January 18th, 2015 — 1:25am

For SVENNESS Episode 3.9 we are at the Flandriencross in Hamme for the third round of the BPost Bank Troffee series. The track is one of the fastest we will see this year, which means the race takes on the look and feel of a road circuit race more than a cyclocross race. No mud or big run-ups to deal with but that doesn’t mean there isn’t excitement. This one is all go from the gun and the rare occasion in which multiple team leaders use teammates to strategically control the race.

Along with concentrating on team tactics, we also determine if riding or running the barriers at Flandriencross is faster and what is the most efficient way to carry your bike up a set of stairs with a turn at the top. This race is one of the first all out battles between Wout van Aert and Matthieu van der Poel. A scenario we suspect will repeat itself many times in the years to come.

Footage for this episode via Sporza.

Music by:

You Light Me Up~Evolfo:

Owls~A Drop of Blood:

Ronny’s Song~Mike Sill:

The Villain~Mesita:

Half Bad~White Reaper:

Dance With The Dead~The Entity:

Following the postponement of the U.S. Cyclocross Nationals final day, we were stuck with boxes of unsold books, shirts, socks and other merchandise. To support In The Crosshairs and the SVENNESS and LIKEAVOS series, please visit For a limited time, if you use the coupon CXNats15 you will receive 15 percent off your order.

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2015 US Cyclocross National Championship: Sunday Preview Videos

January 11th, 2015 — 9:42am
CXHairs course expert: Kong.

CXHairs course expert: Kong (on left).

[Editor’s Note: As I write this, the event may be canceled. With the hope it isn’t, I will post regardless] Before the Elite races go off today at Zilker Park in Austin, Texas, we have two interviews and a spur of the moment Your Moment of SVENNESS to get you ready for the races. The rain hit hard, yesterday, and increased overnight. Today is is going to be sloppy one. After filming the conditions, I looked around for some riders to ask about the course. But most of them were doing there job, dialing in lines on the course (more on that in the YMOS episode). So instead of finding a rider, I found a spectator. First up, here is Kong with the rundown on Austin cycling and today’s races.

Next up we have a quick chat with Stephen Hyde, who had done his recon and was cooling down in the Rapha-Focus tent. We spoke to a clean-shaven Hyde at the beginning of the season, and everything has gone better than planned up to this point. Stephen gives us his thoughts on Sunday’s men’s elite race and his near future plans.

Finally, we took some time to gather some video of the elite men previewing the course. The meticulous nature in which these guys go back and dial in the course. The meticulous nature in how you pre-ride a course is an important element in doing well. Especially when the conditions are incredibly difficult like they will be today at Zilker Park. Thanks to Rusty Williford and Raul Rojas for the additional footage.

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2015 USA Cyclocross Championship: Sam O’Keefe

January 11th, 2015 — 12:36am
Sam O'Keefe wins the D2 Collegiate Championship at the 2015 US Cyclocross Championship in Austin, Texas. Photo by Bruce Buckley

Sam O’Keefe wins the D2 Collegiate Cyclocross Championship  in Austin, Texas. Photo by Bruce Buckley

Hey there Cyclocross people. We are spending the week in Austin, Texas, at the 2015 US Cyclocross Championship. To start our coverage we begin with Saturday’s line up, which consisted of junior and collegiate races. All week the weather has been cold and damp. It went from damp to all out wet on Saturday as the rain came in force and the races took place in the sloppiest conditions of the week.

In the video below, Sam O’Keefe, who races for C3 Twenty-Twenty Cycling and Middlebury College, gives us his thoughts on winning the Collegiate D2 title. O’Keefe also talks about the changing conditions at Zilker Park, and what he expects for Sunday’s races.

Photos courtesy of Bruce Buckley.

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January 6th, 2015 — 12:28am

For episode 2.3 of LIKEAVOS we head to Milton Keynes for round 3 of the UCI Cyclocross World Cup. Sanne Cant, the young Belgian National Champion goes head to head with US champion Katie Compton in a battle for the ages. The track features technical off-camber sections made even more difficult by muddy conditions. Staying upright on and off the bike is a challenge and those who do it best have the greatest chance to win. This is hands down one of the most exciting races of the year.

