Tag archive for ‘mountain bike’

  • Newbie News: Racing Cyclocross on Mountain Bikes

    Katie Compton Winning Mountain Bike Races to get Ready for Cyclocross

    Fortunately it was pretty easy to make one of my mountain bikes ‘cross worthy, and that was enough to get me by for a few seasons. I think any cross-country oriented mountain bike will work for cyclocross racing, with a few caveats. A hardtail is best, but a full-suspension bike isn’t a deal breaker. It’s like bringing combat boots to a 5K run. The equipment will work, but will probably put you out of contention for a podium spot. That being said, I’ve seen some sub-20lb, super-efficient, “no-bob” full suspension bikes with traditional front triangle designs, which would be fine to take to the starting line.

  • Women’s Wednesdays: Georgia Gould, 2010 USGP Overall Champion

    Even in the “off-season,” Georgia Gould is a force to be reckoned with. When we last checked in with her in our first Women’s Wednesday column, we learned that she’s been chasing a win in the Mountain Bike World Cup series, as well as the PROxct series. Recently, she finished in the top 15 at the Dalby Forest mountain bike race, and there’s still a lot of mountain bike racing to be done before the season is over and cyclocross begins. Lucky for us, Georgia had a few minutes to spare to talk to us about this season, her upcoming cyclocross season, and what it’s like to be a pro woman in cycling.

  • Video: Katie Compton Wins the Jelenia Gora Maja Wloszczowska Trophy Sprint Eliminator

    Cyclocross rider Katie Compton (Rabobank Giant Offroad Team) goes up against World MTB Champion, Maja Wloszczowska (CCC) in the Jelenia Gora Maja Wloszczowska Trophy Sprint Eliminator in downtown Jelenia Gora. Says Mark, Compton’s husband, the sprint eliminator is “a really great racing format they need to adopt in the US.”

  • Lessons Learned – A Column by Lee Waldman

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

    It was just last year when I wrote that short-track mountain bike racing was the key to preparing for the upcoming ’cross season. Not racing the road, I still wanted to keep that edge that only real racing can give you. So, I turned to the C.U. Cycling Short Track Series. The fit seemed perfect -short, intense races that mimicked the effort and style of cyclocross racing. Because they were short, they allowed for more training on race days. I’ve added something else. Something even more intense and painful in it’s own way. Endurance racing.

  • MTB World Cup #4 ’Crosser Roundup

    Todd Wells solos to win Jingle Cross Day 2. Snow made the course challenging for Day 2. © Steve Fry

    Champery, Switzerland, was the site of the fourth round of the MTB World Cup series this past weekend, playing host to some of our favorite ’crossers. The spoils of the XC race went to the pure mountain bikers, with American…

  • ’Crossers in 2010 Marathon MTB Nationals

    Firecracker 50 finish in Pinball Alley. Via flickr by davewrightphotography

    While married couple Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski and Heather Irmiger (both of Subaru-Trek) were busy putting together repeat wins in the US Marathon MTB National Championships in Breckenridge, CO, this past weekend, there were plenty of cyclocrossers in the mix as well.

  • A 50-mile MTB Race Reteaches Old Lessons – A Column by Lee Waldman

    Cyclocross Magazine columnist and Masters racer Lee Waldman gets the chance to relearn basic lessons, courtesy of a 50-mile MTB race in Colorado. In case you missed it, go back and check out Lee’s previous column as he stays Motivated…

  • Cyclocrossers Attack Mont Saint Anne World Cup – A CX Season Preview?

    The UCI Mountain Bike World Cup hit North America via the long-standing Mont Saint Anne location in Quebec last weekend. While France’s Julien Absalon and Canada’s Catharine Prendel took decisive wins, prominent cyclocrossers battled for and landed podium spots in…



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