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Best wishes @mollyjhurfrord ...you have been an inspiration and I wish you the best in the future.

1 week, 2 days ago on The Girl with the Cowbell Tattoo: The Final Column — Saying Thanks

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Love these frames - the perfect solution to many problems.

4 weeks, 1 day ago on Ritchey BreakAway Cross — Cyclocross Bike Review

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@capitalbiker I like tall head tube bikes for the road.  With the frame clearance on these, they have very tall setups.  I had a SUPERX 54, I ride a Synapse 56.  The SuperX was fine size wise.  If the stack was any higher most riders would need to run a negative drop stem to get a good position.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on First Look: Cannondale’s 2015 SuperX and CAADX Cyclocross Bikes – Bye Cantis, Hello Hydraulics

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Regarding the rim choice on the Superx, I think it was intentional.  Iron Cross rims, though I love them on my bike, have a huge problem - they can only take 40psi.  My thinking is that Cannondale expects this bike to be raced at the highest level and like their road bikes, they are equipping it with a set of wheels that will serve as back up training wheels.  The expectation is that you will run tubbies.  With this choice of rims (and the optional Stan's rim strips) you can run tubeless or tubes for backup cross training and actually run road tires at high psi making them an excellent all around wheel choice ... if you are dropping that kind of coin on a bike, a set of carbon tubulars is probably within reach and choice anyway.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on First Look: Cannondale’s 2015 SuperX and CAADX Cyclocross Bikes – Bye Cantis, Hello Hydraulics

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Nice build ...though I prefer cable brakes for self supported rides.  Funny thing is that I have done gravel rides with both canti's and discs and the most important point made here (almost in passing) is the need for backup pads if you are running discs.  This is one if the biggest weaknesses of road disc systems - in less than ideal conditions they go through pads like nothing else.  It is almost freaky ....

2 months, 3 weeks ago on Getting Ready for Gravel: My Quest for the Ultimate Dirty Kanza Half Pint Bike

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There have been some really good articles in the magazine and in the help section.  The thing about intervals is that they need to be measured effort and you need to decide what you are training.  

If you are training Maximal Effort, recovery time needs to be long enough to actually recover.  This way you are working on maximal power delivery.  If what you want is to peg your effort really hard (like race level accelerations out of corners, etc) then you don't actually want maximal efforts.  You want an effort that you can barely hold for (say in this context) 1 minute, then recover for a minute then repeat.  If your final effort is not at the same output (power is an ideal measure but speed on a repeated section will do) then you are actually going too hard for the training impact you desire.  If you can do another repeat then your effort level was not high enough.


Think of it this way, if you are lifting weights and the first set you can lift 100lbs but by the 4th you can only move 15 what exactly are you training?  Not strength at that point ... most likely muscular endurance and "size".


But as Molly noted in the article, in the beginning skills trump almost anything else.  I have been consistently hammered by guys who cannot hold my wheel on the straights but are like butter in the "crossy" bits ... I, on the other hand, am like a pig on ice in the off camber tight twisties ;)

3 months ago on How To Train For Cyclocross — ’Cross Continuing Education

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Have to agree with Peter ... the ideal bike is a cross bike or something like a Ritchey that you can stuff 30mm tires into.  If you are not on the pointy end, by the time you get to the mud chutes they are ankle deep and either peanut butter or soup.  The fastest way to get through most of them is to shoulder and run - that is a big ask with a mountain bike!  The key is SHOULDER.  The one chute I did not do this (the famous Powerline) I picked up enough mud on the bike to (a) make it weigh 35lbs and (b) require 3-4 minutes clearing crap at the bottom before I could ride again.

I have ridden on both a single speed and geared bike and would say that with the exception of the Martin Street hill at the end, everything else is ridable with pretty standard gearing - it will hurt on a few but it id doable.  The real challenge is some of the soft fields you have to ride - they are soul sucking.  Martin St is hell at the end of the day and on a single speed I have never made it up the steep ramp ... but it is doable on a 36x25 or 28 even for the average guy or gal (okay, the 25 is pushing it and a 34x28 or 32 would be more fun).

In the end, ride what you have ... suffer with your kindred souls and enjoy the Epic'ness of the day!  Nice writeup!

3 months, 2 weeks ago on The Variety of Bikes at Paris to Ancaster: A Photo Gallery

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@DerekWildash @craigmacintyreThis is the first year I did not go with my single speed - the Martin St hill was still god awful - but I rode it this year.  Gears can be your friend I guess :)

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Paris to Ancaster: Canada’s Spring Cyclocross Classic Brings Out a Star-Studded Field

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Is that Molly at 1:18????

