Monday, December 15, 2008

Little Everglades Cross

Yesterday was a huge day for tall guys in the world of cyclocross. Porkchop wins nationals and Big Twig Hank, gets a victory in FL. Now I'm not saying that one race is better or more deserving of praise than the other, but let's just say, some of the same things occurred in both races. I'm kidding of course.

Seriously though, congrats to former Floridian, Ryan Trebon for taking nationals for the second time. And also, to all the Floridacross guys who took the crusade to KC and represented well. 

Here's what you missed back on the home front; 
The folks at the Little Everglades Ranch in Dade City put together a wonderful day of racing and entertainment. The course was very fast and very open. It was mostly on some sandy dirt roads, a few light gravel sections, some good grass, and a nice paved uphill section. The most challenging section was an uphill grass climb that immediately turned down into a tough off camber turn. I won the men's A race after getting a gap on the double barrier section on the first lap. I really didn't mean to get away there but figured if I could get some separation, then I would be able to rest and see if anyone had the legs to come up and challenge me. 
The battle for 2nd through 5th was very animated with riders getting gaps and being pulled back continuously. Eventually on the last 2 laps, a separation was made and no major sprints were had. 
The course was much fun and the people supporting it were fantastic! Thank you to all who came out and let's all make sure that this venue continues and grows.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Hank's OVCX Journal

While y'all are having a wonderful training day down in sunny FL, I'll be cold and wet and pinning it (hopefully) in Louisville, KY. The forecast says rain, and you know the rest. I raced well at Champions Park when I was there for the USGP back in October, so hopefully I can have a good race tomorrow. The course should be different, but the terrain will be similar; except for the muck! At least I hope!

It might work out that I can get down there to Dade City on the 14th. If so, I'll be bringing the heat, or lack there of. I'll post my result tomorrow after the race. Send your good vibes my way, I'm gonna need em'. 

Florida Cyclocross '08 Race #1 &2

The Tallahassee races were this past weekend and our roving reporter, who is the news, was there to capture it. Here's the link to Adam's bike blog
There's some photos to show how the course was laid out.

http://blogs.tampabay.com/biking/2008/11/cyclocross-retu.html#comments

Thursday, November 20, 2008

One day to go!

Most of the country is wrapping up their seasons now, but we're just hours away from the first race. Tally here we come!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

The New York Times' obligatory annual cyclocross story

Every year, in that dark news chasm that exists between Election Day and Christmas, it seems the Times rediscovers cyclocross. Seems this year is no different.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Hank's OVCX Journal



This weekend I went with my trusted driver/ mechanic/ frame builder/ blogger KT, to the OVCX race in Dayton ,OH. It sucked! Or at least the race did. KT just received his super miniature tiny MSI notebook, on which he downloaded a bunch of cross videos from Nathan Spear

So even though I finished 15th, I felt like a winner thanks to some exciting GVA Trofee and World cup races. Oh yeah, now I need a euro mullet like Niels Albert.

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Race flyers

Dyer
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Tally

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Dade City

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Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Tallahassee cyclocross details

The organizers have the race's Web site up and running, so head on over and check it out. You can also download the race flyer here [.pdf].

They're promising two courses for the two separate races and a Saturday night party. The course should be brutal. After all, Tally ain't flat!

Stay tuned for more!

Monday, November 03, 2008

PSA: Wear Gloves!

Looking cool is over-rated. I usually don't wear gloves when the
weather is warm, but alas, that we never- ever be the case again.
These mangled hands took me to a 3rd place finish on Saturday at Uncle
Steve's
and an 8th place finish on Sunday at the Gun Club. If only I'd
been able to grab the bars. Who knew?

Friday, October 31, 2008

Halloweenie






For Halloween I'm going as Erik Tonkin. He's the only good cross racer with a beard you know, and what a beard it is!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Yet another orange cross bike

Notice the integrated cow bell! Now you can have the effect of insane
fanatics on every ride!

SOUTHERN CROSS!

As if cyclocross wasn't hard enough already. 55Nine Performance is hosting the first endurance cyclocross event in the Southeast on January 24. That's the weekend after the Florida State Championship race.

Mostly gravel roads with some 'cross-style goodies thrown in to keep things interesting, the race will start and finish at Mulberry Gap in Ellijay, GA. The CX course will be completely on Mulberry Gap's 15 acre property with the gravel road section taking you out onto the National Forest roads.

WHAT IS THE COURSE LIKE?

Hard. There will be climbing, descending, a couple run-ups, and "natural barriers". Do not underestimate the difficulty of this event. The weather, if nasty, can add another element of difficulty. The course will be around 50-ish miles with the largest percentage of it on gravel roads.

WHAT IS INCLUDED IN MY RACE ENTRY?

