Paul Curley in control in the Masters 55-59 national championship. © Cyclocross Magazine

Some of the masters riders today were the early trailblazers for cyclocross in the US. Here, Paul Curley is in control in the Masters 55-59 national championship in 2012. © Cyclocross Magazine

For those of you who haven’t been around in cyclocross for the past 27 years, it may come as a bit of a shock, but cyclocross in the US has been alive and well for a long, long time. We were lucky enough to get our hands on a stack of VHS tapes courtesy of Redline’s Tim Rutledge, who, in his own right, has been a staple in the cyclocross scene for the past 30 years. One of the tapes had us laughing out loud: the 1985 news coverage (that’s right: coverage of cyclocross. On basic TV. In the US.) of New England Nationals. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did, and if you want to find out more about the history of cyclocross, specifically, cyclocross courses, in the US, check out Cyclocross Magazine’s Issue 19 article by Dan Werle. So get ready for Nationals in Madison by watching cyclocross in the days when racers went hard, wore neon, and didn’t debate tire choice, because there was only one type around.