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SVENS::BOONES::ZANDTRAINING @sven_nys @svenvth @trekbikes #crossiscoming #crossiszandtraining

#CrossIsDead

#CrossIsDead

Nice promo video from @trekbikes on the Boone development and @katiefncompton’s contribution to its design. Also, @sven_nys cameo. 

@hansgrohe_be Superprestige Cyclocross Series releases schedule. Are you ready to win some shower heads?! #crossisimminent

@hansgrohe_be Superprestige Cyclocross Series releases schedule. Are you ready to win some shower heads?! #crossisimminent

JEREMY POWERS UNVEILS NEW PROFESSIONAL CYCLOCROSS TEAM “ASPIRE RACING”

 Fifteen Companies Have Joined Aspire Racing As Partners

Easthampton, Massachusetts August 11th, 2014 – Today U.S. National Cyclocross Champion Jeremy Powers announced the creation of Aspire Racing – a new cyclocross team that aspires to be the United States’ first professionally registered cyclocross program in the coming years. Initially headlined with Powers as a team of one for the 2014-2015 season, Aspire Racing will participate in both domestic and international races with the goal of providing the same high visibility that sponsors have come to expect from Powers. 

“Launching this team is something I’m really excited about” said Powers. “I have always been passionate about cyclocross - The JAM Fund, BTB TV, and now Aspire Racing are my way of giving back to the sport that has given me so much. I am looking forward to integrating Aspire with my non-profit JAM Fund Cycling program. By creating both a development program and a professional racing team, my dream is to create a path of support for young riders to fully develop and succeed in American cyclocross. Bases of support like development programs and professional teams are the way we will grow this sport in the US.”

Powers is one of America’s most successful cyclocross riders, with over 50 Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) victories in both the United States and Europe. He broke into professional cycling with the Jelly Belly Pro cycling in 2004, initially riding both road and cyclocross. Also joining the Aspire Racing team are fifteen corporate sponsors, including Focus Bicycles, Rapha cycling and casual apparel, Giro helmets and shoes, Oakley sunglasses, Zipp wheels, bars, stems and seatposts, SRAM components, Quarq power meters, Park Tools, FMB tires, Fizik saddles, crankbrothers pedals, WD-40 Bike Lube and Cleaners, ICEdot crash sensors, Eco-Products and MotoFish Coffee. This year’s title sponsors are Rapha and Focus Bikes.

“Jeremy captures the imagination of fans with the way he rides and through his personality,” said Slate Olson, Chief Marketing Officer from Rapha. “Jeremy has long shown that he can compete at the highest global level, we’re excited to be alongside him this season as he ramps up a focused ‘cross campaign.”

“Focus Bicycles has had three years of success with Jeremy Powers on German-Engineered Mares CX race bikes. Focus is proud to be Jeremy’s choice as a partner in this new venture. The 2015 Mares CX incorporates more than a little bit of Jeremy’s input. Now let’s see where he takes it!” said Jeff Rowe of Focus Bicycles USA.

Aspire Racing will reveal the newly designed national champion racing kit at Cross Vegas on September 10th. Visit the newly launched jpows.com to see the full details on Aspire Racing’s upcoming season and schedule.

Duel In The Desert: #1 and #2 Ranked Men start the season at Clif Bar CrossVegas

Via @crossvegas:

In many ways, it’s another version of a classic Hollywood western movie with the young challenger calling out the legendary veteran in a dusty western town. Before the world’s #1 and #2 ranked men’s cyclocross racers start their European race schedules they have a duel in the Nevada desert to contend with.

Lars Van der Haar of the Netherlands, currently the #1 ranked cyclocross racer in the world, will be facing #2 ranked Sven Nys of Belgium at CrossVegas, the season opening cross race scheduled Wednesday September 10 in Las Vegas.

Van der Haar is a CrossVegas veteran who has raced the event 3 times, including a victory in the 2011 edition. The Shimano-Giant racer will be opening his season after the overall win of the World Cup Series last year. Van der Haar commented on his CrossVegas plans, “I will be racing CrossVegas now for the 4th time, I won it once and now I want a second win.”

Nys is also a former winner of CrossVegas. The Crelan-AA Drink racer took the victory in 2013 while wearing the World Champion’s rainbow-striped jersey. Said Nys of his plans, “I had a great time racing CrossVegas last season, I was pleased to win but more than that - I enjoyed the exciting atmosphere and the big crowds. It is a great spectacle for our sport and an important early season race on the world calendar ”

On meeting Nys in Las Vegas, Van der Haar said, “Racing against Sven will be hard, but it’s cool to meet him for the first race in America. We are both far away from home, so anything can happen.”

