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This is a terrific race - at least Ft. Collins.  I really hope they get this sorted out.

2 years, 1 month ago on USGP Cyclocross Series Registration on Hold UPDATED – Trek Steps In to Save Series

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Congrats on the new position!!

 

2 years, 1 month ago on Cyclocross Magazine Welcomes New Editor Joanna Jones

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Can't wait to see the book!!!

 

Congrats on the new ride as well!

2 years, 1 month ago on The Girl with the Cowbell Tattoo: The Final Countdown

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 @smipypr  @BrookeHoyer What is the rule regarding every sport needing a women's component?  Something similar (like baseball / softball) or more Title IX-ish, where if you add a men's sport, you can add some unrelated women's sport?

 

I agree - football is absurd.  I was shocked at the number of cited countries playing it.  If baseball couldn't cut it, and the WBC is somewhere between arguable failure and marginal success, difficult to imagine NFL style football.  $0.02   

 

-But, until I saw those numbers on football, it reminded me of curling in that one country really seems to "own" it.  (or, maybe I'm ignorant of both!)

2 years, 1 month ago on The Dirtbag Chronicles: Olympic Cyclocross, the Pipe Dream(?)

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 @BrookeHoyer  @smipypr Think Football has a chance?

http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d82b05a1e/article/roger-goodell-football-might-become-olympic-sport

 

Baseball is dropped as an olympic sport, but football wants in?

2 years, 1 month ago on The Dirtbag Chronicles: Olympic Cyclocross, the Pipe Dream(?)

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 @BrookeHoyer Fair enough on the boxing and wrestling (I watch neither) - I just cannot get comfortable with "judge scored" events, which is why I simply cannot watch.

 

I guess my problem, in the simplest form, is that a judge deciding the final outcome is the in-general rule and only in rare exceptions will a competitor do something to take themselves out of the running.  After watching the Gold and 4th place gymnastics finisher, can you honestly say the gold was better?  Or rather, would you have picked that person as "the best" before seeing any sort of score?

 

In contrast, an official/umpire/referee deciding a final outcome is the exception.  Obviously every baseball/football/soccer/basketball fan will recall a case where a game changed on a blown call - but in general, the fastest, strongest, smartest, whatever will be obvious - and you can see the score or your competitors' speed and work accordingly.

2 years, 1 month ago on The Dirtbag Chronicles: Olympic Cyclocross, the Pipe Dream(?)

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 @smipypr So, despite all my comments, I've probably only watched about 1 hour -cumulatively - of olympics in about 12 years summer & winter.  I think you made a good point that Cx doesn't need the olympics - and I don't particularly care whether cyclocross is in or out.  It is noteworthy how the olympics have changed track cycling somewhat - but track needs it far more than Cx.

2 years, 1 month ago on The Dirtbag Chronicles: Olympic Cyclocross, the Pipe Dream(?)

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This made me chuckle a little:  http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/olympics-fourth-place-medal/united-states-leads-china-real-medal-count-220604173--oly.html

 

I don't necessarily agree with running a piece like this, but it does make for interesting debate.

 

Good topic / article!

2 years, 1 month ago on The Dirtbag Chronicles: Olympic Cyclocross, the Pipe Dream(?)

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 @BrookeHoyer Are you mistaking judging and officiating?  A reasonable litmus test would be are there two (or more) competitors (or teams) in direct competition with each other and is the "judging" a dichotomous yes/no or a subjective score that requires adding and subtracting from an arbitrary standard?

 

In other words, if you take 100 random lay people or casual fans off the street, are 95 of them going to agree whether or not a soccer player was off-sides or a sprinter left or entered the sprinters lane?  Will they all make very similar measurements on how far a shot was put?    To your point, could they come to consensus on whether a wrestler's shoulders were pinned down, or would we get 100 possible different answers?

 

Take those same 100 folks and have them assign a score to a pummel horse or figure skating routine or snowboarding.  In which scenario do you think you'll have more agreement from the objective observers?  Which are you more likely to hear - the judge from Russia gave the lowest score to the German's routine, or the judge from Spain gave the French soccer player an 8.5 on the bicycle kick goal because he didn't stick the dismount?  

 

If there is a slippery slope, we're already halfway down it.  By the benchmark of "incredibly athletic" and "requires a judge" - Dancing with the Stars is a logical activity "worthy of Olympic inclusion," right?  Certainly a hip-hop or salsa dance is far more athletic than 10m air rifle (or some track and field throwing events).  It would be an awkward argument to say gymnastics and figure skating and synchro swim and even diving (until we start diving for distance or depth) all have less in common with DWTS than they do with track and field or soccer.... or cycling.

2 years, 1 month ago on The Dirtbag Chronicles: Olympic Cyclocross, the Pipe Dream(?)

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I vote for cutting sports that require a judge to assign a score, personally. 

2 years, 1 month ago on The Dirtbag Chronicles: Olympic Cyclocross, the Pipe Dream(?)

