I've been following Cyclo-Cross closely this season for several reasons. First because I bought a cyclo-cross bike and wanted to learn how to ride it. Second I knew the World Championships were coming to the U.S. this year. And third... Cross is getting BIG! I see new races popping up all around Georgia these days and they look like a ton of fun!
What I've learned is that being smooth with your transitions on and off the bike are a key. It takes practice. Otherwise you'll find yourself red lining early and never get recovered.
I would love to see some Cross races up here in North Georgia around Hall County. I think we have many places to do it. Maybe I'll get that ball rolling this year. Hmmm.
My good friend Michel Van Musschenbroek took his son to the 2013 World Cyclo Cross Championships held this year in the United States. That's a big deal because the "World" usually goes to Europe for any cycling championships. That's just the way it is. America's love Football and Baseball... Europeans love Soccer and Cycling. So when he told me he was going I told him he had to write a story for my blog. That's just the way it is. And without further adieu I present to you...
2013 World Cyclo Cross Championships
by Michel Van Musschenbroek
|Bronze medallist Peter Webber on the left, Dwight Brandon (3x National Champion) on the right.)|
|Michel and Gabriel on course and ready.|
My son was cheering for Sven Nys and who better to be with then the boys from Belgium.
|Sven Nys (1st), Klass Vantornout (2nd)|
|Lars Van den Naar (3rd)|
Big thanks to Michel for the photos and story! What a great and even historic event to be at. Maybe one day I'll get to see something like that.
That was last weekend but this weekend saw some road racing at the first of 4 Hincapie Training Series Races. Many of my peeps went up there to get their early season legs figured out. One such peep was Sean Philyaw of CAT4 fame who was even kind enough to share this video of his last lap demise. Enjoy!
RACE#1 CAT 4 RR FINISH