Cyclocross

We're so into Cyclocross that we made this special page for it. Also publish a Tumblr about Suffer Faces.

KCE Cross

KCE

KCE on the Stairs

As seen on Instagram and according to Robert Higdon, the best KCE mystery mailing yet, maybe ever. KCE is like the Banksy of bikes in your mailbox. We haven’t gotten one yet, perhaps not sexy enough or haven’t spent a night out drinking with the artist, whoever it is. Search for #KCE on social networks, skipping over the selfies and butts, and you’ll find more art….

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Cross Vegas In Pictures

While the industry has been a bit abuzz about the beer throwing at this year’s Cross Vegas race during the Interbike trade show, we’ve been reflecting on the awesome aspects of that race, and on cross racing in general. As a chill slips into the air across much of the United States, the cross lover starts to think of the joy of continual anaerobic punishment.

Racers in the glow

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Last Night CrossVegas and Tonight the MoSo

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You thought your race was hard…

Thijs Van Amerongen, bib #16, after setting up Nys on the final lap. Another hard flow course. In our race, Matt Hill was 3rd and I placed 12. I’ll have the rest of the CrossVegas story later. Tonight we’re riding the Mobile Social and watching the Crit.

MFG Cross at Sammamish with CX-1 and Hydro

MFG CX

MFG’s Season Opener

That was intense, sweaty, painful, humbling, AND I got concierge-level heckling from the promoter Terry and course schlepper Robert Trombley. Thanks guys! They said I was racing 14 minutes laps, sounds about right….

Next up, CrossVegas and then Starcrossed, if my legs don’t petrify by then. My equipment worked great where the body lacked.

I’m running CX-1 with the new HydroR on a Crux this season. After last year, when the Crux got hung up in the garage during the recall, giving it another go. Not that I needed much braking power at Sammamish, considering my rate of speed, but the Hydro is def more refined. It has better modulation too and less hand effort in a more comfortable, lighter and refined system.

SRAM released PR today about their impressive Cyclocross roster with a quote from Powers on CX-1

This year will be the first time I will ride a production groupset that is purpose built for cyclocross. SRAM continues to innovate in new ways, even subtle ways, and develop product that is exactly what I need. Even better, it’s super quiet.

As much as I was flailing around out there, banging the gears about, it didn’t let me down with solid shifting and it shifts way better than the DIY, privateer version of a one-by (Red with XO type 2) we and many others had been running on our bikes. Rode through the first of three sand pits on the course (4 out of I think 5 times) with the gearing and Hutchinson Black Mambas on a Vision wheelset.

CX-1

A Crux with CX-1, Hydro, Vision and Hutchinson tires

Congrats to Richter for the win, and the guys racing fast. Also hat tip to Richard McClung for a course that was at times, very hard, and flowed. It was a hard flow.

And hey, who moved September up on the calendar…it was like Monday last week when Matt Hill asked if I was racing MFG Cross. “Wut? I said, oh, the season is starting? Really!”

There’s this thing about life, sometimes it gets in the way of training, and racing, and practicing your skills. But you gotta start.

Re: Disc Brakes this Season

Stops great, sometimes loudly

Didn’t get it on video, but the first time disc rotors got wet this season and screeched like a melting witch in the Wizard of Oz with me cursing just as loudly, it was admittedly comical and embarrassing.

People are just walking their dogs in a park and enjoying the peace and quiet nature has to offer in a busy city. Then this jackass (me) is hard braking and coasting and braking again across a grassy field. Also complaining while trying to dry the rotors off.

Once glared at with dogs on taut leashes, I sheepishly coasted away on my Cross bike.

Next week I’ll race CrossVegas, an event that I consider the best in the bike business and one that starts like a Road Warrior chase scene. Where you end up after turn one, is like betting on a roulette wheel…everything is spinning, then slows down, and stops for a bit, until turning again. You hope good luck and faith will pay off, and keep the rubber side down. Oh and also hope your disc brakes don’t screech like feedback on a PA, interrupting an Elvis impersonator singing Viva Las Vegas.

Read an interview with Brook Watts, the promoter of CrossVegas, in our Magazine this month.

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