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10 Things About MFG Cross and Starbucks GP

muddy cx

A race report in the most Russell Stevenson-way possible…and yup, under #1 I missed it, choosing a long ride instead.

10 take aways from last nights MFG Cyclocross “Instant classic” Starbucks GP… GO

  1. If you missed it, you missed it. This was one to remember. Epic’esk conditions, record crowds, and flowing energy under every tent. People here really are crazy.
  2. You either love or hate these conditions. Most everyone I saw last night was a lover… and spreading it.
  3. If I were a dog I think i’d be a Labrador Greyhound mutt.
  4. Training is overrated, just motivate. Seriously, in a race like that, you could be the fittest, leanest, highest FTP around. Would it matter if you’re not psyched to get nasty, crash, and butt slide into course stakes?
  5. Ian Tubbs has arrived. Dude!?!?
  6. The right gear makes a big difference - see gear selection below.
  7. SRAM road CX1 in mud? - PASS
  8. Jason Miles is now an official pit boss, thanks buddy! What did you learn standing there in the gook all night?
  9. My family rocks. It’s pretty awesome having you’re lady and little grom yelling at you every lap. Thanks Nikole Rock! Love you
  10. Winning never gets old.

Gear and Bike Set-Up

  • Bike: 56cm Trek Cyclocross Collective Boone Disc w/ IsoSpeed. These machines are like soft tails with just enough give in the rear. I can sit it down through nasty corners and still there’s amazing punch and snap on exit. 16.3lbs of fun - game changer…again.
  • Wheels: Vision Metron 40 Tubular. These are as light and stiff as the next and twice as expensive hoops out there. Wider rims and heavier gauge spokes make em’ more stout than most. Love.
  • Tires: Clement Cycling PDX Tubular F/R @ 19/20 psi. Nothing better. B bike had slightly higher pressure and wow, I can tell. Go low… lower than you think.
  • Guts: SRAM Force CX1 Hydro disc. Last night was a big test for a guide-less chainring. PASS with flying colors. Bikes stopped and shifted well all night after only 2 pits.
  • Cockpit: FULL SPEED AHEAD K-Force 44 compact carbon bar and 90 stem. Anyone else see how many spacers I run underneath? HA! I once was quoted as saying “No carbon bits on CX bikes”. Well that was then…
  • Pedals: crankbrothers Candy 11. I prefer the Candy over the Egg’s simply because they are a little easier to locate. None-issue in mud and 100% rebuildable.
  • Shoes: The new new Bontrager XXX race shoe. For a full fledged carbon race shoes this thing runs well and holds up to the gook. Two Boa ratchets trump velcro hands down.

Photo: MFG Cyclocross

Like Russ said, aint cyclocross fun? It is and I’m anxious to get back out there.



In case you missed the SSCXWC 14 shenanigans this weekend (and I did), find photos and posts with these hashtags #kyfncx, #sscxwc14ky. Like cowboy boots with cleats AND spikes for mud and the ink on the winner’s arm


History of Cyclocross: 1901, 32, 43, and 74

The course featured 9 kms of coastline, 8 kms downhill, 1408 steps 400 meters from the woods, and 50 riders competing in Montmartre. It was 1943. Also see, what the racing was like in 1932, 1974, and what is thought to be the first cyclocross race

Think about a cyclist in wartime. He can’t use the main roads; he has to ride or walk across unmade roads and worm his way through the undergrowth and clamber across ditches. Think of that and you’ll get the principle of the cross cyclo-pédèstre.


Like Le Tour, the racing was created to sell more newspapers.

Crosstoberfest Drone

And edit from Mill Creek Multimedia and from last weekend, a favorite course and race of ours too, Crosstoberfest at St. Edwards Park. Narrated by Peter from Woodinville Bicycle and shot with a drone.

Kona Growing Up Cross

Kona Growing Up Cross from Kona Bikes on Vimeo.

As Kona said in the intro to this edit, “For us, it’s not only about creating bikes for future champions, but also inspiring a love for cycling that lasts a lifetime.” And Mark V just dug one of their old bikes out of the back of the closed shop and is restoring it.

Maybe he’ll race it cross one day too…


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