For The Love Of Mud To Premiere At US Cyclocross Nationals In Austin

December 11th, 2014 — 5:37pm

TBR_FTLOM_11If you are going to be in Austin for US Cyclocross Nationals, mark your calendars now: Friday, January 9 at 7pm, the World Premiere of Benedict Campbell’s For The Love Of Mud: A Movie About Cyclo-Cross will take place at the legendary Stateside Theater. This is going to be amazing. Along with the world premiere the director and a panel of pro racers will be on hand to answer your questions. I will have the honor of emceeing the event and hope to see all of you there. Want to know more? Here is a handy press release from the folks at Texas Bike Racing who are responsible for making this all happen:

December 11, 2014, Austin will host the world premiere of the cyclo-cross cycling film documentary “For the Love of Mud” on January 9, 2015 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Austin’s legendary Stateside Theater. The screening will be held in conjunction with USA Cycling’s 2015 Cyclo-Cross National Championships from January 7-11, in Austin, Texas. More information on tickets and the event can be found at

Presented by Stages Cycling and the work of British filmmaker and artist Benedict Campbell, the event will take place from 7-10 pm beginning with happy hour before the screening and a Q&A session with Benedict Campbell and many of the country’s top professional cyclo-cross racers after the movie. Much more than a race movie, the film provides a beautiful history and narrative on the “religion” of cyclo-cross. 

“I wanted to debut this film in Austin because the sport is growing quite rapidly in the state of Texas,” says Campbell, who shot, wrote and edited the film himself as sort of a side project during and after his race seasons. “And, quite simply put, I really like the city of Austin.” He spent 1.5 years on the film that he says highlights the sport on many levels, from beginner to professional racers. “This is a movie that all cyclo-cross racers can identify with and share with people to introduce them to the sport.”

Texas-based racing news website is hosting the film premiere as a way to showcase the sport to during a major event such as the national championships. “Benedict Campbell is a ridiculously talented photographer and filmmaker and we’re honored to have a chance to premiere his film,” says publisher and Austin resident Robert Wray. “The film is so well done and has such a story and history that even if you don’t like or know much about ‘cross you’ll enjoy the film.”FTLOM_TBR_logos

The USAC Cyclo-Cross National Championships will be held in Austin’s Zilker Park and will attract elite bicycle racers from across the country as they compete to win a national jersey in both amateur and professional categories.

Destined to become a cult classic for our crazy sport of cyclo-cross, “For the Love of Mud” includes coverage from Cyclo-Cross Nationals in Boulder 2014, the World Championships in Hoogerheide, along with numerous Superprestige races across Europe. Interviews include top pros Sven Nys, Helen Wyman, Gabby Durrin, Jeremy Powers, Katie Compton, along with age groupers and rabid fans.

Cyclo-cross is a form of bicycle racing and consists of on- and off-road courses that are held on mix of surfaces including pavement, grass, and often mud. Obstacles such as barriers, steep climbs, sand pits exist throughout the course and force racers to navigate tight spaces and turn and often dismount and re-mount the bicycle, carrying it on their shoulders if needed. The sport first began in the Flanders area of Belgium and is usually held in the fall and winter seasons, and racers use specific cyclo-cross bicycles that are outfitted to handle the rigors of cyclo-cross. Races vary in distances depending on course conditions and difficulty and usually last between 30 minutes to 1.5 hours.

Benedict Campbell ( is a renowned global photographer, digital artist, and filmmaker; he has produced eye-catching imagery for the world’s leading brands and draws on a wide range of styles. When he’s not working on advertising campaigns, he spends his time making cult documentaries, such as “It Ain’t About Cav,” “Café Cowboy” and “The Wall of Death.” He’s still very passionate about riding his bike.

Stages Cycling ( is a Colorado-based manufacturer of cycling-specific power-based training meters for both indoor- and outdoor-use bicycles. is the go-to source for bicycle racing in the state of Texas. The site includes race results and reports, cyclist profiles, a calendar of events, photos and more.

And if you haven’t already seen it, here’s the trailer:

“FOR THE LOVE OF MUD” TEASER-2 from benedict campbell on Vimeo.


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December 11th, 2014 — 2:10am

For the second episode of LIKEAVOS we travel to the North Sea coast town of Koksijde in West Flanders, Belgium, for the second round of the UCI Cyclocross World Cup. Koksijde is a sandy monument of cyclocross with much of the course going up, over and down challenging sand dunes. To win you must have a combination of strong sand riding skills, strong running ability and a bit of luck. We focus on race strategy and the importance of momentum.

