Cyclocross is, to me anyway, more visually interesting than road racing, especially when it’s through the lens of Manual for Speed. Jingle Cross lives in infamy for being a really, really, really, cold and tough race, both of which is evident in Manual for Speed’s Part 1 and Part 2 of their coverage… Check it out!
The 2014 Surf City Cyclocross Finals
Words and photos by Brian Vernor
My own history of racing cyclocross with the Surf City Cyclocross Series is too long to recount in a short article. In brief, Surf City Cyclocross is why I made my first film, Pure Sweet Hell (which premiered ten years ago this month), and why I have kept cyclocross near to my heart since my first race as a junior in 1993.
There are many heartlands of cyclocross. I’ve been to Belgium, Spain, Holland, Japan, and all over the United States, searching for the best action, beautiful courses, and the cult-like communities which make up the cross scene in each of those unique cyclocross heartlands. I appreciate all of them, but I appreciate none of them more than my own scene. That’s how it should be. People here in Santa Cruz have doggedly stuck to the core of what is cyclocross in America. Cyclocross is a contradiction; it sucks to do, and it’s glorious to have done it. Cyclocross will never have the audience and participation of football, basketball, or baseball, though we involved are always trying to grow it while keeping it true. Truth comes first and growth comes second.
These days, you rarely see anything positive written about bikes in online news sites. With cycling in American cities on a steady climb, drivers are having to learn to cope with more people on bicycles in “their streets”.
With all the distractions offered by cell phone use and excessive multi-tasking while driving, often times this results in car on bike accidents. Some drivers will stop upon striking a cyclist, but there are hundreds of hit and run cases each year in Los Angeles… Which is what sparked this great online piece.
Head over to LA Times to check it out! I love the portraits.
a skid a day!
Well, we’re back! It was a fun, windy and sunny time but we made it home mostly in one piece. Expect updates to the site all day tomorrow and once I get my film developed, I’ll post up our route, as well as some selects.
I hope you had a great weekend!
This is really, really last minute, but I missed out on posting this on Friday, so read up!
“In the summer of 1890, two young Americans William Sachtleben and Thomas Allen Jr. set off to circle the globe on new-fangled “safety” bicycles, prototypes of the modern bike. Over the next three years, they pedaled 18,000 miles across three continents and helped spark the great bicycle boom that transformed cycling into the wildly popular form of recreation and means of transportation we know today.
Using a new, compact Kodak camera, the young men captured 1,200 spontaneous snapshots on cellulose nitrate-based film negatives while crossing Europe and Asia. A third of these images survived and are held by UCLA Library Special Collections.
To celebrate the exhibition and the last century of cycling, the Fowler Museum at UCLA is collaborating with the Los Angeles Bicycle Coalition, Golden Saddle Cyclery, and on-campus partners UCLA Bike Shop, Bike UCLA, Bicycle Coalition at UCLA, and UCLA Transportation and Recreation to organize a fun-filled day of activities centered around the bicycle in March 2015. We hope to offer campus rides, bike repair tutorials, bike rodeos for tykes, bike decorating projects and lots more.
On January 11, 2015, the exhibition curator, author, and historian David V. Herlihy will be in Los Angeles for a lecture and reception to celebrate Round Trip.
To make this vision a reality, we are partnering with UCLA Spark to raise $7,500 by December 2!”
Help support this at UCLA!
Man, talk about a rad trip! Justin wrote this awesome piece on the Salsa blog about a trip that he took with a friend and a photographer. As you guessed, it spanned 5 trail systems in 5 different states over the course of 5 days, all while driving from each system on their motos, fit with 2-by-2 racks.
Head over to Salsa to catch the rest of this story!
You’ll have to excuse the excess in this photo gallery. There are a lot of shots in here.
Now that I stated the obvious, here’s even more… In Texas, we don’t get much rain, nor do we get many rainy cross races. So when the sky opens and the mud builds up, don’t be surprised to see file tread tires and Red cassettes in the staging areas.
Like house cats, having escaped for the weekend, a lot of people got quite the shock when every corner was suddenly slick and every descent, a myriad of dark brown ruts, with no grass to grip for traction.
Saturday’s race has been called the best of the season. A lotta climbing, as much descending. All in glorious mud. As the afternoon went on, it got worse and by the time the B’s raced – which is what I was in – it was pouring on us. Things didn’t go so well and I didn’t shoot many photos of Saturday’s race, but Sunday. Sunday was a blast.
New course, still just as muddy, with a run up that some of us rode and yes, plenty of pain…
Read along in the captions and enjoy the Gallery!
… and I’m most likely leaving the laptop at home. Have a great weekend!
One of the things I’m trying to do here at the Radavist is get more people’s voices in the day to day content. That includes product testing, specifically bikes. This afternoon, I pulled my intern Andre out to some trails to rip on the Wraith Paycheck disc cyclocross bike.
Let’s just say, he didn’t complain! More to come…
ACRE has a recap of this year’s Trans Provence with their rider Ty Hathaway – who coincidentally walked away as the top American finisher in the race. If you love photos of peeling singletrack carved into French mountains, this is a photo essay for you.
Head over to ACRE for the full scoop!