T-shirt, a killer race, free beer, hot showers, and a post-race HOMEMADE ALL YOU CAN EAT CHILI meal (vegetarians will be accommodated).

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

Entry fees are $60 per person.

WHAT ARE THE CATEGORIES?

Open Women, Open Men, Singlespeed, Fixed Gear

WHAT DO I WIN?

First place in each category will win equal cash monies and prizes. 2nd and 3rd place will win prizes.

HOW DO I REGISTER?

There is a limit of 50 racers for the 2009 event. Don't delay, register here.


Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Revised schedule

Some of the races have been consolidated to cut down on the amount of driving for everyone. We'll also start a few weeks later, so no excuses if you're not in shape!
  • Nov. 22, 23: Tallahassee
  • Dec. 6: Orlando
  • Dec. 7: Clermont
  • Dec. 14: Dade City
  • Jan. 4: Miami (Oleta Park)
  • Jan. 10: Lakeland
  • Jan. 17: West Palm (Dyer Park)
  • Jan. 18: Hobe Sound (Jonathan Dickinson Park) Florida Cyclocross State Championship Event
Visit FloridaCycling for all the details and a breakdown of the series points structure.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Waffles and 'cross! Yum!




I've received word from Dade City race promoter Dan Millstead that The Belgian Pearl should be on hand with their authentic Belgian-style waffles. The one above is what I sampled at the Bicycle Bash and all I can say is "Wow!" You guys are really going to love these.

Dan says the course looks great and will even roll through one of the barns on the ranch!

More USGP Louisville photos

Packet pickup was at Louisville Slugger Field. Hanky likes baseball!
The KT Prototype team car loaded up for two riders. Contents included 4 bikes on the roof; plus 10 wheels inside, 2 trainers, 3 helmets, 1 pit kit, 1 pump, 3 pairs of shoes, clothing for any possible wedder and a partridge in a pear tree.
this is an horrible photo of Florida Rider Kristen Bowers from Team Atomic. She made us proud fighting hard in the Elite Women's race.
Elite Women were tearing it up!
Katarina Nash pounding it to the victory on day 1.

Thank for driving KT.

U.S. Gran Prix of Cyclocross weekend


The GP was great in Louisville! I raced hard and was able to spend some time with some good friends from the Ole Miss Track/ CC days. Thanks to Ben, Laura, Tara & Wyatt Chisman. Also big Props to Dominik, Heather and Avery Fuhrmann.





All photos courtesy of Dominik Fuhrmann & Hank Campbell 

New whip




I will be doing much suffering at the mercy of this beast come November 7.
  • Last of the LeMond Poprads
  • Orbea carbon fork
  • Deda bar/stem
  • Salsa Shaft post
  • 2x9 105 drivetrain
  • 46/36 front rings on SRAM Rival crank
  • Avid Shorty's
Wheel/tire quiver:
  • Race: Super secret bling wheels (coming soon) with Vittoria XG tubular front and XN tubular (new 290 tpi) rear.
  • Training/Backup: Ksyrium Elites with Michelin Mud 2 front and Maxxis Larsen rear. (Clincher)
  • Mud: Same Kysriums with green Michelin Mud's front and rear. Oh yeah!
  • Singletrack/Monstercross: Deore front hub to Mavic rim with 29x1.9 IRC tire, 105 rear hub to Mavic rim with old Bontrager wire bead cross tire.
What are you riding this season? Send in your pics or add to the comments!

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

We're back!

Start gluing those tubulars and scraping last year's muck off your cross bike, the season is only one month away. There are nine races on the calendar this year and there are some new courses to test your skills.
  • Nov 9: Clermont
  • Nov 22, Nov 23: Tallahassee
  • Dec 7: Orlando
  • Dec 14: Dade City
  • Jan 4: Miami (Oleta Park)
  • Jan 10: Lakeland
  • Jan 17: West Palm (Dyer Park)
  • Jan 18: Hobe Sound (Jonathan Dickinson Park) Florida Cyclocross State Championship Event
Can't wait to get those tires dirty!

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Championnat parisien de cross cyclo-p├ędestre, 18 Feb 1930




Photo from Match l'Intran, 24 Feb 1931
Valentin Tondeur, who was to win the championship of Paris thanks to Cornez rolling a tubie, takes a runup in the bois de Biscorne.


[via blackbird]

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Cyclocross Magazine Issue 2 is ready


The good folks at Cyclocross Magazine got in touch with me today to announce Issue 2 is ready. If you saw Issue 1 being passed around at the races you know this is one of the coolest publications out there. Time is running out for your chance to get your hands on that first issue, but for now you can get a 4 issue (one year, quarterly) subscription and the first issue for $21. My order is on its way!

