One of the annual traditions of Cyclocross Magazine is reflecting back on a year filled with reviewing products and award those that struck us as the best of the best in the realms of cyclocross, gravel and cycling gear. Over the course of the next few weeks, we will be releasing all of the awards one day at a time. Be sure to keep checking back to see what products are most worth your hard-earned dollars. Issue 28 also has the Editors’ Awards and the Readers’ Choice awards, so be sure to order your backcopy today, which is also available on Uberflip, in the App Store on iTunes, and on Google Play for Android.
While we have mainly focused on products and riders for our unveiling of our 2015 Readers’ Choice Awards, today we reveal the favorites and preferences surrounding our readers’ personal riding. These include things such as favorite feature to see on a course, bucket list events, food, upgrades and even heckles.
Personal Racing Favorites for Cyclocross:
Best Course Feature: A run-up that can be ridden
Upgrade for Next Year: Legs (followed by Lungs and Hydraulic Disc Brakes)
Best Pre-Race Meal: Oatmeal
Next Bike Type: New geared cyclocross bike (35%), followed by mountain bike (24%), road bike (13%), singlespeed cyclocross bike (12%), fat bike (9%) and gravel bike (7%)
Bucket-List Event for Next Year: 2016 Cyclocross National Championship at Asheville, North Carolina
Best Heckle (Our Favorites): “Reverse is not an acceptable gear” and “How do you feel about the U.S. position on Syria?”
Favorite Handup: Beer (again). Our Favorite Answer: “A set of Zipp 303s”
Where would you like to see Nationals: Portland, Ore. was the favorite, beating Bend, Ore. by only two votes. The result is clear, however, that our readers really want a nationals in Oregon.
Most Overrated Bike Racer Habit: Strava