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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!
  • In The Saddle With John Gatch, Race Announcer Extraordinaire

    John Gatch is a staple at races.

    John Gatch is a do-it-all-er when it comes to cycling. A long time racer, both in road and cyclocross. Announcer for some of the biggest races held here in Cincinnati. Promoter and organizer for the OVCX race, Gun Club CX. He even has a podcast. I was excited to have the opportunity to interview him. Despite his busy schedule, John took the time to answer some of the questions I have always been curious about. He is somewhat of a legend around the cycling community and I hope you enjoy his answers as much as I did.

  • USA Cycling Board Elections Candidate Statement: Brook Watts

    Brook Watts is running for the USA Cycling Cyclocross Committee. Photo courtesy of Brook Watts

    As you may have read in our previous article on the USA Cycling Board Elections, there are open positions on the cyclocross committee. At Cyclocross Magazine, we recognize the importance of these positions, and because of that, we want to encourage everyone to vote in the elections. Today, we’re presenting our first candidate statement from Brook Watts, who most of you may know as the man who brings you CrossVegas. If you’re running for a position on the committee, email [email protected] with your position and we’d be happy to post it.

  • The Girl With The Cowbell Tattoo: Things Fall Into Place

    The Girl With The Cowbell Tattoo

    There are some moments that are undefinable. There are some days that are just great. And then, if you’re really lucky, there are weekends full of those moments, one right after the other. This was one of those weekends.

  • Collegiate Chronicles: ECCC Leadership Cyclocross-Style, Part II

    Hopengarten races when not planning the collegiate season. Andy Huff (http://gentlemandesigner.com/)

    Welcome to Part II of our “Director’s Cut” of the ECCC Cyclocross Program. We’ve talked to some of the behind-the-scenes workers who make the Eastern Collegiate Cycling Conference run so smoothly, especially during cyclocross. It’s certainly no easy task, since races aren’t strictly collegiate, and the calendar has to take location, size, elite fields and timing into consideration. It’s make even more difficult (or easy) this year since Nationals are now in January, right when most students will be on winter break. Because of this, the collegiate season will be extended well into December, which could affect students who would like to make it home for the holidays, but who are in contention for top spots in the conference. Last time, we heard from Drexel’s Joe Kopena and Tim Manzella. This week, we talk to Union College alum and New England cyclocrosser Steven Hopengarten.

  • This Week on Cyclocross Magazine: August 8

    this week in cyclocross magazine

    Want to know what to look for on Cyclocross Magazine this week? Worried you might have missed something last week? Fear not, because we’ve got it all mapped out for you. Every Monday, we have a preview of what’s in store for the week, and we’ll let you know about some of the great articles that you might have missed last week. If there’s any story you’d like us to cover, any burning question you want answered, or any cool racer you’d like to hear from, let us know! Leave messages in the comments, find me on the Cowbell Forums or email molly [at] cxmagazine.com.

  • Mechanical Mondays: Gluing Tubies, How Clean Is Clean Enough?

    How much glue should you leave on the rim when cleaning? Kenton Berg

    Gluing tubulars can be stressful enough, and there are so many different “best ways” of getting the job done. This week, we wanted to look at one question that we hear a lot when talking about gluing up tubulars: when gluing new tires on a wheel that’s been used and glued before, what kind of prep should you be doing? And more specifically, how clean do you want your rims to be before gluing on new tires?

  • It’s Always A Good Day To Ride: When To Ignore Coach Crusty’s Program

    Sometimes, you need to ignore your training program and just have fun riding. Photo from flickr, courtesy of Jonf728

    It was one of those rare days this summer in Wisconsin: sunny, 75 degrees, mild winds. I was camping with a buddy in Boulder Junction, home of some beautiful northwoods roads and trails.

    My friend was going fishing, and I was headed out on the ride. The training program told me to ride zone 2 for 80 minutes.

    When I returned, my friend asked me where I’d been.

