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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…

chain11There’s a new USAC race in Texas, CX7s in Austin. 

It’s the second of three weekends in the ATXCXCup, and we spoke with Dan Carroll and Tina Thomas of High Five Events about the upcoming weekend.

How did your new race come about?
CX7s came from the idea of growing the cyclocross community in Austin. Having the event here was really important to us as we didn’t want people to have to travel far in order to race and spectate, and to help those who want to get into the sport for the first time.

2014CX7sAustin2One of the most important parts of the community is supporting the youth and giving them an opportunity to participate and grow their love of cyclocross. We are working Rolando Roman and Cyclocross Project 2015 to provide all kids and juniors race for free. Kids will also receive a medal to commemorate their work on the course.  

Tell us what to expect at Walter E. Long park?
We are looking at 90% off road with 10% on asphalt. This will play big at the start and finish of the race and allow racers to get some good speed and room to pass at the beginning and end of each lap. Continue Reading…