Woah! Where did the summer go? Mountain bike season has come and gone and after taking to the start line at last weekends Nittany CX, my UCI Cyclocross season is now fully underway. My opening weekend was a bit of a mixed bag, I had a blast finally seeing all of my cyclocross family in one place again after the summer but my results left a little to be desired. While it was only my first major race of the year, it still feels like a bit of a letdown to not meet my expectations after a long buildup to the season.
The Iowa City Jingle Cross World Cup course is legit. Muddy conditions, big climbs, fast descents, technical off-camber sections … Johnson County could be plopped down in the middle of Belgium and not be out of place. The number of exciting features on the course meant the crowd was spread out over the entire venue, so if it looked like the crowds weren’t huge on television, it was only because there was too much good stuff to see. Along those same lines, Iowans know how to have a good time. That was some fun good-natured spectating. Continue reading “The Big Picture: Jingle Cross World Cup”
Iowa City came strong with an amazing day of World Cup racing. Katie Compton used the difficult riding conditions of … Continue reading Jingle Cross World Cup: Katie Compton
Jingle Cross kicked off its triple header of UCI racing with a C2 night race in Iowa City. The big story of the day was the wet muddy conditions, the result of a day long deluge that had roads in the area flooded and the race venue chaotic. The sloppy Johnson County fairgrounds turf did not keep the partygoers off of Mt. Crumpit. An energetic crowd cheered on Helen Wyman and Marcel Meisen as they took the win on Night One of Jingle Cross.
Here is a late night dispatch as we prepare to leave Vegas early tomorrow morning (like 4 am early) to fly to Iowa for round of the UCI Cyclocross World Cup. Although we may be leaving Las Vegas, there is still some unfinished business to cover from Madison, Wisconsin. Continue reading “In The Crosshairs U.S. Tour: Episode Three (Trek CXC Cup)”
We are in Las Vegas for Interbike and, more importantly, CrossVegas. Lots to get to on that race, but in … Continue reading In The Crosshairs U.S. Tour: Episode 2
Day two of Trek CXC Cup is in the books. Heading to Las Vegas this morning but wanted to make … Continue reading The Big Picture: Trek CXC Cup Day 2
The ITCH Tour marches on with the first day of racing in the books at Trek CXC Cup. After a few blazing hot days earlier in the week, temperatures were still hot but a little better for the first day of Trek CXC Cup. Although it was “only” a C2 race today, the talent level was high as an international field showed up to Trek Bikes’ backyard party and burned in lines and sweated it out. It is the morning of day 2 and the C1 women’s race goes off in a few hours. The course will be a bit different as will the field, as some of the top players who sat out yesterday will take the start today. Continue reading “The Big Picture: Trek CXC Cup Day One (Ethan Glading)”
The Orange Seal In the Crosshairs U.S. Tour gets started this weekend in Waterloo, Wisconsin, for the Trek CXC Cup. I came out a few days early to meet up with some folks, record some Crosshairs Radio episodes, and get a feel for the event. With 25 European pros making their way to Wisconsin for this race, the Trek CXC Cup is setting up to be a World Cup caliber field. Continue reading “In The Crosshairs U.S. Tour: Episode One”
While we continue to prepare for Trek CXC Cup, the first stop on the Orange Seal In The Crosshairs U.S. Tour (ITCH Tour), I wanted to get out the essential info on the upcoming CrossVegas World Cup event happening this coming Wednesday. You can read about the revamped course here, so we won’t revisit that piece and, instead, get right to the competition. Continue reading “CrossVegas Primer”