To support LIKEAVOS, please pick up a copy of Skills Drills and Bellyaches: A Cyclocross Primer, available

Also, check out the shirts and socks available at and

Footage for this episode is via UCI.


Mary Jane Hooper-I’ve Got Reasons (Professor Shorthair Remix)~DJ Yamin:

Buddy~All Dogs:


Lost Boys~The

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December 2nd, 2014 — 3:59pm

For episode 3.7 we head to Asper-Gavere, Belgium, for the fourth round of the Superprestige series. The course is muddy and slick. Not deep mud but the kind of mud that makes every turn and every descent an adventure. It also makes riding up hills difficult. We look at how riders deal with a particularly hairy descent, the ride vs. run decision and another great example of teamwork and tactical riding.

This episode, as always, is presented by Skills Drills and Bellyaches: A Cyclocross Primer available at Also check out for socks and shirts.

Video for this episode is via Vier:

Music in this episode:

My Ears Are Ringing~Sama Dams:

Give Me A Reason~Saskwatch:

Closer~The Effects:

Pepe Silvia~Perspective, A Lovely Hand to Hold:


Another Nice Day~Hillsides:

Thanks for watching.

SVENNESS 3.7 from In The Crosshairs on Vimeo.

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Your Moment of SVENNESS 1.2

November 28th, 2014 — 5:16pm

For the second installment of YMOS we take a look at the steep off-camber section at the Soudal Classic race that took place November 11, 2014, in Niel, Belgium. The newly designed course features a man-made sand dune and a lot less pavement. It also features several great off-camber sections that forced riders to think hard about line choice. Episode 1.2 focuses on one of these off-camber sections and the short climb that follows it. This one is about gravity and momentum and how choosing the right line can help take advantage of both of those forces.

Your moment of SVENNESS is presented by Skills Drills and Bellyaches: A Cyclocross Primer available at cyclocrossbook.comand by everything available at

Footage for this episode is via Sporza.

Thanks for watching.

Your Moment Of SVENNESS 1.2 from In The Crosshairs on Vimeo.

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November 21st, 2014 — 1:05am

For episode 3.6 we head to Ruddervoorde for the third round of the Superprestige series. The race takes place in a usually quiet neighborhood. It’s a tight course with lots of turns and short climbs. There is nowhere to really escape and more than a handful of riders are in contention as the race winds down. A far cry from the two or three racers we normally see off the front at the end of the race. Riding vs. running is one key (and one that is the topic of discussion in the first episode of Your Moment of SVENNESS available here: The sand, while not treacherous like Zonhoven also plays a role. But more than anything it’s a battle to the end with many different leaders and a great performance by the winner.

SVENNESS is presented by Skills Drills and Bellyaches: A Cyclocross Primer. Check it out at Also please give some love to our sponsor the Cadence Collection. Click through the banner at the top of this page and get 25 percent off with the discount code.

Footage is via Vier:

All music in this episode is available for purchase at


Had Ten Dollaz~Cherry Glazerr:

Move Away~Shambles:

Too Shabby~Rozwell Kid:

Royal Blue~The American Scene:

Cosmic Misery~Martha:

Thanks for watching.

SVENNESS 3.6 from In The Crosshairs on Vimeo.

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Your Moment Of SVENNESS 1.1

November 18th, 2014 — 12:11am

While we put together the next full-on SVENNESS episode, here is a bit of a return to the SVENNESS roots. For “Your Moment of SVENNESS” the idea is to take one feature on a course, or one specific skill, and concentrate on just that. No race recap, just an analysis of one feature.This is similar to the first six episodes of SVENNESS from two years ago. Except this time with a voice over.

Your Moment of SVENNESS (YMOS) 1.1 is taken from the Super Prestige Ruddervoorde race. It looks at one of the two sets of steps on the course and the multiple off-camber turns directly after. The discussion includes a look at different carrying techniques and then a breakdown of the run vs. ride decision.

Footage is by Vier.

As always, if you like what you see, please visit and pick up a shirt or book. New socks and more SVENNESS shirts should be in stock soon.

Thanks for watching.

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November 12th, 2014 — 3:38am

For Episode 3.5 of SVENNESS we travel to the Belgian province of Limburg for the Superprestige Zonhoven. The race is a fan favorite known for its two harrowing descents down the side of a sand dune. This year the sand certainly plays a role but it isn’t the dunes. Rather a short off-camber and flat long sandy straight are the features that make the race. Sven Nys is out for redemption after being mired in a finish line controversy the day before at Koppenberg Cross. Tom Meeusen, Lars van der Haar, Kevin Pauwels, Mathieu van der Poel and Klaas Vantornout all are riding strong and this race is up for grabs from the hole shot.

