Cyclocross

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

February Cross Ride

Conditions were right to ride most of the beach at Lincoln Park before stalling in the Sand.

Feb ride2

I’ve ridden a route past the beach for 20 years and never thought to ride it. A winter storm had pushed all the driftwood up into the concrete wave breakers. The wet sand, pebbles, and rocks made it rideable for a long section.

Feb ride3

It was a rush with the surf, wind, and just one other person on there (seen in the top center left) I powered around the point and back towards Alki where the sand was too soft. Then I jogged along, back up onto the path, and home.

I’m enjoying a quiet weekend of riding before racing season starts and we travel to Austin for SXSW. Once there, we’ve got Built and the Mobile Social.

Santa Races Cross for You

Fit Santas race Cross in the Winter to stay in shape and get presents to you.

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US Cyclocross Nationals in Bend

After spending the past few days in Bend, Oregon for the US Cyclocross National Championships, I’ve come away exhausted (I didn’t even race!) and entertained by the high caliber of racing action. It’s the one race of the year a lot of people train for and they always put it all on the line for the stars and stripes jersey and bragging rights of saying “I’m the fastest person in the entire country.”

Exhausted

The Venue

The crowds were big for the final races, and the course looked long, slightly muddy, and technical. The weather varied between snow flurries on some mornings, rain at times, and finally sunshine and temps in the 50F range on the final afternoon of racing. Like the weather, the course varied between mud bog, water logged, and got much faster as it dried out.

You'd think it was Belgium given the crowds

Cold snowy start to 40-44 Mens

Tricky corners

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Cyclocross Nationals is Emotional

Many things are said about Cyclocross, it’s like mountain biking in the early days–a carnival of bike culture replete with epic races and wildly enthusiastic fans. Back when Missy Giove and Shaun Palmer engendered a carnival-like attitude of establishment-rocking and epic hucking.

Cross is like that now–it’s the only sanctioned racing where you can see both passionate fans and spectators dressed like gorillas, side by side. Or industry playahs like Chris Matthews starting his race in a faux-fur coat.

What I learned at the National Level, during the championships though is that it’s really all about emotions like this.

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Teary

Your friends, teammates, and those you love are there watching. Your hard work is all on the line. There are winners, losers, and also-rans. Some are happy to finish, some are merely happy to start.

Taking that photo was especially emotional for me because earlier in the day, I placed 141st out of a 182-strong field. That’s last out of those that finished. The rest DNF’d or DNS’d and I got pulled at the finish line when the hard-charging leaders lapped me.

Being out for 6 weeks with a busted up knee before this race, I could’ve skipped racing or even stayed home. But I decided to race it and experience Nationals. The win for me was not crashing, not injuring myself, and just finishing.

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In the Pits at USGP of Cyclocross

Lots of action happens in the pits and we caught a few moments of it with our camera, turned it into a slideshow, added some music too.


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After a month off to heal my busted-up knee, I raced and placed 69th in the Masters race. Ok with that going into Bend and Nationals next week. More on that in another post and we’re also having a Tweetup Cocktail Party Saturday night, where we’ll tell race stories and compare notes on tire widths.

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