USA Cycling’s Cyclocross Ranking System: Still Broken?
Cyclocross Magazine
by cyclocross magazine
3M ago
As we near the 2023 USA Cycling Cyclocross Nationals, the USAC ranking system attracts more scrutiny from athletes concerned about call-up positions and motivated by title hopes. One California race promoter, Clipped in For Life, even held a race series specifically to help West Coast racers get a points boost for a better call-up at Nationals (but largely suffered from poor attendance especially from highly-ranked racers). Before our last Nationals in Louisville back in 2018, math professor Jim Cochran wrote about problems with the USA Cycling rankings that positively impacted some riders an ..read more
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Nutty Cross 2023 Returns with Free First-Timer Racing, Kid’s Race and Relays
Cyclocross Magazine
by cyclocross magazine
3M ago
One of the most unique races we attended last season was the inaugural Nutty Cross. The race featured a serpentine course that weaved through walnut trees and brought racers right alongside the Ruhstaller brewery, which was packed with fans and unexpecting patrons. The race ended with a relay race that included fresh beverages. Chris, the race promoter, also did his part to grow the sport, offering free racing for first-timers, and received free promotion from CXM, our promoter special. Nutty Cross returns this Saturday, November 18, for its second edition, and promises to be better than ever ..read more
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SSCXWC 2023 Santa Cruz: What You Need to Know
Cyclocross Magazine
by cyclocross magazine
3M ago
The event known as the Single Speed Cyclocross World Championships (SSCXWC) continues its life in infamy this weekend in Santa Cruz, California. Cyclocross Magazine was at the very first one in 2007 outside Portland, and we’re amazed the event has continued and even grown, despite traumatic brain injuries, tattoo scandals, GOATs racing under fake names, several iterations uncomfortably close to both the UCI headquarters and the cyclocross motherland, and a tragic pandemic. One-gear cyclocrossers from around the world will converge in Santa Cruz to contest feats of strength on Saturday, in hop ..read more
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Surf City CX and SSCXWC Cyclocross Weekends Descend on Santa Cruz
Cyclocross Magazine
by cyclocross magazine
4M ago
The Santa Cruz area is preparing for two huge weekends of cyclocross with the Halloween Surf City CX doubleheader on October 28-29 and the three-day 2023 Singlespeed Cyclocross World Championships (2023 SSCXWC) starting on November 10. Both events feature racing at the Crest Ranch Tree Farm on Empire Grade in Santa Cruz. The Surf City weekend is the penultimate weekend of the 2023 Bay Area Super Prestige cyclocross series, and features camping right at the venue, bonfire and s’mores festivities, and typically a movie night for extra family fun. See the details of the Surf City CX weekend, com ..read more
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Watch: 2023 World Cup Waterloo Full Race & Highlights
Cyclocross Magazine
by cyclocross magazine
4M ago
Miss the excitement of last Sunday’s 2023 UCI Cyclocross World Cup Waterloo? Don’t fret, we’ve got the full race video thanks to Flobikes. Watch the men and women battle in the drying mud of the Trek Bikes headquarters for the first points of the 2023-2024 UCI Cyclocross World Cup. Short on time? We’ve also got the five-minute UCI highlights below: 2023 UCI Cyclocross World Cup Waterloo Elite Women’s Highlights: 2023 UCI Cyclocross World Cup Waterloo Elite Men’s Highlights: The post Watch: 2023 World Cup Waterloo Full Race & Highlights appeared first on Cyclocross Magazine - Cyclocross ..read more
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2023 UCI Cyclocross World Cup Waterloo Start Lists
Cyclocross Magazine
by cyclocross magazine
4M ago
The 2023-2024 UCI Cyclocross World Cup season kicks off this Sunday, October 15, with the World Cup Waterloo in the backyard of Trek Bikes. This year, the World Cup starts with just one American World Cup, but that hasn’t stopped many of the world’s top racers from making the trip. Gone are Fayetteville and Jingle Cross from years past. The start list includes 35 Elite Women, the same number as in 2022, but will be missing the late rising star Zoe Clay, who tragically passed away just a week before the World Cup kick-off. American Champion Clara Honsinger leads Aniek Van Alphen and Fem Van E ..read more
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East Bay Dirt Classic Returns with Mass Start Event, Feeds Those in Need
Cyclocross Magazine
by cyclocross magazine
5M ago
While the “Spirit of Gravel” is touted as making offroad cycling accessible and welcoming to many, racers with time and budget constraints can be forgiven for feeling like gravel races are anything but accessible. Add together entry fees in the hundreds of dollars, events selling out months in advance, and the races often far enough from civilization that they need an overnight stay and a weekend away, and it starts to add up to an expensive sport that is impossible for many of us to do every weekend. Our favorite discipline of cyclocross (aka “shorttrackgravel”) looks to be a lot more welcom ..read more
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Ridden and Reviewed: Bombtrack Tension C Cyclocross Race Bike
Cyclocross Magazine
by Clifford Lee
5M ago
Bombtrack Tension C. © C.Lee/ Cyclocross Magazine Cyclocross season is now upon us! Yet compared to five years ago, there are few dedicated cyclocross bikes in the United States, partly due to the high popularity of gravel cycling and the bikes being relatively similar. Gravel bikes evolved from cyclocross bikes to adapt to the needs of the long events. So while you can race cyclocross on a gravel bike, the cyclocross bike is a different steed. The true ‘cross machine is for the fast, sinewy courses with significantly varying terrain and conditions that define cyclocross. Last year we revie ..read more
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Mare Island Pedalfest Returns with Urban Cyclocross, Family Fun
Cyclocross Magazine
by cyclocross magazine
5M ago
The unique, urban, family and spectator-friendly Mare Island Pedalfest returns for its fourth year this Sunday, September 24. Cyclocross Magazine has been there since the start, and each year, the event stands out due to its unique course, location, and focus on fun for everyone, not just racers. The event features a lung-bursting, urban cyclocross course riddled with challenging, man-made obstacles and serpentine mazes through the limited off-road sections. 2019 Mare Island Pedalfest. © A. Yee / Cyclocross Magazine The event does cyclocross differently for sure. Races are based on pre-dete ..read more
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VSRT Kicks Off 2023 Bay Area Super Prestige Cyclocross Series
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by cyclocross magazine
5M ago
The Bay Area Super Prestige cyclocross series, one of the nation’s longest-running cyclocross and #shorttrackgravel series, is back at it for 2023, with an expanded schedule that includes seven races and a new venue. This weekend, on September 23, 2023, the series kicks off with a doubleheader, with the rugged VSRTCX race in Livermore on Saturday (with free camping the night before) and the urban Mare Island Pedalfest on Sunday. Today, we’re profiling Saturday’s race, which celebrates the life of dedicated cyclocross racer Jim Lund. See the official announcement from the team below. Join us f ..read more
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