The Week In ‘Cross This Week: Episode 4

June 20th, 2014 — 3:00am

This week on The Week In ‘Cross This Week we delve into the recent updates to the UCI Cyclocross Rulebook. Oooooh exciting!!! Actually, there’s some interesting items in there. Including a big change to how World Cup teams are selected, and what that means for powerhouse nations like Belgium and a shake up to the daily schedule for UCI races. We also revisit the stop and go rule for riding through the pits. And, of course, no episode is complete without a Moment of Sven. Although, it’s not called that in the episode. But you’ll figure it out.

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The Week In ‘Cross This Week: Episode 3

June 13th, 2014 — 2:48am

For episode 3 of The Week In ‘Cross This Week, we return to the Niels Albert story for the latest updates, check in on Sven and his quest for a top 10 finish at the European Championship XC MTB race, get the lowdown on a PFP kerfuffle, and talk ‘cross racing in Belgium, Las Vegas and Australia. If you have a second, please check out our book, Skills Drills and Bellyaches: A Cyclocross Primer, available at www.cyclocrossbook.com.

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The Week In ‘Cross This Week: Episode Two

June 6th, 2014 — 7:31am

For episode two of The Week In ‘Cross This Week we check in on everything from Niels’ heart, Sven’s MTB, Mourey on the road, some young guns’ futures to what the Americans are up to. If you missed Episode One, you can see that, HERE.

Questions, concerns, rants, raves or even a heads up on a story? Hit me up at theweekincross@gmail.com.

Also, follow me on Twitter @CXHairs if you’re into that type of thing.

Want swag? Go here: www.crosshairscycling.com/shop

Thanks for watching.

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The Week In ‘Cross This Week: Episode 1

May 28th, 2014 — 8:18am

Something new at CXHairs.com. Here is the first episode of The Week In Cross This Week. A short run down of the top cyclocross news of the week. Or the news that catches my fancy. This week’s episode includes Niels Albert, Sven Nys, Pauline Ferrand-Prevot, Marrianne Vos and Jen Denuwelaere. Being a test run of sorts, it also includes mistakes. For instance:

(1) I mispronounced names.
(2) I meant to say that the new Silver Lake race in Mol would be on the schedule, not on the course, and that it was similar to the 2013 Belgian Championship course, not the race. But it came out jumbled. Words, how do they work.
(3) I also meant to say World Cup not World Tour race when talking about Jim Aernouts.
(4) I look off the left. That’s where my notes are. It’s annoying, I know. Tweaking that for next time.
(5) Also, other stuff.

And that about covers it. The rest is pretty self-explanatory.

Send your thoughts, complaints, tips and recipes to TheWeekInCross@gmail.com. Also, give a follow on Twitter: @CXHairs.

Thanks for watching.

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Crosshairs Cycling Throwback Shirt

May 17th, 2014 — 1:59pm
CrosshairsCyclingPEshirt

The Crosshairs Cycling Throwback Shirt

Back in 2008, soon after this site started, we had a short run of t-shirts made to show off our then new Public Enemy inspired logo. Over five years later, we are still here and wanted to celebrate by updating that classic tee. So check out the new Crosshairs Cycling shirt and bring the noise. If you want, you can also bum rush the show (Yo!). Just please wear a helmet if you do.

All of the shirts, socks, and other items sold help us bring to you bike racing coverage from Cross Vegas to SVENNESS and LIKEAVOS. Sales of this shirt are no different. The goal is to be around for a long time. And with your help, that will happen. As always, thank you for your support, it means everything.

Shirts (in unisex and women’s sizes) are $20 and up for pre-sale at crosshairscycling.com/product/crosshairs-cycling-throwback-shirt/

We will place the order June 2 with a targeted ship date around June 15.

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2014 Steel City Showdown

May 6th, 2014 — 9:55pm

I had the opportunity to travel to Pittsburgh a couple weeks ago and shoot video of the Steel City Showdown for the Appalachian Bicycle Racing Association. The downtown criterium is set in a beautiful setting that crosses the Allegheny River on separate bridges each lap. The race took place on a beautiful day but that didn’t mean the conditions were easy. The exposed bridges are windy and they are far from flat. The racing was great all day long and Pittsburgh played a great host for this event. Check it out next year if you’re into that road racing thing. If not, take a look at some of the other races ABRA organizes. There are some doozies on that calendar: www.abraracing.com/Schedule.html.

Music by Turf War: turfwarusa.bandcamp.com/track/the-great-escape

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Richmond 2015’s Lee Kallman

May 5th, 2014 — 8:40pm

Lee Kallman is Richmond 2015’s Vice President for Marketing and Development. Richmond 2015 is the organization behind the 2015 UCI Road World Championships, which will take place in the United States next year, for the first time since the 1980s. I caught up with Kallman after a group ride with Tim Johnson on the Worlds’ course in front of USA Cycling’s Collegiate Nationals event this past weekend. Richmond2015 used Collegiate Nationals as a test event for Worlds. This short interview is before the collegiate races and by all accounts, everything went down amazingly well. I hope to talk with Lee again in the coming months to see what the lessons learned were from the test event and the next steps in moving forward towards Worlds in 2015.

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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.

Thanks for watching.

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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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