Racers from 14 nations competed in CrossVegas 2013, a night time UCI C1 race held under the lights in the shadows of the famous Las Vegas Strip. Additional rider announcements will be made in the coming weeks in both the men and women’s fields.

When the sun sets on the edge of the vast desert sky on the eve of September 10, thousands of fans will que up at CrossVegas to watch the 2014 version as Van de Haar and Nys duel for the right to claim the cyclocross season’s first win. Van der Haar had the final word on the Las Vegas race saying, “When Elvis sings, you know the season has started!”

About CrossVegas
Clif® Bar CrossVegas is organized by Watts Marketing Inc. of Longmont Colorado and has become a fixture on the U.S. cyclocross calendar. It is the largest cyclocross race outside of Europe attracting 10,000 spectators to Desert Breeze Soccer Complex in Las Vegas. Complete information including schedule, hotel information, sponsorship and admission is available at crossvegas.com. Follow on Twitter @CrossVegas.

It’s not really a documentary, not really a short film, but somewhere in between. Here’s a video I produced covering the Hilly Billy Roubaix, a 72 mile race that takes place on some of the nastiest roads in West Virginia. Started in 2010, the Hilly Billy Roubaix is a classic. Part of the Ultra Cross series, the Hilly Billy is a tough mud, dirt, grass, gravel, road race with a ton of climbing. Sounds fun, right?

One clarification from the video, I say that Garth Prosser holds the record for fastest time. Garth holds the 40+ record for the course with a time of 4 hours and 18 minutes. Michael Mihalik and Mike Simonson now share the overall record with a time of 4 hours and 19 minutes.

Also, Crystal Anthony set the women’s record this year with a time of 4 hrs and 31 minutes.

Special thanks to Stephanie Swan, Fritz Kessler and Marc Glass for letting me use the Hilly Billy Theme Song at the end of the video. You can see them play it live here: youtube.com/watch?v=0KW484pmfZU

Thanks also To JR Petsko for having me out. Check out all of the races he promotes here: abraracing.com.

Thanks for watching.

UPDATE: USA Cycling announces 2014 Cyclo-cross National Calendar (CXNC)

Due to race director requests, USA Cycling have had to make updates to the 2014 Cyclo-cross National Calendar. The race director for the Florida CX National has canceled his event, formerly scheduled for August 31. It has been removed from the calendar. In addition, VeloCX has changed its date to November 8. It was previously scheduled for Nov. 1.

USA Cycling announces 2014 Cyclo-cross National Calendar (CXNC)

Colorado Springs, Colo. (July 18, 2014) – USA Cycling announced today the 2014 Cyclo-cross National Calendar (CXNC). The purpose of the CXNC is to recognize top domestic events and provide them with the opportunity to achieve UCI recognition. Those races that seek UCI inscription on the USA Cycling Pro Cyclo-cross Calendar (Pro CX) must first be a part of the CXNC for at least one year.

Three events make up this year’s CXNC, starting with the GP Clark Natwick in San Francisco, Calif., on Sept. 1. This is followed by VeloCX in Blaine, Minn., on Nov. 8. The 2014 calendar concludes Dec. 6-7 with the Ruts ‘N Guts in Tulsa, Okla.

Among the requirements for inclusion on the CXNC is an elite cash purse, as well as the agreement to submit race results to USA Cycling within 24 hours for proper rankings calculation.

USA Cycling Announces Teams for 2014 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships

(Aug. 1, 2014) — USA Cycling announced Friday the 25-member cross-country and 16-member downhill teams to compete at the 2014 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships, which will run Sept. 2-7 in Hafjell, Norway.
 
Cross-country

Five elite men received invitations to compete at the 2014 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships with automatic bids coming for Stephen Ettinger (Bozeman, Mont./BMC Mountainbike Racing Team) and Todd Wells (Durango, Colo./Specialized Factory Racing), and discretionary selections coming for Russell Finsterwald (Colorado Springs, Colo./SRAM-Troy Lee Designs Race Team), Spencer Paxson (Bellingham, Wash./Kona Factory Team) and Kerry Werner (Banner Elk, N.C./BMC Project Dirt p/b KMC).
 
