UCI Announces Details On New Women Under 23 Category For Cyclocross Worlds

The 2016 UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships will see the introduction of a new category for women riders: Women Under 23 (see article 5.1.002 of the UCI Cyclo-cross Regulations). Athletes aged from 17 to 22 will be eligible to race in this new category, which is abbreviated to WU. Women aged 23 or more will compete in the Women Elite category. Until now, all these athletes raced together in the category, Women. Continue reading “UCI Announces Details On New Women Under 23 Category For Cyclocross Worlds”

CXHairs Goes To Le Tour (Part VIII)

CXHairs Goes To Le Tour (Part VIII)

Editor’s Note: John Kavouris finishes his exclusive coverage of the Tour for In The Crosshairs. It has been great having John on board and we hope to have him back during the cyclocross season for more coverage. Please let us know what you thought of our “offseason” coverage. Tweet at us at @CXHairs. Or send an email to CXHairs@gmail.com. And please, follow John and give him a virtual pat on the back at @JohnKavouris on Twitter and Kavouris on Instagram. All photos © 2015 John Kavouris.

Early morning overcast skies broke very quickly, for another gorgeous day of bike racing through the Brittany region of France. You couldn’t forget that we’re in Brittany (Bretagne, in French), because the flag of Brittany is EVERYWHERE. Not familiar with the flag of Brittany? You’ll figure it out pretty quick from the photoset. But right. Bike racing. Continue reading “CXHairs Goes To Le Tour (Part VIII)”

CXHairs Goes To Le Tour (Part VII)

Editor’s Note: John Kavouris continues his exclusive coverage of the Tour for In The Crosshairs. Follow him at @JohnKavouris on Twitter and Kavouris on Instagram. All photos © 2015 John Kavouris.

Stage 7: Livarot – Fougeres (190.5km)

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In light of the drama, crashes, and weather over the last few stages, I am unreasonably happy to report that stage 7 was your average, run of the mill, Tour de France sprint stage. Weather was warm but not unbearably hot, breezes were light, the course was gently undulating. With only one cat-4 climb just after the start, this is the last day for a while that the pure sprinters will have a chance at victory. Besides the TTT on Sunday, a rollingly hilly stage 13, and Champs-Élysées, the riders will be seeing a LOT of mountains in their future, and the sprinters will be seeing a lot of time in the grupetto. Continue reading “CXHairs Goes To Le Tour (Part VII)”

CXHairs Goes To Le Tour (Part VI)

Editor’s Note: John Kavouris continues his exclusive coverage of the Tour for In The Crosshairs. Follow him at @JohnKavouris on Twitter and Kavouris on Instagram. All photos © 2015 John Kavouris.

Stage 6

Abbeville – Le Havre (191.5km)

Stage 6 of the Tour ran from Abbeville to Le Havre, on a mostly coastal route. While predominantly a flat stage, the course featured three categorized climbs (all cat 4), and an uncategorized but punchy finish on the Côte d’Ingouville in Le Havre – 850m at 7% average grade. The weather was fantastic: ~20C, sunny, and a crosswind light enough to not cause any problems for the group. I spent the majority of the day absolutely shredding the backroads of France trying to head-off the race for more photo opportunities. But unlike yesterday, I had ample time to snack, caffeinate, and even tap the shutter button a few times in the start town. Continue reading “CXHairs Goes To Le Tour (Part VI)”

CXHairs Goes To Le Tour (Part V)

Editor’s Note: John Kavouris continues his exclusive coverage of the Tour for In The Crosshairs. Follow him at @JohnKavouris on Twitter and Kavouris on Instagram. All photos © 2015 John Kavouris.

Stage 5: Arras – Amiens (189.5km)

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Today’s stage started off pretty miserable for everyone. Weather in Arras was cold and rainy, I was slow out of bed this morning, and traffic into Arras was unfortunately slow. I arrived to the start a mere 20 minutes before riders would roll-off, and didn’t even get my breakfast of hospitality village snacks. Sometimes, life at the Tour is truly hard. Continue reading “CXHairs Goes To Le Tour (Part V)”

CXHairs Goes To Le Tour (Part IV)

Editor’s Note: John Kavouris continues his exclusive coverage of the Tour for In The Crosshairs. Follow him at @JohnKavouris on Twitter and Kavouris on Instagram. All photos © 2015 John Kavouris.

Stage 4: Seraing, BE – Chambrai, FR (223.5km)

The Tour de France actually entered France for the first time in 2015, and it did so in epic fashion. Furthermore, it’s as close to CX as it gets at the Tour: cobbles. From Seraing to Chambrai, the peloton saw 7 secteurs of cobblestone ranging from 1,200 to 3,700m in length, with a total of 13.3km of stones. If that wasn’t enough, the consistent threat of rain throughout the day kept suspense high for what flavor of slippery the riders might have to face: dusty or wet. Continue reading “CXHairs Goes To Le Tour (Part IV)”

CXHairs Goes To Le Tour (Part III)

Editor’s Note: John Kavouris continues his exclusive coverage of the Tour for In The Crosshairs. Follow him at @JohnKavouris on Twitter and Kavouris on Instagram. All photos © 2015 John Kavouris.

Stage 3. Antwerp – Huy (159.5km)

After the miserable weather conditions of yesterday, today should have been a change of pace for the riders. A few cat 4 climbs and beautiful weather is all that separated the riders between Antwerp and the Mur de Huy (and the Côte de Cherave, a punchy .9k cat 4 a few k before it). Not that Cherave and the Mur de Huy are easy (they’re not), but so close to the finish, all a rider needs to do is get up the damn things, and they’re not going to miss a time cut. It should be exciting racing for those at the front, but not demoralizing for those not. Now, with that being said… Continue reading “CXHairs Goes To Le Tour (Part III)”