Urban Cyclocross Racing - Red Bull Velodux


Red Bull Velodux took CX racing to the next level, putting top notch racers against a technical off-road course, with an “all-things-go” attitude towards doing whatever it takes to inch past your opponent.

AND! A Lemans start. As we posted last month, it didn’t have the Red Bull sponsorship, but they were racing urban CX in 1943.

Another Weekend of Cross

Mark V single speed

Before racers pin their numbers on and line up, here’s a gallery of photos from Woodland, our fav race of the year in the Pacific Northwest. DBC Photography and Woodinville bike shop shared these with us, including Mark V and me racing single speeds. See the rest of the photos on G+ and Flickr.

This set up worked well. A 40T 130mm bcd ring swapped out for the 44T. 10sp rear wheels with SS spacer kits, and modified Salsa “Tuggnut” axle tug.

SSCX

Why is Woodland so good? I asked Matt from Crosssports…

It’s pretty simple. Location, atmosphere, course design, and occasionality are the essential elements for a special cross race, and WP scores pretty close to a 10 on all.

Indeed.

Huggacast Shorts: Issue 18 Puddles Are Gathering


An edit for Issue 18 of Bike Hugger Magazine. Puddles are Gathering Available dropped this week on iTunes and the Web. Annual subscriptions are $16; individual issues are $4. Your money directly supports the authors, photographers, and editors who contribute to Bike Hugger. Like Patrick Brady, Zanne Blair, and Matt Haughey.

Audio samples: DJ Schmolli - Just The Way You Set Fire To The Rain (2012)

Veterans Day Bicycles

crossing a stream

Expecting a war bicycle on Veterans Day? Of course and this photo is from the 25th Infantry Bicycle Corps.

Read their story on the Army History Journal and remember, CX was invented during War time too

In the late 1890s, the bicycle craze was sweeping [Europe and North America, not just within the civilian population, but also within military circles. Many countries in Europe had established the bicycle as a means to move formations of troops onto the battlefield economically and swiftly. American military observers at maneuvers across Europe reported back to their superiors in Washington on the success of the military bicycle.

25th Infantry Bicycle Corps story was also a PBS special and now on YouTube

Issue 18 Puddles Are Gathering

Katusha in Showers Pass

Katusha in Showers Pass jackets

An issue about how heavy rain weighs on our minds drops on iTunes and the web today with these articles from me, Patrick Brady, Zanne Blair, Kyle Ranson, and Matt Haughey.

The story by Kyle I first heard at Interbike during a Showers Pass media meeting and asked them to share it in our magazine. It’s the free cover story and about a small Portland company supplying a Tour de France team.

One otherwise average February day in Portland, Oregon, Showers Pass got a call from Team Katusha’s promoters. The spring classics were just around the corner, and the racers were in desperate need of some decent rain jackets.

cover

The “rain” cover for was designed by Pfaltzgraphics. Subscriptions to our ad-free magazine are $16; individual issues are $4 and subscribers directly support our authors, photographers, and editors.

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