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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…

Colonel’s Double Cross Weekend always brings on thing – elevation.

No matter if we’re racing levees in Trinity Park or Gateway, or we find ourselves with the even steeper offerings just north in Ft Worth, you can be guaranteed incline pain.

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Solid prizes and a huge note and reminder that we race in Texas – always run sealant.

Let’s talk to race director, Art Exum, about his perennial fan favorite course, and how it differs this year.

Trail Driver’s Park was on the schedule for Escalera Loca in 2011, a great venue in a “bowl” of a park. Tell us how you’ll use the terrain?

The terrain of this park is like a magical gift from the gods to a course designer.  The steepness of the grades will make for an incredibly fitness-intensive course without any effort from the designer. My job will to make it manageable and fun for those who won’t be top 5 in the P/1/2’s. I’m finding I get a solid workout just riding slowly around the park figuring out a course. My intent with any course design is not to use straight lines any more than necessary, but not to make it so tight that it’s slow–no one races bikes to go slow, but if we liked straight lines we’d be time trialists…or triathletes (heaven forbid). Continue Reading…

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That’s a lot of logos.

When you think about the Georgetown Cyclocross Festival, what comes to mind first?

250 ft of beach?
Tough, but rideable, hill climbs?
Gully-turns (akin to the Scuffle in Elgin)?

Just like previous editions of this young race, these features will be back in 2014, plus some new ones. Race Director, Rolando Roman has much to say, so without adieu…

Tell me a bit about your course – does it differ from years past?

Because sand and railroad ties are not enough by themselves.

Because sand and railroad ties are not hard enough by themselves at Georgetown. Hup! Hup!

The course has some changes from past years (3rd year event). We will have two run-ups; the first one will be along the hill side (same as last year) and a second one right after the tree single track section, this one will have five railroad ties with sand. I expect 100% dismount on this one. The sand pit got an overhaul from Georgetown Parks, a frame was build to maintain all the sand in the volleyball courts and they added several tons of sand. All I can say, it’s going to be a great place to cheer/heckle! 

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The official course map.

We will take racers to the tree section near the dog park, it will have some nice off camber and turns. Finally, the start and finish line will be at the same spot. This will help with the electronic timing and our nice 22 feet wide start/finish truss. The course is 1.7 miles long.

NEW: Pro Race Announcer by Logan, BigMouth Announcing.

FREE Junior and Youth races courtesy of Cyclocross Project 2015!

Pre-reg ends Thursday at 11:45pm (ATXCXCup season pass details below)

Over $3,350 in Cash and Lots of Swag; from Clif Bar, Nuun, Kali Helmets, Nutcase Helmets and many more cool swag items. Continue Reading…

2014SpookyCrossIf you’re looking for the only race in Texas that promises to bring the costume party, then look no further than the legacy events this weekend in Dallas. Spooky Cross is here, and it promises to be outlandish as the past events.

Race Director, Zac Lytle, gives us his take on the world-famous Halloween races.

The past few years we’ve seen Spooky Cross at Rosemont Elementary and Dallas Heritage Village. This year is the same as far as location, but will the courses be similar to years past?
We have the same great locations as the past two years. We will be keeping both courses very similar and will make a few tweaks to them based on racer feedback. For instance, at the school course we are going to have a more open start that will reduce bottlenecking on the first lap. At Dallas Heritage Village we will also be adjusting the start to make the first lap smoother, and it is a bit longer, too.

A set schedule both days with an all women’s wave. In fact, it’s a generous purse for the women’s events, too (plus Cat 2 men’s payouts). You’ve really turned up the payouts this year.
Yes, we’ve really pumped up the prize list significantly because we’re part of the Southern Cross Series. As part of the series, riders will be competing for a generous overall prize list. Continue Reading…

BCRCX2014_SKYLINERemember Escalara Loca in Fort Worth in 2011?
Or the brilliant dash up the side of the hill at Spotts Park at BCRCX 2013

Either race will remind a cyclocross racer that stairs are legitimate obstacles. In fact, the more the merrier.

We caught up with local fast men Scott Minard and Nathan Mills of BCR (the director and marketing chief, respectively) about this year’s BCRCX:

2014BCRCX2Tell us about your infamous, compact course and how it might vary this year.
It will be very similar to last year. Lots of fast sweeping turns, a high speed sand pit, a little bit of elevation and of course the infamous stairway to heaven, which is six flights of pain per lap. The only significant change will be moving the finish to the front of the pavilion near the heckle zone so everyone can see the pain. The compact park and being in the shape of a bowl provides great opportunities for spectating and heckling. Heck Hill adjacent to the Stairway to Heaven was a crowd favorite last year and is sure to be popular again. Continue Reading…