SVENNESS 3.10

January 30th, 2015 — 10:07pm

For episode 3.10, we head to Erpe-Mere for the Belgian National Championship race. The hilly, muddy track is one of the most challenging we have seen all season. This race pits Belgian stalwarts like Sven, Kevin, Klaas and Tom against the growing youth movement of Wout van Aert, Time Merlier and Michael Vanthourenthout. The battle of the generations did not disappoint. For this episode we really don’t spend a lot of time on technique and just give you the run down of how the action played out. The many lead changes, the inopportune mechanicals, the surges, the controversies and the crowning of this year’s Belgian National Champion.

This episode is brought to you by our friends at CrossVegas, the first World Cup race of the 2015-2016 cyclocross season! Congratulations to CrossVegas for bring World Cup cyclocross to the United States. Keep up on all the details at crossvegas.com.

Also, please visit cyclocrossbook.com, svenness.com and crosshairscycling.com/shop to find great books, shirts and socks, and to support the SVENNESS series.

Video for this episode via Sporza.

All music on this episode is available at bandcamp.com. If you a track you heard on any SVENNESS episode, let the artist know via Twitter.

PLAYLIST:

Hell is Warm~Sidekicks: sidekicksohio.bandcamp.com/track/hell-is-warm

Daze~Dan E. Brown: beechcoma.bandcamp.com/track/daze

Autumn ∞ Harvest ∞ Happiness~Summer of Haze: fuselab.bandcamp.com/track/autumn-harvest-happiness

Donald Rumsfeld~Sleep School: sleepschoolpdx.bandcamp.com/track/donald-rumsfeld

Resignation Letter~The Also-Rans: also-rans.bandcamp.com/track/resignation-letter

Nothing~Chloroform: runforcoverrecords.bandcamp.com/track/chloroform-2

Thanks for watching.

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Clif Bar CrossVegas Selected as World Cup

January 30th, 2015 — 1:43pm

UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup Coming to USA September 16

(January 30, 2015 – Longmont, Colorado) Clif Bar CrossVegas has been selected to host the first race of the 2015-2016 UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup series. The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), competitive cycling’s governing body, announced the 2015-2016 World Cup schedule today in Tabor Czech Republic, marking the first time that a UCI Cyclocross World Cup event will be held outside of Europe.

World Cup CrossVegas will take place on Wednesday evening September 16, 2015 and will include World Cup racing events for Women Elite, Men Elite, as well as a USA Cycling category race and the ever-popular Wheelers & Dealers Industry race.

CrossVegas15While CrossVegas is new to hosting a UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup, it is the biggest cyclo-cross race outside of Europe and has been an UCI Category 1 event for the past 8 years. For the last few years racers from over a dozen nations have competed. Competitors have included the world’s top-ranked men and women as well as multiple national and UCI world champions.

“CrossVegas is honored to be selected. Becoming a UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup race is the natural next step for CrossVegas and is the culmination of years of support from dedicated sponsors and the worldwide cyclocross community,” said CrossVegas Director Brook Watts. “For years now, racers, teams and fans from Europe, North America and beyond having been hoping that CrossVegas could be a World Cup. Now that it will be a reality, I’m sure the event will delight ‘cross fans from across the globe who want to see their favorite international racers compete here in the US.”

Perhaps no city is better equipped to host a World Cup event than Las Vegas, “the entertainment capitol of the world.” The spectacle of CrossVegas – taking place under the lights with multiple course features designed to challenge racers and provide maximum spectator entertainment – is uniquely suited for Las Vegas. During the same week the city hosts Interbike, the largest bicycle trade show outside of Europe. CrossVegas provides a showcase for athletes and sponsors in front of the crowd of 10,000, including many bicycle industry representatives. Continue reading »

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LIKEAVOS 2.4

January 24th, 2015 — 1:22am

For LIKEAVOS episode 2.4 we are at the fourth stop on the Cyclocross World Cup Series in Namur, Belgium. The course takes place around the town’s ancient citadel. The hilly track has demanding climbs and steep descents. Although the mud wasn’t as bad as years’ past, slick conditions still played a part in the outcome as riders struggled to get traction either riding or running on the long off-camber section.

We concentrate on the fastest way across the off-camber and take a look at descending, but mainly this episode concentrates on the return of Marianne Vos to cyclocross and her immediate impact on the race. It also features a relative surprise performance by a racer who isn’t seen much anymore on the international scene.

