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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!
  • Bald Joins 2013 Louisville World Cyclocross Championship Group as Director of Sponsorships

    The first cyclocross world championships to be based in the US will be in 2013 in Kentucky.

    June 21st, 2011 (Louisville, KY) Rick Bald has joined forces with Promoters Bruce Fina and Joan Hanscom to execute the UCI World Cyclocross Championships in Louisville, KY Jan 2013. Bald will be responsible for managing sponsorships sales for the United States’ first ever Cyclocross World Championships.

  • The Girl With The Cowbell Tattoo: Building a Base for Base

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    As May turned to June and as June is quickly disappearing, it’s occurred to me that the start of cyclocross season is actually not as far away as I thought. At first, this notion made me want to start jumping for joy. But then, it hit me just how unprepared I am for cyclocross season and just how big my “to do” list is. Like Mike Birner suggested in his piece on Building a Base in the Off-Season, I had made a list of what I needed to work on over the summer. And yeah, it’s a long list.

  • Training Tuesdays: Heat Training for Dramatic Improvements in Hot and Cold Weather Performance

    Will heat training improve your cyclocross performance?

    It takes about a week to get Santiago Lorenzo on the phone, and when I do he doesn’t want to extrapolate about heat training. Lorenzo is a research scientist who, until recently, studied at the University of Oregon before picking up his PhD and moving to sunnier climes. He’s also an NCAA champion and 2004 Olympian in the decathlon, which means he’s a serious athlete (do you know the 10 events in the decathlon? I didn’t and went to look them up — anyone who can excel at all of them, and over two days, knows a thing or two about getting the most out of one’s body). He’s also published a study about heat training that may change the way we prepare for hot and cold events.

  • Shimano Releases Details On Di2 Electronic Shifting For Ultegra

    Shimano Ultegra with the new Di2 electronic shifting.

    We’ve been sitting on this info since March 1st when we originally posted about Shimano’s new cyclocross components, but now that Shimano has finally lifted the embargo date on it, we can give you the real scoop on the new Di2 electronic shifting for Ultegra.

  • This Week on Cyclocross Magazine: June 20

    Cyclocross tires, like this Dugast, are narrow with dirt tread

    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.

  • Father and Son, Racing Cyclocross Together

    Don Catlin on the road. Photo Courtesy of the Catlins

    For Father’s Day, we wanted to take a second to give a shout-out to all the cyclocross and cycling fathers (mothers too!) out there who have taken the time to help their child (or grown adult) experience the joys of riding or racing a bike. After all, without Cyclocross Magazine’s Chief Cowbell Ringer Andrew Yee’s still-cycling father madly searching for affordable used kid’s bikes for him, converting his little 22″ wheel road bike to a track bike on a weekly basis, and literally pushing him up hills on family rides, there’s no way Cyclocross Magazine would exist today (read more about the background story via CXhairs’ interview). CXM’s Online gal Molly also credits her father with her early and recent cycling addiction. And so as further tribute to Father’s Day, we take a look at a cyclocross racing father and son, Nick and Donald Catlin. This father and son duo travels together for road and cyclocross season, even sleeping in a tent on top of their SUV together! Clearly, these two are close, and we wanted to hear from this dynamic duo about how they really feel about their close-knit relationship.

  • Tough Questions – A Column By Lee Waldman

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

    First week of June and what we laughingly call Spring here on the Colorado Front Range has instantly transformed into summer. A week ago we were thrilled to see temperatures in the high 60s, now we’re into the 90s. Two weeks ago I was planning my training rides so that they would fall in between the inevitable 2:30 rainstorm that showed itself just as I was ending my teaching day. That’s a distant memory already. Now I’m frantically searching for sleeveless jerseys and sunscreen. 14 days ago I had to dig deep to find the motivation to roll out the door, today I’m chomping at the bit. Yeah, I hate to admit it since it seems so inconsistent with cyclocross racing, but I’m not a foul weather trainer. Racing in the mud, snow, rain … no problem. Looking out my window on flooded streets and thinking about spending the next two hours in the elements … not my fave.

  • Friday Feature: Bilenky Junkyard Cross Short Film

    Every Friday, we’ll be highlighting a great new video, photo or forum topic related to cyclocross. Have a suggestion? Let us know in the comments or by emailing molly [at] cxmagazine.com

  • In The Saddle With Luke Keough, Two Time 17-18 National Champion

    Luke Keough relaxes during a mid-ride ice cream break. © Molly Hurford

    Luke Keough is remarkably mature for his age, and rightly so: though he’s only 19 years old, he’s been racing for 15 of them and is extremely serious about what he does. That’s not to say that he doesn’t love horsing around with his teammates, weaving around on the road during recovery rides so he can hop into ditches on his road bike, eating ice cream as recovery food or spending an evening at the mall goofing off, but when he’s on the bike, he’s all business. And as he should be: even at 19, his list of palmares surpasses some seasoned pros: he’s the two-time National Champion for the 17-18 field, placed tenth in the 17-18 field at worlds in Italy, won the Elite race both days at Northhampton at Cycle-Smart International in 2010 and the list goes on.