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Crossing Vegas Documentary Hits Las Vegas Public Television—Video

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That is awesome news.  Go gettem Elle

3 months, 3 weeks ago on The Variety of Bikes at Paris to Ancaster: A Photo Gallery

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Excellent summary - good job Anthony!

3 months, 3 weeks ago on Anthony Clark on Training, the Offseason and Paris to Ancaster

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Awesome race today - the mud was thick and heavy - harder than the last two years.  Good times.

3 months, 3 weeks ago on ’Cross Domination: Anthony Clark and Maghalie Rochette Cross First in Paris to Ancaster—Brief Report, Results

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If they can figure out how to lower their prices they will sell the hell out of them.  Given that the Secteur sells for about what a good tubular does, it really takes commitment to go this way.  Will be interesting to see who follows!

3 months, 3 weeks ago on Hutchinson Returns to CX Tubeless, Adds More Tread, Width and Tubular Options

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While I think the argument used for canti's on women's bikes is a bit miopic I have to say that for RACING cross in all but the worst conditions, I prefer canti's.  On gravel, it is a toss up with the nod going to discs for high speed dry conditions (I have blown through disc pads on a 100 mile gravel grinder - nothing like NO brakes on rough gravel descents in swampy conditions to make you appreciate canti's).

I will actually rue the day that canti's are gone on cross bikes ... I guess I am a luddite

3 months, 4 weeks ago on Raleigh Updates RX 1.0 and RX 2.0, Returns with RXW Women’s and Tamland Gravel Bikes

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P2A is going to be great again this year.  And once again the weather forecast is for ... epic ...

4 months ago on The Week Before: Prepping for Gravel Racing

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Yeah baby....

4 months, 1 week ago on Singlespeed ’Cross Worlds Dates Announced for 2014

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Any entries for the last place finisher?  My only shot ...

4 months, 1 week ago on Racing ’Cross at Sea Otter? You Could Win a Golden Ticket to SSCXWC14KY

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Ooooffff.  $2k .... wow!  One of the primary reasons to go tubeless vs tubular is cost.  I can buy a lot of tubulars for that kind of coin!  Love my IC rims but wow ....

4 months, 1 week ago on New Product Spotlight: NoTubes’ Carbon Valor Tubeless 29er / CX Wheelset

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@AdamJohnson1 Cannondale is notorious for selling bikes they don't have ... a friend of mine is STILL waiting on his SuperX that was bought in November.  As for the brakes, that is all on SRAM at this point.  My guess is the "deal" they worked out with Cannondale was to send them some BB7's since the hydro's are recalled so they could ship the bikes.  Of course, if you already had it they would give you some hydro's if they ever fix them.  I suspect that isn't the case when taking delivery of a bike now.

I would not take delivery and demand my money back.  You ordered one thing, they shipped something else.  That is their problem.

Or have the local shop upgrade to Shimano (cannot believe I am saying that but as much as I like SRAM drivetrains, right now they are in the backseat ...)


4 months, 2 weeks ago on SRAM Road Hydraulic Recall: What Went Wrong? SRAM President Stan Day Explains, Provides Update on 2015 Brakes

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Now that just looks cool

4 months, 2 weeks ago on New Product Spotlight and Review: Prestacycle’s Prestaratchet Multi-Tool

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And the used market will now be FLOODED with 10 speed stuff... especially wheels.  Even the "new" market is going to see a clearance of the 10 speed gear.  Good news for those of us that don't need to be cutting edge (for the record, my TT bike is 6800 but everything else, nope)

4 months, 2 weeks ago on Surprise! Shimano 105 5800 Moves to 11-Speeds, Updated with Trickle-Down Tech

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A super race - this will be my third year making the trip to the Great White North for it.  Lots of fun, weather is crazy and the final hill will make you hurt like few others.  Do it ... you won't regret it.

4 months, 3 weeks ago on Paris to Ancaster: Canada’s Spring Cyclocross Classic Brings Out a Star-Studded Field

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Wow, this may lead to me rethinking my cross tire choices ... Gravel on!

