108 days until the first race of the #TXCX season!

We.
Are.
Stoked.

If you caught the schedule, you’ll notice a couple firsts this year:
we start in San Antonio AND Houston;
plus we start one week ahead of years past (in September instead of October).

It’s going to be hot, like Africa hot.

So let’s get into this before the sweat hits the keyboard.

15. Nobody will be at the first race
OK, some people will go. But starting early means that those die-hard road racers will be vying for the coveted prize of best fast guy/gal in the state on skinny wheels that weekend at Ft. Hood. Unless, of course, they are ready for something new. And who isn’t ready for something new already.

I hope that TYC at least shucks the oysters before handing them up.

We hope that TYC at least shucks the oysters before handing them up.

14. Oyster handups from TYC
We’ve seen shrimp and whole pineapples out of the seafaring crew, and if Instagram is correct, we’re pretty sure they’re having a training camp at the Gulf of Mexico right now. It’s highly likely that all those fuzzy navels will lead to ill-conceived arrangements for risky oyster deliveries this fall.

DBW will find your podium. Oh yes they will.

DBW will find your podium. Oh yes they will.

13. Dallas Bike Works racers will be seen in other regions
This year it will be a rarity for most any team to travel outside of their region, but the current offerings in the North will have the fast girls and guys on the road for DBW. We can feel it. Maybe. Continue Reading…

Obviously, our favorite thing to do is race CX bikes. And that, my friends, is something we are still doing well into January in Texas.

Hell yes.

All this next week you’ll also be hanging out in bike shops and other venues, talking to similar CX nerds waxing poetic about an amazing race course. But if you somehow find yourself with time outside of cyclocross and drinking, we’ve made a list of some things you may want to do.

This might be how Barton Springs Pool looks in summer, but the water is the same temp all year long. Photo by Wally Gobetz.

This might be how Barton Springs Pool looks in summer, but the water is the same temp all year long. Photo by Wally Gobetz.

Be active:
Take a dip – Barton Springs Pool is on your right as you roll through the start finish. So it’s a bit close to the course. Inside the field house you’ll find showers (there’s a PRO tip right there) and access to a spring-fed pool that is 68º year round. Heck, I bet where you come from sometimes the lakes don’t even reach that temp. Jump in.

SUPPaddle around town on a board or in a canoe or kayak. Places to rent are all over the Town Lake (actually a river with lakes made between dams).

Ride a mountain bike – The trailhead for the best track in Austin is on the far southwest part of #CXNats. The Greenbelt Trails are fun, technical and right in the heart of the city. They are unmarked and intentionally un-mapped, so ask a local to be your guide (comment below and we can help you out), or just go explore. Bicycle Sport Shop and Mellow Johnny’s have your 29er ready to rent.

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Welcome to Austin! Photo by Thomas Hawk.

Welcome to Austin! Photo by Thomas Hawk.

You didn’t come to Austin for Indian. Or for pizza. And no matter the locals may tell you about East Side Pies or Home Slice, your pie is much better in Chicago, or Philly even.

So stick to what the Capital City knows, and get your fill on the four basic food groups – BBQ, Tex Mex, Breakfast Tacos and Veggie.

Yes, veggie!

We’ve outlined some of our favorites, including basic information about drinks – from coffee to booze – at the end of this post. Dig in!

 

BBQ
Texas BBQ is all about low-temp, slow smoking over native Post Oak for natural flavor. IF you want sauce, it’s served on the side. The most these pit masters put on their brisket is salt and pepper, but never mind that – this meat candy is so damn good. PRO tip – don’t load up on the sides.

Closest to the race
Uncle Billy’s - You can’t miss this place as you ride from your Homeaway rental to the park. It’s on Barton Springs and has amazing beers. Plus the smokehouse chef has won a few awards.

Lamberts - Fancy BBQ. Seriously, you’ll probably find more pressed collars in here than any other joint, but it remains down-home Texan in the middle of the downtown. Highly recommended if your sponsor is footing the bill. Bike or walk.

Franklin BBQ is the best in town, but the wait will likely keep you away. Photo by Christopher Schmitt.

Franklin BBQ is the best in town, but the wait will likely keep you away. Photo by Christopher Schmitt.

Best in the city
Franklin – Every food show – heck, every entertainer who comes through town – ends up at Franklin. It is that good. Subsequently, you will wait in line for hours. Your call, pal. East 11th – walkable from downtown, bike or ride share (Uber or Lyft).

John Mueller Meat Co. – A personal favorite, John’s heritage in true Texas BBQ goes back a long long way. If you don’t want outrageous lines, this is your joint. East 6th – a decent ride by bike or ride share.

Mickelthwaite Craft Meats – Can you go wrong with a place that has “craft meats” in the name? An East Side favorite for good reason. A decent ride by bike or drive or ride share.

Stiles Switch – Quite a bit north in the Crestview neighborhood (located in the same shopping center where they filmed parts of Dazed and Confused). If you’re staying that way you cannot go wrong. Very juicy brisket. Car or ride share.

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Before we get to #CXNats, we’ve got to go through States. So let’s strap it down and show the rest of the country how we do it at one of the gems of #TXCX – Resolution CX (formerly once also called The Most Awesome CX Race).

ResolutionCX_2015-4_Page_1This event is bigger than ever – hosting #TXCXStates and a USA Cycling PRO CX and UCI-sanctioned event. Jeff Lucido, fearless leader of the Texas Cross Syndicate, has worked hard for years to make this happen, and it’s finally here.

Jeff – tell us how the course will compare to last year’s hilly fun: 
This year we are taking a new approach to the course flow to prepare folks for Nationals in Austin the following week. We have a new UCI sand pit (look it up, it will be hard) and barriers section. We have a Belgian stair section planned too, but construction is dependent on Thursday’s weather forecast. We expanded the single track woods section with a few harder efforts we think racers will enjoy. We may or may not include the mulch pile run-up upon exit of the woods (if I can convince Ian it will be “fun” for the amateur events). The course is also longer and includes a new section in the upper field we haven’t used before. Finally, we will have a full 200m of road to the finish line this year. Continue Reading…

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…