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Back to the Velodrome!

2014CrossHouston FlyerVery excited to have this course on the #TXCX schedule. It’s straight out of Paris Roubaix, or in cross circles, Alpenrose in Portland.

If you’re looking for some past previews of the course, you know where to go. But for 2014, here’s what Race Director Frank Karbarz has to say about Cross Houston.

Tell me about the venue – what’s the best feature?

The velodrome has a lot of terrain change and is a hidden gem and you would not expect it to deliver a cross course. But Portland and Seattle run cross races every year at their velodromes. There’s even a Wednesday night series in Seattle. Those who rode is last year remember the epic mud in the flats surrounding the velodrome. We were flooded out of some segments last year so we compensated by making use of as much hillside as we could. It was a tough course, but it was tough for everyone. This year the weather is good and we will be mellower on the climbs. Continue Reading…

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Look for a flyer contest (best and worst) at the end of the year.

Cyclocross Scuffle.
Cyclocross Scuffle.
Cyclocross Scuffle. 

Say that ten times fast.

Sunday finds us in Elgin  the sausage capital of Texas – for day two of weekend three. Y’all are familiar with the Bat City Cycling offering, and past write-ups can be found here. The old course at Moya was a pure gem amongst those large pecan trees and subtle ravines – long dragstrip with flow.

Bat City is a legacy event (images from the race in 2012) and the team re-used Webberville for the Age-Based Championships in a pinch last year.

Here’s some input from long-time race director, James Sides: Continue Reading…

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The Webberville Flyer is simple and to the point, choke full of the info you need.

Weekend three!
How is your season going?
Are you doing as well as you thought?
Do you wish you rowed sculls instead?

Wherever you are in the spectrum, you should be sure to find yourself just outside of Austin this weekend. Webberville Cyclocross is a legacy event that we’ve written about many times before. It’s a tried and true course, with new mods that have been very well thought out.

We asked John Bartle, promoter of Webberville Cyclocross (and one of the only people we know who was at the first #CXnats in Austin back in ’78) about his race this year.

How long has this race been in the TXBRA calendar?
The Violet Crown ‘cross race  has been at Webberville for eight years now.

Jamie Mitchell of host team, Violet Crown, runs the sand like a pro.

Wow. Thanks a long tenure. What are your favorite memories of the races in Webberville?
One of the early years we had about three inches of rain the day before the race and water was standing in the drainage swales. Some of the course was tape to tape mud two inches deep but tires got washed off in the water crossings. Recently we have have been blessed with some good quality heckling at the sand pit.

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SACX_Oct11-122014San Antonio CX : It’s a Bexar (pronounced “bear” – as in the county – for all the non-Texans) is up second on the 2014 #TXCX schedule. Drew Akin of Kickstand Racing has been promoting this race for some time, and you can read the previous previews for a taste of what the weekend is sure to hold.

Last year was quite an enjoyable track with easy access for travelers. This year there is an all women’s wave! Dig that, ladies. Come support those who support you.

Here’s some more from the promoter: Continue Reading…

If you were to give Six Shooter an age, you might say this bad boy is still in elementary school. Smoking in the john. Learning curse words. It’s not the oldest race on the calendar, but it’s not one to miss, either.

Enter, Voytilla:

2014BSSSixShooter We’ve had some fun on this season-opener track, and you should start your exploration by looking over the preview from 2012 and the writeup from 2013. Plenty of videos and images to wet your whistle in the race previews tab.

We asked Capital City Racing, the promoters of this event, to give us some words of inspiration. Continue Reading…

It's time... let's get to it.

It’s time… let’s get to it.

#CrossIsComing

Everyone keeps talking about it. ‘graming it.

You can feel the excitement building as racers acquire new frames and gear and review all the latest road and mountain bike results to see where their archenemy is placing.

Cross is heating up in Texas, y’all. You best be busy.

Here’s your schedule to date. Some things might change (as you can see by the TBDs), but at least you know where you’ll be spending 14 (potential) weekends this fall and winter.

OCT
4 – Bicycle Sport Shop Six Shooter – Austin
5 – Bicycle Sport Shop Six Shooter
11 – San Antonio CX – It’s a Bexar – San Antonio
12 – San Antonio CX – It’s a Bexar
18 – Webberville Cross – Austin
19 – Cyclocross Scuffle – Austin
25 – Cross Houston – Houston
26 – Cross Houston Continue Reading…

Sunday!
Sunday!
Sunday!

2014StateCyclocrossAgeBasedChampionships3Our last race of the year is the age-based Texas State Championships hosted by Bat City Cycling in Austin. Unlike years past, this race (known as the Cyclocross Scuffle) will not take place and the beloved Moya Park.

We asked James Sides, race promoter, to give us the full scoop. James – what happened to that great track you guys normally run?

The great Halloween flood has washed out the Moya venue. No bathroom facilities but a few tons of natural barriers.

I’m glad you were able to recover quick and double up at Webberville. What can we expect?

The course will have five inclines with three in a row that some may find they have to run up after a lap or two, two sand pits, some off camber, a set of barriers, and a circle of doom.

Webberville Map 2014 TXCup Age based CX race (1)

The last time up the hill follows a sharp 180º turn. For most it will be a run.

I found traction and psi to be some strong things to consider as well as the motor having enough oomph for the first few laps to be able to make the inclines and get a separation from the pack.

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