10 Things About MFG Cross and Starbucks GP

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by Byron on Nov 03, 2014 at 12:20 PM

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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.

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Sven Was Pissed at that Finish

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by Byron on Nov 02, 2014 at 9:35 AM


Translated from Sporza

Van Aert dethroned “king” Nys on the Koppenberg. One particularly disgruntled Nys howl because the doubled Denuwelaere - a teammate of Van Aert - bothered him.

Or a lapped teammate impeded the sprint finish, setting up Van Aert for the win. The GIF is on Twitter from Peloton mag.

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Lego Mountain Biking

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by Byron on Nov 01, 2014 at 6:26 PM


Drop into the animated adventure of Lego Mountain Biking! And see how Oxburger Studios made it.

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Centaur Bike

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by Byron on Oct 31, 2014 at 10:53 AM

You were expecting Halloween bike, right? So were we and here it is from Make and Kyle Scheele

Far more elaborate then my wraith bike with granny basket.

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From the Archives: Halloween Tweets

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by Byron on Oct 31, 2014 at 4:39 AM

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Another Hour Record Attempt Tonight

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by Byron on Oct 30, 2014 at 10:12 AM


Another hour record tonight from Scott Sports and Matthias Brändle, an Austrian rider with the Swiss UCI Professional Continental Team IAM Cycling.

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James Franco Rides a Bike and is Fast on That Thing

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by Byron on Oct 30, 2014 at 6:24 AM


Normally let other blogs covers celebs on bikes, but since Franco tweeted it himself and it’s just him riding around in a circle, posted!

As the fans say, “He’s fast on that thing.”

Also, that’s the new Droid Turbo he’s holding.

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Road Disc Adoption

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by Byron on Oct 28, 2014 at 7:11 AM

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Road disc, equipped

A small sampling, but the results surprised us. Most of our readers on G+ that responded are already using disc brakes, 64% of them. What prompted the poll was our magazine contributor, Patrick Brady wrote on his blog that he’d finally accepted them. For me, the on again/off again relationship I have with hydraulic disc brakes started with a cargo bike (Avid juicys) to trying and hating crappy mechanicals, then loving SRAM’s hydro, a failure/recall, and back again with their new, improved revision. I’ve also ridden and adored Shimano’s hydro on the new Tarmac, despite their tendency to chirp under heavy load.

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Poll results

Considering the record rain in Seattle already this season, I prefer the hydro-equipped Crux for the discs, and await our next demo road bike with discs from Scott. That’s the Solace and reviewed in issue 15

The Solace disc is equipped with Shimano’s Ultegra Di2 disc group. It’s fair to say that prior to the introduction of these parts a road bike had never shifted or braked so well. And the point isn’t just about faster or more power; what a rider gains is better control. The faster shifts thanks to Di2 result in you entering the gear you need often a full pedal stroke sooner than you would have with a mechanical group. Similarly, the advantage to disc brakes isn’t that they give you more power; most riders I know weren’t complaining that they couldn’t stop. No, the disc advantage is better modulation, which goes to the heart of riding in the mountains.

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Disc Solace

Why discs took so long to get to market, then started off with recalls (both Shimano and SRAM), is a topic for another post. What we know today is that cyclists are riding them, like Patrick and me.

How about you?

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SSCXWC 14

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by Byron on Oct 27, 2014 at 10:55 AM

boots

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

Ink

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

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by Byron on Oct 25, 2014 at 7:43 AM


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.

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