As always, this episode is brought to you by Skills Drills and Bellyaches: A Cyclocross Primer, available at cyclocrossbook.com. Please also check out the shop (crosshairscycling.com/shop) for SVENNESS shirts and socks, Rosie the Riveter and Lloyd Dobler cycling shirts, and other fun things.

Video for this episode is via UCI.

Music heard in the episode can be purchased by following the links below:

Aretha Franklin-Rock Steady (Parker Remix)~Ghetto Funk Allstars: ghettofunk.bandcamp.com/track/aretha-franklin-rock-steady-parker-remix

Reel~Fazerdaze: fazerdaze.bandcamp.com/track/reel

Lips~Marian Hill: b3scirecords.bandcamp.com/album/marian-hill-lips-got-it-single

Archie, Marry Me~Alvvays: topshelfrecords.bandcamp.com/track/archie-marry-me

Hans Christian Andersen~Kittyhawk: countyourluckystars.bandcamp.com/track/hans-christian-andersen

Thanks for watching.

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SVENNESS 3.9

January 18th, 2015 — 1:25am

For SVENNESS Episode 3.9 we are at the Flandriencross in Hamme for the third round of the BPost Bank Troffee series. The track is one of the fastest we will see this year, which means the race takes on the look and feel of a road circuit race more than a cyclocross race. No mud or big run-ups to deal with but that doesn’t mean there isn’t excitement. This one is all go from the gun and the rare occasion in which multiple team leaders use teammates to strategically control the race.

Along with concentrating on team tactics, we also determine if riding or running the barriers at Flandriencross is faster and what is the most efficient way to carry your bike up a set of stairs with a turn at the top. This race is one of the first all out battles between Wout van Aert and Matthieu van der Poel. A scenario we suspect will repeat itself many times in the years to come.

Footage for this episode via Sporza.

Music by:

You Light Me Up~Evolfo: evolfodoofeht.bandcamp.com/track/you-light-me-up

Owls~A Drop of Blood: topshelfrecords.bandcamp.com/track/a-drop-of-blood

Ronny’s Song~Mike Sill: mikesillmusic.bandcamp.com/track/ronnys-song

The Villain~Mesita: mesita.bandcamp.com/track/the-villain-2

Half Bad~White Reaper: whitereaper.bandcamp.com/track/half-bad-2

Dance With The Dead~The Entity: newretrowave.bandcamp.com/track/the-entity

Following the postponement of the U.S. Cyclocross Nationals final day, we were stuck with boxes of unsold books, shirts, socks and other merchandise. To support In The Crosshairs and the SVENNESS and LIKEAVOS series, please visit crosshairscycling.com/shop. For a limited time, if you use the coupon CXNats15 you will receive 15 percent off your order.

Thanks for watching.

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2015 US Cyclocross National Championship: Sunday Preview Videos

January 11th, 2015 — 9:42am
CXHairs course expert: Kong.

CXHairs course expert: Kong (on left).

[Editor’s Note: As I write this, the event may be canceled. With the hope it isn’t, I will post regardless] Before the Elite races go off today at Zilker Park in Austin, Texas, we have two interviews and a spur of the moment Your Moment of SVENNESS to get you ready for the races. The rain hit hard, yesterday, and increased overnight. Today is is going to be sloppy one. After filming the conditions, I looked around for some riders to ask about the course. But most of them were doing there job, dialing in lines on the course (more on that in the YMOS episode). So instead of finding a rider, I found a spectator. First up, here is Kong with the rundown on Austin cycling and today’s races.

Next up we have a quick chat with Stephen Hyde, who had done his recon and was cooling down in the Rapha-Focus tent. We spoke to a clean-shaven Hyde at the beginning of the season, and everything has gone better than planned up to this point. Stephen gives us his thoughts on Sunday’s men’s elite race and his near future plans.

Finally, we took some time to gather some video of the elite men previewing the course. The meticulous nature in which these guys go back and dial in the course. The meticulous nature in how you pre-ride a course is an important element in doing well. Especially when the conditions are incredibly difficult like they will be today at Zilker Park. Thanks to Rusty Williford and Raul Rojas for the additional footage.

Thanks for watching.

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2015 USA Cyclocross Championship: Sam O’Keefe

January 11th, 2015 — 12:36am
Sam O'Keefe wins the D2 Collegiate Championship at the 2015 US Cyclocross Championship in Austin, Texas. Photo by Bruce Buckley

Sam O’Keefe wins the D2 Collegiate Cyclocross Championship  in Austin, Texas. Photo by Bruce Buckley

Hey there Cyclocross people. We are spending the week in Austin, Texas, at the 2015 US Cyclocross Championship. To start our coverage we begin with Saturday’s line up, which consisted of junior and collegiate races. All week the weather has been cold and damp. It went from damp to all out wet on Saturday as the rain came in force and the races took place in the sloppiest conditions of the week.