5 months ago on Challenge Shows New Grifo Clincher and Gravel Grinder Tire at NAHBS 2014

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I keep reading on the interweb about how 1x11 is the second coming ... uh, not so fast there SRAM.  First, it is awesome for XC or downhill mountain biking but is the big suck for trail/endurance riding.  Or maybe I need new legs ... I suspect that it will return most cross racing to 1x (like I remember it from the 80's) for all but some seriously sick courses.  Gravel - maybe... I do single speed so I am no reference but on mountain gravel races the lack of gear spread will be a hindrance.  The one that made me laugh was triathlon.  Time trials?  Maybe depending on the course profile but triathlon?  Seriously ... perhaps SRAM should work on an electronic tri group (something actually useful) before making this claim.  Go try and ride Great Floridian, Branson, Lake Placid, LeadMan, the old Silverman course, etc ... with a single ... that will make for some SLOW run times.  Sure IM Florida or AZ  but most others .... NOT.


I read a slick hands on review at "Peleton" and it seems that this works like butter ... very cool and may be a great upgrade for my cross bike ... but I think the buck stops there.


Final note: anyone see the (very cool) irony in SRAM being the first to market with a WiFli style setup and simultaneously marketing 1x11 as the future for just about everything??? ;)  I LOVE TECHNOLOGY.

5 months, 1 week ago on Ridden and Reviewed: SRAM’s Force CX1 Single Chainring Cyclocross 1x Drivetrain

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@gest24 And you will have to put an inline barrel adjuster in but that is no big deal

5 months, 1 week ago on Ridden and Reviewed: SRAM’s Force CX1 Single Chainring Cyclocross 1x Drivetrain

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@cyclocross @gest24The problem is that this is one of the most expensive derailleurs made.  I get that it is going to be better than just a Type2 (big pulleys with wide narrow, different movement path) but I suspect that for 95% of us, there will be no functional difference (with running a wide/narrow and a type 2).  If you are a Shimano guy, you are just out of luck.

5 months, 1 week ago on Ridden and Reviewed: SRAM’s Force CX1 Single Chainring Cyclocross 1x Drivetrain

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I am SRAM guy but their hydro brakes suck.  Period.  Their shifting and cable actuated brakes do the trick and are light and not ridiculously expensive.  Not sure why they cannot figure out hydro's.  I would rather run M445 brakes than XX1's ... they work, they don't squeal, they don't need constant bleeding ...

5 months, 2 weeks ago on SRAM Road Hydraulic Recall: What Went Wrong? SRAM President Stan Day Explains, Provides Update on 2015 Brakes

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@jacksplats @cyclocross@W_T_BLOL!  I am assuming this was said in complete jest ... these actually look pretty cool and 35mm is about perfect for tubeless for cross.

5 months, 2 weeks ago on WTB Gets It, Ignores UCI Rules with New Cross Boss 35c Tubeless Tire

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While I have a disc crosser as well,  I will view it as a sad day if the canti bikes go away.  Glad to see All-City maintaining ...

5 months, 2 weeks ago on All City Stays Committed to Cantis for 2014 and 2015 ’Cross Bikes — Frost Bike 2014

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@HandDowns @cyclocross@ChallengeTiresdepends on the bike too.  Loose gravel is best on wider tires.  However, somebody needs to release a gravel tread in a 28 - agreed!  I would love to be able to ride my road bike in some gravel stuff and the lack of real tread in this size is a huge handicap.  20 years ago they existed, why not now???

5 months, 2 weeks ago on Challenge Unveils Grifo Race Clincher, Hints at New Gravel and Fat Bike Tires, Colors

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The chain tool looks sweet - could replace 3 of the damn things I have now.  Very cool

5 months, 3 weeks ago on Pedro’s Unveils New Chain Checker, Chain Pig Cleaner and Burrito Tool Wrap — Frostbike 2014

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Nice ... very nice.  Though I wouldn't call the Versus saddle top shelf ;)  Interesting how the Elite Nats champ and the SS one both ride the bottom of the line (padded) version of the Aliante - makes me feel more pro as I succumbed to the same trend!  

The Harrow is such a beautiful bike ...

5 months, 4 weeks ago on Newly-Minted Singlespeed National Champion Tim Allen’s Foundry Harrow Pro Bike Profile

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ooooohhhhhh.  That is nice.  Finally a high end steel frame instead of generic 4130 ...

5 months, 4 weeks ago on All-City Cycles Unveils the Macho King: Reynolds 853 Steel, Disc Brake Cyclocross Bike

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This is great news ... long overdue.