  • The Girl With The Cowbell Tattoo: What Got Me Started

    Dad and I after a triathlon- yeah, my shirt says My Dad Rocks. © Molly Hurford

    byMolly Hurford If you see me at a cyclocross race, road race or triathlon, the odds are good that you’ve noticed the big burly guy standing with me, fiddling with my bike or yelling at me to go faster. You…

  • Collegiate Chronicles: Advice from a Team Director

    The Rutgers Cyclocross Team, circa 2010. © Molly Hurford

    Last week in Collegiate Chronicles, you met Rutgers University Cycling Team’s Director Mark Vareschi, and read about some of his fond memories of the team and its evolution over the years. Today, Vareschi offers some wisdom for other collegiate teams about building a cyclocross team in your collegiate conference.

  • This Week on Cyclocross Magazine: June 13

    by Molly Hurford 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…

  • It’s Always a Good Day to Ride: Learning to Trust the Bike and Find Those Mad ’Cross Skillz

    Here, Paul works to perfect his cyclocross form. This year, mountain biking will help him with that.

    Like most riders who come to ’cross from the road, I sometimes struggle with technical skills.
    I’ve learned a lot in the past five years. Yet I still grab too much brake, don’t trust my tires enough, and slow down too much before barriers and corners.
    The remedy this season? Lots of practice in a park nearby and lots of mountain bike riding.

  • Bart Wellens Adds More US Dates to his Fall Cyclocross Schedule

    Bart Wellens is coming to race cyclocross in the U.S. - with StarCrossed and Rad Racing GP. (Roubaix World Cup file photo) © Joe Sales

    We already reported on Belgian cyclocross superstar Bart Wellen’s plans to start his season in the US. Now, it appears that in addition to StarCrossed and the Rad Racing GP, Wellens and teammate Rob Peeters will be adding even more US cyclocross racing to their itineraries.

  • Video: Katie Compton Wins the Jelenia Gora Maja Wloszczowska Trophy Sprint Eliminator

    Cyclocross rider Katie Compton (Rabobank Giant Offroad Team) goes up against World MTB Champion, Maja Wloszczowska (CCC) in the Jelenia Gora Maja Wloszczowska Trophy Sprint Eliminator in downtown Jelenia Gora. Says Mark, Compton’s husband, the sprint eliminator is “a really great racing format they need to adopt in the US.”

  • Newbie News: Why Do A Clinic?

    Practicing barriers at the Rutgers Cyclocross Clinic. Molly Hurford

    The idea of going to a cyclocross clinic can be daunting for some. It’s nerve-wracking to be confronted with trying new techniques, learning completely new skills or even just practicing old ones in front of a crowd. And for me, lining up and taking an off-camber taped-off turn with everyone else watching sounds sort of like the fourth or fifth circle of hell. However, it’s not that bad. Really. In fact, it can be pretty darn fun, not to mention extremely helpful.

  • Women’s Wednesdays: Racing, Training and Women’s Roles in Cyclocross with Amy Dombroski

    Since she started racing in 2006, Amy Dombroski has had a remarkable rise to fame. She’s also been a great contributor to Cyclocross Magazine. Lately, she’s been prepping for the fall season, mixing it up at various road and mountain bike events, most recently the back to back World Cup races in Dalby Forest and Offenburg. Lucky for us at Cyclocross Magazine, she had a few hours in a car this weekend, giving her time to answer our questions between races.

  • Bicycle Helmets Recalled by Bell Sports Due to Head Injury Hazard

    This Bell Full Face Helmet has been recalled.

    The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

  • The Girl With The Cowbell Tattoo: Living the Dream

    Team Mountain Khakis, taking a break by the river. © Molly Hurford

    This week, I’m not entirely cyclocross-specific, per se, but getting an insider view of the pro life is definitely something that may be of interest for those who are interested in pursuing a full-time career as a cyclocross racer. Getting to be a “peripheral pro” for a week, as I would put it, was a whole new experience for someone used to working a solid 80 hour week with minimal time for training. As it turns out, these guys take rest just as hard as they take training and racing, and they certainly excel at it. So, this week has had me thinking a lot about what it means to be a pro cyclist in the US today, and if it’s something I could ever imagine doing, having witnessed it firsthand, from prerace meetings to the trip to the mall in search of gold chains.

  • Training Tuesdays: What is Creatine, and Should You Care?