  • Verge New England Championship Cyclocross Series Returns For 2011

    The Verge New England Championship Cyclocross Series returns in 2011 with a new focus – to develop and crown the best amateur racers in New England. This year’s Series will crown eight champions – for men, there are Masters 35+, 45+ and 55+, Juniors 10-14 and 15-18 and Amateur (Cat 3). For women, 2011 sees the second year of the Amateur (Cat 3/4) Women’s competition as well as the proud addition of a Masters 35+ contest within the Amateur Women’s race. With the continual growth of the Amateur Women’s field, it became important to add a second category within the race for the fastest category 3 or 4 woman over age 35. Of course, as in years past, there will be races at all events for Category 4 men. Each weekend will also feature at least one UCI-level Elite race that will attract some of the top competitors in the country and the world.

  • Stanley Brings StarCrossed Back For 10th Edition In 2011

    Seattle, WA – August 5th, 2011 — Low Pressure Promotions, LLC of Seattle, WA released the details to StarCrossed presented by Stanley, a brand of PMI today, with an event date confirmed for Saturday, September 17th, 2011 at Lake Sammamish State Park in Issaquah, WA. Registration opens Monday August 8th, 2011 on BikeReg.com.

  • Are Deep Section Rims Really Better in Mud? CXM Labs Puts Them to the Test

    issue 13 cyclocross magazine

    In Issue 13, we take a look at some “Mud Myths” that, as racers, you’ve surely heard from coaches, old racers, mechanics and spectators. In particular, myths exist about deep carbon rims and their effectiveness when the terrain gets soggy. One of three myths lined up to be confirmed or busted in this issue was, “Does a carbon rim really track better in mud?” We wanted answers, so we took some time in the “CXM Lab” (read: muddy course) with these myths and some serious gear in mind, all for science’s sake.

  • Reports of Tom Vannoppen’s Doping Suspension

    Tom Vannoppen, via flickr by jnloco

    While cycling may get its good name dragged through the dirt on a regular basis, thanks to a near-constant barrage of doping allegations, typically, cyclocrossers tend to stay off of the “accused” list. However, yesterday a Belgian newspaper reported that Tom Vannoppen has been suspended for two years after testing positive for cocaine. Cocaine, in addition to obviously being a banned substance, is considered a “stimulant” under UCI guidelines, so testing positive for the drug is to test positive for doping.

  • Women’s Wednesdays: Kathy Sherwin, Raleigh Midsummer Night’s Cyclocross Winner

    Kathy Sherwin at Raleigh's Midsummer Night's Cyclocross

    by Molly Hurford Kathy Sherwin has been popping up on our radar at Cyclocross Magazine quite a bit this past…

  • In The Saddle With Geoff Proctor, “Jack Of All Cyclocross Trades”

    Proctor working with Yannick Eckmann at EuroCrossCamp last Christmas. Photo courtesy of Geoff Proctor

    Geoff Proctor truly is a Jack Of All Trades: not only does he manage to stay involved in cyclocross at nearly every level, from junior development to running camps to sitting on the UCI commission to racing, but he also manages a full-time job as an English teacher teaching AP Lit. He’s also responsible for EuroCrossCamp, a hugely successful venture that is now in it’s ninth year. That he had time at all to sit down and answer a few questions for us was amazing, especially since he just finished running his USAC Cyclocross Development camp for junior racers.

  • The Girl With The Cowbell Tattoo: Bike Philosophers

    The Girl With The Cowbell Tattoo

    Last week, I went out on a ride after work with a good friend of mine (who also happens to be the manager for my team, Rockstar Games/Signature Cycles). We were just riding through an area that I had ridden in the past, and it was darn hilly. At one point, I caught myself wondering when the hills were going to end. Actually, I didn’t so much wonder as say it out loud, whining to Blake.

