Was in NYC for the Super Bowl last weekend and missed watching CX Worlds. Did hear some of the drama, like Stybar showing up on a 2-yr old bike to win or it was cantis v. discs. The UCI’s race edit is above and that’s what CX racing is all about, just like the 13 Worlds in the States. It’s the best racing in the bike business.
Tl;DR? Scrub to the final lap and see them battle it out.
Spiteful Mark V wrote TWO rants about road disc brakes in Issue 08 of our Magazine available now on iTunes. He’s installing mechanicals on the Crux this week and I haven’t seen him this agitated since I declared I’d worn out a Ti bike from the massive miles I ride. A recent text from him said, “I sliced it off like a cancer, doubled-bagged b/c the tumor is bleeding DOT.”
Immediately attempting to change the narrative, I responded with, “where we riding next week? Iron Horse Trail?”
If you’re not already subscribed, subscription revenues directly support the writing, editing, and production of Bike Hugger Magazine. That’s where you can read Mark’s take on disc brakes and how he’s recommitting to Cantis.
Our magazine is ad free and published monthly on iTunes for $1.99 per month or $3.99 an issue. Droid users you can find us on Google Play where we recently published an exclusive story about Stages.
Got to come up with a name for this technique, the stair pump hop perhaps? Been around this sport for a long time, seen barriers hopped and stairs ridden, but not like this without pedaling at CX Natz.
When our new team kit arrived, Mark V liked it so much, he pranced around like Zoolander. Mark is very particular about how his kit fits and I’ve got Italian Kitarexia. Nalini didn’t send Italian tailors to Hugga HQ to measure us, so they’ve got the sizing down in how they cut it for the smaller and bigger guys.
I wear a large on my thinnest days and XL when I’m layering for the cold or want a more relaxed fit. Nalini made this kit for us in Castel d’Ario, that’s 30km south of Verona with Salinas fabric for the jersey and Lycra Sport for the shorts.
As we told Albabici who distributes Nalini in the US and handles the custom kit orders, we race and ride in all seasons on the road, dirt, and mud. So our kit needs to perform across temperatures and the Manto Dry treatment the Salinas fabric receives wicks very well. Lyrca Sport does the same with muscle support and flexibility for dismounts and remounts (it stays in place). The Nalini Fabric page reads like a buffet menu and that’s how custom you can have your kits made, choosing the fabric technology for your riding and racing. For the shorts, we chose a thermotaped TPU gripper, with a microfiber pad.
Nalini sent us their best, we highly recommend their custom team kits, and I’m wearing it here in the Maui sun after the cold rain at the Seattle CX races.
After the last cross race of the regular season in Seattle, Mahan brought his bike home, parked it in the hallway, and left it there. He’ll deal with it after the holidays. That’s where we’re at too with the blog, on Xmas eve, and a vacation next.
We wish you and your family well and Happy New Year.