Cyclocross

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

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.

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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…

Hahanna

A Hahanna

Riding the Sand

Lars van der Haar shows you how it’s done

Watching the elites at Gieten today, I was reminded of how well they ride the sand and we do not. Racers in the Seattle area are at Silver Lake today and reaching the beach, hopefully finding a good line. In the 3rd issue of our magazine, Matt Hill explained how Wellens rides the sand. For anyone that’s face planted into a sand pit or just stalled after a bike length, it’s a mandatory read.

Issue 3 is available as a back issue in our iOS Newsstand app and on the web for $4.00 per issue or with a $16.00 annual subscription.

our mag

So how the heck do those Euro guys blast through the sand sections with such grace and style? Well, Matt breaks down footage of archetypal Euro Cross star Bart Wellens, showing the US peons just how to get things done.

Wellens

Wellens in the sand

Back in the Day: Ft. Devens Supercup

First the men

Like Meyerson said, “Can you believe this flyover?! Oh wait, that’s just a hill, you say? ‘Cross is sometimes hard, you say?” Huh and this was way before the “hard flow” favored by today’s course designers by race promoters, like McClung from MFG.

And the women

While racers lost lots of time on that muddy run up topped with a barrier, at the time the course was the anti-jungle ‘cross. Look how wide those lanes are for passing. Not too long ago, here in Seattle at North Seatac we had a drop off into a fire pit (not lit, of course, just the burned out logs), followed by a singletrack through brick and bramble. Part of the skill required was not crashing out.

Lots of racers riding by themselves in this event

Sliver Lake in 11

This weekend, racers are lining up at Silver Lake, arguably the hardest course in the area. It’s situated next to a lake and each lap a beach is stormed, before an ascent up the banks, into the trees, and back down…

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