Southern Cross presented Maxxis Tires is not your average cross race. As the opener for the American Ultra Cross Championships, the SX is in the same vein as the the Three Peaks USA, Iron Cross, the Hilly Billy Roubaix, Barry Roubaix, Crusher in the Tushar and the Gravel Grovel. The course will open with a “traditional” cross course with twists, turns, run-ups and barriers. Then, participants will head out on a 50-mile loop of dirt and paved roads featuring mountain top vistas, challenging climbs and gorgeous views of tumbling creeks. Finally the course finishes with another ‘cross course with features that the UCI would not approve of like the vineyard “wall”! Optional “hand-ups” are available at this point in the form of cheap beer or a flask… you decide what it takes.
Still not sure what this Southern Cross presented by Maxxis Tires is all about? Check out some of my coverage of a past edition of Southern Cross and see why cyclists from all genres of the sport are flocking to mountains of North Georgia in February. Roadies, mountain bikers, cross racers and triathletes are all loving this event and you will too.
You’ll start and finish at the Montaluce Winery, which is a gorgeous venue for a bike race, a glass of wine on the patio or a wedding. There will be many spectator-friendly locations on the CX course and the wine tasting room will be open all day to entertain your non-racing friends and family. As a racer, you can also expect one very challenging course, a generous post race meal, a great after race party, a t-shirt we’re sure you’ll want to wear, plus cash & prizes for podium finishers and prize drawings for everyone. Check the 55nine Performance website for details or register today.Tweet Print
I realize I’m in the minority here, but I seem to be one of the rare people who prefer the three-step dropper post style over the infinitely adjustable. With an infinite, the saddle is always too high or too low and I just find myself fiddling with it a lot. The Pulse combines the best of both with a unique “stepped” adjustment system. A soft tug of the remote lever lowers the post 5mm. Want to go 10mm? Give it two clicks. A little lower? Five or six clicks is a perfect “trail” position. If you give the lever a full-pull, it allows the post to move freely up and down its entire 100mm range, so you can slam it for that big drop that’s coming up quick. I know, when we first heard of this design we were thinking “wait, what?” too, but after using it for several months, it strikes me as a pretty brilliant idea.Tweet Print
We were lucky enough to get a chance to ride the 2,000 Hours Trail on the western slope of Massanutten Resort during a recent trip to the Shenandoah Valley. It got its name from the number of all-volunteer man-hours it took to build. Those rocks don’t move themselves!
The Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition put together this quick video of rider Collin Vento showing us how it’s done.Tweet Print
If you were lucky, you might have found a few of these in your stocking on Christmas morning—the Clif Bar seasonal editions. Iced Gingerbread and Spiced Pumpkin Pie have been joined by Pecan Pie as three flavors to look forward to all year.
Like all Clif Bars, they’re made with 70 percent organic ingredients, have zero trans fat, have no high-fructose corn syrup and are a good source of protein and fiber, whether you’re on your bike or off.
Clif Bar will also donate one percent of seasonal net sales to Protect Our Winters, a non-for-profit organization of snow-sports enthusiasts and companies fighting climate change.
Now the only decision left is to decide if it’s “pea-can” or “pa-khan.” Either way, both are delicious.Tweet Print
If the name Asylum sounds familiar, that’s because it is. In its first go round, Asylum Cycles was building one of the first full-suspension 29er mountain bikes, peddled by Chris Currie and his shop Speedgoat Cycles.
In the past decade, both Asylum and Speedgoat have faded from the scene, but when Currie moved to Portland, it was an opportunity to resurrect his brand. The Pacific Northwest is a hotbed of cyclocross and he knew his latest project would be a great fit.
Enter the Meuse, named for the mighty river that flows through the French Ardennes, on to Liege in Belgium and finally into the Netherlands before draining into the North Sea. It’s a part of the world that lives and breathes cyclocross, just like its Pacific Northwest counterpart.Tweet Print
This is it. The main event. After Friday’s party, Saturday’s qualifying rides and Junkyard ‘Cross, then Saturday’s party, it was time get some racing on for the Golden Speedo and tattoos. The first SSCXWC to be held on the East Coast, Philly was an amazing host for the weekend. Despite some horrible weather for driving to and from along the Pennsylvania Turnpike, it was 48 hours I will never forget.Tweet Print
A long-standing Pennsylvania tradition, Bilenky Cycle Works has hosted a… unique cyclocross race each winter through a salvage yard. There are no UCI officials measuring tire widths, the barriers are not to spec, and #handupsarenotacrime.
This Saturday the annual event was pushed to new levels with the influx of humanity (and inhumanity) in town for the Singlespeed Cyclocross World Championships. The Junkyard Cross was tapped as a qualifying event for the Big Show, with heats of riders dualing for a finale and a chance to race in the Sunday’s main event. If you favored style over speed, you could still enter Sunday’s Everyone’s A Winner race, complete with universal #1 number plates.
There were a few scary moments, and likely some flat tires, but overall the event was one of the most amazing spectacles I’ve ever seen. Until Sunday that is…
Stay tuned for more!Tweet Print
I just stumbled across this amazing documentary originally shot for the Discovery Channel about the second-ever Iditabike race across Alaska—210 miles of frozen toes and ruddy cheeks. Produced by Mark Forman, it won the Interbike Film Festival in 1994.
The technology (and fashion!) sure has changed over the last 25 years. I can’t wait to see what bikes we’ll be riding 25 years from now.Tweet Print
Hanging out in the Lexus booth at the Tokyo Motor Show was this concept bike dubbed the NXB, for “Neo Xtreme Bike”. Oh my.
The Y-shaped frame looks like a relic from the 90′s (where it should have stayed) but the construction is fairly high-tech, being built from Lexus’ carbon-fiber loom that was previously used to build the Lexus LFA supercar.
Some of the parts are decidedly “normal” for a mountian bike: SRAM XX-1 drivetrain, Magura brakes. Others are customized for the build: IRC tires, Xentis wheels. While others like the shockingly dangerous looking aero handlebar extensions and clip-on mounts are purely one-offs. I’m not sure what kind of mountains you’d ride with those…
Anyway, it seems when car makers put their names on bikes they are usually re-badged BSO’s (bicycle-shaped objects, from big-box stores) or crazy-expensive and bizarre prototypes. Do you have a favorite you’ve seen?
Via Gizmag.Tweet Print
Voters in Steamboat Springs, Colo., overwhelming approved a new measure that will allocate a tax on lodging to building more trails and a new downtown riverfront promenade. Ballot Measure 2A was approved by 71 percent of the city’s voters, according to Steamboat Today. Read the full storyTweet Print