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How The Race Was Won x BTB TV – Cross Vegas Men 2014

20 Sep

The term “grass crit” gets thrown around a lot, but a fair amount of road tactics and even teamwork in this one. Plus a little controversy, at least one dollar pick-up, and the big differences tiny differences in technique can make.

How The Race Was Won x BTB TV – Cross Vegas Women 2014

19 Sep

Cyclocross in the desert in mid-September. You know my feelings on this. And yet, an incrementally improving course and progressively more legit line-up has really raised the quality over the years. A few spills, some smart riding and an exciting sprint—though it still remains to be seen whether what happens in Vegas…still doesn’t really have […]

Cat 3 35+ Mythbusting

14 Sep

As a recent transplant to Colorado, I’ve been pleasantly surprised with the quality of the handful BRAC Colorado’ Cross Cup races I’ve done so far. But I will say I’m a little confused by the number of separate fields these events jam into single day of racing. I think many of these races could be […]

How The Race Was Won x BTB TV – Deschutes Brewery Cup Women

25 Dec

So, I might be in the wrong time zone, at the wrong latitude, and in the wrong weather (Hawaii) but that doesn’t mean I can’t throw together another HTRWW on the women’s race at the Deschutes Brewery Cup. While the men’s race might have been colder, the women experienced much more rapidly changing conditions, putting […]

How The Race Was won x BTB – Deschutes Brewery Cup

12 Dec

YES! SNOW! I cannot properly describe how much I love racing in the snow, especially snow like riders experienced at the Deschutes Brewery Cup. Lots of slipping and sliding, body English, little to no group tactics, and a spill or two thrown in for good measure. I just hope Jeremy Durrin’s hands will someday recover

How The Race Was Won x BTB – Jingle Cross Rock – Rock 1

5 Dec

ACHIEVEMENT UNLOCKED: HTRWWs from all three days of CX race weekend. The evening session of Jingle Cross Rock’s opening day didn’t feature the wind and weather of rest of the weekend, but it wasn’t without it’s charms. Tight, technical, dusty bends, a mercilessly steep run-up, and a challenging exploration of the anecdotal advice that if […]

How The Race Was Won x BTB – Jingle Cross Rock – Rock 3

28 Nov

That old maxim about “if first you don’t succeed?” Well, there’s a reason people say it. On the third day of festivities out at Jingle Cross Rock—the race weekend’s sole UCI C1 event, it turns out—aggression came out even earlier, and made for a very different race. Would fortune favor the bold? You’ll just have […]

How The Race Was Won x BTB – Jingle Cross Rock

21 Nov

Starting to get a little CX-y out there after long dry spell. Big climbs, hard descents, a little bit of mud—or at least slick-ness—I’m into it. Without the wind, things might have unfolded a little more actively, but plenty of riders still rolled the dice, both with attacks and innovative cornering techniques.

How The Race Was Won x BTB TV — Derby City Cup

14 Nov

A certified World Championship™ course at the Derby City Cup, and man did it ever deliver on Sunday. Brutally technical sand and stair sections broken up by speedy, fluid flats with an almost rhythmic feel led to yo-yoing and a a few lovely displays of prowess. Still, the rubber band would eventually snap, and some […]

How The Race Was Won x BTB TV – Cincy3 Harbin International

7 Nov

Nice to be back in the more-or-less present, reporting on part of the Cincy3 (or Cincy-ish) cyclocross races this past weekend. Grass looked moist and healthy, though we’re still lacking a properly muddy race so far this season; with some notoriously greasy venues coming up, that may not be a problem for long.