Pro Bike Check: Boulder Cycle Sport/YogaGlo Amanda Miller’s Focus Mares CX

Short ‘n’ sweet is how we’d sum up this bike check. Pro rider Amanda Miller rides for Boulder Cycle Sport/YogaGlo and finished a mere 28 seconds behind Katie Compton to take second place at the 2017 USA Cycling Cyclocross National Championships. She races a mostly stock Focus Mares CX outfitted with mostly SRAM/Zipp parts…

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Short ‘n’ sweet is how we’d sum up this bike check. Pro rider Amanda Miller rides for Boulder Cycle Sport/YogaGlo and finished a mere 28 seconds behind Katie Compton to take second place at the 2017 USA Cycling Cyclocross National Championships. She races a mostly stock Focus Mares CX outfitted with mostly SRAM/Zipp parts…

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Don’t try this at home! Here’s what happens in the pro cyclocross pits

Ever wonder what goes on in the pits during a pro cyclocross race? Watch as the support crews swap tires, de-ice pedals and keep their athletes rolling through at top speed. The riders pass by the pits twice per lap, giving them the opportunity to swap bikes frequently if necessary. And as early as Saturday morning, some thought they might be switching bikes every half lap to battle mud accumulation. Fortunately, things cleared up for Sunday and the mud remained mostly frozen, but with temps hovering just under 20ºF, frozen pedals were perhaps the biggest issue.

Interestingly, several of the pro men we spoke to said they’d likely run file treads if it stayed frozen, even if there was snow covering the dirt and grass. And sure enough, about half way through the race, eventual winner Stephen Hyde yelled out to “get the files ready” on one pass through, which is what you’ll see his team doing at the end of the video. On the next complete lap, he grabs that bike and takes it all the way into victory lane (check out the bike here). Filmed at the 2017 USA Cycling Cyclocross National Championships race during the Elite Men’s field in Hartford, Connecticut.



Ever wonder what goes on in the pits during a pro cyclocross race? Watch as the support crews swap tires, de-ice pedals and keep their athletes rolling through at top speed. The riders pass by the pits twice per lap, giving them the opportunity to swap bikes frequently if necessary. And as early as Saturday […]

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Bikerumor Pic Of The Day: Montreal’s snowy Olmsted path

Canadian reader Mathieu Boudier-Revéret sent in a couple of photos from a New Year’s ride in Québec. As he put it after all the eating and drinking of the holidays, what better way “than a bike ride with friends on Montreal’s Olmsted path to start off 2017?” We’re with you Mathieu. Hop past the break for another snap of their sunny pit stop mid ride…

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Canadian reader Mathieu Boudier-Revéret sent in a couple of photos from a New Year’s ride in Québec. As he put it after all the eating and drinking of the holidays, what better way “than a bike ride with friends on Montreal’s Olmsted path to start off 2017?” We’re with you Mathieu. Hop past the break for another […]

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Pro Bike Check: American Classic Pro Cyclocross Team’s Robert Marion’s Raleigh RXC

American Classic Pro Cyclocross Team Robert Marion raleigh RXC bike check

American Classic Pro Cyclocross Team Robert Marion raleigh RXC bike check

As part of the American Classic Pro Cyclocross Team, Robert Marion is one of the few riders in the start gate that won’t need a balaclava thanks to his prodigious red beard. That makes him easy to spot, which’ll help because his “A” bike’s light gray paint scheme is likely to be lost against the snowy backdrop of the 2017 USA Cycling CX National Championship course here in Hartford, Connecticut. Check out the video run through with Robert and close up pics, below…

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As part of the American Classic Pro Cyclocross Team, Robert Marion is one of the few riders in the start gate that won’t need a balaclava thanks to his prodigious red beard. That makes him easy to spot, which’ll help because his “A” bike’s light gray paint scheme is likely to be lost against the […]

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Pro Bike Check: Katie Compton’s National Championship winning Trek Boone cyclocross bike

katie compton usa cyclocross national champion pro bike check

katie compton usa cyclocross national champion pro bike check

Much like Stephen Hyde did for the men’s elite field, Katie Compton made everyone else race for second. She owned the event, taking her 13th USA Cycling Cyclocross National Championship and earning yet again her nickname of Katie F’n Compton. Check out her winning Trek Boone which, thanks to not being part of a factory team, gets plenty of 3rd party sponsor bits and a few very unique touches…

