Summer has just begun and the road and mountain bike seasons are in full swing, but for those of us dedicated to cyclocross, the offseason is ending and training programs for the fall are coming together as the cyclocross bike is tuned up. Admittedly, my cyclocross bike never gets a rest and I’m always looking to tweak it to gain performance. In order to gain more performance, should I get a pair of carbon wheels, new tires, a sealed cable set, ceramic bearing bottom bracket? I hope that by reading Cyclocross Magazine, you will gain some insight to where your hard earned dollars should go.
n Transitions, the ’cross movie, we witness former pro and former Hutchinson guy Marc Gullickson clipping some of the knobs off his old Hutchinson clincher before a race to get ready for the “peanut butter” mud he expects to encounter. Perhaps the Bulldog is the type of tire he was trying to create at the time.
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.
A tread that’s been around longer than most ‘cross racers has gotta be pretty good, and these “open tubular” Challenge tires, sporting the legendary Clement tread, are great all-around tires that can handle most conditions well.
It’s always cyclocross season somewhere, and last weekend, that somewhere was New Zealand, where the AJ Hackett Bungy NZ Cyclocross Championships were held. Put on by the Queenstown Mountain Bike Club, the race had some interesting terrain and some fantastic race pictures. The winners of the day were Dan Warren and Anja McDonald, and hopefully we’ll be seeing more from racers in the other hemisphere this season.
Continental adapted its popular Speed King mountain bike tire for ’cross, and it’s easy to see why this tread has been popular in the fat tire world.
This is the big brother of the CrossBlaster. If you race mostly deep grass courses, the Cinder-X is not the tire for you. But if you ride and race your bike on a mixture of surfaces, this tire could be an ideal choice.
Professional cyclocross racer Jeremy Powers will lead and coach the Jeremy Powers Cyclocross Camp presented by Boulder Cycle Sport in Boulder, CO August 12-14th. “If …
The Ritchey Excavader is aptly named, as this tire digs into the soft dirt really well. On the pavement, the tire rolls quite smoothly, thanks to its semi-continuous center tread.
This racer from New Zealand hit the cyclocross circuit in 2009, racing primarily in Europe, though she hopes to come to the States this season. First a mountain biker, now Whitson is trying her luck on the road circuit with an eye toward cyclocross in the fall. She took some time out of a travel-heavy road season to chat with us, and was particularly interested in talking about what it means to be a woman in our sport. It’s a topic that we don’t often think about, and the purpose of this column is to highlight great women in the sport, but also to focus on how women are looked at and treated within the cyclocross and cycling world.
For the past month and a half, I have lived and breathed cyclocross, as I took over as online editor for Cyclocross Magazine. And let me tell you, it is an extremely glamorous lifestyle.
Working in your pajamas is glamorous, right?
It’s that time of year when cyclocross racers are pulling their bikes out of basements and garages, getting ready to do some drills. However, before you jump into the season and hit your saddle the wrong way, you might want to consider starting a stretching regimen before practicing remounts and dismounts. Contributing author David Perez has got some easy stretches to make sure you don’t suffer any setbacks before the racing has even begun. (This article was originally published in our premier Issue 1.)
It’s been three stages since our Fantasy Tour de France league for cyclocrossers kicked off, and if you haven’t yet, head on over to our Cowbell Forums to share your team, see latest league updates and talk trash. After a dominant two days by MJBikes, CrimsonPlanet has taken the lead with a stellar Stage 3, and sits ahead of Kris’ team Lucas and MJBikes. Crimson Planet also happens to be sitting in 35th of over 11,000 teams overall at velogames.com.
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.
When you invest in a set of tubular tires, you pray they never flat. Because let’s face it, repairing tubulars is a whole lot of trouble. However, while it’s tempting to just chuck flatted tubulars, there are a few options worth exploring first. The most obvious one is fixing the tire yourself, and it can be done if you’re a little handy with a needle and a patch kit.
It’s sometimes hard for me to get my head around this fact but, I’ve been racing cyclocross for over 30 years! That statement has me sitting at my keyboard shaking my head and laughing at myself. What is the world keeps me coming back? My last column explored the question of motivation. Here’s the next one: After doing cross for so long, what have I learned about how to get ready for the season? There are a few things that I’ve recently added to my list, and then there’s the processes that I’ve followed for years just to make sure I’m ready the first time I step off the bike and shoulder it over that first set of barriers.