Ettinger’s 28th-place UCI World Ranking and 12th-place result at the World Cup #2 on April 27 in Cairns, Australia, were enough for an automatic bid, while Wells’ win at the 2014 Cross-Country Mountain Bike National Championships, July 19, in Macungie, Pa., and his top ranking in the Pro Mountain Bike Cross-Country Tour (XCT) final standings clinched the guaranteed slot on the team.
 
Recipients of discretionary selections, Finsterwald’s second-place effort at the Sea Otter Classic in Monterey, Calif., fourth-place finish at the Pro XCT’s Mellow Johnny’s Classic on March 1 and eighth-place finish at the Cross-Country Mountain Bike National Championships earned a nod, while respective second- and fifth-place finishes at the National Championships for Paxson and Werner were enough to make the roster.
 
Lea Davison (Jericho, Vt./Specialized Factory Racing), Erin Huck (Boulder, Colo./Tokyo Joes-VCGraphix.com) and Georgia Gould (Fort Collins, Colo./LUNA Pro Team) lead a strong group of elite women to the 2014 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships with automatic bids thanks to international success, and Evelyn Dong (Park City, Utah/Backcountry.com), Mary McConneloug (Chilmark, Mass./Team KENDA-Stan’s NoTubes) and Chloe Woodruff (Tucson, Ariz./Backcountry.com) impressed in 2014, earning discretionary bids to compete at the event.
 
Davison rides her 2014 Cross-Country Mountain Bike National Championships win, as well as her 29th-place UCI ranking, into Norway, where she will be joined by fellow automatic bid winners Huck, who finished second in the Pro XCT standings, and Gould, who is ranked 30th in the UCI standings.
 
Dong took third at the Cross-Country National Championships, McConneloug finished third at the 2014 Pan American Championships, March 27-30 in Londrina, Brazil, and fifth at the 2014 Cross-Country Mountain Bike National Championships, and Woodruff placed third at the Mellow Johnny’s Classic and fourth at the Missoula XC on June 21 in Missoula, Mont., to earn discretionary selections.
 
Howard Grotts (Durango, Colo./Specialized Racing XC) and Keegan Swenson (Park City, Utah/Cannondale Factory Racing) earned U23 men’s automatic bids, while Sepp Kuss (Durango, Colo./RMCF-Devo) and Casey Williams (Big Bear City, Calif./Whole Athlete-Specialized Cycling Team) rounded out the group with discretionary selections.

Grotts’ nod came on the heels of his Missoula XC win and third-place result at World Cup #4 in Albstadt, Germany, June 1, while Swenson punched his ticket with his National Championships win and 10th-place effort at World Cup #1 in Pietermaritzburg, Russia.
 
Kuss placed third at the National Championships and seventh at the WORS Cup in Portage, Wis., on July 12, and Williams finished fourth at the National Championships, sixth at the Specialized Catamount Classic, July 26, in Williston, Vt., and 17th at the WORS Cup to earn discretionary roster spots.
 
On the women’s side, Kate Courtney (Kentfield, Calif.) earned the lone U23 automatic bid, and Kaylee Blevins (Durango, Colo./Bear Development Team) and Shayna Powless (Roseville, Calif.) earned discretionary bids.
 
Courtney’s bid came after winning the National Championship, recording a fourth-place finish at World Cup #2 in Cairns, Australia, a ninth-place result at World Cup #3 in Nove Mesto Na Morave, Czech Republic, and a 10th-place finish at World Cup #4 in Albstadt.
 
Taking similar routes to their discretionary selections, Blevins earned bronze at the 2014 National Championships and finished 18th at the Missoula XC, while Powless picked up silver at the National Championships and placed 10th at the WORS Cup.
 
Three juniors men picked up automatic bids to the 2014 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships, as Neilson Powless (Roseville, Calif./Whole Athlete-Specialized), Sean Bennett (El Cerrito, Calif./Whole Athlete-Specialized) and Landen Beckner (Helena, Mont.) used World Cup and UCI success to earn roster spots. The three automatic bids were joined by discretionary selections Carson Beckett (Benton, Ky./Wood-N-Wave) and Garrett Gerchar (Boulder, Colo./Boulder Junior Cycling-Tokyo Joe’s Jr.).
 
Powless’ top-10 performances at World Cup #3 and World Cup #4 gave him the automatic pass, while Bennett’s National Championship and eighth-place effort at World Cup #3, and Beckner’s 54 UCI points collected from three North American Juniors UCI races met the auto bid criteria.
 