LIKEAVOS is presented by Skills Drills and Bellyaches: A Cyclocross Primer, available at Please also check out everything at

Footage via UCI.




Only Just Met~Handbook:

Klapp Klapp~Vaski (Little Dragon):

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LIKEAVOS 2.3 from In The Crosshairs on Vimeo.

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Your Moment of SVENNESS 1.3

December 30th, 2014 — 1:53am

For episode 1.3 of Your Moment of SVENNESS we make a stop in Antwerp, Belgium, for Scheldecross. The course is dry and fast with several sand sections along the way. At the front of the race it was an early battle between three riders: Tom Meeusen, Laurens Sweeck and Mathieu van der Poel. After a few laps it was down to Sweeck and MvdP. We concentrate on one 180 degree sandy turn to see if riding or running is faster, and if that decision is one of the keys to winning the race.

This episode is presented by Skills Drills and Bellyaches: A Cyclocross Primer, available at

Also, please check out everything available at and SVENNESS shirts and socks at

Footage for this episode via Sporza.

Music is by Afrolicious & Pleasuremaker:

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December 22nd, 2014 — 1:55am

For episode 3.8, SVENNESS travels to Milton Keynes in Buckinghamshire, England for the third round of the UCI Cyclocross World Cup. Milton Keynes served up a muddy track with difficult off-camber sections and a good amount of running. The race started out chaotic, but once everything settled in it was about who was the strongest and made the fewest mistakes. We concentrate on cornering, picking lines and riding off-camber sections.

This episode of SVENNESS is brought to you by For The Love of Mud, which premiers January 9, 2015, in Austin, Texas, at the U.S. Cyclocross National Championship. Go to for more info.

Also, as always, please check out Skills Drills and Bellyaches: A Cyclocross Primer at

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And take a look around at

Footage for this episode via Sporza:

Music playlist:

Save Me~Listenbee:

Magic~Olympic Ayres:

Black Lemon~Generationals:

My Only One~Kissing Party:

Die Alone~Jennie Vee:


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For The Love Of Mud To Premiere At US Cyclocross Nationals In Austin

December 11th, 2014 — 5:37pm

TBR_FTLOM_11If you are going to be in Austin for US Cyclocross Nationals, mark your calendars now: Friday, January 9 at 7pm, the World Premiere of Benedict Campbell’s For The Love Of Mud: A Movie About Cyclo-Cross will take place at the legendary Stateside Theater. This is going to be amazing. Along with the world premiere the director and a panel of pro racers will be on hand to answer your questions. I will have the honor of emceeing the event and hope to see all of you there. Want to know more? Here is a handy press release from the folks at Texas Bike Racing who are responsible for making this all happen:

December 11, 2014, Austin will host the world premiere of the cyclo-cross cycling film documentary “For the Love of Mud” on January 9, 2015 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Austin’s legendary Stateside Theater. The screening will be held in conjunction with USA Cycling’s 2015 Cyclo-Cross National Championships from January 7-11, in Austin, Texas. More information on tickets and the event can be found at

Presented by Stages Cycling and the work of British filmmaker and artist Benedict Campbell, the event will take place from 7-10 pm beginning with happy hour before the screening and a Q&A session with Benedict Campbell and many of the country’s top professional cyclo-cross racers after the movie. Much more than a race movie, the film provides a beautiful history and narrative on the “religion” of cyclo-cross. 

“I wanted to debut this film in Austin because the sport is growing quite rapidly in the state of Texas,” says Campbell, who shot, wrote and edited the film himself as sort of a side project during and after his race seasons. “And, quite simply put, I really like the city of Austin.” He spent 1.5 years on the film that he says highlights the sport on many levels, from beginner to professional racers. “This is a movie that all cyclo-cross racers can identify with and share with people to introduce them to the sport.”

Texas-based racing news website is hosting the film premiere as a way to showcase the sport to during a major event such as the national championships. “Benedict Campbell is a ridiculously talented photographer and filmmaker and we’re honored to have a chance to premiere his film,” says publisher and Austin resident Robert Wray. “The film is so well done and has such a story and history that even if you don’t like or know much about ‘cross you’ll enjoy the film.”FTLOM_TBR_logos

The USAC Cyclo-Cross National Championships will be held in Austin’s Zilker Park and will attract elite bicycle racers from across the country as they compete to win a national jersey in both amateur and professional categories.

