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  • The Girl with the Cowbell Tattoo: Holiday Spirit

    The Girl With The Cowbell Tattoo

    by Molly Hurford It’s that time of year again: the halls are getting decked, I’m forcing housemates/friends/random strangers to watch The Muppet’s Christmas Carol whilst drinking soynog and eating excessive amounts of cookies, and there’s a chance that I’ve done…

  • Finding Motivation Again: A Column by Lee Waldman

    Lee is starting the season strong in the Masters field. Photo courtesy of Lee Waldman

    Last week, Masters racer and Cyclocross Magazine columnist Lee Waldman philosophized a bit about  some life lessons and how they transfer into cyclocross. This week, he’s looking ahead toward the end of the season and what that means.

  • Cyclocross and the Wounded Warrior Project: How You Can Help

    J.D. Kimple trains for and races with a purpose: to support Wounded Warrior Project and to commemorate his son. by J.D. Kimple My son Jovid and I are in our second year of racing cyclocross to raise money as proud…

  • The Girl with the Cowbell Tattoo: “On the Beaches”

    The Girl With The Cowbell Tattoo

    by Molly Hurford Cyclocross season is nearly over in the US, though in Europe, there are still quite a few races to be won. But for the average cyclocrosser in the US, the season is at its end, with merely…

  • Pro Cyclocross Rumors & Rumblings Week of December 3rd, 2011

    by Kat Statman Turns out with the months changing and the holiday season slowly rolling around, sometimes the brain shifts gears and I may have inadvertently done that this week, so, do not fret, your regularly scheduled programming will return…

  • Pro Cyclocross Rumors & Rumblings Thanksgiving Week 2011

    American Amy Dombroski posted 7th place today. © Bart Hazen

    by Kat Statman As we all get over our turkey comas and prepare for an off-weekend or an awesome weekend of racing, depending on how “good” or “bad” we are, let’s get down to business in the world of pro…

  • Pro Cyclocross Rumors & Rumblings Week of November 18th, 2011

    Pauwels finally making contact with Nys. ©Lydia van de Meerssche

    by Kat Statman Turkey Day is fast approaching and what does that mean? We are, oh so close to Christmas week, arguably the best week in ’cross racing ever, with a race almost every day to live stream and geek…

  • Life/Bike Lessons: a Column by Lee Waldman

    Lee is starting the season strong in the Masters field. Photo courtesy of Lee Waldman

    Last week, Masters racer and Cyclocross Magazine columnist Lee Waldman philosophized a bit about how we are always “becoming,” as both people and bike racers. This week, he’s reflecting more on some life lessons and how they transfer into cyclocross.

  • The Girl with the Cowbell Tattoo: Things Aren’t Always What They Seem

    The Girl With The Cowbell Tattoo

    by Molly Hurford When I was a triathlete (don’t stop reading because I admitted that!), when you finished a race and looked at your score, what you saw was a realistic reflection on you as an athlete. With no drafting…

  • Pro Cyclocross Rumors & Rumblings Week of November 11th, 2011

    Durrin riding to a fourth place finish at CSI Day 1. Cyclocross Magazine

    The season keeps going and going. Some are wondering why it’s not longer as we near the end for some regions, since December is just around the corner. Others are getting tired but no less excited about the prospect of…

  • Pro Cyclocross Rumors & Rumblings Week of November 4th, 2011

    by Kat Statman Two European classic ’cross races have passed this week, Koppenberg and Zonhoven. Sand and big hills were the name of the game, and it became painfully clear that the European courses are much different than our courses…

  • The Girl with the Cowbell Tattoo: P.S. There Will Be Blood (and Mud)

    The Girl With The Cowbell Tattoo

    by Molly Hurford When I opened an email from my Cycle-Smart coach, the awesome Alec Donahue, about a day of skills training we were planning, I laughed out loud. This is not because the schedule looked ridiculously hard, or, on…

  • Pro Cyclocross Rumors & Rumblings Week of October 29th, 2011

    by Kat Statman The disc brake revolution has arrived, folks: just look at Tim Johnson’s bike for this weekend. But has that really changed the game? Only time will tell. But enough tech talk, there are more important things to…

  • Deep Thoughts: a Column by Lee Waldman

    Excited to be racing in Boulder. Photo courtesy of Lee Waldman

    The Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur just passed.  Of all the holidays on the Jewish calendar, it is unarguably my favorite. On this one day each year I’m forced to take time and take stock of my life; how I’ve…

  • Pro Cyclocross Rumors & Rumblings Week of October 21st, 2011

    by Kat Statman So I had a really great idea to break down the awesomeness of the last round of the World Cup in Plzen. Talking about the grit and determination, the anger, the power, and the amazingly intelligent move…

  • The Girl with the Cowbell Tattoo: Midterms

    The Girl With The Cowbell Tattoo

    by Molly Hurford It’s mid-season now, a time to re-evaluate, to reflect, and to make a list of every darn thing I’m doing wrong. Which, admittedly, is a lot. After all, I’ve only been racing in the elite field for…

  • Seattle Singlespeeders Descend on Cross Crusade, Say: FPDX!

    by Joey Mullan (one of the FPDX singlespeed crew and, yes, he’s OK) Portland and Seattle. They both claim to have the finest in cyclocross around the Pacific Northwest. Let’s be honest, they do. At Cross Crusade #3 this last…

  • Pro Cyclocross Rumors & Rumblings Week of October 14th, 2011

    by Kat Statman The Superprestige has begun, folks, and if you don’t know how important that is, well, the Euro’s know that the only classifications that matter are the Superprestige, GvA Trophy and the World Cup. Nothing else is important….

