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I knew I had seen that Niels Albert bike swing from #hoogstraten somewhere else …

The Bike Toss: A Short History

Inspired by Marcel Kittel’s “intense relationship” with his bike, we have compiled our favorite bike tossing clips into a short history of the art of the bike heave. This is by no means a completist’s collection, but these highlights fit really nicely into the time frame of the Joe Jackson track used for the soundtrack. That song is available here: itunes.apple.com/us/album/look-sharp!-bonus-track-version/id414800

Footage via Eurosport, Rai and Sporza.

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And thank you for watching.

To break out of your snowbound doldrums I bring you flamingos strutting to Public Enemy. Filmed at the National Zoo in DC a couple weeks ago.

@USACycling Releases 2014-2015 Pro CX Calendar

Nine C1 events and $40,000 prize purse highlight 2014-15 Pro CX calendar

Colorado Springs, Colo. (February 14, 2014) — The USA Cycling Professional Cyclo-cross Calendar (Pro CX) has been released and features 44 dates on the domestic schedule, including the addition of three C1 events which brings that total to nine for the coming year. The 2014-15 edition of the Pro CX calendar begins on Sept. 6 and runs through Jan. 4, and will once again feature a $40,000 prize purse to be split between the top riders in each of the men’s and women’s standings at the conclusion of the season.

Jeremy Powers (Easthampton, Mass./Team Rapha-Focus), Elle Anderson (San Francisco, Calif./California Giant Berry Farms-Specialized) and Austin Vincent(Simsbury, Conn./Race CF) topped the men’s, women’s and juniors men’s standings after the 2013-14 Pro CX calendar concluded.

This year’s calendar features at least one event in 18 different states around the country, beginning on Sept. 6with the first of two consecutive days of Nittany Lion Cross in Breiningsville, Pa. It continues under the stars in Las Vegas, Nev., on Sept. 10 with Clif® Bar CrossVegas, the first of the calendar’s C1 races. The spotlight quickly moves to Colorado as riders vie for points in the Colorado Cross Classic and the Boulder Cup in Boulder, Colo., on Sept. 13-14. The Trek Cyclo-cross Collective Cup in Waterloo, Wis., and Charm City Crossin Baltimore, Md., will each be held Sept. 20-21. The action remains in the northeastern United States the following weekend as riders will compete in the Great Brewers Gran Prix of Gloucester 1 and 2 in Gloucester, Mass., Sept. 27-28 before the focus shifts to Providence, R.I., Oct. 4-5, when riders will compete in Providence Cyclo-cross Festival.

The following weekend, Rochester, N.Y., will be the site of Ellison Park Cyclo-cross Festival on Oct. 11-12. The Pro CX circuit continues in the east with the HPCX in Jamesburg, N.J., Oct. 18-19, before heading west to St. Louis, Mo., for the Oct. 25-26 Gateway Cross Cup. On Oct. 31, the focus will be in Fairfield, Ohio, where riders will compete in Cincy3 @ Harbin Park before traveling to Mason, Ohio, to contest Cincy3 @ Kings CX After Dark on Nov. 1. The action that weekend concludes in Covington, Ky., where riders will compete in Cincy3 @ Devou Park on Nov. 2. Covington will also be the site of the Pan Am Continental Cyclo-cross Championships that day, a non-Pro CX event that features races for elite women, U23 men and juniors men. Also on that weekend, riders can compete on the east coast at the NEPCX- Cycle-Smart International on Nov. 1-2 in Northampton, Mass.

From there, the riders return to the site of the 2013 UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships, Louisville, Ky., to contest the Derby City Cup on Nov. 8-9. In the middle of November, the Pro CX action will be in Iowa City, Iowa, as the 3 Day Carousel Volkswagen Jingle Cross is slated for Nov. 14-16. Riders will then travel to Stony Point, N.Y., to compete in Supercross Cup 1 and 2 Nov. 22-23. The following weekend, riders can burn off those Thanksgiving calories on either coast with the CXLA Weekend in Los Angeles or the Baystate Cyclocross in Sterling, Mass. Both races are slated for Nov. 29-30.

