you eat, when you eat it and how it performs occupies so much of my brain space that I thought I might as well get it out here with the only other people I know who aren’t on Weight Watchers: cyclocrossers.

  • Candidate Statement: David Alden-St. Pierre For USA Cycling Cyclocross Committee

    I’ve been racing cyclocross for nearly ten years. You’ve never heard of me. I’ve never been on a ‘cross podium, and I probably never will. But, I love the sport, and I’m out there as often as I can grunting away in the middle of the pack., in the rain, snow, and mud. I want to represent the riders that do this for that experience, and not for glory. I’d like to ensure that while attention is appropriated focused on the national level and the elite racers, that the no-name guys at the back of the pack do not get left behind. Additionally, I’d like to see more new riders getting into the sport, whether they are from a road or MTB background, or entirely new to cycling.



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