As always, SVENNESS is brought to you by Skills Drills and Bellyaches: A Cyclocross Primer. For more information and to purchase a copy visit

Footage for this episode is via Vier:

All music is available at If you like a tune, go buy it.

Breaker~Chaos Chaos:

Not Bad~Good Shade:

Hot 97 Summer Jam~Chumped:

16 Questions~The No Marks:

Alchemy~Banner Pilot:

Saffron~Cool TV:

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November 7th, 2014 — 7:01am

For SVENNESS episode 3.4 we travel to the Koppenberg Cross in Oudenaarde, Belgium. The B-Post Trophy race uses the same cobbled climb, the Koppenberg, that features in the Tour of Flanders, but here it is more of a respite than a launching pad. The Koppenberg Cross is all about climbing and descending and those who excel at those skills will have the advantage. We concentrate on cornering on descents, riding mud, race strategy and a controversial finish.

SVENNESS 3.4 is brought to you by Skills, Drills and Bellyaches: A Cyclocross Primer. Check it out at

Video is via Sporza:

Music for this episode is all available for purchase directly from the artist through BandCamp.


I Am The Sea~The Bloody Oranges:

Dead Wrong~Somos:

Rats~Kill Chaos:

Radio Silence~Cosmonaut:

I Want To Waste Away With You~Sports Bar:

Bending Ober Backwards~High-Tails:

Money~Mystery Skulls:

Big Hearts~The Swellers:

Thanks for watching.

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October 31st, 2014 — 7:49pm

For episode 3.3 we take a trip to Valkenburg, Netherlands, for the first round of the UCI World Cup. The Valkenburg course is a tough one. Lots of elevation changes, difficult off-camber sections, a tough descent and a killer run-up. We spend a lot of time on the off-camber inspecting lines and technique. We also take a look at the tricky descent and a great race for the podium. The winner is decided pretty early in this one, so the drama comes from the race for second place. Finally, we spend some time tracking Jeremy Powers who started in the pack but methodically worked his way up to a great finishing spot.

As always, you can support what we do by purchasing Skills Drills & Bellyaches: A Cyclocross Primer. It makes a great gift and is available at

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The Catherdral~Meridian:

Gotta Wait~Childcare:

Just One Of Those Things~Textbook:

Chapters~River Jumpers:

Anyway~Moose Blood:

Hiding from You~Sonic Avenues:

Thanks for watching.

SVENNESS 3.3 from In The Crosshairs on Vimeo.

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October 26th, 2014 — 4:08am

The first World Cup Cyclocross race also meant the first time this year the pro women were broadcast, and that means we can finally premiere the first episode of LIKEAVOS, season two. Before we get to the race I want to once again address the name of this series. I will not conceal the fact that as much as I love watching Marianne Vos race, if she’s going head to head with Katie Compton, I’m cheering for Katie. Every time. And when you look at their careers side-by-side, it’s really hard to successfully argue who is a better cyclocross racer. Marianne has the World Championships and Katie has 100 UCI victories. So why is the series named after Vos, a cyclist not dedicated full-time to cyclocross, rather than Katie Compton? Both possess that special something that made SVENNESS such a no-brainer. Why go with Marianne over Katie? I have a really hard time coming up with a reason why. But I think, ultimately, it comes down to this: LIKEAVOS … a play on Like A Boss … is just a killer name. So in the end, that’s going to win. If you’ve got something better let me know, but also know that I’ve heard about every possibility. For instance, the series is not going to be called Straight Outta Compton.

Since that is now clear as mud we can move over to the business at hand, the World Cup at Valkenburg in the Netherlands. The course is a brutal one. As you’ll see it rides more like a mountainbike race than a cyclocross race, with many elevation changes and off-camber sections. For this episode we concentrate on a tricky off-camber section, the run-up and descending skills. We also watch Katie Compton deal with adversity and Helen Wyman show great form.

The episode is presented, as always, by Skills Drills and Bellyaches: A Cyclocross Primer, which you can learn more about and purchase at

Footage for this episode is via Sporza:

Music in the episode:

Rabbit Hole~Riot Horse:

10,000 Emerald Pools~BØRNS:

Not Like You~Bleech:

Ready to Go~The Fabergettes:

Bright Eyes~Ashei:

Thanks for watching.

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