  • The Fountain Brothers’ Sky Ranch Cyclocross Takes Flight

    by Josh Liberles The Fountain Business Park in Moscow, Idaho, hosted an event last weekend that at the very least can be termed unique – but it also captured the quintessential spirit of grassroots American cyclocross. The business park consists…

  • First Race: a Column by Lee Waldman

    Lee is starting the season strong in the Masters field. Photo courtesy of Lee Waldman

    Last week, Masters racer and Cyclocross Magazine columnist Lee Waldman talks about the importance of keeping relationships steady even during the cyclocross season. This week, he’s reflecting on the season’s first races, as many of you are surely doing. I strolled…

  • Pro Cyclocross Rumors & Rumblings Week of September 30th/October 1st, 2011

    The steel, disc-brake equipped Furley brings steel, disc brakes and one gear to the Raleigh 2012 Cyclocross bike line-up. © Cyclocross Magazine

    by Kat Statman Every year, cyclocross and women get a little closer to equality and Rabobank has helped making that transition again. So I hear that disc brakes are the next thing in cross, but where are they? Niels Albert…

  • Viewpoints: From a Master to a Woman, Coast to Coast

    Lee Waldman and Molly Hurford: 2 cyclocross fanatics, 2 different viewpoints

    From the “Girl with the Cowbell Tattoo” to the philosophical Master’s racer extraordinaire, we bring you a new meeting of the minds. When Lee Waldman approached me (Molly) about doing a “conversation” column together, I immediately thought it was a…

  • Ten Things About Your Partner: A Column by Lee Waldman

    Lee is ready for Masters Worlds. Photo courtesy of Lee Waldman

    Although the cyclocross season is happily getting incrementally longer every year, it’s still more compact than the road season. For those of us whose passion is cross that’s a good thing. For our partners, who have to suffer through mud filled showers, mud stained towels, abrasions, bruises and the occasional broken collar bone, the season is probably about 8 weeks too long already. Bottom line, if it wasn’t for their patience with our obsessive behavior, their moral support as we spend the majority of our time thinking about, talking about, and racing cross, and their physical presence at the races, racing cross would be much more difficult. So, this column is dedicated to them. [More...]

  • Pro Cyclocross Rumors & Rumblings Week of September 23rd, 2011

    The American ’cross season is in full swing with two full weekends and two Wednesday night extravaganzas completed, the European season is just getting underway and now the first USGP is here. It really is ’cross season. Sometimes I don’t believe it’s real. How can the best bike racing season, which we’ve been waiting so long for really be here already? Didn’t we just finish last season? Anyways, onward we go, there is a long winter coming up and lots of rumors to talk about. In this week’s edition: Euro ’Cross is back on TV, start looking for your live feeds, folks. Kevin Pauwels takes a big win for his new team in Erpe-Mere. Zdenek Stybar will be showing off the new Quick Step rainbow stripes in Stribro this weekend. Enrico Franzoi has found a home with the Guerciotti team, he lines up for the first time this weekend in Switzerland. Is it true that Pro ’crossers actually understand the worth of their equipment? At least Tom Meeusen does. Amy Dombroski heads back to her motherland for the season. With a venerable “who’s who” of ’cross lining up in Sun Prairie this weekend, is there really a favorite? Who should we talk about in this week’s Working Man’ Edition? We’ll go with Justin Lindine, Jake Wells, Bryan Fawley, and Chris Sheppard

  • Cyclocross on the Cheap: Chaingangs and Powermeters

    Get fast: ride chaingangs. David Evans

    Cyclocross rarely knows such glamour, despite richly deserving it. And Vegas had it all: shiny things, light things, new things, expensive things; trade shows were ever thus. Oh, and the hangovers. I’m sure there were some immense hangovers.

    A casual glance at this array of goodies might convince you that their purpose was to make you faster. Anyone who has ever pressed a pedal in anger can tell you otherwise. These gadgets exist solely to tell you how slow you are. They can express inadequecy in figures accurate to the third decimal point. The all-consuming guilt that can be inspired by a powermeter is phenomenal. If I ever find myself poor (poor in a serious way, not poor in my current self-proclaimed, irreverent, slightly flippant way) I will qualify as a psychoanalyst and specialise in treating the anxieties of middle-aged bike racers. I would never go hungry again.

  • Collegiate Chronicles: Cyclocross versus the Semester

    The dorm room of a cyclist. James McCabe

    Going to college is great. There is enough parties and beer to make anyone happy. But you have to remember the point of going to school, and that is: to get a degree. Hopefully, that degree will turn into a job. In order for you to get a degree, you need to do your homework.

    That homework is keeping me off the bike.

  • The Girl with the Cowbell Tattoo: the Good, the Bad, and the Awesome

    The Girl With The Cowbell Tattoo

    At Interbike on Wednesday, you see beyond the glitz and glamour of carbon fiber road wheels and fixed gear glory. You feel the grass, you smell the dirt, sweat, blood, tears … you know it’s almost time for CrossVegas. You check your watch over and over again, counting down to the moment when you can finally start heading to the event you’ve been waiting for.

  • Pro Cyclocross Rumors & Rumblings Week of September 16th, 2011

    The Belgians came, they saw, and, oh man, have they conquered. Well, an American did grab one win and that was a UCI race, so I guess it counts for something. The first week of the international season is under way and is there ever a bunch to talk about! First is CrossVegas, so much going on there. We can’t not talk about this weekends upcoming races in Seattle, Vermont and Maryland. Did you catch the velo bowl? Jurgen Mettepenningen is confident in Pauwels, Aernouts and Vantornout. National Champ Todd Wells will not defend his stars and stripes this January; London Olympics and Louisville 2013 are the goals. Finally, in this week’s Working Man’s Edition there were just too many of you, so instead, there’s a list of all the riders that deserve some respect!

  • 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.

  • 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?

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