Beckett’s bronze at the 2014 Cross-Country Mountain Bike National Championships and seventh-place result at the U.S. Cup Pro Series stop in Fontana, Calif., on March 22 were enough to leverage him into a discretionary selection, as were Gerchar’s National Championships silver medal and three top-25 UCI race finishes.
 
Ksenia Lepikhina (Boulder, Colo.) earned the lone juniors women’s automatic roster spot, and Shea Chavez (Flagstaff, Ariz.) took the division’s only discretionary spot.
 
Lepikhina won the 2014 National Championship and compiled 94 UCI points from three North American Juniors UCI races to take her guaranteed spot, while Chavez earned her discretionary slot thanks to a bronze-medal performance at the National Championships and a 16th-place finish at UCI race #1.
 
Downhill
 
Seven men were selected in the elite division with automatic bids coming for Aaron Gwin (Wildomar, Calif./Factory Specialized), Neko Mulally (Pisgah Forest, N.C./Trek World Cycling) and Kevin Aiello (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif./KHS Bicycles), while Logan Binggeli (Saint George, Utah/KHS Bicycles), Eliot Jackson (Westlake Village, Calif.), Kiran MacKinnon (Santa Cruz, Calif.) and Max Morgan (Duluth, Ga.) earned discretionary selections.

Gwin received the automatic nod after winning the 2014 Gravity Mountain Bike National Championships onJune 22 in Angel Fire, N.M., taking top-five finishes at the first three World Cups of the season and for being ranked second in the UCI World Cup overall rankings as of Aug. 1. Mulally’s automatic selection came after placing third at World Cup #2 in Cairns, Australia, April 25, and for being ranked ninth overall in the UCI World Cup rankings as of Aug. 1. Aiello earned his automatic selection because he leads the men’s Pro Mountain Bike Gravity Tour (GRT) rankings as of Aug. 1 with 153 points.
 
Receiving discretionary selections, Binggeli placed fourth at the 2014 Gravity Mountain Bike National Championships, while Jackson took 25th at World Cup #2 in Cairns, 35th at World Cup #3 in Fort William, Scotland, on June 7, and 45th at World Cup #4 in Leogang, Austria, June 15. McKinnon took top-10 results at the 2014 Gravity Mountain Bike National Championships, the April 13 Sea Otter Classic and the Pro GRT Plattekill Gravity Open in Roxbury, N.Y., May 21-25.
 
Also receiving automatic bids are Jill Kintner (Seattle, Wash./Team Norco Intl.) and Alison Zimmer (Lincoln, Vt. VT/Gravity Racing-Xprezo), who are the lone U.S. elite women’s selections for the 2014 Mountain Bike World Championships.
 
Kintner nabbed her automatic bid after taking the win at the 2014 Gravity Mountain Bike National Championships, placing third at World Cup #1 in Pietermaritzburg, Russia, April 12, taking fifth at World Cup #3 and being ranked sixth in the UCI World Cup Rankings as of Aug. 1. Zimmer’s automatic bid came from being ranked first in Pro GRT rankings as of Aug. 1.
 
Three juniors men took automatic bids to the 2014 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships, as Luca Shaw (Hendersonville, N.C./SRAM-Troy Lee Designs), Shane Leslie (Birmingham, Mich.) and Chase Nelson (Littleton, Colo./Trek Southridge Racing) accomplished enough in 2014 to get the nod, while Charlie Harrison (Trabuco Canyon, Calif.) and Matt Branney (Littleton, Colo.) were granted discretionary selections.

Shaw took the win at World Cup #1 and placed third at World Cup #4 to punch his ticket, while Leslie recorded the fastest junior time at the 2014 Gravity Mountain Bike National Championships to earn the automatic bid. Nelson recorded the fastest junior time among the Pro GRT rider pool at the event.

Earning discretionary selections, Harrison took second at the 2014 Gravity Mountain Bike National Championships as well as at the fifth Pro GRT competition, the July 20 Bikes, Brews and Views in Beach Mountain, N.C., while Branney recorded top-five finishes at the Pro GRT’s NW Cup April 19-20 in Port Angeles, Wash., the Plattekill Gravity Open, May 21-25, in Roxbury, N.Y., and at Bikes, Brews and Views, as well as a seventh-place result at the Gravity Mountain Bike National Championships.

