Cyclocross

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

Interbike 13: Lea and Electra Girl

Lea Davison

Lea on a Crux with hydro disc

That’s Lea Davison chasing Katerina Nash to take 2nd at CrossVegas. I placed 15th in the media category and 117th overall out of 150+ starters. After surviving the insane Thunderdome start, rode right into a crash on turn one, stayed upright, and continued to the finish. It felt like a dustbuster’s motor had been reversed, shoved in my mouth, and turned on full blast. Later, my throat got real sore and I lost my voice during the Mobile Social. Uploaded the first batch of photos from both events: CrossVegas and Mobile Social, including video taken with Glass.

Electra Girl

Electra Girl rides the Mobile Social with us

More on the racing, rides, and Interbike after some rest and a day off.

Viva CrossVegas: Sven Nys Wins!

Sven Takes America

Sven takes America

After winning Worlds here in January, Sven won CrossVegas last night. Here he is with a few laps to go, after riding away from America’s best contenders, and as the announcer yelled, taking them to CX school. CrossVegas is the biggest and best show in the bike business and didn’t disappoint. We’ll have more photos and reports soon. We’re walking the show floor again today and tonight it’s the Mobile Social and New Belgium Block Party, a Strip ride with our friends, Tern, Shinola, and Knog.

Starcrossed 2013

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Photo: Woodinvillebicycle

Another Starcrossed CX is over. This year yet again Seattle failed to live up to its reputation as Rain City as the weather served up another velodrome dustbowl, but Starcrossed is just about the most fun race on the calendar. First of all, there’s a beer garden and a real party atmosphere alongside the taped off race course. Secondly, the races start later in the day and then run well into the evening, if you’re not really a morning person. Duke it out in the lower divisions and then stay to watch top-ranked US professionals (and the occasional Euro star) slug it out. Thirdly they have a beer garden.

Mark V hurdles the barriers

Starcrossed is the biggest cyclocross race for Washington state’s season, which I guess is a little odd since it comes so early, just the second official event in the area. On the other hand, it’s a great way to convince your family or friends that there is merit to your spending weekends riding on and running with a bike through filth. Drag them to Starcrossed for some of the best spectator values in cycling, and they might be game to hang out with you at those morning races later in the season when the weather is invariably foul. And if you haven’t done a ‘cross race yet, checking out Starcrossed is likely to start those gears turning in your head and have you googling “cx bikes” on Monday morning while you pretend to work.

I race Category 4 Open, which could be interpreted to mean that I am too slow or train too little to advance to faster categories while simultaneously too stubborn to join the masters age divisions. Cyclocross events roll off several categories at the same start time, separated into different waves at intervals of a minute or two. Within short order after the start the entire course is a long line of riders with gritty faces, and it’s a little confusing to the spectators who cannot differentiate the separate categories by their race number (hell, it’s confusing to me!). All I know is that there is always someone a little ahead of me that I want to pass. And since this year I drew the absolute last start position on the grid, in the last wave of riders in the 3PM start time…..everyone was ahead of me. With nearly 300 riders between me and the finish line, I knew I would need to be aggressive from early on to achieve a respectable placing. My woeful endurance at high output makes me loathe to reach too deep in my pocket for the first lap, but I didn’t really have a choice. At the whistle, I threw down to pass 20-30 riders before the first turn.

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Back in the Day: Cyclocross in 74

As Cyclocross races go off across the States, Europe, and Asia too, it wasn’t that long ago the sport looked like this…

Back in the day

CX in 74

It was 1974 in Portland. The bike in the center was a “Clunker” made from an old beach cruiser with motorcycle handlebars and drivetrain swapped off a road bike, crafted by the likes of Tom Ritchey, Gary Fisher, and the names you know. Seven years later, in 81, racing in the Portland Metro Cyclo-Cross series cost $2.00 and the prizes were ribbons and bragging rights. While the sport in the US doesn’t draw as big an audience or sponsor money like Europe, it’s come a long way baby from Clunkers in the fields and two buck entry fees.

Flyer

A $2.00 entry fee for ribbons

The “Rut,” as we call Tim Rutledge, shared the archival photos and dropped the knowledge on us as he always does, going into another season. He’s prouder than ever of the 14 Redlines and our demo Conquest will get ridden after Interbike and CrossVegas next week.

Last night, after Mark V drunk texted me indicating he may have lost an eye riding in a crusty dustbowl from the last position in the starting grid, he updated his status

I can smell dirt in the air I’m exhaling from my lungs and I had to dig the contact out of my right eye. A dry weather Starcrossed CX race is its own flavor of brutal. The dust, churned up by several thousand tires, permeates you in ways mud cannot.

and his race report will follow with photos from Mathowie too, one his vision is restored.

Huggacast Shorts: Catching up with Todd Wells


Yesterday posted PR from SRAM about Hydro Disc and Cyclocross on G+. That post and story reminded of riding with Todd Wells on a bike path in Colorado earlier this summer. After I caught up to him, we discussed CX, the new Crux, and Hydro Disc. The video was shot with Glass. Before Cross starts for us during Interbike next week at CrossVegas, I rode the Crux on gravel near Sun Valley.

Meanwhile, the season has started in Seattle with Starcrossed where Page and Powers are racing, as well as all the privateers from Seattle and Portland.

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