  • Training Tuesdays: An Ounce Of Prevention, Cyclocross-Style

    Masters World Cyclocross Championships Mol, Belgium 2009 - Kathy Sarvary wins

    You already know that cyclocross is good for you — you are informed reader of Cyclocross Magazine, after all — and you certainly know ‘cross is good for your body. It strengthens your legs, and it strengthens your arms and core. It’s good for the heart, and for the lungs, and for the waistline. It’s good for pretty much everything — except the skin of your calves and ankles that your pedals always tear up.

  • Sneak Peak: Geoff Proctor’s USAC Cyclocross Development Camp

    Barrier practice for the junior racers. Tom Robertson

    We started each day with early morning strength conditioning—running bleachers, doing plyometric stations with power skips, lateral hops, ab work. Late morning entailed specific cyclocross training on a cyclocross circuit and, in the afternoon, we did some big training rides in the mountains.

  • Mechanical Mondays: Weight Saving Tips For Your Cyclocross Bike

    Scale

    This year, you’ll be faster. You’ll train harder and you’re going to maximize every pedal stroke, and in order to do that, your bike has got to be lighter. There are a few easy ways, a few hard ways and ways that cost more than others to make that happen.

  • This Week on Cyclocross Magazine: August 1

    this week in cyclocross magazine

    Want to know what to look for on Cyclocross Magazine this week? Worried you might have missed something last week? Fear not, because we’ve got it all mapped out for you. Every Monday, we have a preview of what’s in store for the week, and we’ll let you know about some of the great articles that you might have missed last week. If there’s any story you’d like us to cover, any burning question you want answered, or any cool racer you’d like to hear from, let us know! Leave messages in the comments, find me on the Cowbell Forums or email molly [at] cxmagazine.com.

  • UPDATED: Cyclocrossers Produce Results In US Mountain Bike Nationals: A Photo Gallery

    Here, MTB-er Kelli Emmett carefully rides over the rocks. Amy Dykema

    Some of our top cyclocrossers did pretty darn well when switching to wider tires and suspension forks at mountain bike nationals a couple of weeks ago (their results are listed below.) Amy Dykema, a wonderful photographer, was there to capture the event with her camera and shared some of her favorite shots, which can be viewed in the gallery below.

  • Stories From The Front Lines: Cowbells, 12 Year Olds, And Masters Racing

    About five or six years ago, I had the misfortune to have my peak season as a racer coincide with the U.S. National Championship of a certain 12-year-old girl who was perky and sweet and faster than a speeding bullet.
    Race after race, town after town, she would crush my soul with her stars-and-stripes velocity. She was truly a phenom and while I knew she had no idea she was humiliating me, it was driving me crazy.

  • Preparedness – A Column By Lee Waldman

    Lee Waldman temporarily trades in his cyclocross bike for a spin on his mountain bike. © Lee Waldman

    Over the past two seasons almost everything about my preparation for cyclocross has gone through a dramatic change. And so far every step I’ve taken has yielded positive results. Now, at 61 I know I’m faster and technically better than ever. That knowledge gives me a lot of confidence going into this season with my goal of a good showing in Louisville at Masters Worlds in January 2013.

  • Friday Feature: Raleigh Midsummer Night’s Cyclocross Fight For The Holeshot Video

    Elite Men's start at Midsummer Night Cross

    Last week, we reported on Raleigh Midsummer Night’s Cyclocross Race, with full course preview coverage, race coverage with a full photo gallery and a peek at Raleigh’s new line of cyclocross bikes. But what you may have missed is our great video of the start of the Elite Men’s race, featuring riders like Craig Richey, Russell Stevenson, Zach McDonald and JT Fountain. You can tell that it’s early on in the season by the relatively small size of the field, and the fact that some of these racers had a hard time keeping the rubber side down as they fought for the holeshot, causing a small crash right at the start. As our publisher/head cowbell ringer for Cyclocross Magazine, Andrew Yee, put it: “This is when the holeshot isn’t worth it.”

