Racing starts at 10am both days.

Racing starts at 10am both days.

Just a few weekends left, and local promoter Rolando Roman wants you to keep your form. The final race of the ATXCXCup is upon us, as are the last opportunities to toe the line in 2014.

Let’s get into it.

Say, Ro, how would you describe the terrain at the Quest Park? 
This is a new venue; Quest ATX is a new cable assist water ski and wake board park in Austin TX. It is private property with ½ mile of the course covered with elevation change, a fast grass section, a twisty tree section, barriers, double pit and a fly-over. It’s a ~1.75 mile course. Continue Reading…

Holy crap – just 25 more days until states, and 29 until #CXNats here in Austin. Man, this is going to be an epic run!

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Note that we start at 10a both days – different than most races on the TX Cup schedule.

We lead off with the month of Texas Cross with a course that is consistently known as one of the hardest, most challenging courses on the schedule. The terrain of the Highlander Cross Cup is essentially the side of a hill that you traverse many times, much to the delight of the generous crowds of hecklers. We were there in 2012 and 2013, (and last year was a complete mud slog), but this year Race Director, Ian Moore, has promised some changes.

Ian – what should we expect?
The course this year has been tossed into a washing machine and mixed up.  It allows us to move the start and finish to the upper parking lot which increases space for teams, start finish, food trucks, etc. this also allowed us to center the pit in the course and add a few sweet new climbs! Continue Reading…

First time on the TXCX for CCCX, and the first time Copperas Cove has hosted a cyclocross event. Race Director, Andy Hollinger, is bringing our sport to this hamlet of a town.

Equal pay for men and women. Races start at 11a.

Equal pay for men and women. Races start at 11a.

Andy – what can we expect from Ogletree Gap Preserve? Hilly? Sandy?
The Course is on a new nature park. There are fields, trees several hills and a stream.

Tell us about the park itself – much to do for families and kids?
The park is under development and there is plenty of nature to explore. It doesn’t have any real facilities there yet.

Where is the best place to warmup?
The road into the park will give a good paved surface and the park above our course will provide an area much like the course itself. Continue Reading…

10371273_1034830116543154_4443098843668142139_oIt’s the day after Thanksgiving. You’ve already had turkey and all the fixins, maybe a late-night sammich, pecan pie, more stuffing and family than you can imagine.

And you’re done with it.

You’re not a shopper – you race your bike. Hell, you even prefer to order parts online so you have more saddle time.

So, what’s next?

Get yourself a heaving helping of some CX. Andy Hollinger, race director of Black Friday CX, tells us about his course and plans this week.

10384899_1046948005331365_2589373016778478231_nAndy, back to Tarrant County College this year. What can racers can expect at the school?
Well a longer course from last year, more challenging terrain, no death spiral and, of course, inside facilities including showers (bring your own towels) Continue Reading…

Back to Mason Park for the Houston Cyclocross Challenge, but this time without the title sponsorship of the much beloved Bikesport. A local favorite, the legacy bike shop will be missed. But Bike Barn has stepped up to help out and as a result we have equal pay for men and women. Nice.

We are really going to miss Jeff Bailey and Bikesport, but he is on his way to an amazing retirement. Lee and Neil the owners of Bike Barn have been great to us from the first meeting. As a shop, Bike Barn is very active in supporting cycling in the local community. Bike Barn was instrumental in bringing Specialized Bicycles in as a merchandise sponsor as well. Also I would add a core group of about 15 former Bikesport racers were welcomed into the Bike Barn fold so going forward we will have even more resources for race promotion.

The map to one of the best courses in Texas, ATMO.

The map to one of the best courses in Texas, ATMO.

That’s pretty great.

Don Paullo, long-time race director, tell us what to expect from this year’s event – any major changes to the course as designed by Mr. Flyover, Rob Sisk?
I personally think we have one of the best natural courses in the State. With that as a backdrop, we discussed course design for this season and decided don’t monkey with a good thing. We will have a set of two planks and one run up. There may be an easily rideable log as well.  Continue Reading…

Racing starts at 10am instead of 11a. Make a note of it, travelers.

Racing starts at 10am instead of 11a. Make a note of it, travelers.

Back to Space City this weekend for two classic courses in the Texas Cup. First up on Saturday, Terra X.

Craig FItzgerald, one of the fast masters on the TXCX scene, has been directing races in Texas since 2007. In fact, Terra X is five years old this year. (Don’t forget about past race previews – videos and more – here.)

Craig – tell us why Terramont park is such a great venue.
For whatever reason, as racers, we love cyclocross racing. But cyclocross brings the race to the spectator. I believe cyclocross is the best facet of racing for the spectator. And at Terramont Park, the spectator can stand in one spot and see a good portion of the action. Or, they can walk a few steps to break-out the heckles for the hill climb (take your pick of hills!).

For the racer, the course offers an 8-lane start grid, long start section, straight flat sections, off-camber turns, centrally-located pit, power climbs, a steep climb that will force some off the bike. Continue Reading…

Yeah. We’re a few beers in to the evening and have blown off whatever the hell else it is we’re supposed to be doing (like this week’s race previews) to bring you the women’s edition of the Sandbagger’s Ball.

To get an idea of the rules and regulations regarding upgrades, check out last week’s report on the men too scared to put in for the upgrade.

Editors note: Unbeknownst to us, Ray Frias actually requested and got his cat 3 upgrade the day prior to our last article. Not that we would have cared had we known. And Cassidy Keleand? After winning in Georgetown and then winning Day 1 at CX7s, what did he do on day two? Raced the 3/4 on Sunday. Ouch.

We’re looking at a handful of the top ranked women racers in Texas as well as a few other well known names. If we leave someone out that you love dearly, or that is a total sandbagger, let us know! We probably won’t do anything about it but the more you know and all. As a reminder, our foolproof analysis includes casually glancing over USA Cycling rankings for each category as well as crossresults.com upgrade point totals that we may or may not transcribe correctly.

Like with the guys, there’s officially only one pro CX racer in Texas: Lauren Stephens. But we all know that’s not the full story. let’s grab another beer and have a look at the other pro ladies of TXCX.

PRO. PRO. PRO. (Future PRO).

PRO. PRO. PRO. (Future PRO).

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Christina Gokey-Smith.
Second at Nats? Pro! Time to upgrade!

Cat Moore. Undoubtedly pro. Multi-time national champ. Pigtails that would make Rebecca Twigg blush. The better half to Ian Moore, a pro in his own right. Once slapped people’s asses with a rubber chicken in Ft. Worth. We don’t even need to look at her results. Pro.

Jenny Park. She’s done 8 races this season. For some reason she only managed to win 4. The other half she was merely second. Yeah. Obviously taught Jeff Park everything he knows.

Melanie Black. Will Black’s coach for sure. Not quite as sharp as Jenny, she’s “only” podiumed 4 of her 9 races this season. Come to think of it, has Will podiumed that often this year?

Ginny King. Trust us. Pro.

New comer Ash Duban. Not lighting up the TXCX courses for T$A…yet. Heard of the Red Hook Crit? Let Me Google That For You. Two CX upgrade points. Let’s call her the upcoming cat 1 and take a look at the 2s. Continue Reading…