Catching Up With Tim Johnson

May 2nd, 2014 — 9:43am
Riding the streets of RVA with Tim Johnson.

Riding the streets of RVA with Tim Johnson.

Tim Johnson, six-time US Cyclocross National Champion, is in Richmond, Virginia, this week for the USAC Collegiate National Championships. One of Johnson’s sponsors, Volkswagen, also sponsors USAC cycling and invited Tim to RVA to help promote the event. The Collegiate Championship races will take place on the same roads that will host the 2015 UCI Road World Championship. Having ridden two world championship road races, Johnson offers the organizers a unique perspective on what they can expect when the world comes to town in 2015. Richmond 2015′s Lee Kallman met up with Johnson last year on the final day of the Ride on Washington and loved the type of organized ride the TJROW leaders conducted. With Johnson in town for the races, Kallman organized a ride with Johnson and local riders to reinforce the smartest and safest ways to conduct a group ride. After that ride, I had a couple minutes to catch up with Tim.

In our chat, Johnson touches on his World Road Championship experience, the World Cross Championships, his plans for the year and his continuing bicycle advocacy work including the upcoming midwestern ride on Chicago.

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JRA: East Flanders

April 25th, 2014 — 5:43pm

While in Belgium earlier this month Dan Tille, Rusty Williford and I had an opportunity to do several rides in and around the Belgian countryside. The Ronde van Vlaanderen museum has a map of three courses that wind through many of the same roads as the cobbled classics. The day that this video was shot we rode the yellow route. Not many cobbled sections on film, but they would’ve been unpleasant to watch anyway with all of the bouncing and jostling. Regardless, here is two minutes of just riding around in East Flanders. If you can swing it, you should go.

Music by Hands and Knees: handsandknees.bandcamp.com/album/wholesome

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Trek Factory Racing Service Course Tour

April 19th, 2014 — 2:05pm

The Trek Factory Racing service course opened in November 2013 in a nondescript semi-industrial area of Deinze, Belgium, which is 20 minutes west of Gent and an easy drive to most of the spring classics. Freddie Stouffer, TFR Operations Manager, gave us a tour of the service course on the Tuesday between the cobbled classics, Ronde Van Vlaanderen and Paris-Roubaix. Dan Tille and Rusty Williford of Fulcrum Coaching joined me and did a great job grilling Stouffer on the inter-workings of the service course while I took photos and tried not to break anything.

Absent the team car parked outside, you would have no idea the TFR service course was here.

Absent the team car parked outside, you would have no idea the TFR service course was here.

The owner of the building, who like most in Belgium is a huge cycling fan, allowed the Trek staff to design and build out the inside of the warehouse space to their liking. Since they have only done new construction to half of the facility, we get a good look of the before and after.

Warehouse.sidebyside2

The top image is unfinished warehouse and where the team vehicles are housed. The bottom is the built out service course with rooms for bikes, soft goods, food, a wash station and showers.

The soft goods room has all of the shoes, kits, helmets and casual clothing. It’s basically a big closet. The bins are there to restock riders with kits and necessary items. If a rider crashes and rips a kit, the service course gets an email from the soigneurs indicating what is needed and the new items are made available in the rider’s personalized bin. “It’s like our own post office,” Stouffer explained.

When new kit comes in, or when a rider needs a piece of clothing, it is kept here. Bin contents are then loaded into race vehicles.

When new kit comes in, or when a rider needs a piece of clothing, it is kept here. Bin contents are then loaded into race vehicles.

This guy.

This guy.

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The Bike Toss: A Short History

March 14th, 2014 — 2:39pm

Inspired by Marcel Kittel’s “intense relationship” with his bike, we have compiled our favorite bike tossing clips into a short history of the art of the bike heave. This is by no means a completist’s collection, but enough highlights to fit nicely into the time frame of the Joe Jackson track used for the soundtrack.

That song is available here: itunes.apple.com/us/album/look-sharp!-bonus-track-version/id414800

Footage via Eurosport, Rai and Sporza.

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#LIKEAVOS 1.3

February 23rd, 2014 — 1:44am

The 2014 UCI Cyclocross World Championship took place in Hoogerheide, Netherlands. The women’s elite race was pegged as a showdown between UCI World Cup champion, Katie Compton, and six time cyclocross world champion, Marianne Vos. Events don’t always go as planned but that doesn’t mean this race wasn’t an exciting one. The Hoogerheide course was a challenging track, with slick conditions and killer ruts in every corner. The riders who committed, persevered and came out on top.