    Wilichowski churns through the sand © Natalia Boltukhov | Pedal Power Photography

    Creatine is one of those supplements that you hear about with relative frequency, but what exactly is it supposed to be doing? Studies about the supplement have been cropping up for the last couple of years, and they all seem to have slightly differing opinions on the usefulness of creatine. It’s been suggested that creatine supplements help to reduce fatigue on muscles, improve recovery, and increase muscle strength. That’s a tall order for a nitrogenous organic acid. Today, we’re looking at a round-up of studies done on the topic to see what the experts have to say.

  • This Week on Cyclocross Magazine: June 6

    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, I’ll be giving you a little preview of what’s in store for the week, and letting 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!

  • Tim Johnson: Cyclocross Pro, Comic Character and … Freeride Mountain Biker?

    Tim Johnson grits it out to become the highest US finisher at the 2010 Cyclocross World Championships in Tabor, Czech Republic. © Joe Sales

    Tim Johnson has been a seriously busy guy lately, and we don’t just mean racing. He’s been popping up everywhere, from Rapha’s video previews of the Amgen Tour of California to RedBull’s Crossroads videos to … a Frazz comic strip? Cyclocross Magazine caught up with Johnson on Sunday, while he took a break from playing with his new four-month-old puppies, though not without a break mid-interview while Johnson had to chase them down after they took off rabbit-hunting in his backyard. I did learn that he is an extremely good whistler, after listening to several attempts to call the lab pups back without stopping our interview!

  • Lessons Learned – A Column by Lee Waldman

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

    It was just last year when I wrote that short-track mountain bike racing was the key to preparing for the upcoming ’cross season. Not racing the road, I still wanted to keep that edge that only real racing can give you. So, I turned to the C.U. Cycling Short Track Series. The fit seemed perfect -short, intense races that mimicked the effort and style of cyclocross racing. Because they were short, they allowed for more training on race days. I’ve added something else. Something even more intense and painful in it’s own way. Endurance racing.

  • Eligibility Guidelines for 2012 Masters Cyclocross World Championships Set

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

    Got dreams of winning the blue-and-rainbow-striped jersey at the 2012 Cyclocross Masters World Championships in Louisville? Although we presented much of this criteria earlier in our reports from the USA Cycling Promoter’s Summit, the official criteria is out and it’s time to study up to make sure you qualify and meet the rules. This season, it’ll be interesting to watch the masters-age men and women at UCI races as some will have to keep track of their position to avoid earning points.

  • BABOCO Training Camp, Cyclocross Style with Christine Vardaros

    BABOCO group ride © Christine Vardaros

    It’s still four months before my first cyclocross race and season preparation is already in full swing. It was kicked off by our BABOCO Cycling Team training camp in Benidorm, Spain. We were treated to eleven days of road riding in the mountains under warm sunny skies. It was especially welcome after a long, bitterly cold winter spent in a paper-thin skinsuit.

  • 2011 Challenge Tires Cyclocross Grassroots Sponsorship Program

    Cyclocross is just around the corner and it’s time to start thinking about all of the details of the season. Challenge Tires is once again offering the Grassroots Sponsorship Program for the 2011 season. A very successful program in its…

  • In the Saddle with Niels Albert

    Niels Albert at the Tour of Belgium 2011 © Jonas Bruffaerts

    Back in February, Cyclocross Magazine sat down with Albert in his mobile home before the final race of the Superprestige series in Middelkerke to put your questions to the new king of Belgian cross.

  • The Girl With The Cowbell Tattoo: No Fear

    Fear sign © Dryhead via Flickr

    This week, we introduced a new feature of the site called Newbie News, which is designed to help new racers learn some of the ins and outs of the greatest sport on earth, confront their fears of race areas like barriers, bunny hopping or dismounts, and to give riders a chance to ask questions that they might have been afraid to ask otherwise. (You know the saying ‘there are no stupid questions’? Yeah, that’s extremely true in cyclocross.) The Newbie feature is hugely important to me, because we’ve all been there. At some point, even Katie Compton was a newbie. And not too long ago, I was seriously new to the sport. I’m still new enough that I’m learning a lot as I post these articles, and it’s my hope that you’ll be learning along with me.

  • Collegiate Chronicles: Tales from a Team Director

    Vareschi is the team director for the Rutgers University Cycling Team (pictured 2nd from left). © Rutgers University Cycling Team

    Welcome to the Collegiate Chronicles, the new column that features all things collegiate (sans the keg parties, of course). Collegiate cyclocross is a fast-growing sector of the sport with little written about it, and we plan to change that. We’ll be taking a look at collegiate riders from all levels and from all over the country, race organizers, conference directors and some of the great characters that make up collegiate-level cyclocross.

  • This Week on Cyclocross Magazine: May 30

    Vareschi is the team director for the Rutgers University Cycling Team (pictured 2nd from left). © Rutgers University Cycling Team

    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, I’ll be giving you a little preview of what’s in store for the week, and letting 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.



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