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Huggacast 73: Single Speed Cross

Huggacast 73 (available in high quality) features video from the Seattle Cyclocross race at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds. Andrew and I raced single speeds. As I learned, on a single speed, it’s all about pedaling and technique. I wasn’t fast, but I think rode a good race. Steady, no crashes, and making room for those in contention.

As seen in our photostream, Redline is considering bringing a SS to market in 09 and I raced on a prototype (converted) single-speed Redline Conquest Pro

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Rapha Cyclocross Roller Races

These photos and recap of the Oregon Manifest Roller Races are brought to you by bike hugging Flickr contributor, David Schloss:

Oregon Manifest (the excellent hand-built bicycle/Oregon cultural experience we attended this weekend) isn’t just about the semi-serious world of beautiful custom frames, it’s also about the hard-core, no- nonsense competitive world of ‘Cross racing.

Take, for example the Rapha Cross Rollers Race held on Saturday. Take four fixed gears mounted to rollers, connect them to a big cycle computer showing the distances for all four bikes, and have waves of riders compete for the top spot. Pretty standard right? That’s why the Rapha guys threw in not only copious amounts of beer, but a ‘cross portion that required racers to dismount after they completed 500 meters of on-bike sprinting and pick up a kids bike from a pile, which they then had to portage around the indoor course.

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Cyclocross Training and Tips

With the Cyclocross season full on, here are videos, posts, and photos. Have fun, train hard, race well, and we hope these help you. If you see us out there, say hello and tell us how the races are going for you. Next week we’re covering CrossVegas during Interbike.


Photo uploaded by PJ Photo.

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Starcrossed Packfodder

So, the Starcrossed cyclocross event is officially over, but the bruises are still blossoming. I raced the Men’s Cat4 event. I’m going to tell you that good technique and fitness can certainly help you do well in cyclocross, but lack thereof shouldn’t keep you from having fun.

You see, many competitors will have trained well for cyclocross, or at least been racing mtb or road bikes all season. They might have practiced good cyclocross technique like what Tim Rutledge, the godfather of NW cyclocross, taught us as featured by Bike Hugger. A wise competitor would have practiced the course days before, or at least pre-ridden it the day of the event.

And then there’s me…. no fitness, no technique, no pre-ride. Hell, I barely made it in time to register for the event. But I managed to finish.

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Win Hed Cyclocross Wheels

Hed Cycling is giving away a set of their new cyclocross wheels during our Mobile Social Interbike. The wheels are based on their alloy Ardennes rim with 24 spoke front, 28 rear, 2x2x lacing, and 1550g. We’ve ridden, tested, and love the Ardennes – so does Cyclingnews and Road Bike Action

To win the wheels and all the other good stuff we’re giving away, all you have to do is optionally ride with us, show up, drink our free beer, and hang out. You will need a raffle ticket and should talk bikes; topics like the merits of belt-drives, why the industry is stuck in no-man’s land between the future and the past, how to encourage plain-clothes cyclists, etc.

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