Stars ‘n’ stripes forever

Your Humble Narrator, enjoying a brisk workout on his private cyclo-cross course back in the day when he could still squeeze into a skinsuit without a tire iron and some lubricant.

Your Humble Narrator, enjoying a brisk workout on his private cyclo-cross course back in the day when he could still squeeze into a skinsuit without a tire iron and some lubricant.

I haven’t watched a bike race since the 2016 Tour de France, but today I may just turn my gaze eastward to the USA Cycling Cyclocross National Championships in Hartford, Conn.

What can I tell you? It’s an addiction, like whiskey or chocolate. Shucks, I may even break out one of my own cyclocross bikes today and show these Burqueños how the sport of kings is done, har har har.

CyclingTips is carrying streaming video, and you can catch all the action there.

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9 Responses to “Stars ‘n’ stripes forever”

  1. Herb Clevenger Says:

    While you break out a cyclocross bike I’ll break out some stronger coffee and look for tickets to some place warm. It’s 4 degrees out and I don’t care to know what the wind chill is. But on the bright side, there are very few forest fires, hurricanes or tsunami when it hits 4FIC! Keeps the crime down a bit as well. I’ll let you guess what the acronym stands for.

  2. Pat O'Brien Says:

    Hartford this morning is 14 degrees with a high of 23 and scattered heavy snow. I assume this race is indoors.

    • Pat O'Brien Says:

      I just watched a little of the women’s race. Wow. I’m going with Herb for more coffee, inside.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      The only nationals I ever raced, in Golden, was that cold. Some tool who raced in shorts had to be carried off the course. Wasn’t me.

      Meanwhile, chapeau to Katie Compton, my ol’ Bibleburg homegirl, for winning Lucky No. 13. KFC is real class, just like Alison Dunlap. Both eminently approachable by fans, even wankers like me, and both real beasts on the bike.

  3. debby511 Says:

    Ah, the good old days when we used to race ‘cross. I used to race on – gasp – a mountain bike! Sacrilege, I know. I did eventually buy a cross bike but I only raced on it a couple of times.

    That photo reminds me of the old Mad Dog CX races in Bibleburg. Gasping for air while running over barriers. Fun stuff!

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      I don’t miss the race-promotion aspect of the sport, lemme tell you. I drove the BRAC/ACA race kit all over Colorado for way too long, especially after we moved to Weirdcliffe and added 150 miles to the round trip. O, the joy of pounding rebar into frozen ground at dark-thirty, wondering if anyone was gonna show up. …

  4. mooremediaone Says:

    Thanks for sending out the link to watch this online. Wow, and I thought riding on wet streets was a pain in the ass. Frozen slush, mud, snow, ruts, ruts, ruts – all on what looked like nothing more than 38mm tires. Those guys and gals are amazing.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Believe it or not, UCI-legal maxes out at 33mm. When I started racing ‘cross 25mm and 28mm were pretty much the shit. Today I was motoring around on some 32mm Michelin Jets and feeling pretty plush.

      I remember one race at a horse park near Franktown that we did after a fairly stout Front Strange snowstorm. The organizers shoveled a start-finish area and after that we were pretty much on our own. Everyone was auguring in, sliding out, tumbling ass over teakettle, and just generally having one hell of a time.

      The 1992 course at Golden was just as frozen but not nearly as technical. This thing today made Golden look like riding the trainer in your living room.

  5. Jim from Coalville Says:

    And how about Stephen Hyde! The live-stream did not show his derailleur wrecking crash on the off-camber hump before the final run-up. The man had a long run to the finish & kept his cool for an Impressive win.

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