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  • Rider Diary: Experiencing a USGP for the first time

    Mike Garner bringing home the bacon...err, waffle...on day two of the USGP. © Carrissa Garner

    Ever dreamed of racing a USGP? So has Mike Garner. Recently, the Alabama resident got the chance to compete in USGP Derby City Cup at Louisville, as a Cat 4 racer. Read on for his experience of racing the biggest…

  • A Fine Line – Trying To Stay Upright In Oregon, Part III

    Our intrepid B racer makes his way up the stairs. Photo courtesy of David Sterry

    This season, we’ll be following a few racers who have some interesting stories to share. From a freshly-minted elite racer to a newly declared master, we have a wide variety of racers we’ll be hearing from. We’ll catch up with…

  • Craig Richey’s Rider Diary: Refocusing Mid-Season

    Here, Craig Richey battles for eighth place at Canadian Nationals. cyclingphotos.ca

    When we last heard from Craig Richey, he had just gotten the win at Beacon Cyclocross. Now, he’s been to Canadian Nationals and is spending the rest of his season overseas in Europe. He checked in to let us know…

  • Mical Dyck’s Rider Diary: Derby Cup USGP, Day 1

    Mical Dyck hits the sandpit. Amanda Wakeling

    Mical Dyck shared a bit about her USGP Derby Cup experience today, where she finished ninth in the Elite Women’s field. To find out more about the Elite Women’s race, check out our coverage. The men’s race deserves some attention…

  • Two Months Down, Four to Go: A Column by Christine Vardaros

    Vardaros charging at Nacht van Woerden. Victor Zandbergen

    by Christine Vardaros I am now two months into cyclocross season here in Belgium and it’s already filled with surprises, adventures, screw-ups and some creative shows of support from fans. My season started off with a few “B” races, which…

  • New England Cyclocross-er Jeremy Durrin Raises Funds for Belgium Trip

    Jeremy Durrin served up sausages at CSI to try to raise funds for his trip. Cyclocross Magazine

    Jeremy Durrin is willing to do pretty much anything to get to Belgium to race this season … even selling sausage at a tent during Cycle-Smart International last weekend. The savvy 23-year-old could be spotted riding around the venue in…

  • “You Got This:” Amateur Women of the Verge Series, Part VI

    Stark taking a corner intently at Northampton. Courtesy of Robert Swider

    Joy Stark is in her third year of racing cyclocross and rides for HUP United. Joy transitioned to bike racing after spending too many solitary mornings before dawn rowing single scull on the Charles River. As part of her race…

  • Edgefield Pedalers at the Poor Farm Cyclocross

    The Run up was a key feature at the Edgefield race. Photo courtesy of Dan Saunders

    by Dan Saunders For those not familiar with McMenamin’s Edgefield in Troutdale, Oregon, just a short drive east of Portland, it helps to know that this immense hotel and brewery not only has a very large campus with multiple building/bars/restaurants…

  • England Versus Scottish-Style Cyclocross Racing: a “Case Study”

    Cyclocross racing, Scottish-style. courtesy of Velo Club Moulin

    by Genevieve Whitson Eight weeks ago, I moved from the idyllic rolling countryside of Oxfordshire, England up to the wild, rugged terrain of Edinburgh, Scotland to try my luck at cyclocross racing in this bonny part of the world, and…

  • Rider Diary – Vicki Thomas Reflects on Nationals, Form & Disappointment

    Vicki Thomas powers along. © Vicki Thomas

    I had some high expectations for Saturday’s race at Pine Point Park… yes, you can likely guess where this is going.

  • Rider Diary: Craig Richey’s First UCI Win, with Video Interview

    Craig Richey on Sunday (the dry race day) where he finished third at HPCX. Ethan Glading

    by Craig Richey Many of the riders that I respect and idolize have never won a UCI race. Going into my September/October calendar of US racing, I had high expectations and winning a UCI cyclocross race was a major goal….

