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  • 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…

  • “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…

  • 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…

  • ’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…

  • 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….

  • 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….

  • “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…

  • “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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • “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 … )

  • A Fine Line – Trying To Stay Upright In Oregon

    David Sterry, post-race. Photo courtesy of Flickr's klamath_falls

    I’m getting dropped. It’s a Saturday morning in the middle of August, and I’m on a training ride with my teammate Christian in Portland’s Forest Park. We are headed up a stupidly steep fire lane and all I can think is: I’m getting dropped. I should be at home sleeping in, or at least eating breakfast and reading a book. But instead I’m out here, heart rate through the roof, sweat dripping on to my Garmin so I can’t even read it, looking for an extra gear I know isn’t there. What am I doing?

  • It’s Always A Good Day To Ride: Progress; And Why ’Cross Is So Much More Fun Than Crits

    Criterium racing as training for cyclocross: a smart move for speed. Photo from flickr, fasterpandakillkill

    It’s summer in Wisconsin, and that means a lot of criterium racing. We’re fortunate to have two race series here, and as a teacher I have a bit of time in the summer to race.

    The result of all the racing is that I’m definitely making progress in my recovery. I’ve felt progressively stronger as the summer has gone on. I don’t think I’ll ever be the rider I was before the crash, but I have become a different rider.

  • We’re Not In Canada Anymore: Craig Richey Tackles The Off-Season

    Craig Richey rides at the front of the break in Bastion Square in Victoria, BC

    Canadian racer Craig Richey is back in North America after his first season racing ‘cross in Belgium. He checks in with an update on off-season successes and plans for a big adventure this August.

  • It’s Always A Good Day To Ride: When To Ignore Coach Crusty’s Program

    Sometimes, you need to ignore your training program and just have fun riding. Photo from flickr, courtesy of Jonf728

    It was one of those rare days this summer in Wisconsin: sunny, 75 degrees, mild winds. I was camping with a buddy in Boulder Junction, home of some beautiful northwoods roads and trails.

    My friend was going fishing, and I was headed out on the ride. The training program told me to ride zone 2 for 80 minutes.

    When I returned, my friend asked me where I’d been.

  • Stories From The Front Lines: Cowbells, 12 Year Olds, And Masters Racing

    About five or six years ago, I had the misfortune to have my peak season as a racer coincide with the U.S. National Championship of a certain 12-year-old girl who was perky and sweet and faster than a speeding bullet.
    Race after race, town after town, she would crush my soul with her stars-and-stripes velocity. She was truly a phenom and while I knew she had no idea she was humiliating me, it was driving me crazy.

  • It’s Always a Good Day to Ride: Feeling the Flow – Or Learning Not to Think

    Paul Warloski takes a barrier. Photo courtesy of Paul Warloski

    Cyclocross Magazine columnist Paul Warloski profiles his return to cyclocross after a near-devastating injury. Follow Paul as he takes us along…

  • It’s Always A Good Day To Ride: Finding Perspective

    View from a hospital. Flickr FrenkieB

    Although I’m no longer going to win any prizes for prettiest legs, the crash that nearly took my life has offered a surprising gift.

    The day I was brought in by ambulance, the doctors took me into surgery immediately, the first of four, and I spent eight days in the hospital.

  • It’s Always a Good Day to Ride: Chase Fun, Not Points

    row of trophies

    During the season, I made sure I raced every race in the series, even races I don’t like, just to maintain my spot in the points for the trophy. To me it was purely a symbolic and tangible piece of evidence that I could still race my bike, just 18 months after the crash.

  • 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.

  • Mechanical Mondays: The Conical Brush

    Sometimes, it’s easy to forget that when it comes to bike maintenance, sometimes the simplest tools can be the most…

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