CX Nats: Random fun/cute/weird photos from the pits and races

On Friday of the 2017 USA Cycling Cyclocross National Championships, this is what peoples’ bikes were looking like after the race. It was a weird amalgamation of frozen slush and mud that crusted onto the spokes almost more than any other part of the bike. Pit crews were running out of water in their portable sprayers, begging and borrowing from others, but there was simply no avoiding the grit. Check out the muddy, snowy race pics below to see why, plus a whole lot more good stuff from the races.

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On Friday of the 2017 USA Cycling Cyclocross National Championships, this is what peoples’ bikes were looking like after the race. It was a weird amalgamation of frozen slush and mud that crusted onto the spokes almost more than any other part of the bike. Pit crews were running out of water in their portable […]

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CX Nats: Shimano’s neutral support Moots PsychloX cyclocross bikes & more pro bikes

We’ve taken a close look at the Mavic neutral support bikes at the Tour de France, but in the pro cyclocross pits it was Shimano providing the backups. With the pros all bringing three or more bikes each, they weren’t getting much use on Sunday, but for the privateers racing earlier in the week, this was likely a welcome sight.

Shimano had an assortment of drivetrain and braking parts mounted to Moots PsychloX titanium cyclocross frames. Some were disc, some still rocked the cantilever brakes, and drivetrains parts were a mix up of well used bits.

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We’ve taken a close look at the Mavic neutral support bikes at the Tour de France, but in the pro cyclocross pits it was Shimano providing the backups. With the pros all bringing three or more bikes each, they weren’t getting much use on Sunday, but for the privateers racing earlier in the week, this […]

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Pro Bike Check: Raleigh-Clement Jamey Driscoll’s Raleigh RXC

Raleigh-Clement’s Jamey Driscoll finished second in the Men’s Elite field, just a couple seconds behind winner Stephen Hyde…and likely would have taken the win had Hyde’s broken derailleur happened even just a hundred feet sooner. Driscoll’s Raleigh RXC was a stock frame, but the parts mix was full of sponsored goods from FSA, Clement, Lizard Skins, K-Edge and TRP.

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Raleigh-Clement’s Jamey Driscoll finished second in the Men’s Elite field, just a couple seconds behind winner Stephen Hyde…and likely would have taken the win had Hyde’s broken derailleur happened even just a hundred feet sooner. Driscoll’s Raleigh RXC was a stock frame, but the parts mix was full of sponsored goods from FSA, Clement, Lizard […]

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Pro Bike Check: Maxxis-Shimano Danny Summerhill’s Parlee Chebacco w/ prototype Shimano carbon tubulars

Team Shimano-Maxxis Danny Summerhill pro bike check with his Parlee Chebacco and prototype Shimano carbon tubular wheels

Sitting outside their completely enclosed team tent were the Parlee Chebacco bikes of Danny Summerhill and teammate Travis Livermon. As part of the Maxxis-Shimano team, their bikes were kitted out with a full Shimano Dura-Ace group except the bottom bracket, and were running a mix of carbon tubulars…some XTR, some prototype. And the big chainring was team issue only.

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Sitting outside their completely enclosed team tent were the Parlee Chebacco bikes of Danny Summerhill and teammate Travis Livermon. As part of the Maxxis-Shimano team, their bikes were kitted out with a full Shimano Dura-Ace group except the bottom bracket, and were running a mix of carbon tubulars…some XTR, some prototype. And the big chainring […]

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Pro Bike Check: Cycle-Smart Adam Myerson’s geared-and-single Kind Human Kudu

Cycle-Smart’s Adam Myerson snagged the 45+ Elite Masters Men’s win with his fully geared Kind Human Kudu, then stripped the cassette, zip tied the shifter lever to the brake lever, and put in a respectable performance in the Singlespeed category, too. It was only his fourth ever singlespeed race.

Myerson joined the Kind Human team a couple years ago and put out a Cross Camp with the launch of the Kudu. He’s still racing that bike, holding on to the cantilevers while most of his peers have moved onto disc brakes. Why? “Because I’m used to them and they’re lighter. I also run the brakes moto style, a holdover from the 80s when a lot of racers would put the rear brake on the left so they could brake while dismounting.”