The Ritchey Speedmax is a time-tested design and has been around longer than any other clincher tire in this test. There’s a good reason for that, as it’s a fine choice for fast, dry courses, especially as a rear tire. The low profile center tread grips grass, dirt, and pavement well. Cornering traction is very good thanks to the raised knobs. The Speedmax does better as a rear tire, and when things get muddy or loose, reach for a different tire. The Speedmax is also available in 35 and 40c widths.
USADA Lisban Quintero announced today that Columbian athlete Lisban Quintero of New York has been sanctioned for “anabolic agents.” Quintero raced on the road but also competed in cyclocross, including racing for 47th behind Ryan Trebon at the 2009 Mercer Cup USGP race and 20th behind Valentin Scherz at the 2010 HPCX race. Quintero was quoted at Velonews as saying ” I really enjoy training. My father taught me that when it comes to training, quality is more important than quantity.”
Colorado Springs, Colo. (July 1, 2011) USADA announced today that Lisban Quintero of New York, New York, an athlete in the sport of Cycling, has tested positive for a prohibited substance and accepted a suspension for his doping offense.
We wanted to bring you some of the latest news from the cyclocross front, as road season for ‘crossers has kicked into high gear lately. With Luke Keough dominating the USA Crits series, Team Mountain Khakis, managed by Adam Myerson, is ramping up their season. However, the Keoughs aren’t the only cross racers in the series. Kathy Sherwin wins the Utah State Championship race. Bart Wellens had a super-long solo escape in the Belgian road championship that lotsa folks were talking about. Arnaud Jouffroy just won a mountain bike race, what will this mean for his ‘cross season? Nature Valley is over, how did the many crossers fare? And of course, the Tour De France starts tomorrow, which crossers will be lining up? NBC Tour de France All Access Discount Code?
The show is called “Remembering” and is at Gallery 28, 1228 Grant Ave., in North Beach, San Francisco, CA. The opening reception will be Friday, July 1, 2011 from 6pm to 9pm. Wine tasting will be sponsored by Artesa Vineyards and Winery. Barnes’ work, as well as the work of 9 other artists will hang from June 29 to July 28, 2011.
Can’t get enough cyclocross? If the Dirty Deeds Urban Cyclocross Series was interesting to you for the international appeal, this video of Kansai Cyclocross posted on the Cowbell Forums by pigmon_tatara will be equally intriguing.
USA Cycling has tried different methods for establishing start orders for National Championships the past few years. While Elite racers have a UCI point system that makes ranking and positioning easy, non-UCI and age-based racers first endured the “race to registration” – whereby the front row was determined by the previous year’s results, but everyone else got their spot on the grid based on when they signed up online – then for 2010 had a time trial the day before the main event determine lineup.
USAC has talked about implementing a point system for non-UCI races for a while now,
Ridley, a company based in Northern Flanders has deep roots in cyclocross. While the European pros primarily ride the flagship X-Night, the U.S. Ridley-sponsored riders are all on X-Fires, as they make for easier flying without the seatmast of the X-Night. Though in the new catalog, the 2012 Ridley X-Fire is so new it is not yet on their website, but we have an early edition that we’ve been riding and will be reviewed in Issue 13.
Fantasy Tour de France for cyclocrossers is here! The Tour will be on TV for hours and hours, and while we’re grateful and sure think it’s more exciting than more re-runs of Jersey Shore, cyclocross fans looking for race coverage are stuck re-watching highlights of World Cups in Flemish or waiting for MFG’s Midsummer Nights race. So Cyclocross Magazine aims to make the Tour more exciting for cyclocrossers with a little fantasy league competition.
Can’t get enough cyclocross? We are looking for a few individuals interested helping shape the voice and content of Cyclocross Magazine. You’ll be working primarily with Molly Hurford, the online editor. Suggest, write and cull stories, process images, conduct interviews, find typos and make our web content even better. We publish new content daily, and during the season, we’ll be publishing even more.