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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Crosshairs Radio Episode 28: Michael van den Ham

On episode 28 of Crosshairs Radio we talk to Red Truck Garneau cyclocross racer Michael van den Ham. The van den Hammer won the 2013 U23 Canadian Cyclocross National Championship and finished fourth in 2015 in the elite race. He is a racer who is right on the cusp of joining the elite level of racers at the top of North American UCI C1 racing. On Crosshairs Radio he shares stories with us of growing up and racing in Canada, the trial by fire of New England cyclocross and his adventures in Europe. Continue reading “Crosshairs Radio Episode 28: Michael van den Ham”

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Crosshairs Radio Episode 27: Robert Marion

On Episode 27 of Crosshairs Radio we talk to American Classic pro, Robert Marion. If you aren’t familiar with Robert’s story, it’s a great one. We go through his days as an out of shape 260 pound former offensive lineman in North Carolina, and how he transformed into a top endurance mountainbike racer before spending his energy racing cyclocross at the highest level. Continue reading “Crosshairs Radio Episode 27: Robert Marion”

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Eleven Questions With Stephen Hyde

  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.

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