The Big Picture: Kings CX

Pedaling down back lanes surrounded by the bright yellows and oranges of the autumn leaves, my mind wanders from one thought to the next, from simple ideas to meaning-of-life level questions. It’s on the bike alone I have found that my mind opens itself with ease. There are times where I have felt like I have written the greatest short story of all, word after word flowing and painting these visions of adventure and peril, of emotional highs and lows of humanity and it’s all there strung effortlessly together. Continue reading “The Big Picture: Kings CX”

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Crosshairs Radio Episode 50: TDDTIE (Pan Am/Kings/Euro Champs/Koppenbergcross)

This is a long one, but it’s worth it. We were left a bit rudderless without Scott Dedenbach at the helm for this edition of TDDTIE, but Scot Hermmann sat in and did strong work making the show work. Lord knows somebody had to. If it was just me and David it would have been two hours of obscure jokes and mispronounced names.

For episode 50, we go in deep on the Pan American Championships, Kings CX, European Championships and Koppenbergcross.  Continue reading “Crosshairs Radio Episode 50: TDDTIE (Pan Am/Kings/Euro Champs/Koppenbergcross)”

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The Big Picture: Pan Am Champs

While the mass of our peers were usually headed to football games, movies and awkward dates to Applebees we would plug cheap guitars into cheaper amplifiers and smash away at elementary song writing. Like most misfit teenagers who were into to skateboarding, it didn’t take long until we discovered punk rock. Between going to shows and listening to records, at a certain point a few of us thought collectively ‘this doesn’t seem that hard and definitely looks like a lot of fun,’ so we formed a band. Continue reading “The Big Picture: Pan Am Champs”

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The Big Picture: Cheer Globally, Race Locally

The duality of the North American cyclocross fan, and I suspect the same goes for the U.K., Australia and elsewhere, is that most of us race  in a local series,  then rush home to try and find a link to the Superprestige, Soudal Classic, DVV or World Cup race that happened the same day. The same goes with UCI races happening in the United States. We race our grassroots event while checking twitter to see what’s happening with the pro racers. It’s not a new story, but it still holds true. We are a participatory fan base. We compete in the sport we love. That’s a special thing and it’s what makes our sport great. Continue reading “The Big Picture: Cheer Globally, Race Locally”

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The Big Picture: Cyclocross and the Zen of Surfing

There are days when the house is empty and the breeze blows through the front window that I just lay on the floor and imagine I’m surfing. Paddling hard into a rising wave, feeling the push and power propelling me to the shore, I pop up and admire my ability to work in tandem with the water, cutting hard back to my left towards the waves crest and then quickly slashing right back into the perfect glassy pocket, water sprays and catches the ever changing oranges and purples as the sun dips into to the sea. Continue reading “The Big Picture: Cyclocross and the Zen of Surfing”

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The Big Picture: Chicago Cross Clinic With The Svens

The first time I saw Sven Nys ride a bike in person was at the 2013 CX Worlds in Louisville. It was the Friday before the race weekend and Nys was pre-riding the course. The only way I can describe how he navigated the course is to say that he looked like he was locked onto a rail and being pulled along by an invisible rope. The relaxed confidence, the economy of effort, the souplesse were mesmerizing. And of course 24 hours later he would win his second world title.

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The Big Picture: DCCX 2016

[Editor’s note: CXHairs mainstay, Bruce Buckley, was on site at DCCX to capture the weekend in all its glory. Along with Bruce’s words and photos below, you can find a full gallery of his images from DCCX here: www.brucebuckleyphotography.com/Sports/Cyclocross/DCCX-2016/.]

Urban ‘cross racers are on a seemingly endless hunt for the perfect spot. Within the city limits, property is at a premium and bikes are usually prohibited in public green space. And so the search goes for that secluded corner of a park or that piece of abandoned property where you can cobble together a mini course for mid-week practices. Old staircases and punchy little climbs where you can do some session work. Stretches of lightly traveled pavement where you can work on your starts and knock out short intervals. Continue reading “The Big Picture: DCCX 2016”

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