AFI: Middelkerke

Editor’s Note: Here’s the final installment of Cat Armour’s fantastic AFI series. Thanks so much to Cat for this feature. We loved it every week. If you have a moment, give her a follow on Twitter @meowclank and say hi.]

Looong drive to the coast, but it turns out to be quicker than the train/tram option, although finding a parking space posed some questions. However, we find ourselves a seafront berth with beach and cafe and everything is good ūüôā A quick walk through the dunes and The Guys pull out another free ticket for me! YAY! If I had had to pay for every race I’ve been to this season, well, it would add up to rather a lot! Continue reading “AFI: Middelkerke”

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Crosshairs Radio Episode 30: TDDTIE Returns

For episode 30 of Crosshairs Radio we bring you another installment of They Don’t Do That In Europe. Scott and David join the show to talk about the recent technological fraud decision handed down by the UCI, Telenet-Fidea’s move to Trek, Lars van der Haar’s Paris Roubaix debut, Lars Boom’s possible full-time cyclocross return, Vermeersch news, Wout’s power numbers and more. Continue reading “Crosshairs Radio Episode 30: TDDTIE Returns”

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AFI: Sint Niklaas

[Editor’s Note: Somewhere in my inbox this entry was lost, which meant Hoogstraten was posted out of order. So we’re backing up the bus and making sure Sint Niklaas gets its due.]

It’s our first outing after Worlds and a chance to see the Rainbows in their new homes for the next year. Continue reading “AFI: Sint Niklaas”

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UCI Statement: Femke Van den Driessche Technological Fraud Decision

Here is the full text of Femke Van den Driessche’s UCI disciplinary decision. Van den Driessche was found with a motor concealed in a bike ¬†during the 2016 Cyclocross World Championships. As you will read in the statement below, she receives a six-year suspension and 20,000 CHF fine. She also loses her U23 European Championship and U23 Belgian Championship titles. Her team did not receive any disciplinary sanctions. Continue reading “UCI Statement: Femke Van den Driessche Technological Fraud Decision”

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The Big Picture: The Oval

[Editor’s note: Although this is predominantly a site focused on cyclocross, in the end, we love bikes. And bike racing. All kinds. So, in the offseason, we don’t mind bringing you some mountain-biking, road racing or whatever other kind of cool stuff is happening out there. For instance, we will once again be bringing you our own coverage of a selection of¬†Tour de France stages, and may even cover some World Cup MTB and a gravel race or two. Who knows, there may be a skateboarding or music post mixed in here at some point. But make no mistake, this is not filler. I’d rather post nothing than post something just to have a post. The bottom line is cxhairs.com has great contributors. And if they have an idea for a story, I want to share it. Like this one from Brett. Thanks for reading. -Bill] Continue reading “The Big Picture: The Oval”

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Crosshairs Radio Episode 28: Michael van den Ham

On episode 28 of Crosshairs Radio we talk to Red Truck Garneau cyclocross racer Michael van den Ham. The van den Hammer won the 2013 U23 Canadian Cyclocross National Championship and finished fourth in 2015 in the elite race. He is a racer who is right on the cusp of joining the elite level of racers at the top of North American UCI C1 racing. On Crosshairs Radio he shares stories with us of growing up and racing in Canada, the trial by fire of New England cyclocross and his adventures in Europe. Continue reading “Crosshairs Radio Episode 28: Michael van den Ham”

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Crosshairs Radio Episode 27: Robert Marion

On Episode 27 of Crosshairs Radio we talk to American Classic pro, Robert Marion. If you aren’t familiar with Robert’s story, it’s a great one. We go through his days as an out of shape 260 pound¬†former offensive lineman in North Carolina, and how he transformed into¬†a top endurance mountainbike racer before spending his energy racing cyclocross at the highest level. Continue reading “Crosshairs Radio Episode 27: Robert Marion”

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