As the whirlwind of Nationals, Masters Worlds and Worlds winds down, Cyclocross Magazine Issue 16 arrives in mailboxes and on store shelves around the country. Issue 16 is the most photo-heavy yet, with cyclocross stories and photo essays from around the world, from Nats to Koksijde to Japan with a stop at SSCXWC along the way. We also celebrate the best of the season, with our Editors’ and Readers’ Awards. If you haven’t subscribed to the only dedicated cyclocross publication in the world, what are you waiting for? Copies will be hitting store shelves soon too, check here for shops that carry CXM. Here’s what you’ll find inside:
It’s a cyclocross world, and it’s a global issue:
- SSCXWC in SF – San Francisco’s first time hosting the event is a huge success, but not without controversy.
- Meet the Champs & the first January Nats – Madison weathers the pre-race criticisms and delivers a sensational event. And unseasonable weather. Read about ALL the champs and relive the event in photos.
- Masters Worlds hits Louisville – The first World Championship on American soil bodes well for 2013′s Masters and Elite races. Newly crowned champ Pete Webber tells the story.
- The Belgians and the Dutch rock the sand in Koksijde – The Belgians were so dominant in the Elite men’s race, taking first through seventh places, that it’s easy to overlook the Dutch’s impressive three titles. Robbie Carver encapsulates the event and Dan Seaton bids adieu to Daphny van den Brand as she races her last Worlds, claiming silver in the process.
- Japanese-style – CXM publisher discovers the country, and its vibrant cyclocross scene, through the familiar lens of his sport. Some things are familiar, some unique, and a photo essay ties it all together.
- 2011/2012 Season Awards – Cyclocross Magazine’s readers and editors have spoken. Read their picks for the season’s best riders, gear, events and more.
- ’Cross Back – Why can cyclocross be so hard on riders’ backs? Kenton Berg explores the whys, and looks at ways to prevent and treat ’cross back.
- Reading the Terrain – Scott Barr looks at some deeper, perhaps soul-saving benefits about stepping off the curb and onto a cyclocross course.
- Nicole Duke and Christine Vardaros recap their seasons.
- Reviews of the Fondriest RC6C; Focus Mares CX 3.0; Raleigh Hodala long-term look; Bianchi Cavaria long-term look; Shimano CX70 cyclocross group; TRP CX 8.4; and Adarga handlebar tape.
- We wrap up our Cheap Bike Project, as Clifford Lee rides the rock-bottom-priced, hodge-podge rig and reflects on wordless one-upmanship.
Have some feedback for us, or want to share your favorite cyclocross photos? We really want to hear from you. Send us your letters to hugsorhate(at)cxmagazine.com, and please submit photos to crosseyed(at)cxmagazine.com for consideration for our readers’ photo gallery appearing in every issue.
The beginning of the next cyclocross season may seem far away, but Issue 17 will be a mid-offseason crutch to help you make it until it’s time for the next start line. In the meantime, make sure to pick up Issue 16 and join us in celebrating a phenomenal season gone by. And look for us on the Apple Newsstand– download the issue right to your iPad or iPhone!