Check 'em out online too: cxmagazine.com.

Monday, February 11, 2008

2008 UCI 'Cross Calendar

Start planning those road trips now!

20.09.2008 Nittany Lion ‘Cross Fogelsville, PA
20.09.2008 Kinetic Systems - Tailwind Cyclo-cross 1 Springfield Township,Michigan
20.09.2008 Star-crossed Redmond
21.09.2008 Kinetic Systems - Tailwind Cyclo-cross 2 Springfield Township,Michigan
21.09.2008 Rad Racing GP Lakewood
24.09.2008 Cross Vegas Las Vegas, Nevada
27.09.2008 Mad ‘Cross 1 Sun Prairie, WI
27.09.2008 Schoolhouse ‘Cross Montpelier, VT
28.09.2008 Mad ‘Cross II Sun Prairie, WI
28.09.2008 Catamount Grand Prix Williston, Vermont
04.10.2008 Providence Cyclo-Cross Festival/World Cup Providence, RI
05.10.2008 Providence Cyclo-Cross Festival/World Cup Providence, RI
08.10.2008 Darkhorse UCI Burlington, KY
11.10.2008 Java Johnny’s - LionHearts’ Cross Middletown, Ohio
12.10.2008 Bio Wheels / United Dairy Farmers Cyclo-cross Cincinnati, Ohio
11.10.2008 Gran Prix of Gloucester 1 Gloucester, MA
12.10.2008 Gran Prix of Gloucester 2 Gloucester, MA
18.10.2008 Granogue Cross Wilmington
19.10.2008 Wissahickon Cross Philadelphia
25.10.2008 USGP of Cyclocross - Louisville Louisville, KY
26.10.2008 USGP of Cyclocross - Louisville Louisville, KY
01.11.2008 Boulder Cup Colorado
02.11.2008 Boulder Cup Boulder, Colorado
01.11.2008 The Cycle-Smart International 1 Northampton, MA
02.11.2008 The Cycle-Smart International 2 Northampton, MA
08.11.2008 Beacon Cycling & Fitness Cyclo-cross Beacon, New Jersey
09.11.2008 Highland Park Cyclo-Cross Highland Park, NJ
08.11.2008 Eco-Cross Los Angeles, CA
09.11.2008 Dam ‘Cross Los
15.11.2008 USGP of Cyclocross - Mercer Park West Windsor, New Jersey
16.11.2008 USGP of Cyclocross - Mercer Park West Windsor, New Jersey
22.11.2008 Whitmore’s Landscaping Super Cross Cup 1 Southampton
23.11.2008 Whitmore’s Landscaping Super Cross Cup 2 Southampton
22.11.2008 North Carolina Grand Prix 1 Hendersonville
23.11.2008 North Carolina Grand Prix 2 Hendersonville
29.11.2008 Baystate Cyclocross Sterling Massachusetts
29.11.2008 The Jingle Cross Rock 1 Iowa City
30.11.2008 The Jingle Cross Rock 2 Iowa City
06.12.2008 Continental Championships Boulder, Colorado
06.12.2008 USGP of Cyclocross - Portland Portland, Oregon
07.12.2008 USGP of Cyclocross - Portland Portland, Oregon
06.12.2008 Lower Allen Classic Camp Hill, PA
06.12.2008 NBX Grand Prix Warwick, Rhode Island
07.12.2008 Capital Cross Classic Reston, Virginia
07.12.2008 NBX Grand Prix Warwick, Rhode Island
13.12.2008 US Cyclo-Cross Nationals Kansas City, KS
14.12.2008 US Cyclo-Cross Nationals Kansas City, KS

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

World Championships pics and vids







2008 Cyclocross World Championships Treviso Italy from Mat Barlow on Vimeo.

Photo gallery 1

Photo gallery 2

'Cross season never ends - it goes indoors!



In Flanders they don't stop after the World Championships. For the second year the Nekkerhal in Mechelen, Belgium has hosted the event. Nys won in 2007 and newly crowned World Champion Lars Boom won this year.

Check out this sick photo gallery.

Thursday, January 31, 2008

Questions about standings

I noted a few issues with the standings as I was getting them ready for publishing. I noticed the Mens A race was off in the results for the final race. I believe Dan finished second. Hank Campbell was also listed twice, so I combined his totals and it moved him to 3rd.

Please take a look at note any other things that look out of whack. Thanks.

Final standings are in!!





















Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Timing chips: your thoughts?


I got an email last night from a concerned racer who disagreed with the notion that the timing chips were the best method of scoring at the races. He was concerned with the fact that, if attached to the bike, a bike swap would eliminate you from the scoring.

