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  • The Search for the Perfect, Pain-Free ’Cross Fit

    Does your back hurt during ’cross? Setting up a new ’cross bike and wondering if your setup is really dialed? Spring and summer is the time to figure these issues out. We’re here to help. When it comes to cyclocross,…

  • Tackling Nutrition as a Noob: A Column by Josh Schwiesow


    By now, you’ve probably read about our newest noob columnist, Josh. He’s taken a hard look at how the first season of racing went overall, looked at his first race attempts, and now he’s tackling the technical side of things…

  • Rebecca Rusch Teaches Women Technique, Confidence and Serious MTB Skills – Video

    Showing proper techniques in a unique way at DirtFest. Cyclocross Magazine

    Last weekend at DirtFest, endurance world mountain bike champion Rebecca Rusch showed off her skills at several women-only clinics. She and pro downhiller Katie Holden demonstrated proper cornering and body positioning on the mountain bike trails just outside of State…

  • What to Expect When You’re Expecting … To Attend Your First Race: A Column by Josh Schwiesow

    “15 seconds…” Josh Schwiesow

    By now, you’ve probably read about our newest noob columnist, Josh. Why cyclocross and why now? Well, don’t ask us, just check out his first column. But in Josh’s timeline, now that he’s found his new bike and taken a…

  • First Lessons in Season One: A Column from Josh Schwiesow

    Although this is a race, like so many others, I had some serious time on my own personal cyclocross adventure. At least the course is scenic.

    By now, you’ve probably read about our newest noob columnist, Josh. Why cyclocross and why now? Well, don’t ask us, just check out his first column. But in Josh’s timeline, now that he’s found his new bike, he’s looking at…

  • Women’s Wednesdays: Clinics Down Under

    Testing out barrier hopping skills at the Dirty Deeds clinic. Andrew Blake

    by Kate Lansell The first Dirty Deeds (the cyclocross series that’s growing the sport in Australia) women’s skills session was held last Saturday at Darebin Parklands. For a misty Melbourne morning, it was great to have a bunch of enthusiastic women arrive…

  • Women’s Wednesday: Off-Season Antics, Part II

    Genevieve Whitson battles mud and snow at Kalmthout. Photo Courtesy of Genevieve Whitson

    by Molly Hurford The off-season isn’t really much of an off season for any of our serious women racers, as we found out in our last edition of Women’s Wednesday. We heard from racers like Kaitlin Antonneau, Christine Varadaros and…

  • Newbie News: Eight Tips to Starting Cyclocross

    Noob crossers discuss the finer points of the remount with Joes Garage pro Alec Donahue courtesy of Andrew J. Bernstein

    Over the year, and especially in the months leading up to the start of ’cross season, here at Cyclocross Magazine, we get a lot of questions from novice racers and people who are excited to be trying their first race in the fall. The main question we hear: “how do I get started?”

    In this new bi-weekly feature, Newbie News, we’ll be talking about how to get started racing cyclocross, regardless of skill level, budget or fitness. We wanted to start this column with a bang, and give you a preview of what’s to come as the weeks progress and the season gets closer and closer.

  • Prepping for the Season: To Run or Not to Run

    Running is an important part of most cyclocross races- so should you train for it? periwinklekog

    It’s the debate of the ages: should you be incorporating running into your cyclocross training program? We run during our races constantly: over the barriers, through the mud, across the beach, up the hill. For a pure cyclist with no running experience, that can be an overwhelming addition to a race.

  • Women’s Wednesday: How Women Are Training in the Off-Season

    The Elite Women fight for the best lines up the first hill. © Cyclocross Magazine

    by Molly Hurford Our Women’s Wednesday column is back, and this time we’ve asked around to find out what it is that female racers are doing in the off-season to prep for the upcoming cyclocross season. We checked in with…

  • “The Feed Zone” Author Allen Lim on Riding & Nutrition During Tim Johnson’s Ride on Washington

    Riders take a snack break mid-140 mile ride. Cyclocross Magazine

    by Molly Hurford Ever wonder how to fuel during a long ride without getting bored, or worse, getting the dreaded “gut-rot” (cyclocrossers might know it as “cross-rot,” but the principal is the same). Lately, there’s been some serious buzz in…

  • Training Tuesday: Matt Fitzgerald Talks Off-Season Weight Loss

    Nutrition and race weight are just as important to cyclocross as they are to any other kind of racing. puuikibeach

    by Molly Hurford It’s the off-season for most, the beginning of road season for some, and for a good chunk (pun intended) of racers, now is the time they’re choosing to think about dropping that off-season weight gain before the…

  • Video: How to Corner, with the Keoughs

    Jesse, Luke and Nick Keough show how to take corners.

    by Molly Hurford With Nationals rapidly approaching, it can’t hurt to brush up on some basic techniques: after all, no matter what the course conditions, corners will always be a part of cyclocross racing. A couple of months ago, the…

