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.
I have two of the greatest sponsors in the world. Not only are they both 100% invested in my racing and incredibly enthusiastic about it, they provide services like keeping my bikes in great working condition, making sure that I’m eating enough and if I ask nicely, even doing my laundry.
Lancaster, Massachusetts – The Minuteman Road Club is pleased to announce the opening of registration for The Midnight Ride of Cyclocross (MRCX), which will take …
We have 7 races on Vancouver Island this year, from Victoria to Cumberland, Nanaimo to Port Alberni. Of those seven races, six are series races and one is the “Island Championships” (see information below). Of the six races in the series we will score a max of five events throwing out your worst series score if you do all six events. The last race of the series will be the series championships in Victoria and will be double points as it has been in the past.
The Zanconato Single-Speed Cyclocross Trophy Series: A six race single-speed cyclocross series and a chance to win a custom Zank frame and fork!
The Zanconato Single-Speed Cyclocross Series is a series of made up of six of the coolest grassroots races in New England Cyclocross with a dedicated single-speed category. Men and women will be scored separately but race at the same time.
The season starts in less than a week — is your bike ready? Mechanical Mondays writer and mechanic Jeremy Chinn walks us through improving the shifting on one specific bike, but you can also look at his advice in a much broader spectrum of bike maintenance, upkeep and constant improvement.
There were two more bikes of note, and Ken Bloomer sent us some specs and photos of even more bikes to lust after. The first is the Firefly Ti Cross with an Enve tapered fork. It features Campa Record 11, Chris King R45 Campa hubs with Enve 45 rims and a custom internal cable routing carbon stem. It’s total weight? A mere 6.5 kg.
In a shocking turn of events, 2010 series champion Lewis Rattray has had the 2011 Dirty Deeds Urban Cyclocross series wrestled from his hands, being defeated in the third and final race by Red Shift Racing’s Andrew Blair.
Las Vegas — Faster shifting means faster racing, and at CrossVegas, it’s measured in fast laps. Fast is encouraged! . . . that’s why WickWerks is sponsoring the”WickWerks Wicked Fast Lap Award” at CrossVegas. In each category the rider who completes the fastest lap will receive a cash prize — $100 for blazing a Wicked Fast Lap.
Here at Eurobike, among the fancy carbon mountain bikes, quirky commuter rigs, sexy road bikes, latest cycling fashions and the most diverse group of bike-nerds in the world, is the newest collection of cyclocross rigs and components. Just about every bicycle manufacturer, large an small, has some sort of cyclocross offering here at the 2011 Eurobike bicycle trade show in Friedrichshafen, Germany.
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 … )
I have extensive experience with racing in the US and Europe; I know the differences and successes between the two, which will contribute to how we approach the growth and management of the sport. I’ve been involved in teaching clinics, coaching cyclocross specific athletes and encouraging others to try the sport and help it grow. I know the technical ins and outs of cyclocross and feel I would be a good candidate for the committee.
by Kat Statman Wow, Twitter and Facebook have been blowing up quite a bit recently with all of this ’cross talk, but we’re not quite …
This week: cheap eats. When reading up for this article, I came across two schools of thought: those who ride to eat and those who eat to ride. I can’t pretend to be too partisan, I have sympathy for both camps.
Colorado Springs, Colorado – USA Cycling’s new rankings system is now available for all current licensees via their My USA Cycling Account. The revamped system will not only provide increasingly accurate rankings, but also the ability to compare and contrast results and rankings with fellow riders across disciplines, age and ability categories.
A simple stroll through the Eurobike trade show in Friedrichshafen, Germany is impossible. It’s the largest bicycle trade show in the world, and such a distinction means it’s a sensory overload of all things bicycle. Two-wheeled (and three- and four- and one-wheeled) eye candy of all shapes, sizes colors and versions assault the visitor’s senses on several levels.
Team H&R BLOCK is once again proud to co-host with Mighty Riders the Langley Cyclocross Classic and opening round of the BC Cross Cup at Aldor Acres farm on Sunday, September 4th, 2011. As in years past, all net race proceeds will be donated to the MS Society. Come out to test your skills and fitness on this great course with cash and merchandise prizes for all categories. Draw prizes for all racers and volunteers will be awarded following the Elite Men’s race.
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?