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Much like Stephen Hyde did for the men’s elite field, Katie Compton made everyone else race for second. She owned the event, taking her 13th USA Cycling Cyclocross National Championship and earning yet again her nickname of Katie F’n Compton. Check out her winning Trek Boone which, thanks to not being part of a factory […]

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Time to get behind Balint Hamvas’ 2016/2017 Cyclocross Album

We’ve been reading and poring over the photos and stories in the annual cyclocross season wrap-up that professional cycling photographer Balint Hamvas has put together since his first edition back in 2009/2010. Last year he took to Kickstarter to fund the project so that he could devote more time to cyclocross and ensure that there was sufficient demand to support his muddy passions. While he ran into a couple of ill-timed snags last year that delayed the project a bit (sucks for a pro photog to get their computer stolen: remember to back everything up folks!), he appreciated the connection to his supporters and is going that route again…

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We’ve been reading and poring over the photos and stories in the annual cyclocross season wrap-up that professional cycling photographer Balint Hamvas has put together since his first edition back in 2009/2010. Last year he took to Kickstarter to fund the project so that he could devote more time to cyclocross and ensure that there was […]

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Pro Bike Check: Cannondale Cyclocross World Stephen Hyde’s National Championship winning SuperX

cannondale cyclocrossworld stephen hyde national championship winning SuperX cyclocross bike check

cannondale cyclocrossworld stephen hyde national championship winning SuperX cyclocross bike check

Local favorite Stephen Hyde got the second call up, just behind Jeremy Powers (check out Powers’ bike here), but it was Hyde who proceeded to dominate the men’s elite race. Word around the pits was he had been out riding the course for the full two weeks prior to race day, and while conditions were drastically different on Sunday, that practice paid off. Some frozen cleat issues on the last lap had everyone on edge, as did a crash and broken derailleur hanger on a flat front tire moments before the finish, but his commanding lead got him across the line first to great fanfare. And he did it all on a nearly stock Cannondale SuperX…

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Local favorite Stephen Hyde got the second call up, just behind Jeremy Powers (check out Powers’ bike here), but it was Hyde who proceeded to dominate the men’s elite race. Word around the pits was he had been out riding the course for the full two weeks prior to race day, and while conditions were […]

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Pro Bike Check: Jeremy Powers Rapha Focus Mares CX bike (and teammate Ellen Noble, too!)

jeremy powers rapha focus mares cx cyclocross race bike check

jeremy powers rapha focus mares cx cyclocross race bike check

Jeremy Powers (aka JPow) needs no introduction, but just in case, here’s the short of it: He’s 4x US National Champion and has more than 60 UCI race wins to his name. He’s also a super nice guy, infinitely approachable in the pits. Check the video below and detail shots of his bike (including some prototype FMB tubulars), followed by a few shots of teammate Ellen Rose Noble’s race bike, too…

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Jeremy Powers (aka JPow) needs no introduction, but just in case, here’s the short of it: He’s 4x US National Champion and has more than 60 UCI race wins to his name. He’s also a super nice guy, infinitely approachable in the pits. Check the video below and detail shots of his bike (including some prototype […]

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Pro Bike Check: Tobin Ortenblad’s shiny new custom painted Santa Cruz Stigmata CC

santa cruz racing tobin ortenblad stigmata cc cyclocross bike check

santa cruz racing tobin ortenblad stigmata cc cyclocross bike check

Tobin Ortenblad is on a streak, winning the last 11 races he’s entered. That’s put him 2nd overall in pro points for USA Cycling and 26th for UCI worldwide. To celebrate, his mechanic and coach, Chris McGovern, called in a lot of favors to piece together an all new bike complete with custom paint…all in about a 10 day span. On the flight into Connecticut, he couldn’t keep it a secret any longer (especially with Tobin wondering why Chris had packed a bike for himself…ain’t no pro mechanic got time for that!), so he showed him a pic on his phone.

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Tobin Ortenblad is on a streak, winning the last 11 races he’s entered. That’s put him 2nd overall in pro points for USA Cycling and 26th for UCI worldwide. To celebrate, his mechanic and coach, Chris McGovern, called in a lot of favors to piece together an all new bike complete with custom paint…all in […]

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