  • Training Workout Review: Cyclo90 H.I.T. Program


    by Molly Hurford We recently interviewed Graeme Street, the creator of the Cyclo90 H.I.T. Program, and now that we’ve had time to check out the DVDs in his collection, we’re bringing you a review of his program. Cyclo90 H.I.T. focuses…

  • Cyclocross Power: A Detailed Look into Ryan Trebon’s Watts

    Ryan Trebon took his first UCI win of the season at Planet Bike Day 1. Now we get to look at the race winning effort! © Amy Dykema

    Cyclocross Magazine got a rare look at a top-’crosser’s power file: Ryan Trebon’s (LTS-Felt) race winning effort at the 2011 Planet Bike USGP. Power specialist and coach Russell Stevenson analyzes the data and looks at exactly why – and where…

  • Cyclocross Pre-Race Bike Inspection: Save Your Race

    Pitting: doing it right can be just as tough as racing. © Cyclocross Magazine

    Before you can go out and preview a course at any given race, you should be “previewing” your bike for the weekend, making sure everything is as it should be. Mechanic Jeremy Chinn tells us how. by Jeremy Chinn

  • Video: Barriers, Remounts and Dismounts with the Keough Brothers

    Jesse, Luke and Nick Keough show how to take corners.

    by Molly Hurford If you’re part of the New England cyclocross scene, you’ve probably come across a Keough or two while racing. As the managers and racers for Keough Cyclocross presented by Champion Systems, the crew is hard to miss,…

  • Newbie News: Cyclocross Preparedness Will Out-Fox Your Competitors

    Genevieve Whitson warming up at the 2010 Belgian World Cross Cup. Photo Courtesy of Genevieve Whitson

    In the just-released Issue 14, our regular contributors all chipped in with advice for a piece on 25 Things to Do on Raceday (and Robbie Carver threw in his own, more lighthearted, race essentials list, which included such things as…

  • 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 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…

  • In The Saddle With Simon Burney: Cyclocross Author, Coach and Manager


    Today, we caught up with Simon Burney, the author of the seminal how to book on cyclocross, Cyclocross Training and Technique, now in its 3rd edition. He is a former professional cyclocross racer and has spent more than twenty years managing professional cyclocross and mountain bike teams, working with some of the top cyclocross racers in the world. Simon served as the Performance Manager for mountain bike at British Cycling and has raced, wrenched, or managed the national team at the Cyclocross World Championships for 28 years. He’s spoken with us before, but since the season is about to stat, we wanted to pick his brain for some tips for our new-to-cyclocross readers and get an idea of what he’s been up to lately.

  • Newbie News: Remounting (Video)

    Learning remounts and dismounts is key for taking barriers smoothly. Molly Hurford

    Here at Cyclocross Magazine, we’re excited to launch our first of many how-to videos. In this series, we’ll be asking elite riders to show us how they perfected skills like remounts, dismounts, cornering, barriers, sand and quite a few other tricks.

  • 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.

  • Women’s Wednesdays: The Gender Gap, Scientifically Explored

    For as long as there’s been cyclocross, there has been a separation of the men’s and women’s fields. And while women’s payouts may not rival those of the men in most races, it is doubtful that women would ever complain about not being mixed into the men’s races. There are obvious performance differences between the sexes, and today’s column looks at some of the most recent research on those differences.

  • Collegiate Chronicles: The Science Of Collegiate Athletics

    Collegiate athletics can be as demanding as academics. Patricia Drury

    Collegiate athletics is an interesting arena: there are both ups and downs to being extremely athletic in college, though anyone reading this is sure to point out that the good surely outweighs the bad. However, sometimes collegiate athletic programs can cause high levels of stress in students, and sometimes the demands can hurt the students more than helping them. On the flip side, according to one study, students tend to have “perceived barriers” when it comes to physical activity, that is to say, they find excuses for not getting involved in sports. Today, we’re taking a look at three different studies about collegiate athletes, and how they can relate to various collegiate cycling programs.

  • Training Tuesdays: Stretching for Mounts and Dismounts

    It’s that time of year when cyclocross racers are pulling their bikes out of basements and garages, getting ready to do some drills. However, before you jump into the season and hit your saddle the wrong way, you might want to consider starting a stretching regimen before practicing remounts and dismounts. Contributing author David Perez has got some easy stretches to make sure you don’t suffer any setbacks before the racing has even begun. (This article was originally published in our premier Issue 1.)

  • Newbie News: Cyclocross Transitions and the Time-Space Continuum

    Taking barriers is a piece of cake if you practice! Erik Tonkin

    One of the best cyclocross skills to learn as a new racer is learning how to take “transitions.” (Not just barriers: transitions can mean a lot of different obstacles.) In this article, Erik Tonkin of Sellwood Cycles writes about how…

  • 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.

  • 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.

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