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I am actually surprised to see the Euro riders as opened to it as they are. American cyclists have always been more interested in technology advances while Euro cyclist are more resistant to change and weight conscious. Just look how long it took for Euro mtb riders to cover to disc from v-brakes vs. American riders.
1 year, 3 months ago on The European Disc Brake Double Take: Niels Albert and Sven Nys Dabble with Discs
90% the exact same bike from 2010, The wheelset is the same as what she ran in the geared race (with a full cassette vs. single cog and tugnut to keep the wheel from slipping) this allowed traveling with one less wheelset plus use of the supple team edition Limus tubulars (FSA wheels took almost a pound off it too which doesn't hurt). We also swapped from a 42 to a 40 front ring right before nationals to give a range of gear selection on the easier side based on the weather predictions.
2 years, 1 month ago on Bike Profile: Kari Studley’s National Championship Redline Conquest Pro SS Singlespeed Cyclocross Bike
I hate to nitpick but it seems like the first lap data needs to be tossed on lap consistency/differential comparison since it included the start straight. Once past that my OCD/nerd nature loves the lap data analysis. :-)
2 years, 1 month ago on Number Crunching: Looking at Women’s Race Lap Times from the 2013 Cyclocross National Championships
Umm... If I remember correctly some Adam Craig guy won the SS race at cross nats, and JT Fountain the year before that when it was still an unofficial race.
3 years, 3 months ago on How-To: Singlespeed Conversion (in time for SSCXWC)
Couple of things
First I am sure it is just an oversight but a pump/pressure gauge is something I consider essential in the tools list. I also like a pair of screw drivers over a multi tool but that maybe a personal preference.
For a muddy race I also like a bucket of soapy water as the wash like can be a problem if the site has limited water access with lots of bikes queuing for washing.
Around the not cheering item. I understand and support that idea, but often find instead of just waiting for information from the rider there is often useful information that can be given to the rider. From experience some riders really like small pieces of information like what place they are in or time splits.
I really try to train my riders for slightly more information on hand off still in the short few word phrases: more pressure, less pressure, front shifting, rear shifting, clean bike... Anything is better than just a bike change unless the problem is readily obvious because I really hate getting a bike and wasting time trying to troubleshoot why they dropped the bike when the time could be spent fixing the issue so the bike is ready to go back out.
3 years, 4 months ago on Mechanical Monday: Tips for the Pits