  • UK Racers Helen Wyman And Ian Field To Start ’Cross Season In The USA

    Ian Field, here at Koppenberg, will also be starting his season in the US. Bart Hazen

    UK riders Helen Wyman (Kona Factory Racing) and Ian Field (Hargroves Cycles) will start their 2011/12 cyclo-cross season in the USA. Starting in Breinigsville for the Nittany Lions ’Cross, the pair will take part in eight events on the east side of America. Other key events will include Charm City, which is a double weekend of racing, the Nor’easter Cross and Ellison Park in Rochester. The trip will conclude with the Gloucester GP races in near Boston.

  • In The Saddle With Rob Brandt, Racer and Brand Manager For Stevens Bikes

    Brandt tears it up on the course. Photo courtesy of Rob Brandt

    When I began working with Rob Brandt, the brand manager for Stevens Bikes, I had lots of questions. Rob graciously took time away from a busy work life to provide me with answers. Some of the things he said surprised me, some confirmed my long-held opinions. I found Rob to be bright, insightful, and open. He told me about himself; how he came to cycling; about ’cross bikes; about ’cross in general – it’s present state and it’s future; even a bit about Stevens, the company he represents.

  • The Girl With The Cowbell Tattoo: “Racer-Back”

    The Girl With The Cowbell Tattoo

    Train, stretch, eat, sleep, repeat. Such is the life of a racer in training, and I like it.

  • Mad Alchemy Announces CrossVegas Blend Embrocation

    crossvegas

    Last year, Mad Alchemy presented the PRO Signature Line, embrocations inspired by the professional cyclocross racers that use their products. In 2011, Mad Alchemy decided to take a slightly different approach by brewing limited edition embrocation blends inspired by some of, Mad Alchemy founder, Pete Smith’s favorite races. CrossVegas was high on the list.

  • Collegiate Chronicles: ECCC Directors; Drexel-Style

    ECCC

    If there’s one thing you can say about the Eastern Collegiate Cycling Conference, it’s that it certainly doesn’t have a lack of leadership. There’s always some willing junior, senior, grad student or graduated and grateful alumni willing to (or roped into) taking over where graduating students leave off. And if you’re lucky, those graduating might just stay around to fill in the gaps. For the next two weeks, we’re talking to some of the behind-the-scenes workers who make the Eastern Collegiate Cycling Conference run so smoothly, especially during cyclocross. It’s going to be an interesting year for Drexel’s Joe Kopena and Tim Manzella.

  • Mechanical Mondays: Upgrade Your Bike For Under $100

    bike shop

    It’s that time of year again: time to pull your cyclocross bike out of storage, take a good, long look at it and think, “Well, now what does it need?” Because we’re bike racers. And our bikes always need something, preferably something shiny and new. However, if you’re on a strict bike budget, there are some sneaky ways to upgrade or update your bike for the season, there’s an easy solution: accessories. (And yes, we realize that this piece reads like a fashion magazine article on making that Little Black Dress look brand-new by simply adding new jewelry or shoes.) Still, if you’ve been racing on — or just bought — a stock bike, we have some suggestions for how to dress it up so it stands out in the field (hopefully because you snagged the hole shot.)

  • This Week on Cyclocross Magazine: July 25

    this week in cyclocross magazine

    Want to know what to look for on Cyclocross Magazine this week? Worried you might have missed something last week? Fear not, because we’ve got it all mapped out for you. Every Monday, we have a preview of what’s in store for the week, and we’ll let you know about some of the great articles that you might have missed last week. If there’s any story you’d like us to cover, any burning question you want answered, or any cool racer you’d like to hear from, let us know! Leave messages in the comments, find me on the Cowbell Forums or email molly [at] cxmagazine.com.

  • Australia’s Dirty Deeds: Round Two Goes To Rattray

    Amy Bradley, winner of the women's race. Photo courtesy of Brendan Bailey

    Lewis Rattray has continued his dominance of the Dirty Deeds Cyclocross Series, taking out the second race at Jackson Reserve on Sunday.



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