Let’s Get Clinical

Before we get knee deep into the season, let’s take a look back at the August 21 cyclocross clinic with Jeremy Powers hosted by JBV Coaching and Fulcrum Coaching.

JBV Coaching & Fulcrum Coaching Cross Clinic
Chris Mayhew Addressing The 'Campers'

I had the opportunity to track down the coaches and a handful of the attendees from the clinic to get their thoughts on what they expected to get from the day and how it panned out. If you are new to cyclocross or even if you have been racing for a year or two, take a look at the responses and consider making a clinic part of your preseason routine. Here’s what the ‘campers’ had to say about their day:  Continue reading “Let’s Get Clinical”


A Chat With Cyclocross Magazine’s Andrew Yee (Part II)

Welcome back to part II of our interview with Cyclocross Magazine’s Andrew Yee. If you missed part I you can read it here. We continue our discussion talking about the decision to make the magazine a full-time job and what the future holds for Cyclocross Magazine. Thanks for reading.

Is CXM your full-time gig? That must have been a leap of faith to take this on as your sole source of income.

Yee: In terms of hours, yeah, it’s been all-consuming for over a year now. It’s funny. I could never relate to classmates that pursued careers like investment banking because of the sheer hours they had to put in, but here I am working similar hours. I guess when you’re passionate about something, it’s a lot easier to maintain such a lifestyle.

In terms of a leap of faith, I guess that’s pretty accurate, and it almost didn’t happen. I’m a pretty committed person, for better or for worse, and when my buddy Mike couldn’t continue working on the mag, I was in a tough spot. But I felt like I’d always regret it if I didn’t give the young project a chance and see what it could become. And so after making that difficult decision, over time, it required more and more of my time and thus I went from having a full-time job trying to do the mag on the side, to a part-time job, to consulting a bit on the side, to now where I pretty much spend almost all waking hours on Cyclocross Magazine.

I really don’t like to do things half-assed, although many days I feel like that’s all I do just because I only get through half of what I want to do.

Bless my wife’s heart for her support and willingness to accept me giving up a real paycheck and being way less available. But I think the venture has merit and potential, we’re moving in the right direction, and I really hope we can make it work over time so that it’s a stable, even if very modest, source of income and a meaningful business that has a positive impact on the sport and its participants and fans.  Continue reading “A Chat With Cyclocross Magazine’s Andrew Yee (Part II)”

A Chat With Cyclocross Magazine’s Andrew Yee

For those of us that love—and even obsess over—cyclocross, print coverage of the sport has traditionally been hard to find. Every once in awhile VeloNews would have a couple pictures, or show a couple bikes in the buyer’s guide. And Bicycling magazine would explain to us how a cyclocross bike is a great option for a commuter bike, with its fender eyelets and optional disc brakes. But there was no magazine devoted to ‘cross culture and ‘cross racing. In 2007 that changed with the first issue of Cyclocross Magazine.

What started as a brainstorming session for a friend looking for a career in the cycling industry has resulted in a national cyclocross magazine with growing readership and an impressive online presence. Cyclocross Magazine’s Publisher Andrew Yee is not a journalist by training nor does he have a background in publishing.

Cyclocross Magazine
Cyclocross Magazine

He does have an MBA but is the first to admit that this is not the typical career path for those holding such a degree. What he also has is a passion for the sport, a willingness to do what it takes for Cyclocross Magazine to succeed, and a community ready to help. The publication, much like the U.S. version of the sport, is truly a grassroots affair. Many of the photos and a portion of the articles and interviews are submitted by unpaid contributors that share the staff’s goal of supplying the nation’s ‘crossers with an entertaining and informative periodical.

When the world is rapidly moving exclusively online, starting a print magazine seems a little crazy, but that is what Yee and the Cyclocross Magazine’s crew set out to do. I recently talked to Andrew about how this venture started and where he hopes it will go. Here is part one of our interview.  (You can find Part II here.) Continue reading “A Chat With Cyclocross Magazine’s Andrew Yee”

A Teaching Moment

Cyclocross promoters and racers for the most part get along fine. But every so often issues arise that have the two parties not seeing eye to eye. If you read the recent SpectaCross coverage posted on In The Crosshairs you are aware of one of those instances. It is far from my intent to have this site be a venue for the airing of grievances, so my gut reaction was to let the controversy quietly fade away. But I believe this can be what the president calls “a teaching moment.”

I have talked to both parties involved and I do not believe either is wrong or misguided. They simply interpreted the situation differently and acted accordingly. I believe this is a good opportunity for you, dear reader, to see what occurred from the perspective of the promoter and the racer. So without further commentary here is what happened.  Continue reading “A Teaching Moment”

SpectaCross: The One With The Midway

Funnel cake, the midway, 4-H competitions, deep-fried Twinkies on a stick and cyclocross. All staples of the state fair. At least they will be if Ken Getchell, promoter of SpectaCross, has his way. The SpectaCross cyclocross races took place July 31 and August 1 at the New Jersey State Fair. Although fields were smaller than expected, the event was professionally run and featured a fun, tight course. We caught up with five participants to get their thoughts on the weekend. Continue reading “SpectaCross: The One With The Midway”

SpectaCross: One and Done? A Chat With Ken Getchell

The SpectaCross cyclocross and speed trials races took place July 31 and August 1 at the New Jersey State Fair. Being the only show in town this time of year, we have lots of good stuff to share. But before getting to rider interviews from this past weekend’s races we are going to start our coverage with the man behind the curtain.

Ken Getchell

Ken Getchell’s SpectaSport LLC spearheads publicity for several cyclocross race series including MAC, OVCX and MABRA, as well as the Gravity East downhill series. Getchell can also be found as a race announcer for many events on the CX calendar. He has been at the publicity game a long time. Ken started SUPERKARTS!USA (now SKUSA) and was the publicist for future three-time Tour de France champion Greg Lemond’s first race as a professional in Wildwood, New Jersey in 1980.

He had to call on much of that experience to pull off two days of cyclocross in the middle of summer and at a state fair. Now that the dust (or mud) has settled, we caught up with Ken to get his thoughts on the weekend.  Continue reading “SpectaCross: One and Done? A Chat With Ken Getchell”