The Big Picture: Philadelphia International Cycling Classic

Stuck to the seat inside of an Amtrak passenger car sweating out the night before, a young girl began humming and ever so slightly singing along to Bruce Springsteen’s “Dancing in the Dark.” Deep in the belly of 30th Street Station I struggled to find some sort of peace amongst the heat and chaos, the engine of the train had yet to start and the hot stagnate air from the streets above had begun to wraps its filthy hands around my neck. My mind raced, wondering if I should just get up and run as fast I can off the train car but just as the girl muttered “this gun is for hire…” the engine fired up and the air began a cool dance of circulating fans extinguishing any thoughts of escape and ending a week long work-cation in the city of Brotherly Love. Continue reading “The Big Picture: Philadelphia International Cycling Classic”

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Crosshairs Radio ep 31: Slinger and the Shark

We are back with another episode from the basement. For Crosshairs Radio episode 31, Taylor “Slinger” Jones and Kevin “CX Shark” Hays join Bill for an update on everything going on in cyclocross news. We go in-depth into the recent transfer news from Telenet Fidea concerning Lars van der Haar and Eli Iserbyt. Get hung up on what it is cyclocross managers actually do. And spend more time than you may be comfortable with discussing World Cup cross country mountainbiking. Continue reading “Crosshairs Radio ep 31: Slinger and the Shark”

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Georgia Gould and Stacey Barbossa: The Lost Crosshairs Radio Episode

[Editor’s note: Friend of the site and Crosshairs Radio, Sean Runnette, chatted with Georgia Gould and Stacey Barbossa a few months ago about cyclocross nationals. It was meant to be an episode of Crosshairs Radio, but audio issues threw a wrench in that plan. Going above and beyond, Sean transcribed the podcast so that we can now present it in print form. It’s a great conversation, and one I’m happy has been preserved. Thanks for listening reading.] Continue reading “Georgia Gould and Stacey Barbossa: The Lost Crosshairs Radio Episode”

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AFI: Middelkerke

Editor’s Note: Here’s the final installment of Cat Armour’s fantastic AFI series. Thanks so much to Cat for this feature. We loved it every week. If you have a moment, give her a follow on Twitter @meowclank and say hi.]

Looong drive to the coast, but it turns out to be quicker than the train/tram option, although finding a parking space posed some questions. However, we find ourselves a seafront berth with beach and cafe and everything is good 🙂 A quick walk through the dunes and The Guys pull out another free ticket for me! YAY! If I had had to pay for every race I’ve been to this season, well, it would add up to rather a lot! Continue reading “AFI: Middelkerke”

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Crosshairs Radio Episode 30: TDDTIE Returns

For episode 30 of Crosshairs Radio we bring you another installment of They Don’t Do That In Europe. Scott and David join the show to talk about the recent technological fraud decision handed down by the UCI, Telenet-Fidea’s move to Trek, Lars van der Haar’s Paris Roubaix debut, Lars Boom’s possible full-time cyclocross return, Vermeersch news, Wout’s power numbers and more. Continue reading “Crosshairs Radio Episode 30: TDDTIE Returns”

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AFI: Sint Niklaas

[Editor’s Note: Somewhere in my inbox this entry was lost, which meant Hoogstraten was posted out of order. So we’re backing up the bus and making sure Sint Niklaas gets its due.]

It’s our first outing after Worlds and a chance to see the Rainbows in their new homes for the next year. Continue reading “AFI: Sint Niklaas”

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UCI Statement: Femke Van den Driessche Technological Fraud Decision

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”

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The Big Picture: The Oval

[Editor’s note: Although this is predominantly a site focused on cyclocross, in the end, we love bikes. And bike racing. All kinds. So, in the offseason, we don’t mind bringing you some mountain-biking, road racing or whatever other kind of cool stuff is happening out there. For instance, we will once again be bringing you our own coverage of a selection of Tour de France stages, and may even cover some World Cup MTB and a gravel race or two. Who knows, there may be a skateboarding or music post mixed in here at some point. But make no mistake, this is not filler. I’d rather post nothing than post something just to have a post. The bottom line is cxhairs.com has great contributors. And if they have an idea for a story, I want to share it. Like this one from Brett. Thanks for reading. -Bill] Continue reading “The Big Picture: The Oval”

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