Category Archives: professional cycling
CX Hairs: Your Moment of SVENNESS 1.3

It’s a common belief that riding some sections in a cross race is faster than running. In the newest video from CX Hairs, we examine if it’s true, for this one course detail anyway.

Dec 30, 2014 Comments are OFF
This is Peaty with Shattering Seasons and Ankles

This is Peaty comes to its third season closure with some behind the scenes, off the bike lifestyle videos, beginning with Ratboy’s broken ankle… I think this is one of my favorite episodes yet.

Dec 27, 2014 Comments are OFF
CX Hairs: SVENNESS 3.8

For this week’s SVENNESS, we hop the English Channel from Belgium over to Milton Keynes in Buckinghamshire, England for the third round of the UCI World Cup…

Dec 22, 2014 2 comments
CX HAIRS: LIKEAVOS 2.2

Cross season seems so short. Or maybe time flies when you’re having fun. Thankfully the CX Hairs content keeps rolling in. Here’s LIKEAVOS 2.2!

Dec 11, 2014 Comments are OFF
CX Hairs: SVENNESS 3.7

Didn’t get enough CX Hairs yesterday? Try on the latest SVENNESS for size. Looks like a muddy good time!

Dec 3, 2014 Comments are OFF
Iowa’s Mt. Krumpit and Jingle Cross – Andy Bokanev
Iowa's Mt. Krumpit and Jingle Cross - Andy Bokanev

Iowa’s Mt. Krumpit and Jingle Cross
Photos and words by Andy Bokanev

“And they told you Iowa was flat,” it was before noon and I’m pretty sure the beer the dude was holding was not his first. His geographically themed heckle was aimed at a random backmarker struggling his way up Mt. Krumpit with the “why I am doing this?” look painted all over his face. This was just one of many similar experiences this weekend at Jingle Cross hosted in Iowa City, Iowa.

The three day race kicked off under the lights on Friday evening in freezing conditions with the temperatures hovering in the mid teens. Saturday brought about more cold and snow just in time for the UCI C1 race. It continued snowing through the night so when everyone showed up for a the last day of racing the ground was completely covered in the white stuff eventually giving way to a thin layer of mud.

Some observations:

-Caroline Mani from not wearing any leg warmers. There is no amount of vaseline and embro in the world that would convince me to do the same.
-The race is extremely well organized featuring one of the best (if not THEE best) cyclocross course in the United States. If there is one race that deserves World Cup status, this is it
-Just like bottled water on hot and humid days there is a tariff on hot chocolate on extremely cold days. The going price for a cup of hot chocolate on Sunday was $6
-It not as cold when it’s snowing
-The course layout was different all three days which kept things interesting and challenging
-People in Iowa love pizza

So do not let the weather scare you, Jingle Cross is absolutely worth the travel.

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Nov 19, 2014 13 comments