In the video below, Sam O’Keefe, who races for C3 Twenty-Twenty Cycling and Middlebury College, gives us his thoughts on winning the Collegiate D2 title. O’Keefe also talks about the changing conditions at Zilker Park, and what he expects for Sunday’s races.

Photos courtesy of Bruce Buckley. www.brucebuckelyphotography.com

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LIKEAVOS 2.3

January 6th, 2015 — 12:28am

For episode 2.3 of LIKEAVOS we head to Milton Keynes for round 3 of the UCI Cyclocross World Cup. Sanne Cant, the young Belgian National Champion goes head to head with US champion Katie Compton in a battle for the ages. The track features technical off-camber sections made even more difficult by muddy conditions. Staying upright on and off the bike is a challenge and those who do it best have the greatest chance to win. This is hands down one of the most exciting races of the year.

LIKEAVOS is presented by Skills Drills and Bellyaches: A Cyclocross Primer, available at cyclocrossbook.com. Please also check out everything at crosshairscycling.com/shop.

Footage via UCI.

Music:

Seventeen~Wildhoney: wildhoneysound.bandcamp.com/album/seventeen-forever

Beltane~NOEM: noem.bandcamp.com/album/petites-apocalypses

Only Just Met~Handbook: italdredrecords.bandcamp.com/track/handbook-only-just-met

Klapp Klapp~Vaski (Little Dragon): soundcloud.com/vaski/klapp-klapp-vaski-remix-1

Thanks for watching.

LIKEAVOS 2.3 from In The Crosshairs on Vimeo.

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Your Moment of SVENNESS 1.3

December 30th, 2014 — 1:53am

For episode 1.3 of Your Moment of SVENNESS we make a stop in Antwerp, Belgium, for Scheldecross. The course is dry and fast with several sand sections along the way. At the front of the race it was an early battle between three riders: Tom Meeusen, Laurens Sweeck and Mathieu van der Poel. After a few laps it was down to Sweeck and MvdP. We concentrate on one 180 degree sandy turn to see if riding or running is faster, and if that decision is one of the keys to winning the race.

This episode is presented by Skills Drills and Bellyaches: A Cyclocross Primer, available at cyclocrossbook.com.

Also, please check out everything available at crosshairscycling.com/shop and SVENNESS shirts and socks at SVENNESS.com.

Footage for this episode via Sporza.

Music is by Afrolicious & Pleasuremaker: afrolicious.bandcamp.com/

Thanks for watching.

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SVENNESS 3.8

December 22nd, 2014 — 1:55am

For episode 3.8, SVENNESS travels to Milton Keynes in Buckinghamshire, England for the third round of the UCI Cyclocross World Cup. Milton Keynes served up a muddy track with difficult off-camber sections and a good amount of running. The race started out chaotic, but once everything settled in it was about who was the strongest and made the fewest mistakes. We concentrate on cornering, picking lines and riding off-camber sections.

This episode of SVENNESS is brought to you by For The Love of Mud, which premiers January 9, 2015, in Austin, Texas, at the U.S. Cyclocross National Championship. Go to texasbikeracing.com/love-mud/ for more info.

Also, as always, please check out Skills Drills and Bellyaches: A Cyclocross Primer at cyclocrossbook.com.

Buy some shirts and socks at SVENNESS.com.

And take a look around at crosshairscycling.com/shop.

Footage for this episode via Sporza: sporza.be/cm/sporza/wielrennen/veldrijden

Music playlist:

Save Me~Listenbee: soundcloud.com/listenbee/save-me

Magic~Olympic Ayres: olympicayres.bandcamp.com/track/magic

Black Lemon~Generationals: generationals.bandcamp.com/track/black-lemon

My Only One~Kissing Party: kissingparty.bandcamp.com/track/my-only-one

Die Alone~Jennie Vee: jennievee.bandcamp.com/album/die-alone-ep

Reservoir~Pup: puptheband.bandcamp.com/track/reservoir-2

Thanks for watching.

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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 TexasBikeRacing.com 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 http://texasbikeracing.com/cx-nats/

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 TexasBikeRacing.com 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 TexasBikeRacing.com 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 (www.benedict1.com) 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 (www.stagescycling.com) is a Colorado-based manufacturer of cycling-specific power-based training meters for both indoor- and outdoor-use bicycles.

TexasBikeRacing.com 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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