LIKEAVOS is presented by Skills, Drills and Bellyaches: A Cyclocross Primer, available at cyclocrossbook.com and by CrossVegas, which is going to have the biggest stars in cyclocross toe the line September 10 in Las Vegas, Nevada. More info atCrossVegas.com.

Footage via Sporza: sporza.be/cm/sporza/wielrennen/veldrijden

The music for this episode is all available at bandcamp.com. If you like a song, follow the link and buy it. Many of these albums are available as a “name your price” download. If you buy something, let me know on twitter at @cxhairs. Here are the tracks:

Little Black Car~Dutch Courage: dutchcourage1978.bandcamp.com/track/little-black-car

Isn’t It Sad~Goodman: goodmanmusic.bandcamp.com/album/isnt-it-sad

Pin Me Up~Mavis Gary: mavisgary.bandcamp.com/album/pin-me-up

Feel Weird Hit Of The Winter~The All-About: theallabout.bandcamp.com/track/feel-weird-hit-of-the-winter

All The Sad Young Literary Men~The Great American Novel: thegreatamericannovel.bandcamp.com/track/all-the-sad-young-literary-men

Roger Was A Dancer~Bearstronaut: bearstronaut.bandcamp.com/track/roger-was-a-dancer

Thanks for watching.

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Twenty20 Cycling Brings Equal Prize Money to European CX With Sponsorship of Koppenbergcross

February 21st, 2014 — 9:53am

Good friends of In The Crosshairs, Twenty20 Cycling, announced this morning the Mid-Atlantic company’s sponsorship of the Koppenbergcross in Oudenaarde, Belgium. The important take away from this announcement is that the GP Twenty20 Cycling will bring, for the first time ever in Europe, equal payouts for the women’s cyclocross field. Here is the press release that went out this morning:

The Koppenbergcross in Oudenaarde sets a new milestone in the history of cyclocross. In cooperation with the American company Twenty20 Cycling we are the first European cyclocross to provide equal prize money for men elite and women. So far there was a gap of over five thousand euros between the prize scales for men and women in first category races, such as the Koppenbergcross. A gap that the Sint-Pietersvrienden, organizers of the Koppenbergcross, now decided to close.

Helen Wyman at this year's Koppenberg Cross. Photo by Peleton Photos.

Helen Wyman at this year’s Koppenbergcross. Photo by Peleton Photos.

The winner of the GP Twenty20 Cycling (The new name of our women’s race) on Saturday November 1st 2014 – is no longer rewarded by 350 euros but by 1667. Exactly the same as the next winner of our GP Willy Naessens for men elite. The same counts for all riders further down the results of our men and women’s race. A clear signal with which we hope to help the current growth of the Koppenbergcross and women’s cyclocross. So far, the world championships were the only cyclocross races on European soil to give equal prize money.

The British rider Helen Wyman – European champion cyclocross, member of the cyclocross committee of the international cycling federation, triple winner of our race and resident of Oudenaarde – is obviously happy with this step. “In my eyes, this is a huge step. It is a very significant moment for women’s cycling. This allows women to make one step up the ladder towards equality. I spend a lot of my free time trying to advance women’s cyclocross and I hope this will lead to a chain reaction of races who do the same, as I know the support is there from sponsors, supporters and riders. To be a part of this development for the sport is fantastic for me.”

“For the Koppenbergcross to be the first race in Europe to do this is very special.  I love the Koppenbergcross, to me it is the biggest race outside of the World Championships.  It is legendary.  To have an American sponsor back the race shows how significant it is around the world.  I can’t thank Twenty20 Cycling enough on behalf of all of the racers that take part next season.  I’m certainly already looking forward to the GP Twenty20 Cycling and hope to collect another cobble stone in 2014.”

Kristopher Auer, manager of Twenty20 Cycling, is proud to connect the name of his company to the women’s race of the Koppenbergcross. Twenty20 Cycling Co. is a small two-store bicycle shop located in Baltimore and Savage, Maryland in the United States. One of the things that makes our business unique is how it developed from a cyclocross background. Since before we opened our business I have been supporting the growth of cyclocross in America. I was promoting UCI cyclocross races in Baltimore nearly a decade ago when I met my future business partners. Growing the sport has always been on our agenda and I’ve always looked to ensure both women and men can race with equal opportunity.”

