Tracklocross. Yeah, you heard it, Tracklocross. It’s exactly what it sounds like and it’s spreading faster than you could ever imagine. With contingencies popping up all over the globe, things are really beginning to culminate this year as we lead up to Nationals in June (Bay Area) and the World Championships in August (Japan). With Los Angeles’ second race of the season in the bag, the vibes are only growing stronger out here as things continue to build momentum. Safa Brian came out and completely crushed the course. He took a commanding lead out the gate and put a significant gap between him and the rest of the pack. The spectator crowd camped out in the middle of the grass and more or less turned their heads as everyone ran laps around them.
Beneath the coniferous canopy of an Antwerpian pine forest, somewhere close the Dutch-Belgian border, I’m standing and waiting to hear my name. It’s the final of the DVV Verzekeringen Trofee, one of the two major cyclocross series in Belgium. The announcer rattles off the names of the cycling superstars who will line up in front of me. World Champion Mathieu Van Der Poel, Belgian National Champion Toon Aerts, Czech National Champion Michael Boroš…there’s about 30 more. I’ve been champion of a few group rides in California, but I’m not sure that news has made it onto the announcer’s list of fun facts.
Bombtrack takes us to the infamous 3 Peaks Cyclocross race in the in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. This event has been going on since 1961 and has gained worldwide recognition as one of the hardest ‘cross races in the world.
The wind gusts. Rain blows straight through my skinsuit. I shudder. It’s Forty American degrees and pissing Belgian rain. The grey buildings of Hoogstraten’s fruit-packing district try to blend into the angry sky.
“Dertig seconden…Thirty seconds to start!”
Neither rain nor wind nor biting chill will stop the penultimate stop of the Telenet Superprestige today, and this is the weather the sport lives for. The fans lick their chops at the shivering, skinny bike racers. The clock ticks toward start time, 3:03 p.m. on a wintery Belgian Sunday, and muddy entertainment awaits the Flemish masses.
I hear the pitter patter of tiny feet and look out the window.
A little girl runs around the corner and crouches behind the car.
She locks eyes with me, and holds a finger to her lips. I don’t need to speak Dutch to understand the universal sign for “Don’t blow up my hide-and-go-seek spot, bro!”
This video showcases a week of ‘cross racing in its motherland!
It was just after midday in Western France when Max dragged two bike bags off the train in Pontchâteau. The 31-year old Californian had reached the end of his four-hour journey from Paris. For the past month, he’d paused his career as an upright bass player to race cyclocross across Europe. The tour had taken him to World Cups in Belgium and as far as the burgeoning Swiss EKZ scene. In two days, he’d be on the start line for the penultimate stop of the UCI World Cup circuit, right there in the small Bretton city.
Cobra Racing is a Bicycle Motocross inspired bandit race in Portland, Oregon. Paying homage to BMX, Alley Cats, Cyclocross and all those who create something rad for their community.
Each racer is assigned a number plate and group number. Racers have three opportunities to qualify for the main event. These qualifying races are called motos. Motos are one lap. Pedal hard! Top 2 from each moto make it into the main event.
COBRA Racing provides equal payout for WTF and Men categories.
Photo by Brian Vernor
Design Within Reach is the a sponsor of the Richard Sachs Cyclocross Team this year and on their blog, they’ve pulled together a piece on what it means to race ‘cross.
What’s special about Richard Sachs’ bikes?
“Richard is what’s most special about the bikes. Riding a Sachs isn’t just riding a bike, it’s being part of a group that appreciates doing things differently.” – BrittLee Bowman, CX racer
Check out the whole feature at DWR’s blog!
… and I was stoked on the one photo I got at Cross Crusade! There’s more Portland content on the way, so stay tuned!
I didn’t expect to be here in Reno during Interbike but I did expect to be in Nevada. We’re embarking on a tour of Highway 50’s best-kept secrets: its mountain bike trails. Over the next several days, we’ll be heading east on 50, stopping along the way to soak in the culture and shred the trails that are barely noticeable from the highway. Last night, we – the random group of ragtag riders – met at Reno Cross to cheer on the racers and bid adieu to Reno for the time being. While there I did my best to shoot the event, not expecting to get anything of value yet sometimes I surprise myself…
Enjoy more below!
Today Rapha launched their new Cyclocross Collection and within the launch page is a series of great interviews from some of Rapha’s sponsored racers including Meredith Miller and Dan Chabanov in a page called “Get Across It.” Don’t miss those after you browse the new ‘Cross Collection.
Reno is a shit hole. This is the unsolicited and resounding opinion given to me by friends and strangers alike in the months leading up to this year’s Cyclocross Nationals in Reno, Nevada. More or less, the transaction would play out like this. Other People: Are you going to race through to Nats? Me: Yes. Other People: Cool. Reno is a shit hole. See you there. Me: Vague staring, plus some blinking.
I’m sure CX Hairs has a full queue from the CX NATS coming through their YouTube in the next few days, but let’s kick it off with the men’s singlespeed race.
Interested in supporting Ellen Noble’s kick-ass efforts? Head to her Instagram to order one of these awesome shirts!
CX Hairs brings us video coverage from this past weekend’s Nobeyama Rapha Supercross in Japan. This video features Tim Johnson and Anthony Clark for a Nobeyama Preview Lap.
Floatin, Seeing, Shooting at the Derby City Cup
Photos and Words by Jeff Curtes
Editor’s Note: We’ll keep this intro brief because brevity is Jeff’s thing. The way I look at it, when it comes to documenting ‘cross, your photos should do the talking…
Cannondale approached me last year, wanted me on their ticket, wanted a fresh new look to their shots. So we connected, I’m doing my thang for them for 13 races, this past weekend was a target since it was Pan Am Champs, so I came over the pond and got the shots. It’s a Loose program, I do my thing, no restrictions, as it should be.
I float, I see, I shoot.
Kym just uploaded this great video weighing in on the pros and cons of ‘cross racing, featuring clips from Nittany, DCCX and Bandit Cross at the NACCC NYC.