5 months, 4 weeks ago on Milestone: Koppenbergcross is the First European Cyclocross to Give Equal Prize Money

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But doc, just give me a pill ... (okay, in this case some gel) ... that should fix it ....

6 months ago on A Public Service Announcement About Testosterone and You

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Holy cow - that is awesome.  I vote that Rockville hosts the 2014 SSCXWC!!!!!!!!

6 months, 1 week ago on Rockville 2014: Racing Singlespeed Cyclocross in Italy

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Nice summary Molly

6 months, 1 week ago on The Girl with the Cowbell Tattoo: As the World Turns

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And next year we will see the same.  It is like congress and how they address medicare reimbursement and the AMT.  Wouldn't it be grand if we could get an injunction against any government funding for USAC because of their non-competitive business environment and their disruption of competition.

6 months, 2 weeks ago on “Forbidden Race” Rule Enforcement Suspended Until 2015: From USAC

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I love that ... brought a smile to everyone I have shown it to.  Thanks for sharing.

6 months, 2 weeks ago on Video: Sven Nys vs. Zdenek Stybar – All the Highlights, with Subtitles

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One thing that struck me in rewatching this race was the bike and rider setup.  The juniors, almost to a man, are riding smaller frames than we see at the Elite level or any level of say 5-10 years ago.  In addition, most of the bikes have the lower BB style and they are all running extreme saddle to bar drops.

So to my eyes it appears that either the new breed of rider is long arm/leg and short torso or cross "fit" is going the way of the road - more forward with bigger drop rather than more upright and relaxed.

Useless musing done ...

6 months, 2 weeks ago on Video: Junior Men’s Race Highlights, 2014 Cyclocross World Championships in Hoogerheide

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He got 8th overall.  He was the French rider, I believe ... looked gruesome though!

6 months, 2 weeks ago on Video: Junior Men’s Race Highlights, 2014 Cyclocross World Championships in Hoogerheide

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If we could somehow see the power files from these guys that would be cool.  Everyone keeps talking about the fact that Stybar was stronger but I didn't see that.  I think that he had more punch but in the end he made the fewest mistakes and that was the difference.  Every time he turned the screws, Nys responded.  I was very surprised to see the old man hanging on and pressuring ... impressive display by both.

6 months, 2 weeks ago on Clash of the Titans: Štybar Outduels Nys in a Worlds Thriller – World Championships 2014 Full Report, Results

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Class act ... Sven is what I love about this sport.  Toss in a few barriers, a bit more mud and who knows what the outcome.  One of the best races I have seen.


AND I love the fact that he did not say, "Second doesn't matter because I came here to win."  Statements like that (which commentators and other riders make) make me cringe.  It is extremely disrespectful to the other riders, the fans and the sport.  Look at the woman's race - the ride for 3rd was brilliant and exciting.

6 months, 2 weeks ago on Sven Nys Talks Worlds, Stybar, and Building the Pro Cyclocross Scene

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Holy crap - what a race.  Stybar may be on his way to become the next great non-GC rider.  And to everyone who questioned @TheJonathonPage 's inclusion on the team .... uh, time to eat some crow.

6 months, 2 weeks ago on Live Video: Elite Men, 2014 Cyclocross World Championships, Hoogerheide

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This story is one of the great things about cross.  No way in the world would we have a similar thing on the road, TT, or track.  The politics among other things would never allow it.  Good luck Allen and savor every moment.

6 months, 2 weeks ago on Getting to Know Raleigh-Clement’s Worlds Team Member Allen Krughoff

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The course is going to be a mudfest - expected heavy rain on Saturday.  If it was dryish I would say Powers has a short as top US rider.  In the mud it will go Page-Johnson-Powers ...

6 months, 3 weeks ago on Expert Predictions for Worlds 2014: Past Racers and Industry Pros Make Their Choices

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@doperssuck@davedtowle@thejonathanpage@mollyjhurfordJust rewateched the video and while I might not have used the term "excitedly" the transcription seems pretty accurate to me ...

6 months, 3 weeks ago on Page Looking to Worlds to Salvage Season – Worlds 2014

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I would say that Colt should come out on his weekend recap and admit that he didn't know what the hell he was talking about.  The reality is that JP is past his best but unless he DNF's, on a Euro course he will be one of the top 3 Americans.  That being said, on any given day one of these guys may pull a Page from 2007 ... wouldn't that be an awesome day?

6 months, 3 weeks ago on Page Looking to Worlds to Salvage Season – Worlds 2014

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