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I think U.S. 'cross will never be what it is in Europe. We've taken another Euro idea and made it our own. It's a sport that many people (even old men like me) can have fun in even if they aren't rock stars. Rock stars is what Euro cross is about. I say let's keep U.S. cross a sport for the commoner, with family and friends cheering and heckling riders. The pros will have to decide if they want to have some fun or go to road racing where there used to be more money. Not so much any more.
2 days, 10 hours ago on It’s Just Money: Stybar Turns Down €800,000 for a Cyclocross Season — An Op-Ed by Steve Tilford
Helen is my favorite cross racer- a champion and an incredibly approachable regular person. I got the chance to meet her in Louisville and tell her what a great spokesperson she is for cross, especially women's cross. What a thrill. Some little girl fans were there to give her some wrist bands they made for her and she was so gracious to them. Now I want to know- how does she like her new Super Jake this year?
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Helen Wyman: A Force on Both Sides of the Pond
Nice. Internal cable routing be nice too.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Van Dessel Unveils Aloominator Made-in-USA Aluminum Cyclocross Frame, 2013/2014 Race Team – Updated: Photo Gallery
I'm sure Craft gear is great but I love my Un D Shurt base layer from DeFeet. Recycled content fabric, light as a feather, warm as can be in the chill but no overheating and made right here in North Carolina. Doesn't get any better.
8 months ago on Product Review: CRAFT Performance Baselayers
I'm another E TN amateur crosser who went to the watch the Worlds and I was thrilled to see you race. What an experience for you! Your final result may have been disappointing to you but you went to the WORLDS! You can imagine all your local supporters were living vicariously through you at the Worlds ('I knew him when he first went to the Worlds in Louisville!'). I hope you continue to tear it up, get more experience and keep amazing us wannabes.
9 months, 4 weeks ago on A Junior’s View on Worlds: Stephen Bassett’s Rider Diary
This was truly an epic day for cyclocross. The course was tough and conditions worsened through the day but the racers took it all as part of 'cross. It was what I think of as a perfect day for Euro style CX. These images will remind me of what a day it was and I will enjoy them over and over.
10 months ago on Worlds in Pictures: A Gallery by Cathy Fegan-Kim
While not in the league of some more experienced racers I use my single speed as my pit bike since I run the SSCX race as well. I love my SS!
1 year ago on The Case for the Pit Bike
Wow, national coverage for an event in my neighborhood! I did this brutal race and it's no ride around the block. It was a beautiful day in the High Country and I'm glad the event helped local agencies and the Lees McRae team. If you're up for a challenge any of the King of Pain events are worth looking into.
1 year, 2 months ago on Third Annual Three Peaks USA Bicycle Race Draws Hundreds to High Country for Brutal Competition
Sweeeeet! My sweetie's ride needs a new pair of shoes and I love Candy!
1 year, 3 months ago on CrankBrothers Offers CXM Readers Exclusive 50% Discount Via Pedal Trade-in
I'll second that Lee. Any day on the bike is a gift. Whatever you can do at whatever age you are is a personal accomplishment.
1 year, 6 months ago on John Test Post
Ditto. Starts still make me nervous and at first I tended to let the majority of the pack go and stay out of the fray. You will not place very well with this strategy however. You don't have enough time to 'catch up'. There will be crashes among noobs at the start and at the first turn but once you get to know some of the other racers and their skills you know when to avoid them or go around them. Remember the reason you're out there- to have fun, challenge yourself, and maybe see how you stack up against others. You might surprise yourself.
1 year, 6 months ago on What to Expect When You’re Expecting … To Attend Your First Race: A Column by Josh Schwiesow
At 200 mph it would just be a NASCAR race anyway...
1 year, 7 months ago on And They’re Off! Kiddie Cross Resumes in Northampton, Massachusetts
Ouch! We must embrace new things, sometimes terrifying things, to be more complete. With practice comes skill, as long as you don't break something serious! MTB is not my happiest place but I also plan to get some trail time in this summer (most of my team are big MTBers) and get some skills I can use in CX.
1 year, 8 months ago on The Girl with the Cowbell Tattoo: New Season, New Goals
Can't wait to read more of your columns Josh. I waited till 50 to start bike racing. I think 'cross is a bit safer than Mtn biking so I'm going to focus on CX. After a few races on my Cross Check I was hooked and found a used geared and a leftover single speed CX bike. I'm addicted. I race to see what the old body can do and I imagine you may be doing something similar. I have to admit it makes me feel a little better about my age when i finish in front of a youngster. Is that bad? Cyclocross, It's the hardest thing you'll ever love.
1 year, 8 months ago on How Did I Get Here? A New Column from Josh Schwiesow
Mo reviews- saddles, brakes, disc equipped rides, shoes, gloves, and keep the tire and wheel reviews coming. Some normal human training regimes, core and strength exercises, yoga moves, nutrition advice...
1 year, 9 months ago on Reader Requests: What Do You Want in the Off-Season
Thanks for these exercises. I find that back exercises and yoga are a must for my training. I know younger racers who don't do either- 'no time.' They'll find time eventually
1 year, 9 months ago on Got Cross Back? Seth Hosmer’s Four Daily Essential Stretches for Back Health
Yes things have a way of happening, sometimes for the best. Whatever comes your way in the future remember how much you love cycling and do it for the rest of your days. Thirty years into my adult cycling life I love cycling as much or more than when I was in college and I can afford better (and more) bikes now too. I may take longer to recover from a tough race weekend but I found out last year that I love 'cross too. And I'm not stopping till I can't ride anymore. Ned Overend rules!
1 year, 9 months ago on The Girl with the Cowbell Tattoo: How Far We’ve Come
As a 51 year old beginner that is hooked on CX I now know my future- I want to race 'cross at the nationals when I'm 70!
1 year, 11 months ago on Wittwer, Rollins and Llamas Lay Down Winning Rides at 2012 National Cyclocross Championships in Masters Men 60-64, 65-69 and 70+ – UPDATED: Lewis Rollins Video Interview, Full Photo Galleries, Videos, Report and Results
Only in Vegas Rob and Bart, Only in Vegas...
2 years, 2 months ago on Belgian Cyclocrossers Wowed by American Dollars in Cyclocross
It all looks so easy! Only thing is your heart rate is probably in the 160s and there a LOT of people doing the same thing while you are trying to remount in their midst. Oh, and it can be a bit slippery during all this...
2 years, 3 months ago on Newbie News: Remounting (Video)