  • “You Got This:” Amateur Women of the Verge Series, Part V

    Tessa Clare, pre-race. Devin Riley

    Tessa is in her second year of cyclocross and rides for Threshold Cycling. She lives in Somerville, Massachusetts and works as a guidance counselor in Lexington. When she isn’t racing ’cross she is mountain biking with her fiance and dog,…

  • Halloween Hijinks Start Early in Canada with Pumpkin ’Cross

    Sandra Walter's costume gives her the power to hop over the step other riders had to run. Doug Brons

    Canada is leading the way for Halloween hijinx, with costumed racers coming out of the woodwork this past weekend. Cyclocross Magazine contributor Doug Brons (you can see his race photography at StarCrossed and Vanier Park) shared some of his snapshots…

  • ’Cross Form is an Old Bathtub: Craig Richey Talks Sickness and his Season

    Richey takes the off-camber at Downeast Day 2, where he finished fourth. Cyclocross Magazine

    by Craig Richey I feel like finding good ’cross form and putting together a great race is like trying to fill an old leaky bathtub full of water. Training and good rides on the bike represent pouring water into the…

  • Cyclocross and Guacamole: Over Before It Began

    Mark's thumb after surgery.

    Mark is a recent Texas transplant who was responsible for bringing cyclocross to Rutgers University while living in New Jersey. Last time we heard from him, he had started to find a “family” in the TXCX community, much as he…

  • It’s Always a Good Day to Ride: Sponsors, Challenges and Settling into the Season Routine

    Paul has been getting muddy and having fun doing it. Photo Courtesy of Paul Warloski

    Sponsors, Challenges, and Settling into the Season Routine by Paul Warloski On Mondays especially, it’s often challenging to stay positive. I’m tired, a little cranky and sore after a weekend of travel and racing. Dealing with seventh graders who still…

  • “You Got This”: Amateur Women of the Verge Series, Part IV

    Cait Dooley. Power Animal: Unicorn. Marty Walsh

    Cait is in her second year of racing cyclocross and rides for Geekhouse Bikes. When she’s not racing, she’s a horse-training, figure-skating, gymnast-ing, computer-nerd-ing, bike-mechanic-ing mermaid. If you see her at a cyclocross race, be sure to ask her about…

  • “You Got This:” Amateur Women of the Verge Series, Part III

    Donehew on the Gloucester runup. Todd Prekaski (20poundskull.com)

    Kristina Donehew is in her first year of racing cyclocross and races for Hup United. In her earlier years, she played some college and professional tennis. After four surgeries she discovered cycling and has ridden road, mountain and track with…

  • Craig Richey’s Rider Diary: Season Openers and the European Invasion

    Craig at the Midnight Ride of Cyclocross Russ Campbell

    Canadian racer Craig Richey is starting his season in the US this year, though like last year in Belgium, he’s finding himself up against some of the top Euro pros . He checks in with an update on the season…

  • Mical Dyck Rider Diary: From CX to Xterra to CX

    Rapha Focus GP

    Mical Dyck in her element – on the ’cross course. ©Doug Brons Mical Dyck loudly announced her cyclocross season’s intentions in Seattle, rifling off the front of the Elite women’s pack at both StarCrossed and the Rapha-Focus GP. She claimed…

  • Rider Diary: Gabby Day’s US Adventures

    Gabby Day at the Midnight Ride of Cyclocross. Russ Campbell

    Since mid-September, UK-based racer Gabby Day has been on the East Coast in the US racing in the MidAtlantic and New England races, from Nittany to Nor’Easter. This Wednesday, she finished second at the Midnight Ride of Cyclocross in Lancaster,…

  • A Fine Line – Trying To Stay Upright In Oregon, Part II

    Sterry takes to the barriers at David Douglas CX. Photo courtesy of David Sterry

    This season, we’ll be following a few racers who have some interesting stories to share. From a freshly-minted elite racer to a newly declared master, we have a wide variety of racers we’ll be hearing from. We’ll catch up with…

  • “You Got This”: Amateur Women’s Nor’Easter Edition

    Lodrina Cherne races for Geekhouse in the Verge Series. © Tiffany Remy (http://www.remyphotographic.com)

    Preparation for my trip to Burlington, Vermont and Nor’Easter ‘Cross came with a lot of expectations. After a weekend where I went flying off my bike like Joey hitting a barrier, I was ready to make the three hour plus drive to Burlington worthwhile. I wanted to get a Verge point which would earn me callups at series races for the rest of the year.

