Sometimes, you need to ignore your training program and just have fun riding. Photo from flickr, courtesy of Jonf728
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It’s Always A Good Day To Ride: When To Ignore Coach Crusty’s Program

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.

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Adam Myerson addresses the crowd as champion. © laurakozlowski.com
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Verge New England Championship Cyclocross Series Returns For 2011

The Verge New England Championship Cyclocross Series returns in 2011 with a new focus – to develop and crown the best amateur racers in New England. This year’s Series will crown eight champions – for men, there are Masters 35+, 45+ and 55+, Juniors 10-14 and 15-18 and Amateur (Cat 3). For women, 2011 sees the second year of the Amateur (Cat 3/4) Women’s competition as well as the proud addition of a Masters 35+ contest within the Amateur Women’s race. With the continual growth of the Amateur Women’s field, it became important to add a second category within the race for the fastest category 3 or 4 woman over age 35. Of course, as in years past, there will be races at all events for Category 4 men. Each weekend will also feature at least one UCI-level Elite race that will attract some of the top competitors in the country and the world.

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Nys controlled the race, start to finish File Photo © Bart Hazen
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Pro Cyclocross Rumors & Rumblings Week of August 5th, 2011

The summer months really are winding away but the high temperatures of August are showing no signs of relenting anytime soon. With a little over a month before the season gets under way, the rumors and rumblings are starting to get juicy. And, how do we know that? Well on Twitter, Veldrijden_info is no longer silent. So, the big news of the week is Tom Vannoppen’s drug bust. But that really shouldn’t cloud other good ’cross news like Nicole Duke joining the Cannondale–Cyclocrossworld.com team. Nys double flats at the London test event and would rather take an Olympic Medal over the ’cross World Championships. Tim Johnson heads to the high country for a week of epicness, how will the former “roadie” handle seven days of mountain bike racing? In this week’s Working Man’s Edition a new working man’s ’cross team comes to Colorado featuring Spencer Powlison, Grant Holicky and Scott Tietzel.

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issue 13 cyclocross magazine
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Are Deep Section Rims Really Better in Mud? CXM Labs Puts Them to the Test

In Issue 13, we take a look at some “Mud Myths” that, as racers, you’ve surely heard from coaches, old racers, mechanics and spectators. In particular, myths exist about deep carbon rims and their effectiveness when the terrain gets soggy. One of three myths lined up to be confirmed or busted in this issue was, “Does a carbon rim really track better in mud?” We wanted answers, so we took some time in the “CXM Lab” (read: muddy course) with these myths and some serious gear in mind, all for science’s sake.

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Tom Vannoppen, via flickr by jnloco
euro-file

Reports of Tom Vannoppen’s Doping Suspension

While cycling may get its good name dragged through the dirt on a regular basis, thanks to a near-constant barrage of doping allegations, typically, cyclocrossers tend to stay off of the “accused” list. However, yesterday a Belgian newspaper reported that Tom Vannoppen has been suspended for two years after testing positive for cocaine. Cocaine, in addition to obviously being a banned substance, is considered a “stimulant” under UCI guidelines, so testing positive for the drug is to test positive for doping.

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Proctor working with Yannick Eckmann at EuroCrossCamp last Christmas. Photo courtesy of Geoff Proctor
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In The Saddle With Geoff Proctor, “Jack Of All Cyclocross Trades”

Geoff Proctor truly is a Jack Of All Trades: not only does he manage to stay involved in cyclocross at nearly every level, from junior development to running camps to sitting on the UCI commission to racing, but he also manages a full-time job as an English teacher teaching AP Lit. He’s also responsible for EuroCrossCamp, a hugely successful venture that is now in it’s ninth year. That he had time at all to sit down and answer a few questions for us was amazing, especially since he just finished running his USAC Cyclocross Development camp for junior racers.

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Masters World Cyclocross Championships Mol, Belgium 2009 - Kathy Sarvary wins
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Training Tuesdays: An Ounce Of Prevention, Cyclocross-Style

You already know that cyclocross is good for you — you are informed reader of Cyclocross Magazine, after all — and you certainly know ‘cross is good for your body. It strengthens your legs, and it strengthens your arms and core. It’s good for the heart, and for the lungs, and for the waistline. It’s good for pretty much everything — except the skin of your calves and ankles that your pedals always tear up.

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This Week on Cyclocross Magazine: August 1

Want to know what to look for on Cyclocross Magazine this week? Worried you might have missed something last week? Fear not, because we’ve got it all mapped out for you. Every Monday, we have a preview of what’s in store for the week, and we’ll let you know about some of the great articles that you might have missed last week. If there’s any story you’d like us to cover, any burning question you want answered, or any cool racer you’d like to hear from, let us know! Leave messages in the comments, find me on the Cowbell Forums or email molly [at] cxmagazine.com.

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Here, MTB-er Kelli Emmett carefully rides over the rocks. Amy Dykema
cyclocross photosFeatured

UPDATED: Cyclocrossers Produce Results In US Mountain Bike Nationals: A Photo Gallery

Some of our top cyclocrossers did pretty darn well when switching to wider tires and suspension forks at mountain bike nationals a couple of weeks ago (their results are listed below.) Amy Dykema, a wonderful photographer, was there to capture the event with her camera and shared some of her favorite shots, which can be viewed in the gallery below.

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Juniors and Masters often race together, and for some Masters, it can be a soul-crushing experience. © Joe Sales
rider diary

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.

