Hello Cyclocross (and MTB and Gravel) friends! I want to take a minute to tell you about the CXHAIRS Bulletin substack, a new home for cyclocross, MTB and other two-wheeled content from Zach Schuster and Bill Schieken.
Zach and I have been creating bike racing content for quite some time, and wanted to find a way to make it easier for you to receive the commentary, analysis, videos and race information you want, while also giving us the opportunity to receive a few dollars for our effort and experience.
Zach is the former editor of Cyclocross Magazine who spent several years bringing you unprecedented levels of cyclocross and gravel deep-dive articles, race recaps, results, interviews and Simpsons references. Over the past year, Zach has brought his dedication to the cyclocross written word to CXHAIRS.com. He is also a co-host of three cycling podcasts: Cyclocross Radio, GROADIO and Nowhere Fast.
For my part, I’ve run CXHAIRS.com for over a decade, created several video series including SVENNESS, CXs and Os, Cyclocross Television and the CX Heat Check, and continue to host Cyclocross Radio (along with Zach and Micheal Boedigheimer). I’ve also done multiple tours of the MTB World Cup circuit and covered MTB racing in the US. I’m also a race photographer and videographer who has worked for Trek Factory Racing, Clif Pro Team, and USA Cycling among many others.
It should go without saying that the changing media landscape has not been kind to cyclocross coverage. It sounds crazy to say, but for North America, Zach and I have been responsible for an overwhelming majority of coverage for the sport over the past several seasons. The CXHAIRS Bulletin aims to centralize that coverage into one place. And also give you top shelf coverage of the gravel and MTB scene.
For this newsletter, we plan to provide readers with commentary similar to Zach’s recent Woutmas 2020, MvdP Returns and PiddersPalooza or Toppers, Sub-Toppers, and Middlers: A Cyclocross Classification. We also will provide weekly start lists for upcoming races to your inbox before a UCI race begins and give you the results after the conclusion of the race. For the current cyclocross season, these races will include the SuperPrestige, Ethias, X20, World Cup and World Championships. Finally, you will receive our Cyclocross Heat Check Power Rankings and updates to the CrossMetrics, our proprietary cyclocross stats, such as On Podium Percentage (OPP) and Podium Scrub Zone Percentage (PSZP) .
The CXHAIRS Bulletin is available by subscription for either $8.00 per month or $70 per year. We are here to serve the cyclocross gods and more, and we want you to come along for the ride. Subscribe to the Bulletin for periodic free postings and please consider becoming a paying subscriber for in-depth analysis and information from Zach and Bill. Your contributions will help support independent cycling media.
Everything we post will be free to view for everyone for at least two weeks. After that, a portion of the content will go behind a paywall.
Weekly Publication schedule:
Saturday/Sunday Night: Race Results (calendar dependent)
Wednesday: Commentary/analysis column
Thursday: CX Heat Check Power Rankings (print version)
Friday: Start lists and race preview