Archives For #CXNats2015

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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cxnatsguideWelcome to the unofficial #cxnats guide

The very first day USA Cyclocross Nationals were announced, the emails started to fly in – “where should we stay?” After dibs on the spare rooms were declared, we started pointing people in the various directions. So we decided to lay it down for everyone and create a local’s view on #cxnats, starting with general course location and the best places to rent around it.

A little about Zilker Park

The slightly opaque section shows you the general location of the race and festivities.

The slightly opaque section shows you the general location of the race and festivities.

Nicknamed the “Crown Jewel” of Austin Parks, Zilker is our Central Park. It has amazing views of the skyline and is situated IN the city. No need to shuttle or find yourself a ride – everything is walkable or rideable.

Zilker hosts numerous festivals – like Austin City Limits – and the part of the park we’ll use is steps away from Barton Springs Pool (more on the park in a later post).

The biggest thing for you to know for now is that we’ll be racing in the south and east parts of the park. The map on the right highlights the approximate location. Continue Reading…

Smell that?

It’s #TXCX season.
Or maybe it’s your buddy’s rank-ass kit (wash that thing already).

Either way, our first race is just three weeks away, and practices are popping up everywhere. We’ve aggregated them here on the site, and we also cross publish on Facebook. So follow along and make sure you get out to a practice.

You don’t want that guy in the rank kit to beat you, do you?

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  • New to CX? Live in Ft. Worth? FWCX is hosting a beginner practice and following it up with a race series that starts in October. Get on it. 
  • What’s that, you live in Houston? Well KOLO Promotions invites your and everyone you know to CX 101 School THIS MONDAY. Check out the event on the book of faces.
  • Richardson Bike Mart is into it, too. Three practices leading up to the weekly race series. Check out their website for even more info.
  • I hear men are wearing skinsuits to Wednesday Worlds in San Antonio every week. IembrosBC_practice_NWPark_2014t’s serious business (according to reports) and a very fun race practice for all involved.
  • Austin has too many too list, including the embros weekly Thursday morning outing and a huge crew who show up on Sundays for BSSCX. And don’t forget the kids – FREE practice and more in three locations via CX Project 2015.
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Coach Minor Baker talks to students at one of the CX Project 2015 weekly practices.

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Rock and roll. Austin brings a lot of both to #CXNats2015. Image stolen from Facebook.

Rock and roll – Austin brings a lot of both to #CXNats2015. Image stolen from CXNats2015 Facebook.

#CXNats2015 in Austin is happening…YES!

Are you surprised?

Most of us never lost faith. After all, it was awarded to Austin by USAC, right?

However, many in the Capital City know the “Crown Jewel” as one of our parks that is near impossible to get for events. There’s multiple neighborhood associations, then the city government and yada, yada this and blah blah that. There are people out there – even people we hold in high regard as part of the #TXCX community – who are saying it’s not a go.

It’s a go, ladies and gents… it’s a go, and it’s so much mo.

Rolando Roman of CX Project 2015 and Gary Metcalf of Cadence discuss youth racing and more at The Hideout.

Rolando Roman of CX Project 2015 and Gary Metcalf of Cadence discuss youth racing and more at The Hideout.

We sat down to cold-brewed coffee and breakfast tacos (the official breakfast of Austin) with Cadence Sports President and Co-founder, Gary Metcalf, to get the inside scoop. Here’s a bunch of stuff we know. Continue Reading…