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Lee Waldman temporarily trades in his cyclocross bike for a spin on his mountain bike. © Lee Waldman
editorial

Preparedness – A Column By Lee Waldman

Over the past two seasons almost everything about my preparation for cyclocross has gone through a dramatic change. And so far every step I’ve taken has yielded positive results. Now, at 61 I know I’m faster and technically better than ever. That knowledge gives me a lot of confidence going into this season with my goal of a good showing in Louisville at Masters Worlds in January 2013.

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Ian Field: a solid racer on both sides of the pond.
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Pro Cyclocross Rumors & Rumblings Week of July 29th, 2011

We’re just over a month away from the opening race of the American UCI ’cross season, Nittany Lion Cross and it’s sounding like things are heating up in the world of pro cyclocross. Cannondale–Cyclocrossworld.com announced the signing of Christian Heule for the 2011 season. Katie Compton won the Steamboat Springs Stinger. Bart Wellens, Sven Nys, Niels Albert, Sven Vantourenhout, Tom Meeusen, Rob Peeters and Ben Berden race with motocrossers for charity.

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Elite Men's start at Midsummer Night Cross
cyclocross videosFeatured

Friday Feature: Raleigh Midsummer Night’s Cyclocross Fight For The Holeshot Video

Last week, we reported on Raleigh Midsummer Night’s Cyclocross Race, with full course preview coverage, race coverage with a full photo gallery and a peek at Raleigh’s new line of cyclocross bikes. But what you may have missed is our great video of the start of the Elite Men’s race, featuring riders like Craig Richey, Russell Stevenson, Zach McDonald and JT Fountain. You can tell that it’s early on in the season by the relatively small size of the field, and the fact that some of these racers had a hard time keeping the rubber side down as they fought for the holeshot, causing a small crash right at the start. As our publisher/head cowbell ringer for Cyclocross Magazine, Andrew Yee, put it: “This is when the holeshot isn’t worth it.”

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Ian Field, here at Koppenberg, will also be starting his season in the US. Bart Hazen
newspress releases

UK Racers Helen Wyman And Ian Field To Start ’Cross Season In The USA

UK riders Helen Wyman (Kona Factory Racing) and Ian Field (Hargroves Cycles) will start their 2011/12 cyclo-cross season in the USA. Starting in Breinigsville for the Nittany Lions ’Cross, the pair will take part in eight events on the east side of America. Other key events will include Charm City, which is a double weekend of racing, the Nor’easter Cross and Ellison Park in Rochester. The trip will conclude with the Gloucester GP races in near Boston.

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Brandt tears it up on the course. Photo courtesy of Rob Brandt
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In The Saddle With Rob Brandt, Racer and Brand Manager For Stevens Bikes

When I began working with Rob Brandt, the brand manager for Stevens Bikes, I had lots of questions. Rob graciously took time away from a busy work life to provide me with answers. Some of the things he said surprised me, some confirmed my long-held opinions. I found Rob to be bright, insightful, and open. He told me about himself; how he came to cycling; about ’cross bikes; about ’cross in general – it’s present state and it’s future; even a bit about Stevens, the company he represents.

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Collegiate Chronicles: ECCC Directors; Drexel-Style

If there’s one thing you can say about the Eastern Collegiate Cycling Conference, it’s that it certainly doesn’t have a lack of leadership. There’s always some willing junior, senior, grad student or graduated and grateful alumni willing to (or roped into) taking over where graduating students leave off. And if you’re lucky, those graduating might just stay around to fill in the gaps. For the next two weeks, we’re talking to some of the behind-the-scenes workers who make the Eastern Collegiate Cycling Conference run so smoothly, especially during cyclocross. It’s going to be an interesting year for Drexel’s Joe Kopena and Tim Manzella.

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Mechanical Mondays: Upgrade Your Bike For Under $100

It’s that time of year again: time to pull your cyclocross bike out of storage, take a good, long look at it and think, “Well, now what does it need?” Because we’re bike racers. And our bikes always need something, preferably something shiny and new. However, if you’re on a strict bike budget, there are some sneaky ways to upgrade or update your bike for the season, there’s an easy solution: accessories. (And yes, we realize that this piece reads like a fashion magazine article on making that Little Black Dress look brand-new by simply adding new jewelry or shoes.) Still, if you’ve been racing on — or just bought — a stock bike, we have some suggestions for how to dress it up so it stands out in the field (hopefully because you snagged the hole shot.)

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This Week on Cyclocross Magazine: July 25

Want to know what to look for on Cyclocross Magazine this week? Worried you might have missed something last week? Fear not, because we’ve got it all mapped out for you. Every Monday, we have a preview of what’s in store for the week, and we’ll let you know about some of the great articles that you might have missed last week. If there’s any story you’d like us to cover, any burning question you want answered, or any cool racer you’d like to hear from, let us know! Leave messages in the comments, find me on the Cowbell Forums or email molly [at] cxmagazine.com.

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Here, Christian Heule has recaptured the Swiss national champion's title. Now, what can we expect from him in the US this season? File photo © Bart Hazen
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Heule Joins Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com

Rumors have been flying about European racers coming stateside for the 2011/12 cyclocross season, and both the Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com team and Christian Heule featured prominently in those speculations. Stu Thorne made no secret about looking for someone to take the place vacated by Jeremy Powers, and Christian Heule announced a new team and a big change for the upcoming season, but hadn’t yet confirmed details. Well, now the secret’s out – Heule will ride alongside Tim Johnson, Jamey Driscoll and Kaitlin Antonneau for his final season, and he’ll mix a US-based schedule with some European swings.

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