MVDH in Belgium Weeks 4 and 5: The World Championships and Post-Worlds Races

 

Frankly, I think all us CX’ers are a little prone to gross exaggeration – “that was the hardest track ever”, “that run up was, like, half a lap”, “I’ve never seen so much mud in my life”, “that guy crashed out the entire field on the start” – but believe me when I say that World’s was the most mechanical destruction I’ve ever seen in a race. With only a crash and only a single flat Vittoria tubular, I feel like I came away fairly unscathed compared to the horror stories of equipment carnage I’ve heard from so many other athletes. Continue reading “MVDH in Belgium Weeks 4 and 5: The World Championships and Post-Worlds Races”

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Crosshairs Radio Episode 65: TDDTIE (Lille, Hoogstraten & USAC Meetings)

For episode 65 of Crosshairs Radio, it’s another They Don’t Do That in Europe (TDDTIE) show with Scott Dedenback and Mr. David Palan. We wind down the DVV and Superprestige seasons and also discuss recent developments coming out of the  UCI race directors meetings held last week at USA Cycling headquarters in Colorado Springs. Continue reading “Crosshairs Radio Episode 65: TDDTIE (Lille, Hoogstraten & USAC Meetings)”

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MvdH in Belgium Week 2: The other Belgian Cyclocross Scene

Rapecross in Lokeren. It was up there with the hardest courses I’ve raced: filthy muddy, filled with tricky technical bits, and had a field of pretty top notch competitors to boot. And it wasn’t even a UCI race. Technically it’s classified as a Belgian ‘B’ race which basically means it’s the highest level of amateur racing in the country. Not to diminish all the great UCI racing we have in North America, but in Belgian the amateur racing is on par with anything that we’d see in all but the best produced C1 races on our side of the ocean. Continue reading “MvdH in Belgium Week 2: The other Belgian Cyclocross Scene”

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The Big Picture: German Cyclocross National Championship

German cyclocross is an interesting affair. Despite sharing borders with the two perennial cyclocross powerhouses of Belgium and The Netherlands, Germany is not known for its cyclocross culture. Belgian and Dutch riders stack World Cup top-10s, while Germany has a few representatives in the field looking to break the top-20. Continue reading “The Big Picture: German Cyclocross National Championship”

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The Big Picture: 2017 U.S. Cyclocross Nationals (Elite Men)

With a course full of icy ruts formed by days of racing, dozens of dicey corners and descents topped with a fresh blanket of snow, all bets were off for the Men’s Elite Cylocross National Championship in Hartford. It was anyone’s race and early on it looked like any pre-race predictions might be tossed aside. After leading up the Bonk Breaker Hill climb on the first lap, Stephen Hyde (Cannondale/Cyclocrossworld) fell and his bike tumbled down the grade, indicating that even the race favorites would struggle. Continue reading “The Big Picture: 2017 U.S. Cyclocross Nationals (Elite Men)”

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