Sram CXX1

Sram got complains on their disc brakes for a long time, their new hydraulic road/cx levers have been recalled and they are testing electric gears. Trying a lot of things they aren’t the best on and trying to compete with Shimano and Campagnolo on electronic gears will be hard. Shimano got a good price and Campagnolo has their fans. What can Sram come with?

While trying and trying there is some things they are the best on. Tight rear deralleurs that always work with ease and cranksets. Light, stiff, right standards and now with chainrings everyone wants to copy with Wolf Tooth, Race Face, Absolute Black, X.K.M, FRM, Zeta Components and so on. They are ruling and Shimano doesn’t have a chance. So they are taking it a bit further and working on a XX1 groupset for CX. Jeremy Powers where testing it last weekend and seemed to work fine seeing the results:

Looks good too. More about it here: Bikerumor

The nationals

the national championship weekend in Cyclocross is now and today the top champs got their new jerseys.

First in The Netherlands the worlds best cyclists (except in mtb) won again, Marianne Vos:



Sad to not see Daphny van den Brand on of Marianne’s sides.

Second champ that got a new jersey, number 7, is Zdenek Stybar that won in his hometown Stribro:

More from his race here: Zdenek Stybar

So tomorrow, will Lars van den Haar win over Thijs van Amerongen and will Klaas Vantornout (read his a favorite somewhere) win over Nys, Alber and Pauwels that seems to like the top of the podium. Has Pauwels won the national championship in Belgium any time in elite?

And then the americans will fight a bit different. Think Katie Compton will dominate the womens race with Georgia Gould second. But in the mens race. Will Jeremy Powers defend his title or will Tim Johnson or maybe Ryan Trebon take it? Will Jonathan Page get on the podium or how is it going for him?

Stockholm CX, Fidea Jaarmarktcross and USGP CX

The champs won todays CX race in Stockholm, Åsa Erlandsson in women and Magnus Darvell in mens race. But hard to follow live outside Stockholm.

A race that was easier to follow was Fidea Jaarmarktcross in Niel, Belgium with a cool course and muddy mud. So hard you had to have 11 gears to get to the podium today. Maybe that’s why Bart Wellens missed it and ended 4th before 2 french riders. Niels Albert won with a great attack on the last lap at the climb he failed some laps before. He had 22 gears. Second is my new favorite (missing Stybar) Bart Aernouts.

Never liked him when he rode for Rabobank but now riding for AA Drink Cyclocross Team he get’s some colour in the race and got nice style. Also I saw on this picture that he use just a single chainring, not so many pros doing that. But you can also see that he like the other podiumguys got the new Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 9070.

Third was Sven Nys also with 22 gears. So podium full of new Dura-Ace Di2. Well done sponsoring and getting it fast on top 😉

Nikki Harris racing for Fidea won the womens race.

So ending with what’s coming up. USGP Cyclocross race at Derby City Cup. Will Jeremy Powers dominate and will Gabby Day take her first victory? Rapha showing it live for us: Rapha stream

Behind the Barriers and new Dura-Ace

Behind the Barriers with Jeremy Powers is back. Season 3 and episode 1 came out today, don’t miss:

And then Shimano made a video about the history and testing of the new Dura-Ace 9000 and Dura-Ace Di2 9070: