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October 31st, 2014 — 7:49pm

For episode 3.3 we take a trip to Valkenburg, Netherlands, for the first round of the UCI World Cup. The Valkenburg course is a tough one. Lots of elevation changes, difficult off-camber sections, a tough descent and a killer run-up. We spend a lot of time on the off-camber inspecting lines and technique. We also take a look at the tricky descent and a great race for the podium. The winner is decided pretty early in this one, so the drama comes from the race for second place. Finally, we spend some time tracking Jeremy Powers who started in the pack but methodically worked his way up to a great finishing spot.

As always, you can support what we do by purchasing Skills Drills & Bellyaches: A Cyclocross Primer. It makes a great gift and is available at cyclocrossbook.com.

You can also check out our shirts, socks and other swag at crosshairscycling.com/shop.

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

Music for this episode is available at bandcamp.com. If you like a song, buy the song. And maybe send a tweet to the artist letting them know where you heard it.


The Catherdral~Meridian: youthconspiracy.bandcamp.com/album/the-cathedral

Gotta Wait~Childcare: childcareband.bandcamp.com/track/gotta-wait

Just One Of Those Things~Textbook: textbook.bandcamp.com/album/all-messed-up

Chapters~River Jumpers: riverjumpers.bandcamp.com/album/chapters

Anyway~Moose Blood: nosleepsampler.com/track/anyway

Hiding from You~Sonic Avenues: takenbysurpriserecords.bandcamp.com/track/hiding-from-you

Thanks for watching.

SVENNESS 3.3 from In The Crosshairs on Vimeo.

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October 17th, 2014 — 4:17pm

For SVENNESS 3.2 we go to Ronse, Belgium, for the first race in the Bpost Bank Trophy series. After young Mathieu van der Poel’s early season successes, Sven Nys called this race the “Battle of the Generations.” MvdP drew first blood getting a great start and showing some rad moves but in the end it was the old man showing why the harder the track the stronger he becomes. Ronse is a brutal cyclocross course and Sven uses the opportunity to put on a clinic. We take a close look at riding steep off-camber sections and the importance of running.

As always, this episode is presented by Skills Drills and Bellyaches: A Cyclocross Primer. Please check it out atcyclocrossbook.com.

Footage for SVENNESS 3.2 is via Vier: vier.be/veldrijden

All of the bands featured on this episode are on BandCamp please do what I do and purchase the music if you like what you hear:

Rita Mae Young~The Record Company: therecordcompany.bandcamp.com/track/rita-mae-young

Ramona~Velociraptor: remotecontrol.bandcamp.com/track/ramona

Come Inside~Metro Delays: metrodelays.bandcamp.com/album/doomed-opinions

Goodbyes~RVIVR: rvivr.bandcamp.com/track/goodbyes

Filthy Luck~Beach Slang: beachslang.bandcamp.com/album/who-would-ever-want-anything-so-broken

Gang is Back~Mother’s Children: motherschildren.bandcamp.com/track/gang-is-back

Also check out They Don’t Do That In Europe on The Cyclocross Network. It’s like SVENNESS for your ears: cyclocrossnetwork.com/20-cyclocross-today-tddtie/

Thanks for watching.

SVENNESS 3.2 from In The Crosshairs on Vimeo.

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October 9th, 2014 — 6:44pm

SVENNESS 3.1 starts us off at the 2014 Superprestige Gieten, where a trio of Dutch youngsters look to dethrone the old Belgian guard. Lars van der Haar, David van der Poel and his little brother Mathieu van der Poel are all over the front of this race. The brothers van der Poel are also all over the back of the race as they spend time in the pack with Sven Nys who uncharacteristically flubbed the start and is 30 seconds off the pace. We look at riding and turning in the sand, barrier work and race strategy.

Please help support SVENNESS by checking out Skills Drills and Bellyaches: A Cyclocross Primer available atcyclocrossbook.com.

Shirts available at SVENNESS.com

Footage is via Vier: vier.be/veldrijden

Music for this episode:

Birdsong~Cattle & Cane cattleandcane.bandcamp.com/track/birdsong

Like A Hot Knife~The Modern Era themodernera.bandcamp.com/track/like-a-hot-knife

Mood Bomb~Superfood soundcloud.com/superfood/mood-bomb

DBTS~LVL UP soundcloud.com/double-double-whammy/lvl-up-dbts

No Shows~Gerard Way soundcloud.com/gerardway/no-shows

Summer~The Union Pacific theunionpacific.bandcamp.com/track/summer-2

Thanks for watching.

EDIT: Also, just posted is a weekly segment I’m doing with Scott and David from the Cyclocross Network. If you listen to the podcast audio and watch the SVENNESS video, they sync perfectly. Start the podcast when the lion roars.

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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

Please help support CXHairs.com by hitting the tip jar on the Vimeo page (vimeo.com/86663898) or visiting crosshairscycling.com/shop and picking up a shirt, book, gloves or sock.

Thanks for watching.

SVENNESS Goes to the Olympics from In The Crosshairs on Vimeo.


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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.

SVENNESS and the SVENNESS hashtag © 2014 CXHairs LLC

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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.


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.


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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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.

