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  • 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 for a ride of trials and tribulations of a cyclocrosser with a refreshed perspective. If you missed it, check out…

  • 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 effective. For example, Dave Drumm walks us through the many uses for a five dollar conical brush. (We also love…

  • BABOCO Training Camp, Cyclocross Style with Christine Vardaros

    BABOCO group ride © Christine Vardaros

    It’s still four months before my first cyclocross race and season preparation is already in full swing. It was kicked off by our BABOCO Cycling Team training camp in Benidorm, Spain. We were treated to eleven days of road riding in the mountains under warm sunny skies. It was especially welcome after a long, bitterly cold winter spent in a paper-thin skinsuit.

  • Orange Hair and Peaking – A Column by Paul Warloski

    Cyclocross Magazine columnist Paul Warloski returns this week as he continues profiling his return to cyclocross after a near-devastating injury. Follow Paul as he takes us along for a ride of trials and tribulations of a cyclocrosser with a refreshed perspective….

  • It’s Always a Good Day to Ride – A New Column by Paul Warloski

    Cyclocross Magazine would like to welcome new columnist Paul Warloski, who like many of us, has a passion for cyclocross. Only for him, this passion nearly consumed his life, literally. Follow Paul as he takes us along for a ride…

  • Masters Worlds Promoter Interviews – A column by Lee Waldman

    Masters Worlds Jersey

    Masters racer and Cyclocross Magazine columnist Lee Waldman has been investigating Masters Worlds from a variety of angles. Today he brings you part three, interviewing a few of the folks helping shape the rules for the 2012 Masters World Championships…

  • Off-Season Reflections – A Column by Lee Waldman

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

    This week, Masters racer Lee Waldman brings us his reflections on the offseason, and some critical inspection of his own weaknesses on the bike. If you missed it, be sure to check out Lee’s last column on Masters Worlds. OK…

  • Rider Diary: Season Wrap-Up with Craig Richey

    Canadian Craig Richey (CyclocrossRacing.com p/b Blue) has packed up his bike and made the trip home from his European tour. Read on as he reflects back on his season and looks on to the next. In case you missed it,…

  • Masters Worlds Interviews – A Column by Lee Waldman

    Masters Worlds Jersey

    Masters racer Lee Waldman comes to us this week with part two of his reflections on Masters Worlds and his hope to perform well at Loiusville next year. This week, Lee puts his question to the racers that were there…

  • Rider Diary: Marilyn Ruseckas Recounts Second World Masters Championship Title

    ruseckas masters worlds podium

    US Masters brought all that is American ’cross to the line at this year’s Masters Cyclocross World Championships. Two-time World Champion Marilyn Ruseckas has returned with the rainbow jersey around her shoulders, and brings us this rider diary of her…

  • We’re Not in Canada Anymore: Craig Richey Takes on the World

    Canadian Craig Richey (CyclocrossRacing.com p/b Blue) represented his country at the World Cyclocross Championships at St. Wendel. Read on for his words about the experience. by Craig Richey Competing at the Cyclocross World Championships in Saint Wendel, Germany, was a truly…

  • Rider Diary – Vicki Thomas Catches Up After Bumpy Year

    Canadian Elite ’crosser and Cyclocross Magazine contributor Vicki Thomas reflects on a year that didn’t work out quite the way she had hoped, and reveals how those experiences have fueled her ambition for the next season. It’s been a while…

  • Reflecting On Masters Worlds – A Column by Lee Waldman

    Masters racer Lee Waldman reflects on the Masters World Championships at Mol, and what it might teach him in preparation for Louisville. Missed Lee’s last column? Catch up on his musing of what makes us cyclocrossers unique. by Lee Waldman WHEAT RIDGE, CO –…

  • Rider Diary: Amy Dombroski Reflects on 2011 Worlds, Season

    American Pro Amy Dombroski just completed the 2011 World Championships, overcoming a tough first lap to ride into 26th place. Read on as she reflects on the ups and downs that brought her through the season. by Amy Dombroski I…

  • Rider Diary: Sue Butler RIDLEY “We are Belgium” Factory Tour

    Out front before the WOW moment! © Sue Butler

    Portland, OR Elite racer Sue Butler is one of five women chosen to represent the US at Worlds this year.  Butler capped off a great year by taking fifth at Nationals after several strong showings in Europe. She’s back there now…

  • Rider Diary – Amy Dombroski Returns to Hoogerheide

    Dombroski at Pont-Chateau. Photo courtesy of Amy Dombroski

    American Elite racer Amy Dombroski is in Europe preparing for the fast-approaching World Cyclocross Championships. Read on as she gives us a play-by-play of her experience at Sunday’s World Cup at Hoogerheide. Stay tuned for a profile of her ’cross rig, the…

  • Cyclocrossers – A Column by Lee Waldman

    Masters racer Lee Waldman reflects on what makes us ’crossers separate from the rest of the herd. Missed Lee’s last column? Catch up on his opinions about the Nationals’ schedule. by Lee Waldman It takes a certain frame of mind…

  • Rider Diary: Amy Dombroski Relives World Cup Pont-Chateau

    Dombroski representing the US well in her first World Championships. File Photo©Bart Hazen

    American Elite racer Amy Dombroski is in Europe preparing for the fast-approaching World Cyclocross Championships. Read on as she gives us a play-by-play of her experience at Sunday’s World Cup at Pont-Chateau. Stay tuned for a profile of her ’cross…

  • Rider Diary: Sue Butler Looks to St. Wendel

    Portland, OR Elite racer Sue Butler is one of five women chosen to represent the US at Worlds this year.  Butler capped off a great year by taking fifth at Nationals after several strong showings in Europe A highlight of…

  • Nationals Ruminations – A Column by Lee Waldman

    Masters racer and regular contributor Lee Waldman has some thoughts to air out about the 2010 Cyclocross National Championships. The opinions expressed belong to Lee and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Cyclocross Magazine. But we at CXM do…

  • Making the Worlds Team Cut – A Column by Amy Dombroski

    Amy Dombroski can breathe a sigh of relief – she’s made the selection for the American Worlds team and will have a chance to go toe-to-toe against the world’s best in search of the coveted rainbow stripes. Read on as…

  • Rider Diary: Gabby Day preps for British Nationals

    Gabby Day setting her sights on the British National Championships. Photo courtesy of Gayle Howells.

    Racer Gabby Day (The Chainstay – RENNER) returns to CXM with her report on her Christmas racing as she gears up for the British National Championships. by Gabby Day Two top-tens in two days! I have just completed a busy…



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