Cyclocross 2011/2012

There was a time when you could see Campagnolo Bora wheels cross the finish line first, when there was a women from the Netherlands beating Marianne Vos, when Sanne van Paassen was black and orange, when Niels Albert took the rainbowstripes from the my favorite crosser. Those beautiful days last season is collected by Cyclephotos in a lovely book just for us fans who remember, who loves, who knows what it’s all about, who knows why 100€ handmade tires is better than 20€, who knows why 60000 fans coming out a winter day, paying for standing at a small course and watch people suffer more then they did the hole season.

Today I got that book in my mailbox, Cyclocross 2011/2012:

You could do like I did and Henrik Öijer suggested before me and buy it here: Cyclephotos

Grote Prijs Sven Nys and Women’s Namur

Todays racing wasn’t as good as I hoped for but good anyway. Zdenek Stybar came second:

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And you see, 1min 11 seconds after the winner, Kevin Pauwels. That’s hard. Blame routine as Stybar did some mistakes he shouldn’t have done if he was racing cyclocross all season instead of just showing up for a couple of weeks. But love to see him back even if it’s just for now. Last belgian race for him today, just the Czech Championship in 1,5 weeks left for his season.

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Results (happy that Niels Albert didn’t caught Stybar even if it was close.

1. Kevin Pauwels – Sunweb-Napoleon Games (new sponsor)

2. Zdenek Stybar – Omega Pharma-Quick Step

3. Niels Albert – BKCP-PowerPlus

And then the nice video from Petitesrennes from the women’s world cup in Namur. He knows how to show how hard and awesome CXracing is. Just change the top of the podium from Katie Compton to Sanne van Paassen and it would be perfect 😉

The video from Plzen

If you see one CXvideo this year, or in your life it should be this one. It shows how hard CX is, how beautiful it is, how european it is and it shows that women is racing as hard as men or maybe even harder for less money.

When are you starting to race?

It’s august, rain is started to come down here in Bergen again, the americans already started, new teamkits are coming, new teammembers, albums for season 2012-13 is coming up on Facebook. It’s soon time for Cyclocross again after training on road and mtb all summer.

A fall when we see if Sven Nys still dominates, If Marianne Vos wins everything she starts, if Jeremy Powers continues with his Behind the Barriers, if Marco Aurelio Fontana will win another Italian CX Championships and with discs for first time? Questions are many but the most important is which riders will be the stars that will race serious from countries like Sweden. Any races in Norway?

Will you race? Will you just ignore or will you follow every race that is on Sporza and try your best to learn flemish? 1 hour of pain, 1 hour of mud and rain, 1 hour to ruin your carbon fibre wheels, 1 hour to conquer, 1 hour of class, 1 hour of the most impressive racing, 1 hour to became the best. Don’t miss that hour!

If you want the CXseason to start as much as I want you should have a look at this pictures, check out Nine Ball Diaries and follow Cyclocross Magazine

 

 

Get yourself a CX, a pair of tubulars like Record/Dura-Ace with DT Competitionspokes and Ambrosio Crono F20 rims. A pair or two of FMB tires like Grifo Medium and go out riding. It’s not harder than that to start.