On Tap: MERCO Credit Union Cycling Classic

Teams are gathering in the Central Valley, more precisely Merced California for the MERCO Credit Union Cycling Classic. This year, the race expanded into a 4-day stage race for the Men’s Pro 1/2 and Women’s Pro 1/2/3 fields and the battle should be fun to watch, a preview of the NRC season with four  men’s…

Grewal to Compete At MERCO

1984 Olympic gold medalist, Alexi Grewal’s comeback to elite level cycling will take its most difficult step on March 3 when he lines up at the MERCO Credit Union Cycling Classic pb McLane. The Merco-McLane event will be his first time against top national level competition since he retired from cycling in the mid 1990s,…

Stybar Wants To Feel The Pain On The Road Again

Feeling that he had no choice after being side-lined with a knee injury during the season, Zdenek Stybar focused his whole season on the Cyclocross World Championships in 2011. It worked. The Czech rider won his second consecutive rainbow jersey in St Wendel, Germany. “I play everything on one card.” the 25-year old explained after…

Nys Satisfied With Second At St Wendel

“Stybar was too strong.”  The always pro king of cross Sven Nys summed it up perfectly after the Cyclocross World Championships where he finished second to defending champion Zdenek Stybar. The duel came to take place Stybar vs Nys, Czech vs Belgian, 25-year old vs 34-year old. The two marked each other from the first…

Exceptional Day At Worlds For Page

“I had an exceptional day, I really did.” American Jonathan Page said at the end of the Cyclocross World Championships. On great form, Page made the selection into the lead group when bad luck, yes more bad luck for the 34-year old, in the form of a flat. A bike change, and the chase was…

Focus Was To Learn For the Canadian Juniors

The goal for the Canadian juniors at the Cyclocross World Championships was simply to to learn as this was the first time at the big race for each of the three riders. “The main focus is for them to learn, what it’s like for them to race in Europe and then take all that experience…

Stybar Solos To A Repeat Rainbow Jersey

Czech Zdenek Stybar did it once in St Wendel as a U23 rider in 2005 and he did it again this year. He dropped his last remaining competitor, the formidable Belgian Sven Nys to win the Cyclocross World Championships, back to back rainbows for the 25-year old who is going to race on the road…

Vos Makes It Three In A Row

Marianne Vos, of the Netherlands, waited until the final lap to unleash an attack that no one could match to win her third consecutive (and fourth) Cyclocross World Championships. Behind her, a very disappointed Katie Compton (USA) took second and a very happy Katerina Nash (CZE) was third. “They’re all great, the last one is…

Van der Haar Claims U23 Rainbow

After winning the World Cup overall and the European Cyclocross Championships, Dutch Lars van der Haar can now add the rainbow jersey to his collection. Van der Haar outsprinted his countryman Mike Teunissen and Czech rider Karel Hnik for the win. “I knew when I was going first on the track on the last 200…

French Sweep JR Cross World Championships

A surprising result at the Junior Cyclocross World Championships this morning in St Wendel as the French swept the podium with Clément Venturini soloed to claim the rainbow jersey. Twin brothers Doubey rounded off the podium, with Fabien taking second and Loic third. “In the final descent when I saw the two of them [behind…

On Tap: Cyclocross World Championships

Four rainbows to be awarded this weekend at the Cyclocross World Championships. Will Katie Compton finally win the title? Will the Stybar successfully defend his title or will the Belgians take it back? And what about the North American racers? How will the course conditions affect the racing. Shaun Adamson answers the last question.