“There have been a lot of discussion recently about the globalisation of the sport, and women’s racing is high on the agenda for change. Following discussion with Helen Wyman, a six-time winner in our UCI races in Baltimore, we looked for an opportunity to do our part to help advance these two key areas of change. As a company we are excited to be part of such a prestigious event as the Koppenbergcross. It is an amazing race with its own rich history, tough conditions and a fantastic venue. We are proud to be part of what I believe to be an important, if not historic, moment for women’s CX and women’s cycling in general. The growth of women’s sport is not to be ignored and we are hopeful that support of the Koppenbergcross will send a powerful message in Europe and the United States that the time is now.”
The GP Twenty20 Cycling, our women’s race on Saturday November 1st 2014, once again will be part of the bpost bank trofee, just like our men’s and u23 race.
More info:
Koppenbergcross: www.koppenbergcross.be

Twenty20 Cycling: www.twenty20cycling.com
bpost bank trofee: www.bpostbanktrofee.be

Helen Wyman: www.helenywyman.com

 

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SVENNESS Goes to the Olympics

February 13th, 2014 — 8:12pm

With cyclocross winding down and the Winter Olympics heating up, we take a bit of a detour to Sochi for the men’s freestyle sprint cross-country skiing final race. The course, which competitors will do one lap of in a little over 3 minutes, has been a challenging one. Many crashes have occurred throughout the day and the final is not immune to its own chaotic excitement. So much going on in this 3 and a half minute race.

Footage via Спорт.

Music by Dudadius: facebook.com/Dudadius and dudadius.bandcamp.com/album/drowzium

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Thanks for watching.

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#SVENNESS 2.17

February 7th, 2014 — 3:09am

In episode 2.17, #SVENNESS goes to Hoogerheide, Netherlands, for the 2014 UCI Cyclocross World Championship. The elite men’s race was a battle of two giants, each with two Men’s World Championship jerseys to their name. Zdeněk Štybar won the rainbow jersey in 2010 and 2011, to go along with two U23 jerseys won in 2005 and 2006. Sven Nys is the reigning World Champion. He first won the title in 2005.

The Hoogerheide course is a tough one made even tougher by the wet conditions. The mud on the track is not necessarily deep but it is slick, which makes every turn an adventure. And speaking of turns, there are several significant rutted off-camber sections that play a part in the outcome of this race. We also look at the “swinging gate technique” of getting around a sharp turn, and the run vs. ride decision and it’s tactical application. But mainly, we just sit back and enjoy a barn burner of a race.

SVENNESS season two is sponsored by Skills Drills and Bellyaches: A Cyclocross Primer, available at cyclocrossbook.com.

It is also sponsored by CrossVegas, which will takes place September 10 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Rumor has it that this may be a rematch of Stybar and Nys. Just a rumor, but how cool is that? Either way, come join us at the race. More info at crossvegas.com.

Finally, a great way to support this series is to buy a supercool SVENNESS t-shirt at SVENNESS.com.

Also, if you are so inclined, support the site by clicking on the banner ad above and check out what our sponsor Bontrager has to offer.

Video footage for this episode via Sporza: sporza.be/cm/sporza/wielrennen/veldrijden

Buy some music from #SVENNESS 2.17:

Disk is Full, Not Full~Dudadius: dudadius.bandcamp.com/album/drowzium

Cutesy Monster Man~Iron Chic: ironchic.bandcamp.com/album/not-like-this

Ordinary Silence~Mixtapes: nosleepsampler.com/album/ordinary-silence

Is It Your Choice To Say That I Don’t Deserve You?~Souven!rs: souvenirsvannes.bandcamp.com/

Throw Me From the Bridge of Flowers~Wholesome: handsandknees.bandcamp.com/track/throw-me-from-the-bridge-of-flowers

Liar~Of Us Giants: ofusgiants.bandcamp.com/

Everything Between Paint and a Wall~Grandview: grandview.bandcamp.com/album/everything-between-paint-and-a-wall

Be Around~The Peach Kings: thepeachkings.bandcamp.com/album/mojo-thunder-ep

Thanks for watching.

#SVENNESS 2.17 from In The Crosshairs on Vimeo.