The week after Thanksgiving, Dec. 6-7, will feature more bi-coastal action as riders can score points in Warwick, R.I., at the NBX Gran Prix of Cross and Deschutes Brewery Cup in Bend, Ore. The calendar includes a pair of races in Hendersonville, N.C., on Dec. 13-14, the North Carolina Grand Prix, before concluding in the New Year with the Kingsport Cyclo-cross Cup in Kingsport, Tenn., on Jan. 3, and the Resolution Cross Cup onJan. 3-4 in Dallas (Garland), Texas. Both those races will serve as final tune-ups for the 2015 USA Cycling Cyclo-cross National Championships in Austin, Texas, Jan.7-11. The national championships are a non-Pro CX event.

The Pro CX tracks standings winners among elite men, elite women and juniors men. Riders in those categories accumulate standings points by placing within the top 15 of the races on the Pro CX. In 2014-15, there are nine races ranked by the UCI as C1 on the Pro CX where the standings points available to riders are tripled.

Those nine races are listed below:

Sept. 10

Clif® Bar CrossVegas

Las Vegas, Nev.

Sept. 14

Boulder Cup

Boulder, Colo.

Sept. 20

Trek CXC Cup

Waterloo, Wis.

Oct. 4

Providence Cyclo-cross Festival

Providence, R.I. 

Oct. 11

Ellison Park Cyclo-cross Festival

Rochester, N.Y.

Nov. 1

Cincy3 Lionhearts International

Mason, Ohio

Nov. 8

Derby City Cup

Louisville, Ky.

Nov. 15

3 Day Carousel Volkswagen Jingle Cross-2

Iowa City, Iowa

Dec. 6

Deschutes Brewery Cup

Bend, Ore.

In episode 2.17, #SVENNESS goes to Hoogerheide, Netherlands, for the 2014 UCI Cyclocross World Championship. The elite men’s race was a battle of two giants, each with two Men’s World Championship jerseys to their name. Zdeněk Štybar won the rainbow jersey in 2010 and 2011, to go along with two U23 jerseys won in 2005 and 2006. Sven Nys is the reigning World Champion. He first won the title in 2005.

The Hoogerheide course is a tough one made even tougher by the wet conditions. The mud on the track is not necessarily deep but it is slick, which makes every turn an adventure. And speaking of turns, there are several significant rutted off-camber sections that play a part in the outcome of this race. We also look at the “swinging gate technique” of getting around a sharp turn, and the run vs. ride decision and it’s tactical application. But mainly, we just sit back and enjoy a barn burner of a race.

SVENNESS season two is sponsored by Skills Drills and Bellyaches: A Cyclocross Primer, available at cyclocrossbook.com.

It is also sponsored by CrossVegas, which will takes place September 10 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Rumor has it that this may be a rematch of Stybar and Nys. Just a rumor, but how cool is that? Either way, come join us at the race. More info at crossvegas.com.

Finally, a great way to support this series is to buy a supercool SVENNESS t-shirt at SVENNESS.com.

Video footage for this episode via Sporza: sporza.be/cm/sporza/wielrennen/veldrijden

Buy some music from #SVENNESS 2.17:

Disk is Full, Not Full~Dudadius: dudadius.bandcamp.com/album/drowzium

Cutesy Monster Man~Iron Chic: ironchic.bandcamp.com/album/not-like-this

Ordinary Silence~Mixtapes: nosleepsampler.com/album/ordinary-silence

Is It Your Choice To Say That I Don’t Deserve You?~Souven!rs: souvenirsvannes.bandcamp.com/

Throw Me From the Bridge of Flowers~Wholesome: handsandknees.bandcamp.com/track/throw-me-from-the-bridge-of-flowers

Liar~Of Us Giants: ofusgiants.bandcamp.com/

Everything Between Paint and a Wall~Grandview: grandview.bandcamp.com/album/everything-between-paint-and-a-wall

Be Around~The Peach Kings: thepeachkings.bandcamp.com/album/mojo-thunder-ep

Thanks for watching.