I, in fact, had to make a bike swap at the state championship race and didn't for one instant think about my chip. Thankfully I had taken to tucking it in the leg of my shorts, mostly so I wouldn't forget it and take it home by accident. I know other racers who had attached them to their helmets or dropped them in a jersey pocket were not scored correctly because they were too high off the ground. Many found that attaching them to a shoe gave the best results.

While the data is very accurate when done correctly, it should not be considered infallible. A hand count of racers' laps should always accompany the timing system. I haven't heard of any major issues this season, but with the sport growing quickly, the number of participants is only going to grow.

What are your thoughts on the timing chips?

Monday, January 28, 2008

Dynamic results from Largo 'Cross 1 available

Florida Cycling has the detailed results from the first Largo race online. The AMB chip system has been great, giving us tons of data and accurate scoring. I hope we can expand its use next season. When the results of the state championships are available, you know where I'll post 'em.

Photos from State Championship Race

Carrie sent along these awesome pics from the state championship 'cross race in Largo. Thanks Carrie!




Christian sent a link to a Flickr gallery: Click here for TONS of pics.

Erik has a cool gallery too: Clicky.

Got any more photos you'd like to share? Now that the season is over, we'll have lots of time to stare wishfully at them until we get a chance to race again! Email me!!

Just because the season is over doesn't mean the blog is. Check back soon for results, off-season training tips, bike p*o*r*n and tons of other cool features.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

More pics from Largo



Bill was cool enough to pass along a link to his gallery from Largo. There are a TON of great pics in here. Thanks Bill!

www.clubscrub.org/gallery/main.php?g2_itemId=5480

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Livin' the dream in Belgium



Brandon Dwight of VeloNews and his buddy Greg Keller have been living the dream this winter. They packed up and headed across the pond to Belgium to race in Master's World Championships. Sounds like they had an awesome time and had some successful racing too! Check it out at Mud and Cowbells.

First pics and video from Largo 'Cross



What an awesome course! I don't know about you but it whipped my ass. Here's some pics from today. Click on the gallery below for a slideshow. Got some pics or vids you'd like to share? Send 'em in or forward a link!!



Thursday, January 17, 2008

Video from Sarasota 2!




Jason just sent us this cool video from the Sarasota 2 race. It's mostly action of him, but as he says, he's "married to the camerawoman".

Want to see yourself on the blog? Send in some pics or video!

Thanks Jason!

Rain!

Its supposed to rain for the rest of the week. You know what that mean: MUD!

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

'Cross advice from the World Champion

New men's 3/4 standings released

With the action coming down to the final races, it's closer than ever.
To view the standings, click here or check it out below.


Monday, January 14, 2008

Send us your bike porn!


[via Flickr]

Nothin' keeps the 'cross love burning deep inside us during the off season like gawking at sexy cyclocross steeds online. Dugast tubulars. Gutted SRAM levers. Deep section carbon wheels. You know, the good stuff.

I know many of you have cool, unusual, special, lightweight or one-off bikes you've been pimping at the races this year. Or maybe your buddy has one you've been drooling over. Either way, email some pics and specs and we'll show it off for everyone to see.

Let's talk Largo

I know most of you haven't even recovered from the wide-open Sarasota race yet but it's time to look ahead to the final course on the 07-08 calendar: Largo. The new course layout should level the playing field between the local racers and out-of-towners.

The course IS AT A NEW LOCATION this year. If you need the 411, you know where to find it. Or, download the race flyer [.pdf].

But this is the good stuff: Check out the beeeeee-utiful course map online here. This course has got it all. Long straights. Twisty wooded sections. Steep hills. Off-camber madness. I can't wait!

Rumor is a certain local cyclocross fanatic will be back in town to show us what he's learned in North Carolina.....

Stay tuned for more.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Complete results from Hobe Sound

Awesome job by the officials and Club Scrub to compile the lap times and results from Hobe Sound. Check them out here. You can select your category at the bottom of the page.

Men's B (3/4) standings are posted

Thanks to Erik for putting these together.

We're stilling missing the results from the first Sarasota race. If anyone out there knows where to find them, please contact me or Erik. Thanks!

Link to standings: http://spreadsheets.google.com/pub?key=pAiSAhnEK3gjER02HPFssSw

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Atennn-shun! Camp Murphy 'Cross is here

We're halfway through and feeling fine. Round 5 of the Florida 'Cross Series is Sunday, 1/6 at Camp Murphy at Jonathan Dickinson State Park in Hobe Sound.

What's the course like? I have no idea, so expect the unexpected. Any readers out there on the East Coast want to clue us in or will you keep some home-field advantage?

Registration starts at 8:30 and the racin' starts at 10.

For all the 411, click here.

Download the race flyer here [pdf].