Michelle Pederson (Los Alamos, N.M./Bike n Sport Racing) notched the lone juniors women’s automatic bid after winning the Junior National Championship, while Taylor Allison (Woodstock, N.Y.) got the discretionary nod for taking third at the Plattekill Gravity Open.

Cross-country
Elite Men
*Stephen Ettinger (Bozeman, Mont./BMC Mountainbike Racing Team)
*Todd Wells (Durango, Colo./Specialized Factory Racing)
Russell Finsterwald (Colorado Springs, Colo./SRAM-Troy Lee Designs Race Team)
Spencer Paxson (Bellingham, Wash./Kona Factory Team)
Kerry Werner (Banner Elk, N.C./BMC Project Dirt p/b KMC)

Elite Women
*Lea Davison (Jericho, Vt./Specialized Factory Racing)
*Erin Huck (Boulder, Colo./Tokyo Joes-VCGraphix.com)
*Georgia Gould (Fort Collins, Colo./LUNA Pro Team)
Evelyn Dong (Park City, Utah/Backcountry.com)
Mary McConneloug (Chilmark, Mass./Team KENDA-Stan’s NoTubes)
Chloe Woodruff (Tucson, Ariz./Backcountry.com)

U23 Men
*Howard Grotts (Durango, Colo./Specialized Racing XC)
*Keegan Swenson (Park City, Utah/Cannondale Factory Racing)
Sepp Kuss (Durango, Colo./RMCF-Devo)
Casey Williams (Big Bear City, Calif./Whole Athlete-Specialized Cycling Team)

U23 Women
*Kate Courtney (Kentfield, Calif.)
Kaylee Blevins (Durango, Colo./Bear Development Team)
Shayna Powless (Roseville, Calif.)

Juniors Men
*Neilson Powless (Roseville, Calif./Whole Athlete-Specialized)
*Sean Bennett (El Cerrito, Calif./Whole Athlete-Specialized)
*Landen Beckner (Helena, Mont.)
Carson Beckett (Benton, Ky./Wood-N-Wave)
Garrett Gerchar (Boulder, Colo./Boulder Junior Cycling-Tokyo Joe’s Jr.)

Juniors Women
*Ksenia Lepikhina (Boulder, Colo.)
Shea Chavez (Flagstaff, Ariz.)

Downhill
Elite Men

*Aaron Gwin (Wildomar, Calif./Factory Specialized)
*Neko Mulally (Pisgah Forest, N.C./Trek World Cycling)
*Kevin Aiello (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif./KHS Bicycles)
Logan Binggeli (Saint George, Utah/KHS Bicycles)
Eliot Jackson (Westlake Village, Calif.)
Kiran MacKinnon (Santa Cruz, Calif.)
Max Morgan (Duluth, Ga.)

Elite Women
*Jill Kintner (Seattle, Wash./Team Norco Intl.)
*Alison Zimmer (Lincoln, Vt. VT/Gravity Racing-Xprezo)

Juniors Men
*Luca Shaw (Hendersonville, N.C./SRAM-Troy Lee Designs)
*Shane Leslie (Birmingham, Mich.)
*Chase Nelson (Littleton, Colo./Trek Southridge Racing)
Matt Branney (Littleton, Colo.)
Charlie Harrison (Trabuco Canyon, Calif.)

Juniors Women
*Michelle Pederson (Los Alamos, N.M./Bike n Sport Racing)
Taylor Allison (Woodstock, N.Y.)

USA Cycling announces 2014 Cyclo-cross National Calendar (CXNC)

USA Cycling announced today the 2014 Cyclo-cross National Calendar (CXNC). The purpose of the CXNC is to recognize top domestic events and provide them with the opportunity to achieve UCI recognition. Those races that seek UCI inscription on the USA Cycling Pro Cyclo-cross Calendar (Pro CX) must first be a part of the CXNC for at least one year.

Four events make up this year’s CXNC, starting with the Florida CX National in Dade City, Fla., on Aug. 31. That will be followed by the Sept. 21 GP Clark Natwick in San Francisco, Calif., and the Nov. 1 VeloCX in Blaine, Minn. The 2014 calendar concludes Dec. 6-7 with the Ruts ‘N Guts in Tulsa, Okla.

Among the requirements for inclusion on the CXNC is an elite cash purse, as well as the agreement to submit race results to USA Cycling within 24 hours for proper rankings calculation.