SVENNESS and the SVENNESS hashtag © 2014 CXHairs LLC

Decision on UCI Rule 1.2.019 (“Forbidden Races”) delayed until 2015

Via @usacycling:

Colorado Springs, Colo. (Feb. 6, 2014) — At their meeting last week in Hoogerheide, Netherlands, the UCI Management Committee discussed the issues surrounding Rule 1.2.019 and agreed to suspend enforcement of the rule for the remainder of the 2014 season.

"Although we would have liked to see a concrete resolution regarding Rule 1.2.019, we are nonetheless encouraged that there will be continuing dialogue regarding the worldwide ramifications of the rule in the coming year," said USA Cycling President & CEO Steve Johnson. "In the meantime, we are pleased that enforcement of the rule will be suspended for another year."

UCI general regulations include a section called “Forbidden Races.” Within it, Rule 1.2.019 states, “No license holder may participate in an event that has not been included on a national, continental or world calendar or that has not been recognized by a national federation, a continental confederation or the UCI.” Related rules 1.2.020 and 1.2.021 provide additional details, including specifying punishment via fine or suspension for all UCI license holders who violate the rule.

In episode 2.16, SVENNESS goes to Leuven, Belgium, for the latest round of the Soudal Classics Cyclocross Series, which took place January 19. The Leuven course features some short tough climbs, and one particularly hairy descent. There is also a fun ramp section and a touch of mud. A handful of different riders take their shots riding off the front but nothing sticks until Tom Meeusen, Kevin Pauwels and Sven Nys get away with five to go. Meeusen is the aggressor in this race launching attack after attack. Pauwels counters and Sven once again shows incredible patience.

With parts of the Leuven course bordering on single-track, we took the opportunity to review a couple MTB skills that are definitely ones you need for your cyclocross skill set. We also look at ride vs run opportunities and how the pros handle a little contact between riders.

SVENNESS is presented by Skills Drills and Bellyaches: A Cyclocross Primer, available at cyclocrossbook.com and by CrossVegas, which takes place September 10, under the lights. More info at crossvegas.com.

Footage via Vier: vier.be/tags/cyclocross

As always, if you like the songs on this episode, please visit the artist links below and buy the track or even the album.

Lady in Waiting~U.S. Royalty: usroyalty.bandcamp.com/track/lady-in-waiting

Hawk in Harness (Chris Sheldon Mix)~My First Tooth: myfirsttooth.bandcamp.com/track/hawk-in-harness-chris-sheldon-mix

Feelin’ It!~Ex Norwegian: shop.exnorwegian.com/album/feelin-it

Reggie Lewis~Sport: sport.bandcamp.com/track/reggie-lewis

Dreamers Asleep at the Wheel~The Ambulars: theambulars.bandcamp.com/album/dreamers-asleep-at-the-wheel

Cast a Shadow~Coves: soundcloud.com/coves/the-coves-cast-a-shadow-master

Thanks for watching.

SVENNESS and the #SVENNESS hashtag © 2014 CXHairs LLC

For episode 2.15, SVENNESS makes a stop at the Belgian National Cyclocross Championships, which took place at the Gaverbeek Hippodrome in Waregem, West Flanders, Belgium. The race takes place on a flat track with several flyovers and drainage ditches. It is a bit muddy and there is one long stretch of sand that plays an important role in this race.

We focus on the sand, the planks, the attrition of an already small field and the solidification of a legend. For the Belgian elite race, only racers who have full-time contracts are allowed to compete. That means the field is only 14 deep. The elites without contracts race a minute after the full-time pros start their race.

This episode is presented by Skills Drills and Bellyaches: A Cyclocross Primer, which is available at cyclocrossbook.com.

SVENNESS is also presented by CrossVegas. Find out more at crossvegas.com.

SVENNESS t-shirts remain on sale at SVENNESS.com. Quantities are limited.

Footage for this episode via Sporza: sporza.be/cm/sporza/wielrennen/veldrijden

If you like the music, please purchase the track. Support the artists who liven up these episodes. Tracks for 2.15 are:

When I’m Down~Simone Rubi: simonerubi.bandcamp.com/

A Button on Your Blouse~The Drowners: soundcloud.com/frenchkiss_records/a-button-on-your-blouse/s-NC0Wj

Weird Purr~Eugene Quell: eugenequell.bandcamp.com/track/weird-purr

Tell the Teller~Toy Soldiers: soundcloud.com/toy-soldiers-1/tell-the-teller-1

Miss Teen Massachusetts~Skaters: soundcloud.com/skaters/miss-teen-massachusetts

Thanks for watching.

