Cross season is here, and so is something else: the knee-high socks. I don’t really get the “why” with these things. Is it just aesthetic? Does it provide some shin protection when you pull a re-mount nutter? Is it a women-only thing (I think it is?)? What’s up?
If you’re into this sort of thing - Sock Dreams appears to have the goods.
After racing Kruger’s Kermesse last weekend, Cross season started in Seattle at North Seatac with a good turnout. Cyclocross is like the United Nations, or the Justice League, of cycling with roadies, mountain bikers, urban, and track all intermingling and racing each other. We see faces we haven’t seen before, families, and tailgate parties. They all come out to participate in the event for fun or race it seriously.
The women’s field all looked very determined on this short, steep, descent section. I told Sandrine McFadden she caught the men with her compression socks.
Mahan was there to transition from road to Cross and went into his zone at the starting line.
If you’ve got a Cross scene in your area, you’re likely either training now or hearing about Cross clinics. That’s where you practice dismounts, barriers, running, and so on. Some racers take Cross very seriously and others just for fun. We’re somewhere in between and practice in secret
and Eric (in his off-season largess, below) has a special work out, as he described it
It’s really low key and for everyone. especially if you have no intention of riding a bike. details below:
What: The “I Don’t Want to Stick A Fork in My Eye, But I’ll Drink Beer and Watch Others Stick A Fork In Their Eye” ‘cross workout** When: Saturday September 18, 2010 Time: Sometime after 3:00PM or whenever Where: Marymoor Velodrome Infield, Beer Garden Why: Track is over, the road season is over, beer is good and we can cheer-on many of our friends (and my wife!) who will be happily partaking in the dirty festivusÂ Requirements: $ for beer, have some good boots to wear in case there’s mud, a vuvuzela or other obnoxious noisemaker,Â a will to have beer or just be around those who like beer.
It’s official: the UCI has declared that disc brakes will be legal for all cyclocross competition for the 2010-2011 season. The rumour circulating the interwebs is that Shimano made a push to convince the UCI to make the rule amendment.
Among the advantages of disc brakes is that rims can be made lighter because they wouldn’t need to act as braking surfaces. Riders will be able to brake more effectively in all conditions particularly mud, and there wouldn’t be brake pads next to the rim to pack on mud. However, forks would need to be beefier.
All this has been mentioned for years, but now it seems that with the UCI’s blessing, we are perhaps now on the eve of the next big revolution in bicycle equipment. Cyclocross is the doorway through which disc brake systems integrated into dropbar shift/brake reach the consumer as well as the natural path for discs to reach UCI acceptance to road racing.
That said, there’s a number of design issues which I’m gonna love seeing Shimano and SRAM overcome….