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  • Race Tested: Stevens Team Cyclocross with Di2

    Cyclocross Magazine contributor Chris Bagg somehow finagled his way aboard a borrowed Shimano Di2 electric-shifting carbon dream bike at a recent Northwest race. So what happens when the pro triathlete trades his aero bars and bar-end shifters for paddles? Read…

  • Rad Racing Photo Gallery

    The Rad Racing GP in Seattle this past weekend was full of memorable images.  From Francis Mourey on the top of the podium for the second time, soon to be third after CrossVegas, in his first trip to the US….

  • Kupfernagel on Schedule for Fast Start to the Season

    Hanka Kupfernagel hits the barriers shadowed by Marianne Vos, Photo by Joe Sales

    Last year, Hanka Kupfernagel took second to Marianne Vos at the World Cyclocross Championships in Tabor. Cyclocross Magazine Correspondent Christine Vardaros checks in to see how Hanka has prepared to do one better this season. by Christine Vardaros Race-ready and motivated to…

  • Transitions and Temptations – A Column by Lee Waldman

    Waldman, racing for the love of it © Annette Hayden

    Masters racer Lee Waldman makes the official transition from road to cyclocross bike. Lust for new bike bits and perhaps a super-charged body get in his way, but Sheryl Crow, and Lennon & Yoko see him through. Missed Lee’s last…

  • Rider Diary: Vicki Thomas Gears up for Vegas

    Vicki Thomas finds the path of least resistance © Balint Hamvas, cyclephotos.co.uk

    Canadian Elite ’crosser and Cyclocross Magazine contributor Vicki Thomas checks back in with us after getting her ’cross wheels a little dirty. Brrr. I don’t know where you are, but here in Ottawa it’s downright chilly. In fact, today it’s 13 degrees…

  • Doing the Newtron Spandex Dance – A Column by Adam McGrath

    Adam rolling along in Japan © Brian Vernor

    If you’ve seen our (just-shipped!) Issue 10 of the print magazine, you already know that Adam McGrath will be contributing regularly, both in print and online – and we’re super-stoked to add his quirky voice to the fold. Until recently,…

  • Cyclocross Magazine Interviews Filmmaker Brian Vernor

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    Cyclocross Magazine’s Editor Andrew Yee caught up with filmmaker Vernor during the Downieville Classic mountain bike festival to briefly escape the fat tire madness and talk some ‘cross. Catch a portion of the interview after the jump.

  • Cal Giant Berry Farm’s Crop Preps for New Season

    Presenting the cyclocross lineup © Cal Giant Cycling

    The California Giant Berry Farms cycling team has garnered a wardrobe full of national championship jerseys over the years – both on the road and in cyclocross. The team, founded in 2001 by Anthony Gallino, who also happens to be…

  • KCCX’s Logan VonBokel Reports on His Pre-Season Prep

    Logan VonBokel, entering his final season as a U23 racer, is balancing his energies between pursuing a full ’cross calendar with finishing up his economics degree from Colorado State and working part time. He races for the KCCX-Verge Elite team…

  • Wendy Simms’ Maternity Leave: Banging Bars in Elite Races

    Wendy Simms skipped the 2009 season, but she had a great reason. She and her husband Normon had their first child, Tycho, who is now nine months old. But racing is in Simms’ blood, and she could only stay away…

  • Devon Haskell Video Interview at Glencoe Gran Prix

    Devon Haskell takes the inside line for Tibco. Photo via Flickr by Velo Steve

    Former Collegiate Cyclocross national champion Devon Haskell returned to the Glencoe Gran Prix in Glencoe, Illinois, to compete in the criterium that she had won the year before. This was her final road event before diving straight into the cyclocross…

  • Rapha Gentlemen’s Ride: A Racer Recovers

    Rapha Rider Dealing with the Heat

    “Man, that was tough for sure…the heat just killed me and probably everyone else.” Ryan Trebon. “Death March.” Tad Bamford. “I went through 14 bottles Saturday and didn’t pee until 10 pm.” Geof Rogers. “…physical sensations that I have never…

  • Ride Like It’s Your Last – A Column by Lee Waldman

    Masters racer Lee Waldman is fumbling his way through technique tune-ups and working on keeping his chin up as the cyclocross season looms. Along the way, he’s found new inspiration. If you missed Lee’s previous column, where he compares middle…

  • Pre-Season Freak-Out and Naked Banana Bread – A Column by Psychlo Mom

    An easy way to meet high caloric intake requirements. Photo via flickr by neil conway

    In this week’s adventure, Psychlo Mom confronts the sheer volume of foodstuffs two young ’crossers can put away. Her answer? Good humor and “Naked Banana Bread.” Did you miss Psychlo Mom’s debut article on “The Calm Before the Storm and…

  • Nor’easter Cross Offers Top-Notch Race, Music Fest and More

    Noreaster festival flyer

    by Josh Liberles New Englanders have the opportunity to kick off this cyclocross season in grand style with Nor’easter ’Cross at Loon Mountain, New Hampshire. The UCI-sanctioned race itself sounds like a winner, but that’s a small part of what’s…

