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I see both sides of the coin here and generally agree on separating a true Elite field. What I don't see addressed is IF there will be a separate 1/2 field for the guys who don't qualify as "Elite" but aren't old enough to slot into a Master's race.

Failing that, didn't there used to be a qualifying heat? So if you're a local guy short on funds but still wicked fast you could race your way into the elite field. 

I know, these decisions are made above my pay grade. Just thoughts.

6 months, 2 weeks ago on USAC Makes Major Changes to Eligibility Requirements for Cyclocross Nationals: Elite Field Less Participatory and Local Hero, More “True Elite”


Why? That is where frame pumps traditionally mount.  As well, there aren't normally barriers dyring gravel race so no worries about shouldering bike.

10 months, 1 week ago on What Makes a Winning Gravel Grinder Bike? Oregon Outback Winner Ira Ryan’s Breadwinner


So glad to see Krughoff getting to race in Europe

1 year, 2 months ago on World Cup Nommay – The US Side of the Story


I would like to do a series that features the different area scenes/series, and not just the usual suspects (New England, Portland et al). One episode could feature Michigan. Next could be the Atlanta, GA area scene, then maybe Arizona. 


Each one of these areas has a thriving scene with it's own flavor, key players & attitude. For example, the North East Ohio CX group is not too far from Cap City Cross, which is not far from the OVCX. Yet all three areas have their own series and own flavor even though they share some races.

1 year, 8 months ago on Win a Chamois Butt’r Swag Bag and CrossVegas VIP Ticket by Entering Our Contest: Results and Week 7 Question


I have a pit bike, and it came around because I started racing and my teenage son decided he'd start racing, too. Since we were in the same class (Cat4/5 sloths), well... two bikes it is.

Since then, he's not ridden much and I've gotten rid of the MTB and road bike and all I have is 'cross bikes. So... pitbike.

And yes, it has saved me on two occaisions. Except going to Worlds. then I just drug around a bunch more crap.

2 years, 5 months ago on The Dirtbag Chronicles: To Pit Bike, or Not To Pit Bike


I think a Union would be cool... Nice Guys on Bikes Local 3.1415  or Global andInternational Brotherhood of Thinking Fellas  (yeah, I hadn't thought out the acronym).

Agreed. Be nice to people, regardless of what they ride or where. For that matter, just be nice to people.

3 years ago on If You Think Racing Cyclocross is Tough ... A Column by Lee Waldman


That was my first USGP race, what a blast. And Tim rocking that moustache! He should have kept it. He would have looked perfect in the Papa John's Camaro.

3 years, 3 months ago on Behind THE Barriers Season Two, Episode 10 is Live


here's the photo of my stem (slogan courtesy of my Leathernecks Nation biker friends):!/Grog_jd/status/120916057685884928/photo/1

3 years, 5 months ago on The Girl With The Cowbell Tattoo: Death Before DNF


I agree with @mtbwrx . I thought it was a well-run event and kudos go to the crew or all the time and effort they put into the Ohio State Champs. I'm certainly looking forward to next year.

3 years, 5 months ago on Photo Gallery: Ohio State Cyclocross Championships


Ah, thank you! I purchased a Fuji Cross Pro last year and for the past year I have been terribly dissapointed in the front shifting. I tweaked it myself and then had several shops work on it. I eather had to really lean on the lever to get it in the big ring (not an option during those oxygen-deprived moments called a race) or it would irregularly toss it over the big ring. It's better now but still at times requires effort to shift up to the big ring.

Now I know to check out the derailler pulley or just flat-out replace it.

3 years, 5 months ago on Mechanical Mondays: Pre-Season Equipment Improvements; A Case Study


The CapCityCross group is getting their weekly mid-week practice/mini-race going but as a field service guy I rarely get to participate. Bummed.

However, on weekends there is a short dirt track nearby that a motorcycle shop uses to demo ATVs and dirt bikes. It is short - 1.5 to 2 minute laps - but it has a hairpin turn, short steep climb with turn and off-camber descent, enough straightaway for a couple of portable barriers and places for me to work on cornering at speed. I spend 45 minutes to an hour out there and then ride the hour and half loop on the roads where i string together the short but steep hills around here. During the week I try to hit local MTB trails with the 'cross bike, time-permitting.

3 years, 8 months ago on The Girl With The Cowbell Tattoo: Things Fall Into Place


Ack. Harbor Freight no longer carries.... must... find... substitute!

3 years, 9 months ago on Mechanical Mondays: The Conical Brush


Last season was my first season to race 'cross - or anything, for that matter. Mid-race of the third race that season I was exchanging places with a kid who rode MTB and found that he was gapping me through the turns and corners, while I made up ground on the straight sections. That was a big "a-ha!" moment for me. Now to go outside and work on that.

3 years, 9 months ago on It’s Always a Good Day to Ride: Learning to Trust the Bike and Find Those Mad ’Cross Skillz


Congrats to Barry indeed. Good form, dear boy.
Happy that I made the top 5 (or so...). Very happy. Oh well. Maybe I'l just keep it and use it later. Or sell it on eBarf...

4 years, 2 months ago on The Top Five Stories and a Contest Winner


Weekly Throwdown
We did all the hard work for you, you just have to read
Mind Field
Peanut Butter & Bananas

... That's all I've got for now.

4 years, 2 months ago on Monkeys, Ice Cream, and Everything In Between