Are you ready for Singlespeed Cyclocross Worlds? A year ago, San Francisco locals battled it out in Seattle for the rights to host the prestigious and raucous affair in the city by the bay. Rising victoriously amidst the barrier-hopping, costume-wearing and beer-guzzling, the date and venue has now been set for this year’s event. Needing no introduction, the famed Golden Gate Park will welcome racers as they compete for the title of Singlespeed Cyclocross World Champion (SSCXWC) during the weekend of November 18-20, 2011. With title sponsor Sheila Moon Athletic Apparel and well-known local race promoter Murphy Mack — responsible for West Coast GoldSprints and the multi-terrain SF Enduro — throwing their weight and considerable expertise into the occasion, the pair promises to make the three day event a weekend unmatched by the race’s previous host cities. Details are still being finalized.
Boston, Massachusetts – The Providence Cyclocross Festival presented by Interbike, one of the premier cyclocross events in the country, will open registration at midnight on Thursday, September 1. This year’s edition of the race, to be held on the 8th and 9th of October, will include a UCI Category 1 race on Saturday and a UCI Category 2 race on Sunday. Both days will be part of the new Shimano New England Professional Cyclocross Series presented by Verge for the elite racers and the amateur Verge New England Championship Cyclocross Series.
That was our sexy MAC cyclocrossers warming up! We’re three weeks away from ’cross season … so boys are crashing through city parks and then running from the cops seconds before they get told to leave. You can feel it now, right? What you eat matters, and now is the time to start experimenting with what goes down easy and stays down, what keeps you going and what revives you so that you can get up and do it all over again the next day. So, I’m baaaaack, because what you eat, when you eat it and how it performs occupies so much of my brain space that I thought I might as well get it out here with the only other people I know who aren’t on Weight Watchers: cyclocrossers.
I’ve been racing cyclocross for nearly ten years. You’ve never heard of me. I’ve never been on a ‘cross podium, and I probably never will. But, I love the sport, and I’m out there as often as I can grunting away in the middle of the pack., in the rain, snow, and mud. I want to represent the riders that do this for that experience, and not for glory. I’d like to ensure that while attention is appropriated focused on the national level and the elite racers, that the no-name guys at the back of the pack do not get left behind. Additionally, I’d like to see more new riders getting into the sport, whether they are from a road or MTB background, or entirely new to cycling.
Today, August 31st, is the last day to vote for USA Cycling Officials, so make sure to Get Out The Vote and voice your opinion for who you want to represent cyclocross on the committee.
We’re brought you candidate statements from two of the nominees, Brook Watts of Cross Vegas and Adam Rakunas of the Strawberry Fields Multisport Festival.
Malissa is a hard working mother of two/bike racer. Spencer is an up and coming Cyclocross racer. Both of them race and train together. When Spencer races, Malissa can be seen running along on the sidelines, cheering loudly. When it’s his Mom’s turn to race, Spencer and his brother Nick can be seen cheering loudly. They make bike racing a family event.
At just age 18, American bike racing legend Greg LeMond began his bike racing career in Palo Alto, California. He went on to become the first American to win the Tour de France in 1986, again in 1989, and 1990. Lemond is back to his roots this September 17, 2011 to ride in the Echelon Palo Alto Gran Fondo.
Winston-Salem, NC – The team managers of Smartstop/Mock Orange Bikes presented by Ridley Professional Cyclocross Team, have forged a partnership with the owners of the highly successful Team Mountain Khakis presented by SmartStop Road Team to create this truly unique year round program.
Baltimore, Maryland — Hooglede-Gits. Wachtebeke. Baltimore? September 17-18, Belgian-style cyclocross racing arrives in Baltimore’s Druid Hill Park for the seventh annual Charm City Cross. Record numbers of participants already pre-registered for Charm City Cross, a UCI 2 race and part of the Mid-Atlantic Cyclocross (MAC) series, which promises to be the most well-attended series yet and welcomes several international competitors. So warm up the waffles, fry some frites, chill the Chimay, and ring the cowbells — Hampden’s Twenty 20 Cycling Company is bringing cyclocross to Baltimore.
Today, we caught up with Simon Burney, the author of the seminal how to book on cyclocross, Cyclocross Training and Technique, now in its 3rd edition. He is a former professional cyclocross racer and has spent more than twenty years managing professional cyclocross and mountain bike teams, working with some of the top cyclocross racers in the world. Simon served as the Performance Manager for mountain bike at British Cycling and has raced, wrenched, or managed the national team at the Cyclocross World Championships for 28 years. He’s spoken with us before, but since the season is about to stat, we wanted to pick his brain for some tips for our new-to-cyclocross readers and get an idea of what he’s been up to lately.