Friday Cross Worlds Notes

Cliché as it may be, Friday definitely felt like the calm before the storm, even more so with the sun shining on the Cyclocross Worlds Course in Koksijde, Belgium. The final day of open pre-ride before the racing starts on Saturday offered up time for the racers to try out their tire pressure and their legs in the sand, and for the fans to enjoy watching the training for free before the madness starts. And madness it is going to be, all tickets have been pre-sold for Sunday, which means over 40,000 fans, mostly Belgians, will be massed in the venue with easy access to multiple beer tents. Madness.

A Closer Look At The Koksijde Worlds Course

Wow. The video feed doesn’t do justice to the brutality of theCyclocross World Championships course in Koksijde can be under certain conditions. Wednesday morning, with many of you following along on @podium_live, I walked the course to see it first hand. Brutal. Yes, there are the two sand dunes which the course traverses three times – twice for one and a single time for the second one – but there are a lot more sandy sections, uphill, downhill, off camber, all over the course.

Jeremy Powers (Rapha-Focus) pre-riding the Koksijde Worlds Course on Wednesday morning

Powers – “it’s a bit of a crapshoot”

There’s one more race on the schedule to close out USA Cyclocross National Champion Jeremy Powers (Rapha-Focus) most successful season ever, and it’s the big one, the World Championships this weekend on the tough sandy course in Koksijde. The race is held on the same course where he finished 31st at last November’s World Cup.

Cypress Gorry (Whole Athlete) corners at day 2 of Cincy3

Getting to Know Cypress Gorry

The first thing that many notice about American Cypress Gorry (Whole Athlete/Specialized) are the dreads but there’s a lot more to the 18-year old from Arizona who will be representing the USA at the World Cyclocross Championships next weekend in Koksijde, Belgium. One could say that it was pre-destined that he would become a bike…

No Major Changes To UCI Cross Rankings

The are only eight spots per row at the start of a UCI cyclocross race and those spots are determined by UCI standings. With the World Championships coming up, the next World Cup is of prime importance to try and move up a row. Let’s see where the American and Canadian riders stand with only…

Compton, Powers Top Americans In UCI Standings

Belgian Champion Sven Nys (Landbouwkrediet) is back on top of the updated UCI Cyclocross standings following the National Championships held this past weekend. Newly crowned USA Cyclocross Champion Jeremy Powers (Rapha-Focus) remains the top American in the standing in 11th with Tim Johnson (Cannondale-cyclocrossworld.com) holding in 17th. Following the end of the US cross season,…

Four To Represent Canada At Cross Worlds

The four cyclists who  will be representing Canada at the 2012 UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships, held January 28-29, 2012 in Koksijde, Belgium were announced by the Canadian Cycling Association (CCA) today. Canada’s team at the 2012 UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships has two riders with previous experience at World Championships. Both Craig Richey of Smithers, BC…

Powers Is The US National Champion

Finally Jeremy Powers (Rapha Focus) won the USA Cyclocross National Championships in Madison today. He came into the pavement surrounded by a wall of sound from the crowd and raised in arm in victory. Finally, after years of coming close but never getting the Stars and Stripes – until now. The emotions came pouring out,…

Compton Wins Her Eighth National Championship

The outcome was never really in doubt at the Elite/u23 women’s race at the USA Cyclocross National Championships earlier today. Katie Compton (Rabobank-Giant) powered away on the first lap and rode smoothly to claim her eighth national championship in a row.  The big story of the day was the great ride put in by her…

Werner, Bahnson Wins Collegiate Titles

The Collegiate Men’s fields – both D1 and D2 – were greeted with icy ruts for their national championship races  Sunday morning. After days of warmer than expected temperatures, it finally froze overnight and the sun was just starting to thaw out some spots. Many in the field had already raced in the U23 contest…

Owen wins 7th Junior Title

Logan Owen (Team Redline) made it seven junior national titles in a row when he dominated the Men Junior 17/18 race at the USA Cyclocross National Championships on Thursday. “It was great, I felt smooth on the course, I was making sure to pit every lap and get a clean bike so nothing broke down.…

Dwight Leads 1-2 Punch In Masters 40-44

Brandon Dwight led a Boulder Cycle Sports 1-2 punch in the Masters Men 40-44 race at the USA Cyclocross National Championships on Saturday in Madison, Wisconsin. Though most of the talk in the weeks prior to the race was on the expected showdown between the Dwight, his teammate and defending champion Pete Webber and first…