Compton Tops UCI Cross Rankings; Powers Moves Up To 11th

Katie Compton (Rabobank-Giant) still tops the Elite Women’s UCI rankings with 1,900 points following her third place finish at the third World Cup in Koksijde, Belgium. The US National Champion has a 250-point lead on Sanne van Paassen (Brainwash Wielerploeg) of the Netherlands. Katerina Nash (Luna) of the Czech Republic is third and World Champion Marianne…

The Importance of the Pit Strategy

When the course turns to muck which sticks to your bike making it heavier and heavier, getting a clean bike become of prime importance and the work of the mechanics during the race comes to the forefront. “The pit strategy and trying to get a clean bike, that was a big part of it.” said…

Johnson Wins At JingleCross – Finally!

Finally, we can put all those nicknames aside. Tim Johnson (Cannondale-cyclocrossworld.com) finally won a UCI cross race this season on Sunday at Jingle Cross. Getting some flak for sitting out Saturday’s race on the three day weekend, Johnson came out flying on his bike equipped with disk brakes to take the front, battling only one…

Miller Triumphant In the Muck At JingleCross

Sunday’s big race at JingleCross, the all important C1 race, became a race of who would make the less mistakes on the muddy and course especially after everyone already had two days of tough racing in their legs. In the end, Meredith Miller (CalGiant) was able to overcome a few bobbles, including a bad bike…

Van Gilder and McNicholas Sweep Sterling

Laura Van Gilder (C3 p/b Mellow Mushroom) and Dylan McNicholas (cyclocrossworld.com) picked up big UCI victories today in Sterling, Massachusetts at the finale of the Bay State Cyclocross Weekend. The weather was a bit more seasonally appropriate, with a coating of frost giving the early races fits, as the day went on, the frost cleared…

Wells Claims First Cross Win At Muddy JingleCross

On his penultimate race this season, US Cross Champion Todd Wells (Specialized) finally got his first cross win this year. Though he says that he doesn’t have his top fitness, Saturday’s race was all about finesse, choosing the right line and staying your bike. Hours of overnight rain continuing throughout the day turned the course…

Van Gilder and McNicholas Victors at Bay State

On an unseasonably warm day, New England’s best cyclocross racers invaded the Chocksett Middle School in Sterling, Massachusetts for the first day of the Bay State Cyclocross Weekend. This weekend’s racing, the twelfth and thirteenth races in the Verge New England Cyclo-Cross Series, has traditionally fallen on the last weekend of November and is often…

Why I Love Cyclocross

Ever since The Inner Ring put out his ‘Why I hate cyclocross’ post, I’ve been toying with a response. But busy with travel to and from races, I shelved my thoughts on the subject to focus on other subjects. But today, a day of Thanks in the United States, it came back to the forefront.…