Did you guys catch this concept paint job over at the Scott Facebook? While the pattern is not that original, it’s interesting to see a bike like this being raced at the UCI ‘Cross Worlds. Even if it did get covered in mud after the first lap.
This is one of the best SVENNESS episodes this season. Check it out as CX Hairs takes us to Erpe-Mere for the Belgian National Championship race…
Also, how about that Worlds race? So good. See some highlights at UCI’s Youtube channel.
Jeremy Powers teamed up with Rapha and the Pros Closet to sell a commemorative shirt, celebrating his national championship titles. Proceeds will go to the JAM Fund cycling program to help cover the costs incurred at the USA Cycling Cyclo-Cross National Championships (Austin, Texas says sorry!) and to continue to raise funds for The JAM Fund’s upcoming 2015 cyclocross season. Head over to JPows.com to order.
For this episode in the LIKEAVOS series, CX Hairs takes us to the Cyclocross World Cup Series in Namur, Belgium for one of the most fun and challenges race courses of the year.
The dudes are down in Argentina for the Tour de San Luis doing there thing – which is, by the way, so finely-tuned these days. Their unique form of anthropological archiving of professional bike racing is unstoppable. Head over to Manual for Speed to soak in some Argentinian culture. Oh and bike racing. Oh and a sick mix tape.
We’re rolling up to the rapidly approaching World Championships of cyclocross with one fast race course in Flandriencross. Thanks for keeping us on our toes, CX Hairs!
It was last Thursday morning, I believe, when Daniel and Emiliano from Manual for Speed hollered hard at me via SMS about doing a Human Athlete Visual Showcase (HAVS) with Team Clif Bar at our house. Bear in mind, there were about 8 people sleeping at my house during Nats, so it was a mess but who can say no to such adorable photographers?
Saturday morning rolled around and promptly at 11am, MFS and Team Clif Bar entered the house, made us all get into skinsuits and began to do their thing. The resulting photos and a short Q&A is now over at Manual for Speed, so go check it out!
Maybe you caught the $200 fine joke on Instagram that Tim Johnson got “nailed with” before the whole Heritage Tree debacle. Well, here’s the reason… Pretty funny if you ask me.
There’s a lot to be said about the events that occurred on Sunday morning here in Austin, all of which have been stomped to death elsewhere, so what I’ll say is, for a race that was almost killed off, this was one of most beautiful and challenging courses I’ve ever witnessed. That’s coming from someone who has never traveled overseas, of course, but still.
Look, Austin is a growing city, trying to keep things “weird” and maintain its small town vibe, while it’s bursting at the seams with new construction and lots of new, self-important money. Events like SxSW, ACL and Fun Fun Fun Fest have been destroying the same parks over and over again, so when people see their beautiful Zilker and its hillsides being “destroyed”, they tend to overreact. Especially when they’re not briefed as to what “cyclocross” is.
I can say, It upsets me that this is what the ‘cross world will forever remember us by, not for the ripping course and supportive local scene. We all love cross and it kills us just as much as it kills you. Anyway, onto the story…
For the past week, I’ve been figuring out how to document this event and let me tell you, it was a lot easier before the organizers changed the course up. I had spots for each lap and ideas about how to tie in the women’s and men’s races, all of which was out the window when Sunday’s race was cancelled and the course underwent major work, eliminating many of the vignettes I had planned.
Shooting ‘cross isn’t easy, but it sure is challenging and as a photographer, I learn something new each time. Having raced on Wednesday, I felt like I had a good understanding of where to go and when. Throughout the entire day on Monday, unridable mud slowly transformed into 100% hero dirt. The lines were worn in and even the most technical section – a ribbon of off-camber mud-gutter with a 10″ drop off into one of the old course’s lines – was ridable. For most anyway.
At the end of the day, I experimented, caught some moments and pulled together one of my favorite galleries to date. I hope you enjoy… and remember, Austin loves ‘cross, let’s try to forgive and forget.
As a precursor to my upcoming gallery from the event, here’s CX Hairs with Stephen Hyde’s thoughts on the course…