  • Lessons Learned – A Column by Lee Waldman

    Regular columnist Lee Waldman watches hole shot battles unfold in corridors of the middle school where he teaches, continues his own quiet, steady progress and gets ready for another cyclocross season. In case you missed Lee’s previous column about “The…

  • Jonathan Page Looks Ahead to 2010

    by Dan Seaton Jonathan Page, coming off two bumpy seasons, full of ups and downs, is headed into the 2010-11 cyclocross season looking as relaxed and confident as he has been in years. This year Page has lent his expertise…

  • Mourey, Euro Stars Align for StarCrossed; Exclusive Interview with Promoter

    by Josh Liberles What began in 2002 as an exploratory “What if?” conversation between Terry Buchanan, who ran the Broadmark (now Hagens-Berman) road team, and Jonny Sundt, one of his riders at the time, has turned into one of the…

  • Introducing Psychlo Mom – The Calm Before the Storm and a Recipe for Kick-Some-Ass Oatmeal Cookies

    Oatmeal cookies to placate and energize young crossers , via flickr by thepinkpeppercorn

    We couldn’t be more excited to bring you Psychlo Mom’s fresh voice. She represents a crucial segment of the ’cross community – the parents who nurture the up-and-coming generation of  Junior racers. This year Psychlo Mom will be going above…

  • The Most Important Thing – A Column by Lee Waldman

    Lee Waldman derives his inspiration from a myriad of sources. As a teacher, it may not surprise you that his most recent motivator was a children’s book – The Important Book. He saw a parallel there, and it wasn’t hard…

  • Work, Train, Race, Repeat – A Column by Grant Berry

    We’re excited to welcome Durango, Colorado, racer Grant Berry to the Cyclocross Magazine fold. This is the first installment from Grant, and he reflects on life, ’cross, dog bones and how they can all interrelate. Stay tuned to cxmagazine.com for…

  • Susan Butler Tackles Endurance MTB at High Cascade 100

    Susan Butler at the Cascade 100

    Portland Elite ’crosser Susan Butler brings us her report from the High Cascade 100, a 100 mile mountain bike race held on August 7th. Can’t wait to see you on the ’cross course, Susan! by Sue Butler With the impending…

  • Borders − a Column by Lee Waldman

    Cyclocross Magazine columnist and Masters racer Lee Waldman discusses crossing borders, pushing boundaries and loving cyclocross – and life. In case you missed it, go back and check out Lee’s previous column as he talks about using a coach and…

  • Rider Diary: Vicki Thomas Gearing up for ’Cross

    Vicki Thomas racing the World Cup at Nommay.  Photo:  Joscelin Ryan

    Canadian Elite ’crosser and Cyclocross Magazine contributer Vicki Thomas checks in with us as our favorite time of year draws near. Mud on your mind, Vicki? Wow, long time no talk! Guess this is what happens when the cyclocross season…

  • Using a Coach and Enjoying the Ride – A Column by Lee Waldman

    Lee Waldman in the drops, working on skills in a short track MTB race © Annette Hayden, MountainMoonPhotography.com

    Cyclocross Magazine columnist and Masters racer Lee Waldman has been using a coach, getting focused and learning to enjoy his racing. In case you missed it, go back and check out Lee’s previous column as he interviews his wife about…

  • Married to the Bike? Masters Racer Lee Waldman Interviews His Wife

    Cyclocross Magazine columnist and Masters racer Lee Waldman takes a look behind the scenes of bike racing life by interviewing his wife about being married to an obsessed cyclocrosser and mountain biker. In case you missed it, go back and…

  • Race Report: Big Ring Rumpus Brings June ’Cross Category to New England

    Let the Rumpus begin! Let the Rumpus begin! © Chip Baker

    And Max said, “Let the Wild Rumpus begin!” – Where the Wild Things Are by Chip Baker The ’cross gods are not of the the nice, gentle baby Jesus in golden fleece diapers variety from the movie Talladega Nights. They…

  • Bike Racing as a Vehicle for Giving Back – A Column by Lee Waldman

    Cyclocross Magazine columnist and Masters racer Lee Waldman takes a minute to reflect on the charmed life than many of us cyclists live, and ways in which we could give back. Call it altruism, or maybe it’s a selfish act…

  • Dan Timmerman Retires – An Exclusive Interview

    Dan Timmerman on the start line of Nationals in Bend © Larry Rosa

    We at Cyclocross Magazine were initially surprised that Dan Timmerman’s name was missing from the newly-announced 2010 roster of the Richard Sachs cyclocross team, but we figured that Timmerman, who has enjoyed a great deal of success at the top…

  • The Seasonal Cyclocross Tune Up and Rebuild

    Stripped and ready for the rebuild. © Jamie Mack

    by Jamie Mack The pile of parts laying on the workbench was, until 15 minutes ago, a very serviceable ’cross bike. Looking at the components strewn across the surface, I can’t help but be amazed, and a little concerned, at…



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