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Be Sven and An Instagram Clip Show

January 29th, 2014 — 8:29am

Hello cyclocross friends!

As we look forward to the 2014 Cyclocross World Championship taking place this weekend at Hoogerheide, Netherlands, we wanted to take a quick look back at our top 10 Instagram videos from the season.

We also wanted to show off the latest sponsor of CXHairs.com, Bontrager. We could not be more stoked on this. Trek and Bontrager have done a fantastic job taking their new relationship with Sven Nys and Sven Vanthourenhout,  and their continuing relationship with Katie Compton to an all new level for cyclocross sponsorship and growth, especially in the United States.

Bontrager launches their “Be Sven. Ride Bontrager” campaign today and have put together a pretty bad ass video to get things kicked off. Check it out below, and if you’re feeling it, give the banner ad above a click and check out what Bontrager has to offer. It’s good stuff and having your eyes on it helps us continue to deliver the #SVENNESS and #LIKEAVOS series as well as pursue other projects like Skills Drills and Bellyaches.

Thank you for your support.

-Bill

Be Sven. Ride Bontrager.

The Top 10 CXHairs Instagram videos. Our moments of Sven(ness), if you will …

10. Even in the junioren classification, rubbin’ is racin’ 52. Toupalik, who deftly avoids getting put into the boards, goes on to win the race. #azencross

9. PSA: from your local race to the pro game, if you’re working the pits, keep that head on a swivel. This message approved by Thijs Al.

8. This is all you need to know about the Czech #cxnats. @martinbina #cyklokros

7. Sven (@sven_nys) gets a taste of life at the back of the field early in today’s World Cup race at #namur.

6. Mathieu van der Poel and Gianni Vermeersch went all in for the U23 silver medal at the European Championships. The whole battle is dissected at the end of #SVENNESS 2.10.

5. Katie Compton (@katiefncompton) descends like a balleur. But you already knew that. Also, Commit to the rut.

4. #STYBY

3. Albert and Peeters nail the synchronized plank hopping portion of their routine at #diegem.

2. Tom Meeusen (@tommeeusen) dials in the cx tabletop at @soudalclassics #leuven

1. This is all you need to know about the Belgian #cxnats. @sven_nys #svenness

To see even more Instagram videos and to get them when released, follow us at instagram.com/cxhairs. You can also follow on Twitter at twitter.com/CXHairs. To see all of the SVENNESS videos go to: www.cxhairs.com/index.php?s=svenness.

Thanks for watching.

 

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#SVENNESS 2.16

January 26th, 2014 — 1:19pm

In episode 2.16, SVENNESS goes to Leuven, Belgium, for the latest round of the Soudal Classics Cyclocross Series, which took place January 19. The Leuven course features some short tough climbs, and one particularly hairy descent. There is also a fun ramp section and a touch of mud. A handful of different riders take their shots riding off the front but nothing sticks until Tom Meeusen, Kevin Pauwels and Sven Nys get away with five to go. Meeusen is the aggressor in this race launching attack after attack. Pauwels counters and Sven once again shows incredible patience.

With parts of the Leuven course bordering on single-track, we took the opportunity to review a couple MTB skills that are definitely ones you need for your cyclocross skill set. We also look at ride vs run opportunities and how the pros handle a little contact between riders.

SVENNESS is presented by Skills Drills and Bellyaches: A Cyclocross Primer, available at cyclocrossbook.com and by CrossVegas, which takes place September 10, under the lights. More info at crossvegas.com.

Footage via Vier: vier.be/tags/cyclocross

As always, if you like the songs on this episode, please visit the artist links below and buy the track or even the album.

Lady in Waiting~U.S. Royalty: usroyalty.bandcamp.com/track/lady-in-waiting

Hawk in Harness (Chris Sheldon Mix)~My First Tooth: myfirsttooth.bandcamp.com/track/hawk-in-harness-chris-sheldon-mix

Feelin’ It!~Ex Norwegian: shop.exnorwegian.com/album/feelin-it

Reggie Lewis~Sport: sport.bandcamp.com/track/reggie-lewis

Dreamers Asleep at the Wheel~The Ambulars: theambulars.bandcamp.com/album/dreamers-asleep-at-the-wheel

Cast a Shadow~Coves: soundcloud.com/coves/the-coves-cast-a-shadow-master

Thanks for watching.

#SVENNESS 2.16 from In The Crosshairs on Vimeo.

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