Archive for November 2008

Tacchino Ciclocross 2008: The One With The Sausage

November 25th, 2008 — 6:14pm

The Mid-Atlantic cyclocross scene visited Leesburg, Virginia November 23 for Squadra Coppi’s Tacchino Ciclocross. Racers were treated to crisp conditions and a challenging course. We got some great responses for this race. If you want to know how the top racers in the Mid-Atlantic take care of business, keep on reading. Here are my takeaways: […]


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Tacchino Ciclocross 2008: Let’s Reconnoiter

November 25th, 2008 — 6:02pm

1. What was the best part of the course? What was the worst? WESTON SCHEMPF (Elite Men 1st Place): The entire course was great, but if I had to choose one section it would be the section from after the pit the first time through the choppy ride up (3rd up hill) and the second […]

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Tacchino Ciclocross 2008: Where Are My Lucky Socks?

November 25th, 2008 — 5:52pm

2. Pre-race ritual, warm-up, food, etc.? STEPHEN CUMMINGS: Amazing espresso from our hosts’ Super Automatic machine. Bagels with peanut butter and honey and raisins, a bit of dark chocolate before the start and a Hammer gel. I pre-rode the course for 3 laps and sat on a trainer to stay warm for about 20 minutes […]

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Tacchino Ciclocross 2008: Dressing For Success

November 25th, 2008 — 5:46pm

3. Did you overdress, underdress or get it just right? STEPHEN CUMMINGS: I think I did it right. Long-fingered gloves, long-sleeved skinsuit, sleeveless base-layer. Wool socks. SPORTSBALM hot balm! MATTHEW PARSE: I got it just right … just a jersey, shorts, and arm warmers. GREG FABER: Just right: tights, wool socks, under armor base layer, […]

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Tacchino Ciclocross 2008: Sealing The Deal

November 25th, 2008 — 5:43pm

4. Describe your winning (or losing) move. WESTON SCHEMPF: After a not so great start I knew I wanted to lead through the chicane before the sketchy gravel turn so I made a move up the left side of the pack on the second pavement section to gain the lead. I pushed it on the […]

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Tacchino Ciclocross 2008: It’s A Suitcase … Filled With Sausage

November 25th, 2008 — 5:38pm

5. Did you win a suitcase of sausage? [Ed. Note: I realize that this was a mid- pack preme, which means most likely these guys would not have been in contention, but when handed such an opportunity this is a question you can’t pass up.] STEPHEN CUMMINGS: I am a vegetarian. [Ed. Note: Me, too. […]

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Tacchino Ciclocross 2008: Far Be It For Me To …

November 25th, 2008 — 5:35pm

6. What is something you saw a newbie do that made you think “I really need to have a friendly word with that guy”? STEPHEN CUMMINGS: I really hate seeing people ride around without helmets. There was a kids’ race, and we are who they see and try to emulate. We all know that we […]

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Tacchino Cross 2008: Your Witness …

November 25th, 2008 — 5:31pm

7. Are you sandbagging? If not, defend yourself. STEPHEN CUMMINGS: I am reverse sandbagging in that I should probably be racing the B’s. MATTHEW PARSE: No, I have only won one race in my category and I have been shelled plenty of times. It is time to move up a category if you are consistently […]

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Tacchino Ciclocross 2008: Looking Ahead

November 25th, 2008 — 5:28pm

8. Racing next week? What will you do differently, what will you try to repeat? KRISTOPHER AUER: Yep and I’ll get there on time. WESTON SCHEMPF: Yes. As next weekend’s races are more for training, I’ll probably sit in more and watch the race develop rather than going to the front right away. I’ll work […]

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Tacchino Ciclocross 2008: Ride Lots …

November 25th, 2008 — 5:26pm

9. Do you have a coach? If so, where has coaching helped? GREG FABER: Yes. Structure, motivation, workout variety and type. IAN MATHIAS: Not officially, but I’ve had a ton of help from Dan Warnick and Sean Galegher, who own HVB, and Dave Weaver from Alan NA. All three of them have been huge in […]

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