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 @atchisongf Oh my gosh!!  Hope you are doing well now!  

 

2 years, 2 months ago on You Pick Yourself Up: A Column from Josh Schwiesow

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This has been a big debate on 303cycling as well.

 

Last year, I raced in the 35/4 and open 4s to much of the same results (back of the pack finish, although rarely lapped off).   I also like the "A-B-C" thing.  For some of the bigger races, 35/4 will be an absolutely packed field - sometimes up to the field limit.   So, open 4s is a nice choice too - and my own humble opinion is that it is just as fast with a little less attitude.  $0.02.  I guess I also like the choice of sleeping in or getting up early.  I'm happy to race any of these and I tend to pre-register so full fields don't bother me as much as others.

2 years, 2 months ago on Not Taking the Easy Way Out: A Column By Lee Waldman

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Indeed!  WR, Lakewood, Morrison, Golden, whatever to Vail is a huge ride!

2 years, 3 months ago on Just Having Fun: A Column By Lee Waldman

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Great article.  I'm so tempted by this madness...

2 years, 3 months ago on Introducing A New Column: “The Dirtbag” Opines and Rants on Singlespeeding and Cyclocross Equipment

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@sherrijane58 Definitely. Cx races are very intense - but the people are very relaxed. It really is a wonderful environment.

2 years, 3 months ago on What Do You Miss About Cyclocross? ’Crossers Weigh In

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My favorite weekend breakfast & Feedzone cookbook alteration = sweet rice porridge with diced granny smith apples as opposed to berries or banana. Huge winner.

2 years, 3 months ago on Making Better Food Choices: A Column from Josh Schwiesow

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@ThomSchoenborn This is actually great advice! Thanks for sharing Thom. In fact, I try to do this whenever possible during warm-up for other cycling disciplines as well.

2 years, 3 months ago on What to Expect When You’re Expecting … To Attend Your First Race: A Column by Josh Schwiesow

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This is a really great article and good advice for anyone in sport to reflect upon. "Why really are you competing?" is the question worth asking. You've provided all the right perspective in terms of friendship, work, accomplishment, satisfaction. I'm shocked at some of the behavior seen even in low level local races. Also, like yourself, I'm fortunate to occasionally have the opportunity to hear the wisdom of "Count." I always enjoy the stories.

2 years, 4 months ago on I Have This Friend … : A Column by Lee Waldman

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Like it! Not a problem I've had. (Yet?) - The price sure beats the K-edge product, which is why I haven't grabbed that as a preventive.

2 years, 4 months ago on Introducing the New SRAM Chain Spotter

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 @AnthonySands HAHA!  "High Speed" and "corners" are mutually exclusive in my #cyclocross world, currently.  :)

 

I've crashed a bunch, the worst being an OTB faceplant into sand.  None have been bad at all just yet.  Hopefully I'm not tempting fate - but I feel I've gotten my share of other painful crashes elsewhere. 

2 years, 5 months ago on First Lessons in Season One: A Column from Josh Schwiesow

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@aj2271 Welcome to my world! :) The beauty of crashing in cross is that it doesn't hurt. That isn't true for any other cycling I'm aware of.

2 years, 5 months ago on First Lessons in Season One: A Column from Josh Schwiesow

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@lwaldman Excellent! I'm in. Definitely the plan will be to work more summer Cx practice and some mtn biking in!

2 years, 5 months ago on First Lessons in Season One: A Column from Josh Schwiesow

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Something I've been thinking a lot about lately. I like the plan Simon Burney outlines in his book - plus, a shorter early morning run is a great way to start the day. As we get into summer, I'm hoping to do that more by shortening my run volume but increasing intensity.

2 years, 6 months ago on Prepping for the Season: To Run or Not to Run

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Thanks to everyone for the very positive feedback!  I'm excited that there are several others in a similar situation as myself and look forward to more thoughts and hopefully some advice from you all.

 

I do believe that playing the game - whatever it may be - keeps you young, and as several of you note in your own words, life is indeed very short.  Try to cram as much fun in as you can.  Luckily, the intensity of cyclocross allows for big, big fun!

2 years, 6 months ago on How Did I Get Here? A New Column from Josh Schwiesow

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He does do some veggie-friendly stuff, indeed!

 

I've been cooking quite a bit out of this book and have yet to find a recipe I haven't liked.  The strawberry chicken salad is my favorite so far.

2 years, 6 months ago on “The Feed Zone” Author Allen Lim on Riding & Nutrition During Tim Johnson’s Ride on Washington

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I agree with cmh and would like a longer season as well - but I'd start sooner, like mid August. I'd like Cyclocross Magazine to call for more larger sized bikes, too! Love the reviews, especially of products. Also would like to know about Nationals - when chumps can race, about watching.

2 years, 6 months ago on Reader Requests: What Do You Want in the Off-Season

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