When I first saw Stephen Hyde race cross at Nittany CX my reaction was probably the same as most, “who is that kid!” Hyde took his place at the front of the race amongst talent like Todd Wells, Jacob Lasley and Adam Myerson to name a few, at times dictating the pace. Fast forward one week later and Hyde takes on Jonathan Page in a head to head battle at Charm City CX besting the veteran and at the time National Champion on day 2 of the event to win his first UCI race. Since then Stephen’s trajectory towards the top of the sport has been at lightning speed, this past season saw him on the podium weekly at the biggest event in the country including back to back victories at the UCI C1 events in Louisville, Kentucky. Stephen’s attitude is infectious and easy to see his love and dedication to the sport of cyclocross, I was able catch up with Stephen a few weeks after his season ended in Europe as he begins to refocus for the coming year.
When you think of Santa Cruz, CA what is the first thing that comes to mind? Surfing, fish tacos, Rob Roskopp, and likely if you are here cyclocross. Northern California has long been a hub of cyclocross and Santa Cruz has always produced great riders and great races. Recently Tobin Ortenblad a resident and student of the Santa Cruz cyclocross scene capped off his best season to date by capturing the U23 National Championship in Asheville NC a few weeks ago. Tobin is currently in Europe having just raced the final World Cup in Hoogerhiede and is now preparing for the World Championship in Zolder this coming weekend. We caught up with Tobin to see how life as a national champion is treating him back home and over in Europe. Continue reading “Eleven Questions With Tobin Ortenblad”
Three time and current national U.S. cyclocross champion, Jeremy Powers, joins us for a conversation on the latest episode of Crosshairs Radio. We talk about his place in the current U.S. cyclocross landscape, in which he is the guy everyone wants to beat and how his motivation for winning races has evolved over the years. We also discuss racing overseas and how that best works for racers in the U.S. who want to travel to, but not necessarily live in, Europe. Continue reading “Crosshairs Radio Episode 5: Jeremy Powers”
Colt McElwaine began as a top junior cyclist on the mountain bike and later in the cyclocross world. But where … Continue reading Crosshairs Radio Episode 4: Colt McElwaine
Gary Fisher is a legend. That should go without saying for someone who is credited with helping invent the mountain bike and whose company, Gary Fisher Mountain Bikes (Now part of Trek Bicycle), was responsible for many early MTB innovations and designs. Continue reading “Gary Fisher on Mustache Aerodynamics”
For episode 3 of Crosshairs Radio we talk to Georgia Gould and Ryan Trebon after both had great results at the CrossVegas World Cup race.
Georgia Gould, the five time mountainbike national champion (four times in XC and once in short-track) and 2012 olympic medal winner, talks about her CrossVegas race, finding form, equality in racing, heckling, hydrating and (if you can believe it) more. Continue reading “Crosshairs Radio Episode 3: Georgia Gould and Ryan Trebon”
Jeremy Powers (Rapha-Focus/Aspire Racing) entered the first World Cup race held in North America with the realistic goal of a top five finish. If all went right and the stars aligned, his team thought a CrossVegas podium spot was possible, but top 5? That was something well within his reach. Continue reading “Jeremy Powers Interview: Post-Race CrossVegas”
[EDITOR’S NOTE: The sound quality on the video at the bottom of the page suffers from a bit of wind noise. If you watched the race, or saw highlights, especially of the sand, you witnessed how bad the wind was at the race. Unfortunately, this wind picked up again as soon as we started our interview. It’s still worth watching, and you can hear everything fine, there’s just some unavoidable background noise that gets in the way here and there.]
Katerina Nash has won CrossVegas more than anybody, male or female. Her fourth victory at the Desert Breeze Soccer Complex in Las Vegas, Nevada, also gave her the lead in the UCI World Cup standings. Nash credited her victory on the knowledge of the course and familiarity with racing in Vegas. Continue reading “Katerina Nash Interview: Post-Race CrossVegas”
Wout van Aert (Vastgoedservice-Golden Palace) won CrossVegas, the first World Cup race ever in North America, in convincing fashion, Wednesday, September 16. Continue reading “Wout van Aert Interview: Post-Race CrossVegas”
Katie Compton (Trek Factory Racing) is the most accomplished U.S. Cyclocross racer ever. Hands down. Just look at the new logo. The 11 in the teeth is for each of her U.S. Cyclocross National Championships. Add to that 22 World Cup wins, two world cup overall titles, four world championship medals and 103 UCI wins, and there really isn’t an argument to be made that includes anyone else. Continue reading “Katie Compton: CrossVegas Pre-Race Interview”