It turns out there really isn’t much of an offseason, anymore. And I’m okay with that. Since cyclocross season ended I’ve had the opportunity to grab my camera gear and get back to shooting and editing video. Something that I never have time to do enough of during a busy cyclocross schedule. And without a doubt, it’s been a pretty awesome summer. Continue reading “Trailside Dailies and Hilly Billy Roubaix”
USA Cycling has released the selection criteria for riders interested in racing UCI World Cup cyclocross events for the 2016-2017 season. Most notable for U.S. riders is the double allotment afforded U.S. riders for the CrossVegas and Jingle Cross world cup stops. The Men’s and Women’s U.S. squads will both be allowed to bring up to 16 riders rather than the eight riders normally allotted to national federations.
Before getting to the rules, let’s take a quick look at the World Cup calendar. Note there are two U.S. events, two Dutch events, three Belgian events, and one event each in Germany and Italy. A pretty nice mix of nations hosting World Cup events this season before we head to Worlds in Luxembourg. Continue reading “2016-2017 UCI Cyclocross World Cup Selection Criteria”
CrossVegas announced, today, changes to the track at the decade old event. No longer will the race venture off into the no-man’s land of the front-side soccer fields but will instead be confined to the “bowl.” The changes look like they will make for a more dynamic race and one that is even more spectator friendly. Here ‘s the official press release from Cross Vegas along with the new map: Continue reading “Clif Bar CrossVegas Course Changes Announced”
The UCI posted, today, changes to its rules and regulations for cyclocross. The hot-button item is the new radio rule for World Cup and World Championship races (although as written, it is limited. Communication allowed only from the rider to the mechanic. No communication from staff to rider). But there’s more. The u-turn returns, as long as there is no picket fence swinging by riders, and staff for world cup and world champs need UCI licenses [Editor’s note: After talking to a few people who know more than me, I think the rule from last year will remain intact. This is just a bad translation. So expect to see the triangles return.] I’ve pulled out all of the changes, which were approved June 7 by the UCI Management Commission, and listed them below. I’ve also uploaded the full cyclocross chapter here: 5CRO-E-07.06.2016_English. Continue reading “UCI Releases Updated Cyclocross Rules and Regulations”
Here is the full text of Femke Van den Driessche’s UCI disciplinary decision. Van den Driessche was found with a motor concealed in a bike during the 2016 Cyclocross World Championships. As you will read in the statement below, she receives a six-year suspension and 20,000 CHF fine. She also loses her U23 European Championship and U23 Belgian Championship titles. Her team did not receive any disciplinary sanctions. Continue reading “UCI Statement: Femke Van den Driessche Technological Fraud Decision”
The full UCI calendar is out there and it’s still a bit of a work in progress. The U.S. UCI Pro CX calendar is pretty solid, so we have cut through the noise and compiled the 49 UCI race days on tap in the U.S. Pro CX for the 2016-2017 season. Continue reading “U.S. Pro CX UCI Calendar 2016-2017”
Chapter 3, the final chapter in the Book of Cross, follows Jeremy Powers from the U.S .National Championships in Asheville, NC, to the World Championships in Heuseden-Zolder, Belgium. Powers’ 33rd place at Worlds was not what he hoped. Chapter 3 gives some insights into what went wrong. Continue reading “Book of Cross: Chapter 3”
There have been a handful of point-of-view course preview videos floating around. This one by Team France and Cofidis rider, Clément Venturini, was brought to my attention by fellow cxhairs.com and Crosshairs Radio contributor, Taylor Jones. The footage was shot for French Cyclocross website,Labourés Magazine, and does a nice job showing the elevation changes in the course as well as the trees … in the course. Also, listen for Venturini’s breathing when he’s off the bike. Even for a recon ride, every lap at Zolder is a hot lap. It’s going to be a fast race but that doesn’t necessarily mean this course is easy. Or flat. Continue reading “World Championship Course Preview Videos”
Before you even scroll down and start marking your calendars, know this: the calendar below and currently on the UCI website is not final. If anything it is a placeholder that may not have necessarily been meant for public consumption. In other words, it’s not completely correct and likely to change. The calendar vote will happen this weekend and a final calendar will be released after the World Championships. And that final calendar? Even it may change. Nothing is certain in UCI cyclocross land.
While Cyclocross Nationals is in full swing at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina, another national-level competition was taking place up the road in Fletcher, North Carolina: The first-ever mechanics national championships. Continue reading “2016 Mechanics National Championships”