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    Tiocfáidh ár Lá jfmckenna's Avatar
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    Ya gotta read this

    You may have come across this before but this is a great read: http://www.blackbirdsf.org/christopheoncx/

    What I love about it besides all those great pictures is how the techniques and training used in cross today are really no different.

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    Go back before him to about a hundred years ago and it was military messengers inventing the craft. Amazing the continuity in this sport. We are fortunate to not have thickets and ravines on most courses. I'd lose bad.

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    well, that was great. I am already going to be faster at my CX races saturday and sunday from
    a tip I got in there. and I'll be far more mentally relaxed.

    I -thought- that was what CX racing was about, and that article confirmed it. WOOT !

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    The photos on that site are epic. This is my favorite one. Nothing crazy about the terrain, I just really dig it. Notice the leader in short sleeves:

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    at first i read that as "a hundred years before cristophe" and imagined a sweet velocipede cross race:


    that site is great though. christophe was a fascinating dude, my favorite story about him is from the 1913 tour de france. from wikipedia:

    At the top of the Tourmalet, Christophe was the leader on the road, leading by five minutes from a group containing most of his main rivals. On the descent, however, he crashed after his fork snapped. He ran several miles to a forge in the village of Ste. Marie de Campan. Once there he lit the fire and repaired his bicycle observed by race judges. The rules forbade outside help, so when Christophe asked a boy to work the bellows, the judges fined him 10 minutes. Christophe had already lost about four hours. He eventually finished seventh overall in Paris.
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    Flargle, that's the new background image - thanks for posting it.

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    Talking

    Excellent Read. One of the 100 things a cyclocrosser must do before the Big Dirt Nap.

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