  • Behind The Scenes: Soigneur Wilfried de Pauw

    de Pauw with mechanic Wilfried Van de Keere and Cyclocrosser Ritchie Denolf

    When watching the big names like Sven Nys or Daphny Van den Brand cross the finish line, you often see someone running towards them with a jacket and water bottle in hand. This “behind the scenes” character is a soigneur – the backbone to most every cyclist on race day.

  • It’s Always a Good Day to Ride: And Now The Real Fun Begins

    Paul is ready to ride - stop by and see him at the USGP today! Photo courtesy of Paul Warloski

    Paul is ready to ride – stop by and see him at the USGP today! Photo courtesy of Paul Warloski

    By the time you read this today, the mwi cross circus will have gathered under the black and green tent near the start line in Sun Prairie, WI for the first weekend of the USGP.

    It’s the start of the racing, the travel, the camaraderie, and off-camber downhill turns. The heckling, suffering, mud, and crashes.

  • Racer Profile: the Master

    You can learn a lot at a clinic, though you may not be bunny-hopping barriers anytime soon. Neil Schirmer

    Neil is a Masters cyclocrosser in his third season of racing in the Mid-Atlantic region. Bikes and bike racing have always been part of his life, starting with BMX racing as a youngster, evolving into recreational MTB riding in college, eventually ending up in competitive amateur road racing and cyclocross today.

    For the 2012 season, his goals are to score points in his local race series, improve his skills, and continue having more fun racing bikes than any adult should rightfully be able to have.

  • Racer Profile: The Newly Elite

    Our newly elite racer, Donny Green, post-race at Nittany. Molly Hurford

    It’s every racer’s dream to upgrade to the Elite field, to line up at the start with the pro racers that we love to read about. Every year, more and more racers are starting in the Elite field, and we wanted to hear what it feels like to go from winning in the lower categories to starting in the back of the grid with racers like Jeremy Powers in the front.

  • “You Got This”: Reports from the Amateur Women’s Field at Verge, Part 1

    The amateur women on the line at Green Mountain this past weekend. Jeff Bramhall

    It has been whispered that the Women’s field is one of the fastest growing in cyclocross racing today. Looking down the line of the first race in the 2011 Verge Series, Green Mountain Cyclocross, this is visually apparent – a mass of close to 50 competitive cyclists tensely await the whistle. This is ten riders more than last year and while this may not seem like anything more than a tiny victory compared to most other sports, even other types of cycling, that number is huge. If ten new women race every season that means there could be close to 60 next year, and so on. Not to mention that because this is the Amateur Women’s category, most of these women are only a few seasons in and keep coming back or, even bigger, are brand new. We have been talking. We have been recruiting. We have been having fun, seeing results, getting better and telling our friends to join in.

  • Urban Ecology Of A Stolen Cyclocross Bike

    Steal a bike and this may be your new residence. 826 Paranormal

    Two years ago, I started bike commuting to Arizone State University (six miles each way) after not having ridden in a decade. I decided to get a versatile cyclocross bike. It could be easily converted between a road, touring, commuter and light duty mountain bike. While cyclocross is one of the fastest growing sports in America, ’cross bikes are still fairly rare. I starting racing in a local race series with about 50 other people, got hooked and was interested in getting a faster race bike. About 10-50 bikes are listed on the Phoneix Craigslist every day, but a ’cross bike only appears every week or two, and it was never the right size or what I was looking for. So, I started upgrading and customizing my bike over two years, while putting about 5000 miles on it.
    Then it got stolen, a comedy of errors ensued, and all was amazingly resolved in less than 24 hours.

  • It’s Always A Good Day To Ride: Preparation, Waiting, And Finding Some Patience

    At least school is finally done for the year for Lee. Photo from flickr via KB35

    In less than two weeks, I’ll be traveling to the first cross race of the season. Like you, I’ve been preparing for these races all year, training hard, eating and drinking right (most of the time … )

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