Those aren’t the only things that make his bike unique…

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Cycle-Smart’s Adam Myerson snagged the 45+ Elite Masters Men’s win with his fully geared Kind Human Kudu, then stripped the cassette, zip tied the shifter lever to the brake lever, and put in a respectable performance in the Singlespeed category, too. It was only his fourth ever singlespeed race. Myerson joined the Kind Human team […]

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Weekend Videos: Good Times in the dirt, Michigan Meandering, Utah bikepacking & some DH…

German rider Julia Hofmann is headed to Canada to explore new trails & riding with Rocky Mountain. She’s looking for Good Times on the bike in 2017 with plans for some world travel, hitting many a Enduro race, plus a bunch of mountain bike camps that she’ll be guiding. But until the snows clear in the Rockies and those next steps get under way, get pumped to ride with a look at her hitting the warm trails on La Palma. Then hop past the break for some more off-road inspiration including a the new Canyon Factory Downhill Team and then the updated Santa Cruz Syndicate screwing up…
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German rider Julia Hofmann is headed to Canada to explore new trails & riding with Rocky Mountain. She’s looking for Good Times on the bike in 2017 with plans for some world travel, hitting many a Enduro race, plus a bunch of mountain bike camps that she’ll be guiding. But until the snows clear in the Rockies and […]

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Prototype Vittoria cyclocross tires raced at CX Nationals

prototype vittoria cyclocross tires for 2017

Spotted under Robert Marion and Adam Myers were three prototype cyclocross tires from Vittoria. Marion mentioned them in his bike check video, then led us in for a closer look where we received additional intel from reliable sources who shall remain unnamed.

The tires are drastically different than Vittoria’s current offerings, and the technical specs won’t come until their official launch (planned for Sea Otter in April), but we did learn that they’ll be offered in both clincher tubeless (31/33/40 mm widths) and tubular (31/33 mm widths). The tread patterns will include the all conditions shown above, plus a mud version and a file tread, each with very interesting designs…

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Spotted under Robert Marion and Adam Myers were three prototype cyclocross tires from Vittoria. Marion mentioned them in his bike check video, then led us in for a closer look where we received additional intel from reliable sources who shall remain unnamed. The tires are drastically different than Vittoria’s current offerings, and the technical specs […]

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Roll on a flashy limited edition Turner Cyclosys with matching Knight wheels

Turner has a special limited edition of the same alloy Cyclosys cross bike we tested just over a year ago in a frame & tapered TRP fork combo that combines a wine red paint job with glacier blue accents. It even carries over to a color-matched set of carbon Knight Wheels as an option with the complete builds. A limited frame & fork is the starting point, and you can either spec an affordable bike with an entry 1x or go all in with a more pricey group and a couple of light carbon wheel options as well…

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Turner has a special limited edition of the same alloy Cyclosys cross bike we tested just over a year ago in a frame & tapered TRP fork combo that combines a wine red paint job with glacier blue accents. It even carries over to a color-matched set of carbon Knight Wheels as an option with the complete builds. […]

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Review: CXNats winning Team Edition Challenge Dune, from sand to ice

If you’ve been keeping up with our USA Cross Nats coverage you may have noticed that new US champ Stephen Hyde rolled across the finish line on a set of Challenge’s latest file tread tubular tires – the Dune. OK to be fair, he walked across the line after a crash in the last off-camber turn hobbled his bike with a broken derailleur hanger and a front flat. Nonetheless, we’ve been testing those same tires since not long after they were introduced at Sea Otter, and as we first learned from past British CX champ Helen Wyman in her tire selection criteria the Dune is capable in much more than the sandy terrain that its name belies…

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If you’ve been keeping up with our USA Cross Nats coverage you may have noticed that new US champ Stephen Hyde rolled across the finish line on a set of Challenge’s latest file tread tubular tires – the Dune. OK to be fair, he walked across the line after a crash in the last off-camber […]

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