Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Recreational Cyclocross and Gravelbiking This has to be the most physically intense sport ever invented. It's high speed bicycle racing on a short off road course or riding the off pavement rides on gravel like :The Dirty Kanza". We also have a dedicated Racing forum for the Cyclocross Hard Core Racers.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 09-14-07, 11:11 AM   #1
Bklyn
Ex-Lion Tamer
Thread Starter
 
Bklyn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Brooklyn, N.Y.
Bikes: 1982 Lotus Legend (steel-frame touring bike); 1982 Fuji S10S (converted to a singlespeed: 46x16); Specialized Crossroads hybrid (the child taxi).
Posts: 1,152
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Lance Armstrong of CX?

Please forgive my ignorance, but I just saw a little of a cyclocross race, and I'd love to see more of the sport somehow. Is it ever on TV? Are CX racers dedicated to the sport, or are these road racers who do this in the off-season? And is there a Lance for cyclocross?
Bklyn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-14-07, 11:24 AM   #2
flargle
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Bikes:
Posts: 2,119
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
Sven Nys is the dominant force in cyclocross these days, but he's had bad luck in the World Championships.

Go to youtube and search for "superprestige". The Superprestige series is actually more competitive than the World Cup series, because the World Cup restricts the number of racers from any one country.

cyclingnews.com has really good CX coverage:
http://www.cyclingnews.com/cross/
flargle is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-14-07, 12:04 PM   #3
dirtyphotons
antisocialite
 
dirtyphotons's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Bikes:
Posts: 3,385
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
search youtube for "cyclocross"

and once you've watched your fill, give it a shot. it's even more fun to do than to watch.
dirtyphotons is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-14-07, 12:34 PM   #4
pitboss
cxmagazine dot com
 
pitboss's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: WI
Bikes: Titus road, Fort CX
Posts: 8,269
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
pitboss is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-14-07, 12:46 PM   #5
amorrow
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2005
Bikes: Witt Custom / Cinelli SuperCorsa / Raleigh Cross, nothing original / Very old Bianchi Mtn Bike
Posts: 139
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Aside from his lack of luck in the world championships, I would say that Sven Nys is a far more dominant figure in his sport than Lance Armstrong was. Think more Tiger Woods. When he enters, he wins more often than not.
amorrow is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-14-07, 12:51 PM   #6
jfmckenna
Tiocfáidh ár Lá
 
jfmckenna's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: The edge of b#
Bikes: A whole bunch-a bikes.
Posts: 5,440
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 65 Post(s)
^^LOL What are teammates for? Or former teammates that is.


There are guys that actually use the road season as training for cross. Many people are more focused on cross these days. I am one of them.
jfmckenna is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-14-07, 12:58 PM   #7
grahny
hobo
 
grahny's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: CO
Bikes:
Posts: 3,784
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by pitboss View Post
grahny is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-14-07, 12:59 PM   #8
bac
Senior Member
 
bac's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Pennsylvania
Bikes: Too many to list!
Posts: 7,481
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by pitboss View Post
STILL, one of my favorite pix.

... Brad
bac is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-14-07, 01:07 PM   #9
flargle
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Bikes:
Posts: 2,119
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by amorrow View Post
Aside from his lack of luck in the world championships, I would say that Sven Nys is a far more dominant figure in his sport than Lance Armstrong was. Think more Tiger Woods. When he enters, he wins more often than not.
I know it's all apples and oranges, but this is a goofy statement. Lance was seven for seven between 1999 and 2005. You could argue that Lance focused solely on TdF, but you could equally argue that Nys competes in a small niche sport. Lance is a better comparison with Tiger because, like Tiger, he singlehandedly rescued an entire industry (i.e. road bike boom).
flargle is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-15-07, 03:48 PM   #10
amorrow
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2005
Bikes: Witt Custom / Cinelli SuperCorsa / Raleigh Cross, nothing original / Very old Bianchi Mtn Bike
Posts: 139
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I see your point, but I don't think it's goofy. Nys says that his only goal is to win as many races in the season as he can. And he nearly has for the last three years. In contrast, Armstrong only concentrated on the TDF. If he happened to win another race during the year, it was "in preparation." He was always far too worried about the American market not understanding why he didn't win. As for niche sport argument, I would say all cyclists compete in a niche market. And for rescuing the industry, I don't think Belgian fans really care about the US market for road bikes. Bikes have always been popular there.

Just a few thoughts, not a vitriolic argument.
amorrow is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-15-07, 07:50 PM   #11
MATTO
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Bikes:
Posts: 106
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
what about ryan trebone??
MATTO is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-15-07, 08:11 PM   #12
gobes
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Bikes:
Posts: 228
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by MATTO View Post
what about ryan trebone??
Tree farm is dominant in the US but he's not at Sven Nys' level... yet.
gobes is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-15-07, 11:28 PM   #13
xccx
+++++++++++++++
 
xccx's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: San Francisco, CA
Bikes: 2 Felt F1X's, Surly Steamroller Fixed / Free, 2007 IF Crown Jewel, 2007 IF Planet X Singlespeed
Posts: 349
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
nys, trebon, wickes, johnson, page, jesse anthony,...they area ll pretty darn fast.
xccx is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-15-07, 11:28 PM   #14
xccx
+++++++++++++++
 
xccx's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: San Francisco, CA
Bikes: 2 Felt F1X's, Surly Steamroller Fixed / Free, 2007 IF Crown Jewel, 2007 IF Planet X Singlespeed
Posts: 349
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
nys, trebon, wickes, johnson, page, jesse anthony,...they are all pretty darn fast.
xccx is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 12:02 PM.