Tuesday, January 10, 2012


If you're keeping up with Cross on either Cycling Dirt or In The Cross Hairs, you might have seen this, but if not take a look. This is the first time I've been able to see just what these guys were racing on and what the course was really like. While the live coverage was cool, the shots were so loooooong you couldn't see what the actual combat was (it was more like a hunting video where somebody's shooting an Elk at 5,000 yards.) Now you can see what the battle was like up-close and personal. And what the hell is with now course markings, just mow a swath through the prairie? 

Same goes for the excellent video below covering the women's race. Hard fought battle for second place behind Katie. It's also pretty emotional at the end - the new Katie threw down a great race and it looks like she's going to be the Next Katie.


  1. are you bastards riding tonight?

  2. I'm sure some are. I can't make it. Just got back from a ride ... too late. Maybe I'll come out later.

  3. Dennis Bean-LarsonJanuary 10, 2012 at 6:53 PM

    Yes essentially a mowed swath alot like Lansing, and the dirt was about like that flood plain in Lansing. I left on Friday but the surface looks like it was better on Sunday. On Wednesday you needed a bike change every lap, Thurs at 9am it was hard frizen with a bit on black ice or 1" of grease on the east side of the big hill. Thurs afternoon riders were head to toe mud. Luck of the draw. Its deceptive looking at the pro men, they make it look easy. There were 4 runups for me, one was the stairs, one the 2 barriers, plus two short steep slippery hills that many could just power up but were 30 yards to run if you spun out. I ran 30psi in clinchers, i heard 27 in tubs was the best, but there were two hard fast bumpy dowhills to deal with too.