MvdH in Belgium Week 2: The other Belgian Cyclocross Scene

Rapecross in Lokeren. It was up there with the hardest courses I’ve raced: filthy muddy, filled with tricky technical bits, and had a field of pretty top notch competitors to boot. And it wasn’t even a UCI race. Technically it’s classified as a Belgian ‘B’ race which basically means it’s the highest level of amateur racing in the country. Not to diminish all the great UCI racing we have in North America, but in Belgian the amateur racing is on par with anything that we’d see in all but the best produced C1 races on our side of the ocean. Continue reading “MvdH in Belgium Week 2: The other Belgian Cyclocross Scene”

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The Big Picture: German Cyclocross National Championship

German cyclocross is an interesting affair. Despite sharing borders with the two perennial cyclocross powerhouses of Belgium and The Netherlands, Germany is not known for its cyclocross culture. Belgian and Dutch riders stack World Cup top-10s, while Germany has a few representatives in the field looking to break the top-20. Continue reading “The Big Picture: German Cyclocross National Championship”

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The Big Picture: 2017 U.S. Cyclocross Nationals (Elite Men)

With a course full of icy ruts formed by days of racing, dozens of dicey corners and descents topped with a fresh blanket of snow, all bets were off for the Men’s Elite Cylocross National Championship in Hartford. It was anyone’s race and early on it looked like any pre-race predictions might be tossed aside. After leading up the Bonk Breaker Hill climb on the first lap, Stephen Hyde (Cannondale/Cyclocrossworld) fell and his bike tumbled down the grade, indicating that even the race favorites would struggle. Continue reading “The Big Picture: 2017 U.S. Cyclocross Nationals (Elite Men)”

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Crosshairs Radio Episode 61: TDDTIE (U.S. CXNATS)

For episode 61 of Crosshairs Radio, we convene for another installment of They Don’t Do That In Europe. Scott, David and Bill have an in-depth conversation about everything that happened in front of the cameras and behind the scenes at the U.S. Cyclocross National Championships in Hartford, Connecticut. We then talk a bit about the European championships happening the same weekend before moving on to the World Cup race that took place in Italy on Sunday. Continue reading “Crosshairs Radio Episode 61: TDDTIE (U.S. CXNATS)”

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The Big Picture: 2017 U.S. Cyclocross Nationals, The Coming Storm

The grey dusk sky was interrupted in intervals of human silhouettes, one after another forced into the negative space. The orange glow of small fire’s illuminated  the hillside in an ever changing pattern while the crush of thousands adorned in black moved with the force of a swelling river to the soundtrack of the apocalypse. My 14 year old eyes glazed with fear and amazement at the complete and total chaos as the sky rained sod, funnel cake and pizza toppings. Continue reading “The Big Picture: 2017 U.S. Cyclocross Nationals, The Coming Storm”

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Cyclocross Nationals Preparation (Part 4)

[Editor’s note: In his defense, Scott submitted this article days before Courtenay raced last Sunday in Hartford. So I am fully to blame for the post-cxnats publication of this prep article. On the plus side, these bikes aren’t done as they are heading to Luxembourg for cyclocross worlds. And Courtenay’s fifth place finish at nationals are proof the bikes were all in good order.] Continue reading “Cyclocross Nationals Preparation (Part 4)”

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