The Big Picture: Supercross Cup Day 1 (Elite Men)

Cameron Dodge (Unattached) took the win at day 1 of the Supercross Cup in Stony Point, NY, riding a smooth and steady race over the slick and technically challenging course. Raleigh-Clement rider Kerry Werner fought back from several places down to finish 2nd, while Dan Timmerman (Stan’s NoTubes Elite CX) finished 3rd on the podium. Continue reading “The Big Picture: Supercross Cup Day 1 (Elite Men)”

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The Big Picture: Supercross Cup Day 1 (Elite Women)

Crystal Anthony (Boulder Cycle Sport/YogaGlo) finished with a solo win at day 1 of the Supercross Cup, attacking immediately to counter an early error. Behind her, course conditions would provoke an all-race battle for the 2nd and 3rd spots, with a mud-slicked and challenging course forcing errors and several riders swapping placings. Ultimately, Arley Kemmerer (Level Eleven Racing) would ride into 2nd place, followed by Rebecca Fahringer (Amy D. Foundation) for 3rd. Continue reading “The Big Picture: Supercross Cup Day 1 (Elite Women)”

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AFI: Ruddervoorde

The guys were on good form from the get go today. They always ask me who’s going to win when I get in the car and always I reply ‘Kevin Pauwels’, which leads to the friendly banter and their continued assurance that Sven is unbeatable. They have also decided that I am some kind of good luck charm and they are going to push theirs. Today was ‘can we blag a closer parking space’ which was achieved by actually knocking on a door and asking a householder if we could park in their driveway! Continue reading “AFI: Ruddervoorde”

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The Big Picture: Gavere

It feels like it’s taken ages for me to get out to Belgium this year. The World Cup is well underway, Koppenbergcross and Zonhoven are already done, and I’ve only just stepped off the Eurostar. Gavere is a classic course though, set on the side of a hill half in an arboretum and the other half in some kind of military facility. As with so many famous Belgian locations, it is on the outskirts of an otherwise humble Flemish town that is overwhelmed by cycling fans one day a year. Continue reading “The Big Picture: Gavere”

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The Big Picture: Fairhill Cyclocross and Who is Fatmarc?

Under the breezy drizzle of Fairhill, MD skies I overheard a conversation between a few teammates, it was as pre-race chatter goes before a race between friends: “How ya feelin’” “I didn’t sleep enough last night” “Is what’s his name here?” “Who is Fatmarc?” WHO IS FATMARC !!! Continue reading “The Big Picture: Fairhill Cyclocross and Who is Fatmarc?”

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The Big Picture: CycleSmart International Cyclocross Day 2 (Elite Men)

Rafael Gagné (Red Truck – Garneu p/b Easton Cycling) dominated day 2 of CycleSmart International, soloing away from the field and holding off his pursuers to take the win. A large group of podium contenders would ride together behind him, making soft attacks to jab at one another all race. After a suspenseful race waiting for big attacks, the final podium places were decided by a blistering final lap and small group sprint. Dylan McNicholas (Polartec) rode a smart race and would out-sprint all in the chase group to claim 2nd, while Cameron Dodge (unattached) would hang onto his wheel for 3rd. Continue reading “The Big Picture: CycleSmart International Cyclocross Day 2 (Elite Men)”

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The Big Picture: CycleSmart International Cyclocross Day 2 (Elite Women)

After settling for 2nd place a day prior, Emma White (CyclocrossWorld Development Team) struck back on day 2 of CycleSmart International to take the win against a late fading Ellen Noble (JAM Fund/NCC/Vittoria, 2nd). Cassandra Maximenko (Van Dessel Cycles) claimed the 3rd spot on the podium, improving upon her prior day’s 5th place. With contenders the same but new battles to play out on the slightly modified course, the Elite Women closed out the weekend in Northampton in epic fashion. Continue reading “The Big Picture: CycleSmart International Cyclocross Day 2 (Elite Women)”

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