SVENNESS and the #SVENNESS hashtag © 2014 CXHairs LLC

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January 19th, 2014 — 3:42pm

For episode 2.15, SVENNESS makes a stop at the Belgian National Cyclocross Championships, which took place January 12 at the Gaverbeek Hippodrome in Waregem, West Flanders, Belgium. The race was staged on a flat track with several flyovers and drainage ditches. It is a bit muddy and there is one long stretch of sand that plays an important role in this race.

We focus on the sand, the planks, the attrition of an already small field and the solidification of a legend. For the Belgian elite race, only racers who have full-time contracts are allowed to compete. That means the field is only 14 deep. The elites without contracts race a minute after the full-time pros start their race.

This episode is presented by Skills Drills and Bellyaches: A Cyclocross Primer, which is available at cyclocrossbook.com.

SVENNESS is also presented by CrossVegas. Find out more at crossvegas.com.

SVENNESS t-shirts remain on sale at SVENNESS.com. Quantities are limited.

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

If you like the music, please purchase the track. Support the artists who liven up these episodes. Tracks for 2.15 are:

When I’m Down~Simone Rubi: simonerubi.bandcamp.com/

A Button on Your Blouse~The Drowners: soundcloud.com/frenchkiss_records/a-button-on-your-blouse/s-NC0Wj

Weird Purr~Eugene Quell: eugenequell.bandcamp.com/track/weird-purr

Tell the Teller~Toy Soldiers: soundcloud.com/toy-soldiers-1/tell-the-teller-1

Miss Teen Massachusetts~Skaters: soundcloud.com/skaters/miss-teen-massachusetts

Thanks for watching.

#SVENNESS 2.15 from In The Crosshairs on Vimeo.

SVENNESS and the #SVENNESS hashtag © 2014 CXHairs LLC


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January 11th, 2014 — 3:29pm

In episode 2.14, SVENNESS visits Loenhout, Belgium for Azencross, the fifth round of the Bpost Bank Trofee series. The race took place on friday, December 27, in rainy conditions. The course is covered in a slick mud that gets deeper as the rain and race progresses. Zdeněk Štybar is back and has plenty of opportunities to get rad on this course. Niels Albert does his best to not get caught out at the start like he did at Zolder. Thijs van Amerongen continues to show his face at the front of the race, and Sven is being Sven.

This race was tactical from the start with lots of looking around and regrouping. But in the end, the final selection included the usual suspects.

This episode is presented by Skills Drills and Bellyaches: A Cyclocross Primer, which is available for sale atcyclocrossbook.com. Your racing season may have ended, but it’s never too early to start preparing for next year. Skills Drills and Bellyaches will help you do just that.

The episode is also presented by CrossVegas. Find out more about the United States’ biggest cyclocross race at crossvegas.com.

Finally, there is still time left to pre-order the new SVENNESS t-shirt. Check it out at svenness.com.

Footage for SVENNESS 2.14 is via Sporza: sporza.be/cm/sporza/wielrennen/veldrijden


No, I Can’t~Pebaluna: pebaluna.bandcamp.com/track/no-i-cant

Subtle Romance (Don’t Fall In Love)~The Wallies: thewalliesusa.bandcamp.com/track/subtle-romance-dont-fall-in-love

Black is Good~Young Rival: youngrival.bandcamp.com/track/black-is-good

Miss American Bookworm~PAWS: wehavepaws.bandcamp.com/track/miss-american-bookworm

We Were Kids~Turtle Giant: we.turtlegiant.com/track/we-were-kids

Red Light Green Light~Dune Rats: dunerats.bandcamp.com/track/red-light-green-light

Thanks for watching.

#SVENNESS 2.14 from In The Crosshairs on Vimeo.

SVENNESS and the #SVENNESS hashtag are © 2014 CXHairs LLC

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January 3rd, 2014 — 2:50am

Episode 2.13 of #SVENNESS takes a look at the UCI Cyclocross World Cup race that took place December 26, 2013, at Heusden-Zolder. This race features the return of former 2 time elite cyclocross world champion Zdeněk Štybar. The race is in the red from the start with Štybar, LvdH, Marcel Miesen, Rob Peeters and Phillipp Walsleben pushing the pace. Ep 2.13 focuses on a crazy start, the ongoing tops vs. drops debate, and the tactic of “go.” No mud, no sand, a tough run-up, a killer descent and some super high-speed racing. The only thing this racing is a Sven vs. Niels battle. But it’s nice to bring in some other characters for a week.

#SVENNESS is presented by Skills, Drills and Bellyaches: A Cyclocross Primer available at cyclocrossbook.com and CrossVegas, America’s largest cyclocross race, which takes place September 10, 2014, under the lights in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Please help support #SVENNESS by picking up the latest SVENNESS t-shirt. Check out the design at svenness.com.

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

Music by:

Man I Need // Exercise (white label version)~Jagwar Ma: soundcloud.com/jagwar-ma/man-i-need-white-label-version

I Got Skills~Mozes and the Firstborn: soundcloud.com/mozes-and-the-firstborn/i-got-skills-mozes-and-the

See It My Way~Mikal Cronin: itunes.apple.com/us/album/mcii/id601409150

Snakedog~together PANGEA: soundcloud.com/togetherpangea/snakedog

Soothing Me So~Victory Is Music: soundcloud.com/victoryismusic/soothing-me-so

Thanks for watching.

#SVENNESS 2.13 from In The Crosshairs on Vimeo.

SVENNESS and the #SVENNESS hashtag are © 2014 William Schieken and CXHairs LLC

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