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2015/16 CX Season


Cross season starts for us this weekend, then CrossVegas next week, and a bit after that SSCX Worlds in Vancouver looks fun. Despite the creepy branch logo in that photo….

For more on CrossVegas, see the post organized by tag, and an interview with the promoter in Issue 15 from last year.

No question the course features create a great show for the spectators but the real attraction is the quality of the fields. In both the women’s and men’s fields I have the #1 and #2 ranked riders internationally: Katie Compton and Helen Wyman on the women’s side and Lars Van der Haar and Sven Nys on the men’s side. Plus you’ve got the rest of the riders from 14 nations - it’s an international field surpassed only by the world championships.

And this year it’s been better as a World Cup.

Sage Lucky Envelope Cyclocross Team


Sage Titanium, CX

Today the Sage/Lucky Envelope Brewing cyclocross team was announced for the 2015/16 season. As you can see on the back of the jersey, Bike Hugger is involved as a media partner. The Sage/Lucky team will focus on strong race results in the Pacific Northwest, Single Speed Worlds, and Nationals, but more importantly connecting with, and contributing to the cycling community. “Sage is extremely proud and excited to partner with Lucky Envelope Brewing,” said Sage Cycles owner David Rosen. “Sage has been a feature on the Portland cross scene for the past couple of seasons, and by partnering with Lucky Envelope Brewing we are able to expand our racing schedule throughout the Northwest. Lucky Envelope Brewing is a true supporter of cycling and an ideal partner.”

“After meeting with Sage and hearing about the vision for their quality-crafted cycles, we saw many similarities with our business goals here at Lucky Envelope Brewing,” said Raymond Kwan of Lucky Envelope Brewing. “Our decision was largely driven by Sage’s desire to build a relationship between their brand and the CX community, both on and off the course.


Pint of Lucky Envelope Beer

That meeting took place at Lucky Envelope’s brewery in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle, WA. As Raymond told me, “Cyclists are a major part of our customer base and of interest to our staff, so this sponsorship extends the Lucky Envelope family beyond the tasting room and into the growing cycling community in the Pacific Northwest.

tasting room

The tasting room

Sage and Lucky are excited about the new team and so am I with the rest of the story to follow. It’ll start at CrossVegas later this month with events at Lucky’s tasting room to follow; and, of course, at the races too.

A Line on a Cross Bike

Well that reminds me, it wasn’t quite A Line at Whistler, but did ride a Scott CX bike at Park City

and it was as much fun as the video above. Best part too, watch how he slides off the bike when the front tire loses traction.

CrossVegas and Pro Bike Express!

After the Tour ends and before football starts is when cyclists start talking about Cross and this year the season opener in Vegas is a UCI WorldCup. As per the usual, we’ll be there shooting CrossVegas, blogging, and I’ll pin a number on and race again in the Wheelers and Dealers race. I’ll also not worry about getting my bike there, setting it up, or sending it home because Pro Bike Express is taking care of all that. A few season ago, they took care of me during CX Worlds in Louisville. I wrote about my race here and the pros for Wired. While my bike is being tended to, I’ll focus on my race, and photos of the pros, like last year….

If you’re interested in having the Pro Bike experience, their services and pricing are explained on their site.

See you there.

CX-1 at Worlds

Sram cx-1

An impressive list of 38 athletes from seven nations are racing on CX-1. To name a few: Ellen Van Loy, Sophie de Boer, Elle Anderson, Kaitlin Antonneau; Toon Aerts, Yannick Peeters, and Logan Owen. For the Elite Men, there’s Wout van Aert, Jeremy Power, and Tom Meesuen. I reviewed CX-1 last year and Mark V wrote about 1 x drivetrains too. It’s a great group for racing, sure…riding around takes some getting used to because of the gear ratios.

More on CX-1

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