Issue 18 Puddles Are Gathering
by Byron on Nov 10, 2014 at 11:09 AM
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.
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.
Berlin Wall by Bike
by Byron on Nov 09, 2014 at 8:47 AM
This one time we rode along the Berlin Wall, checked in at Checkpoint Charlie, and rode a free Freitag fix.
Visited a famous shop and also noticed the fashion. Berlin is truly a great bike city and today they’re celebrating the fall of the wall, 25 years ago.
Keirin Cycle Culture Cafe
Read more about Berlin in our archives and on Flickr or G+
Issue 18 Cover
by Byron on Nov 08, 2014 at 12:44 PM
The “rain” cover for issue 18 that drops Monday on in iTunes and the Web. Ad-free subscriptions are $16; individual issues are $4 and subscribers directly support our authors, photographers, and editors.
In the issue are stories about how heavy rain weighs on our minds.
The gear and bikes we ride too.
An unReal Tease
by Byron on Nov 07, 2014 at 4:11 PM
We see you there. Stuck in the real world. Staring blankly at your computer screen. Hoping to find something, anything, to take you away. It’s time to let your friends at Teton Gravity Research & Anthill Films transport you to a place beyond the real world. #theunRealmovie - Coming Summer 2015.
Then! Cam McCaul goes on the Weather Channel to talk about it.
UCI CX in the Pacific Northwest
by Byron on Nov 06, 2014 at 10:54 AM
Pro men racing
MFG Cyclocross has been so busy working on bringing the previously cancelled UCI race to the Pacific Northwest, they didn’t send out a press release, like they normally do before a big event.
Not unlike CX Worlds in Louisville that was bailed out by Papa Johns, the event was “saved” by a unnamed California who asked that participants donate to water charities. Here’s their Facebook announcing the dates of 12/6 - 7.
We are fortunate to have a friend in California who has graciously decided to personally fund the title sponsorship for the weekend. With his support, we are able to do great work, and keep UCI racing in the Northwest. In exchange for his support, he has simply asked that we bring awareness to and help support an organization that he firmly believes in: Waves For Water.
Granting the Californian’s wish and with a big thank you, here’s what Waves for Water is about:
We work on the front-line to provide clean water to communities in need around the world. We work with world leaders and strategic partners who take a no-nonsense attitude toward making global change.
Sounds good to us; especially in the land of plentiful water. Been around the sport long enough to know the work, dedication, and effort these events require.
And us amateurs
We’ll race that weekend and report from the big show. Here’s a selection of photos from past Starcrosseds (MFG’s previous UCI races) and who can forget Joey?!.
Wasn’t Wet Enough In Seattle
by Byron on Nov 05, 2014 at 5:38 PM
It wasn’t wet enough in Seattle, so I rode east a bit, in North Bend. On the Iron Horse Trail and made it to here. The bridges smelled like soaked creosote and I turned around. Got enough material now for Issue 18…
Laid the bike down, so it could soak more of the damp in
At one point during the ride back to the trailhead, a leaf fell in front of the bike, and was caught by the tire before hitting the ground.
The valley looking West towards Seattle
by Byron on Nov 05, 2014 at 5:12 PM
For our ventures, we ride, and race, and travel, and tour, and anything really with two wheels.
Issue 18: Research
by Byron on Nov 04, 2014 at 9:07 AM
My legs showed up for about 39 minutes of the 4 hour ride on Saturday AND I scored a double tailwind, which is like showing up at Panda Express right before closing, and the server gives you an extra spoonful of Honey Sesame Chicken Breast. I was out riding in the rain, ostensibly “researching” a story for Issue 18 that drops this month on iTunes and the web.
18 about how heavy rain weighs on our minds. The gear and bikes we ride too. I missed the local CX racing, but posted a report from the winner of the men’s 1/2s, Russy.
Reel Zef Shit!
by Byron on Nov 04, 2014 at 8:45 AM
New Die Antwoord just dropped and Flea is in it, Dita Von Tease, Jack Black too… and this edit isn’t safe for work, but wow, and on rotation while we’re writing and editing Issue 18.
10 Things About MFG Cross and Starbucks GP
by Byron on Nov 03, 2014 at 12:20 PM
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
- 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.
- You either love or hate these conditions. Most everyone I saw last night was a lover… and spreading it.
- If I were a dog I think i’d be a Labrador Greyhound mutt.
- 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?
- Ian Tubbs has arrived. Dude!?!?
- The right gear makes a big difference - see gear selection below.
- SRAM road CX1 in mud? - PASS
- Jason Miles is now an official pit boss, thanks buddy! What did you learn standing there in the gook all night?
- My family rocks. It’s pretty awesome having you’re lady and little grom yelling at you every lap. Thanks Nikole Rock! Love you
- 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.
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