U.S. Cyclocross Nationals Hartford: First Look

U.S. Cyclocross Nationals takes place this year January 3-8 in Hartford, Connecticut. Because U.S. cyclocross racers and spectators continue to be a bit twitchy every time the topic of nationals comes up, there was once again many questions surrounding the Hartford venue. From parking to flooding to change of venue, to nine year old racers, there always seem to be more questions than answers. Continue reading “U.S. Cyclocross Nationals Hartford: First Look”

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The Big Picture: 2016 U.S. Cyclocross Nationals (Bill Schieken)

I brought camera gear with me to Asheville. I bring camera gear to every race. More and more, though, it never makes it out of the bag. I’m afforded this luxury because I have an amazing group of contributors who make my camera wielding unnecessary. Bruce Buckley, Brett Rothmeyer and John Kavouris crushed Nationals. The proof is in the pictures. And video? Yeah, I shot a ton of video at Madison and was planning to do the same at Austin until I ended up watching the elite races in an airport. For this year I brought all of the gear yet didn’t shoot one frame of video. And even if I had, I’m not sure I’d bother editing it after seeing the great work the next generation, including Noah Bell and Gentry Jefferson, are creating. Continue reading “The Big Picture: 2016 U.S. Cyclocross Nationals (Bill Schieken)”

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The Big Picture: 2016 U.S. Cyclocross Nationals (John Kavouris)

The afterglow from the US Cyclocross National Championships continues to warm my soul, as temps here in Boston and elsewhere around the US continue to dip. For the past week, I’ve been trying to unpack exactly why, and I think I’ve come up with a succinct enough answer: Nats in Asheville was precisely the experience that top ‘crossers in the US deserve. The hype around the event is absolutely justified—the venue amenities were top notch, the whole parking/admission price ‘issues’ foreseen simply weren’t, and the course was phenomenal. At best, US cross racers will typically encounter a World Cup feature on their otherwise domestic course. No. Not here. Course designer Tim Hopkin crafted absolutely a World Cup-level course, packed with off-cambers, climbing, as well as sick descending. Even the weather cooperated perfectly – dumping just enough rain on course the night before, staying cold and dry all day, and developing into light flurries during the culminating Elite Men’s race. For a racer or fan in attendance, I don’t think one could have asked for better. Continue reading “The Big Picture: 2016 U.S. Cyclocross Nationals (John Kavouris)”

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The Big Picture: 2016 U.S. Cyclocross Nationals (Brett Rothmeyer)

As the moments grew closer to the start of the Single Speed race on Friday afternoon on the grounds of the Biltmore Estate I was reluctant to head to the starting grid. I stood and stared into the French Broad River as it swelled closer to the banks from rains early in the week, I thought about the overwhelming heat of the opening weekend in Rochester and how unbelievably refreshing a dip in a river like this would have been. I thought about the 155 crazy bastards I was about to line up with and how I just wanted to get through the first lap without getting my bike mangled in a stroke of bad luck, and how this was it, no race next weekend, nor the weekend after. I stared at the water and continued to hesitate as the familiar voice of Richard Fries called us to staging. Just as I stared at that river I have been staring at this blank page on my computer screen off and all day. I am reluctant to start typing because much like the race efforts I would put out a week ago this will likely be my last post for the season, much like the French Broad River ends in Douglas Lake, cyclocross season ends in January.  Continue reading “The Big Picture: 2016 U.S. Cyclocross Nationals (Brett Rothmeyer)”

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2016 U.S. Cyclocross Nationals Video: Noah Bell

Man, I just stink at e-mail these days. After putting out a call for crowd-sourced Cyclocross Nationals video clips I got an email from Noah Bell, who is the son of my teammate and Rock Creek Velo coach, Mike Zoeller. It was a modest e-mail letting me know that I could use any of the clips Noah shot and that he posted video on You Tube. I thought “awesome,” and moved on to the next email without looking at the clip. That was a mistake. Noah’s work makes me think “why bother with the crowd-sourced video” along with Gentry Jeffereson (another Mid-Atlantic young guy) they pretty much nailed it.

[Update: This version of the video shouldn’t be geo-restricted.}

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The Big Picture: U.S. Cyclocross Nationals (Bruce Buckley)

One of the best parts of  the 2016 U.S. Cyclocross Nationals at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina, was being able to spend time with so many In The Crosshairs contributors. From Taylor Jones and Kevin Hays who are contributors to the site and guests on Crosshairs Radio to a full squad of my favorite photographers: Bruce Buckley, Brett Rothmeyer and John Kavouris. Continue reading “The Big Picture: U.S. Cyclocross Nationals (Bruce Buckley)”

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2016 U.S. Cyclocross Nationals Video: The 270 Montage

Gentry Jefferson of the 270 Montage is many things: fast Mid-Atlantic junior on the bike, skilled freestyle scooter guy, son of announcer Joe Jefferson and budding filmmaker. We are going to concentrate on that last title in this post. Gentry put together a really nice edit from last week’s U.S. Cyclocross National Championships at The Biltmore Estates in Asheville, North Carolina. Full coverage from the donut race to the elites clocking in at just under five minutes. Nice work, Gentry. Can’t wait to see the next one. Continue reading “2016 U.S. Cyclocross Nationals Video: The 270 Montage”

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