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In The Crosshairs

#crossiscoming #swissstyle @ekzcrosstour 


Palmerton, Pennsylvania.  August 26, 2014 – Arley Kemmerer announces the launch of a new cyclocross team, PB2 Pro Cycling, headlined by Bell Plantation’s PB2 powdered peanut butter.  Kemmerer, coming off a banner season last year which included a World Championship team selection, partners with Bell Plantation, Milton Cat, Focus Bicycles, and nine other companies to create a program that will support domestic and international competition this season, with a focus on returning to the World Championships in Tabor, Czech Republic.

 “I’m really excited to have assembled such a great selection of sponsors this season” says Kemmerer.  “I’ve been using PB2 in my recovery shakes for a long time, so it seemed like a natural fit to approach them about sponsorship.  Milton Cat has been a perennial supporter of women’s cyclocross, and Focus released the extra small Mares 0.0 this season.  Everything has come together and is a great fit.  I’m looking forward to racing hard and representing my sponsors”.

  Bell Plantation, maker of PB2, is a family-owned company out of Tifton, Georgia, and is new to the cycling industry.  “We’re really excited to partner with Arley and get our brand out into the cycling community” says Debbie Layfield, Chief Operating Officer of Bell Plantation.  “Arley approached us as a consumer of PB2 to pitch the idea, and we were immediately intrigued by her talent and passion for the sport.  Arley’s enthusiasm and reach within the community presents a great opportunity for our brand, and we’re really excited to support her this season.”

  Kemmerer’s partnership with Milton Cat, supporter of New England development team LadiesFirst Racing, allows Arley to pair with development riders to provide mentorship throughout the season.  “I think giving back to the sport is so important” says Kemmerer.  “I’ve had a lot of help along the way, and am happy to return that support in any way that I can.  Working with LadiesFirst Racing is a great opportunity, and I’m very thankful that Millie Milton approached me with the idea.”

  Kemmerer will be riding the Focus Mares 0.0 this year, on the newly-released 48cm frame.  “Focus Bicycles is excited to have all new geometry on the 2015 Mares CX line” says Jeff Rowe, Operations Manager of Focus Bicycles USA.  “Arley is a rider that we’ve been watching for a few years, and with the introduction of the 48cm frame, we’re excited to help her take it to the next level.”

 Kemmerer will be outfitted with Sram Force CX1, American Classic wheels, Challenge Tires, Fizik shoes, saddles, bars, stems and bar tape, and Squadra custom clothing.  Also supporting PB2 Pro Cycling are Skratch Labs, Mad Alchemy, Swiftwick, ProGold Bikes and Sportif Coaching Group.  Check out Arley’s new website, www.arleykemm.com for the latest news, schedules, and other info.  Don’t forget to follow PB2 Pro Cycling and Arley on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.  See you in the mud!

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



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


 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.