SVENNESS and the #SVENNESS hashtag © 2014 CXHairs LLC

US Rosters for CX Worlds Announced

U.S. Roster

Elite Women
Elle Anderson (San Francisco, Calif./California Giant Berry Farms-Specialized)
Crystal Anthony (Beverly, Mass./Team Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies)
Kaitlin Antonneau (Colorado Springs, Colo./Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com)
Katie Compton (Colorado Springs, Colo./Trek Cyclocross Collective)
Arley Kemmerer (Saylorsburg, Pa./Charm City Cycling LLC)
Meredith Miller (Boulder, Colo./California Giant Berry Farms-Specialized)

Elite Men
Tim Johnson (Topsfield, Mass./Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com)
Allen Krughoff (Boulder, Colo./Raleigh Clement)
Zach McDonald (Bainbridge Island, Wash./Rapha-Focus)
Jonathan Page (Northfield, N.H./Fuji-Spyoptics)
Jeremy Powers (Easthampton, Mass./ Rapha-Focus)
Ryan Trebon (Bend, Ore./Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com)

U23 Men
Yannick Eckmann (Boulder, Colo./California Giant Berry Farms-Specialized)
Cody Kaiser (El Dorado Hills, Calif./California Giant Berry Farms-Specialized)
Tobin Ortenblad (Santa Cruz, Calif./California Giant Berry Farms-Specialized).
Logan Owen (Bremerton, Wash./California Giant Berry Farms-Specialized)
Curtis White (Delanson, N.Y./Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com)

Juniors Men
Maxx Chance (Boulder, Colo./Clif Bar Development Cross Team)
Peter Goguen (Hopedale, Mass./Race CF)
Gavin Haley (Louisville, Ky./Red Zone Cycling Elite)
Austin Vincent (Simsbury, Conn./Race CF)
Cooper Willsey (Hinesburg, Vt./Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com)

In episode 2.14, SVENNESS visits Loenhout, Belgium for Azencross, the fifth round of the Bpost Bank Trofee series. The race took place on friday, December 27, in rainy conditions. The course is covered in a slick mud that gets deeper as the rain and race progresses. Zdeněk Štybar is back and has plenty of opportunities to get rad on this course. Niels Albert does his best to not get caught out at the start like he did at Zolder. Thijs van Amerongen continues to show his face at the front of the race, and Sven is being Sven.

This race was tactical from the start with lots of looking around and regrouping. But in the end, the final selection included the usual suspects.

This episode is presented by Skills Drills and Bellyaches: A Cyclocross Primer, which is available for sale atcyclocrossbook.com. Your racing season may have ended, but it’s never too early to start preparing for next year. Skills Drills and Bellyaches will help you do just that.

The episode is also presented by CrossVegas. Find out more about the United States’ biggest cyclocross race at crossvegas.com.

Finally, there is still time left to pre-order the new SVENNESS t-shirt. Check it out at svenness.com.

Footage for SVENNESS 2.14 is via Sporza: sporza.be/cm/sporza/wielrennen/veldrijden


No, I Can’t~Pebaluna: pebaluna.bandcamp.com/track/no-i-cant

Subtle Romance (Don’t Fall In Love)~The Wallies: thewalliesusa.bandcamp.com/track/subtle-romance-dont-fall-in-love

Black is Good~Young Rival: youngrival.bandcamp.com/track/black-is-good

Miss American Bookworm~PAWS: wehavepaws.bandcamp.com/track/miss-american-bookworm

We Were Kids~Turtle Giant: we.turtlegiant.com/track/we-were-kids

Red Light Green Light~Dune Rats: dunerats.bandcamp.com/track/red-light-green-light

Thanks for watching.

SVENNESS and the #SVENNESS hashtag are © 2014 CXHairs LLC