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If you wanted to, you could race twice a weekend from now until the end of December. Like wheelsets in Jeremy Powers’ caravan, there are just so many to choose from (32 total).

Variety and choice is great for you, the #TXCX racer. You are in the driver’s seat, so to speak. But how do you pick the races you want to attend?

It’s your schedule and your time, so be sure to choose the ones that matter most to YOU. Here are eleven differentiators for you to consider when drafting your race calendar this year.

1. Location

Most everyone is going to choose the local race, right? After all, if you don’t have to travel why would you? There are many reasons to think beyond your region, and we’ll get to them. But know that the new TXBRA calendar has a slew of experiences and you might not be limited to your area code.

2. Experience

You may recall this beast from Sugar CX earlier in the year.

You may recall this beast from Sugar CX last year. We know Rob Sisk (like Pepperidge Farms) remembers.

Did you like the flyover at Give Me Some Sugar CX? How about the beer garden, costumes and racing through an olde-timey village at Spooky CX? Whatever you like at events, you should make sure they are on your calendar.

Consider the course design – maybe you love the hills (Highlander CX), or you know how to really rail the sand (Georgetown). Maybe you’re an all arounder and it just doesn’t matter.

Also know your designer – Some track architects really know their terrain, and it shows by the flow – lots of tight turns and technical challenges (any Fawley event). Or maybe you want it more like a road event – all straights and gentle sweepers (Six Shooter, Webberville). It’s your call what you like, so capitalize.

And just so we’re all on the same page, nobody enjoys sketchy gravel turns on cement. Continue Reading…

Join Allen Krugoff and Meredith Miller for some skills and drills. Images purloined from @MMcyclist and @Krugoff on Instagram.

Join Allen Krugoff and Meredith Miller for some skills and drills. Images purloined from @MMcyclist and @Krugoff on Instagram.

If you’ve spent the summer thinking about how to rid yourself of that awful discount double hop, this is a bit of good news. Two of America’s best cyclocross professionals – Meredith Miller and Allen Krugoff – will be coming back to Texas to share a wealth of knowledge for riders of all ages and levels.


That’s right, it costs you nothing but sweat and a little love for the sponsors. .

Meredith and Allen both co-own, manage and race for the Noosa Professional Cyclocross Team, which is powered by FOCUS Bikes. Brian Leib, local fast guy and FOCUS Bikes rep for the Gulf Coast region, worked hard to set up this weekend, and we couldn’t be more happy and grateful.

Here are some early details (we will update as a flyer and other info becomes available):

Saturday, August 15th
Initial additional sponsors: Richardson Bike Mart, Mad Duck Cyclery and Texas Cross Syndicate.
Location, time and a potential third instructor are pending (save the date!)

Sunday August 16TH

Richard Moya ParkEmbros BC
Embros BC will provide support

Sign a waiver, bring plenty of water and get ready to get your clinic on. After all, #TXCXisComing.

More, soon.

So many opportunities to share encouragement (heckling) with  the racers at Webberville CX, site of this year's TXCX Championships.

So many opportunities to distract the anaerobic racers with quality heckling at Webberville CX, site of this year’s TXCX Championships.

Hup! Hup!

CX season is finally here and people all over the state are practicing mounts and dismounts, throwing major wattage into intervals and heckling their friends and co-workers to fine-tune their gameday shenanigans.

Wether you’re new to the sport or a seasoned pro, here are tips for your prep, some rule changes to be aware of and more.

Seal your rubber. Wether you ride tubed, tubeless or tubular, use of sealant (like TX-based Orange Seal) is a must. Goat heads are everywhere in the great state. Trust us.

No, seriously, trust us and go install some sealant this week.

Buy a cowbell. Or a vuvuzela. Or a trumpet. We like to make some noise at our events and have fun. It starts with being obnoxious and encouraging.

Bring handups. Bacon. Beer. Shrimp cocktail. Tequila. Cookies. Dolla dolla bils, yo. All of those things have ended up on my person or in my body during a race. Oh, and the kids love Twizzler handups (ok, adults, too). Continue Reading…

Editors note – content is cross posted from my personal blog.

Cyclocross season is upon us, and that means training. Lots of training.

CX racing is all about technique, especially with technical sections and barriers to maneuver. Good technique could mean the difference between the place you’re in, and the one you want. And the only way to get there is through practice.

Like most cyclists, I prefer to ride my bike to the park, but it can be hard to negotiate traffic with oversized PVC pipes strapped to your back. So with the help of my father-in-law, Corky, and a little inspiration from the design of these Pony Shop practice barriers, we set off to create two compact, portable barriers.

Here’s a step-by-step look:

2 – 10′ long 3/4″ PVC pipes (or 1″, whatever you choose)
2 – 3/4″ to 3/4″ PVC pipe connectors
4 – 3/4″ 90º “corners” with side 3/4″ threaded side outlet
4 – 3/4″ threaded to slip connectors
Miter box
Fine grade sandpaper


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