Destined to become a cult classic for our crazy sport of cyclo-cross, “For the Love of Mud” includes coverage from Cyclo-Cross Nationals in Boulder 2014, the World Championships in Hoogerheide, along with numerous Superprestige races across Europe. Interviews include top pros Sven Nys, Helen Wyman, Gabby Durrin, Jeremy Powers, Katie Compton, along with age groupers and rabid fans.

Cyclo-cross is a form of bicycle racing and consists of on- and off-road courses that are held on mix of surfaces including pavement, grass, and often mud. Obstacles such as barriers, steep climbs, sand pits exist throughout the course and force racers to navigate tight spaces and turn and often dismount and re-mount the bicycle, carrying it on their shoulders if needed. The sport first began in the Flanders area of Belgium and is usually held in the fall and winter seasons, and racers use specific cyclo-cross bicycles that are outfitted to handle the rigors of cyclo-cross. Races vary in distances depending on course conditions and difficulty and usually last between 30 minutes to 1.5 hours.

Benedict Campbell ( is a renowned global photographer, digital artist, and filmmaker; he has produced eye-catching imagery for the world’s leading brands and draws on a wide range of styles. When he’s not working on advertising campaigns, he spends his time making cult documentaries, such as “It Ain’t About Cav,” “Café Cowboy” and “The Wall of Death.” He’s still very passionate about riding his bike.

Stages Cycling ( is a Colorado-based manufacturer of cycling-specific power-based training meters for both indoor- and outdoor-use bicycles. is the go-to source for bicycle racing in the state of Texas. The site includes race results and reports, cyclist profiles, a calendar of events, photos and more.

And if you haven’t already seen it, here’s the trailer:

“FOR THE LOVE OF MUD” TEASER-2 from benedict campbell on Vimeo.

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December 11th, 2014 — 2:10am

For the second episode of LIKEAVOS we travel to the North Sea coast town of Koksijde in West Flanders, Belgium, for the second round of the UCI Cyclocross World Cup. Koksijde is a sandy monument of cyclocross with much of the course going up, over and down challenging sand dunes. To win you must have a combination of strong sand riding skills, strong running ability and a bit of luck. We focus on race strategy and the importance of momentum.

To support LIKEAVOS, please pick up a copy of Skills Drills and Bellyaches: A Cyclocross Primer, available

Also, check out the shirts and socks available at and

Footage for this episode is via UCI.


Mary Jane Hooper-I’ve Got Reasons (Professor Shorthair Remix)~DJ Yamin:

Buddy~All Dogs:


Lost Boys~The

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December 2nd, 2014 — 3:59pm

For episode 3.7 we head to Asper-Gavere, Belgium, for the fourth round of the Superprestige series. The course is muddy and slick. Not deep mud but the kind of mud that makes every turn and every descent an adventure. It also makes riding up hills difficult. We look at how riders deal with a particularly hairy descent, the ride vs. run decision and another great example of teamwork and tactical riding.

This episode, as always, is presented by Skills Drills and Bellyaches: A Cyclocross Primer available at Also check out for socks and shirts.

Video for this episode is via Vier:

Music in this episode:

My Ears Are Ringing~Sama Dams:

Give Me A Reason~Saskwatch:

Closer~The Effects:

Pepe Silvia~Perspective, A Lovely Hand to Hold:


Another Nice Day~Hillsides:

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SVENNESS 3.7 from In The Crosshairs on Vimeo.

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Your Moment of SVENNESS 1.2

November 28th, 2014 — 5:16pm

For the second installment of YMOS we take a look at the steep off-camber section at the Soudal Classic race that took place November 11, 2014, in Niel, Belgium. The newly designed course features a man-made sand dune and a lot less pavement. It also features several great off-camber sections that forced riders to think hard about line choice. Episode 1.2 focuses on one of these off-camber sections and the short climb that follows it. This one is about gravity and momentum and how choosing the right line can help take advantage of both of those forces.

Your moment of SVENNESS is presented by Skills Drills and Bellyaches: A Cyclocross Primer available at cyclocrossbook.comand by everything available at

Footage for this episode is via Sporza.

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Your Moment Of SVENNESS 1.2 from In The Crosshairs on Vimeo.

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