Cyclocross and Gravelbiking (Recreational) 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.

It's getting to be that time.

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Old 07-22-12, 12:52 PM
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It's getting to be that time.

Figured it is about that time...shaved my legs, dusted off the cross bike, and rode this weekend. Can't wait for the fall.

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Old 07-22-12, 08:18 PM
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Stoned as we speak from Mastik One. And Continental glue... yes, i mix glue *gasp*

Waiting on my other 3 rims to come in, need to build up 2 more sets before september
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Old 07-23-12, 05:55 AM
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I'm already planning how my juniors will change their training from road to 'cross. One of them has a couple TTs to ride in August, then it's right into 'cross season in Sept.
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Looking for a bike for my first cross season.
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Ordered a 2013 Cannondale Caad10x today. Should be here ~August 15. Gives me a few weeks before the first race.
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Old 07-24-12, 01:32 PM
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I've started putting mastik 1 on my toast in the morning.
I rode my CAAD10 through a massive, gummy mud hole yesterday (my drive train will never forgive me).
I even thought about running today.
Even looking to throw together some cheap barriers for practice.

Yeah - It is that time.
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I've been eating a lot of cheeseburgers to get up to weight for the Clydesdale category.
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I've been eating a lot of cheeseburgers to get up to weight for the Clydesdale category.
You weren't already there?
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You weren't already there?
Well, you know, I'm usually in the neighborhood of 200 pounds, but some of those guys are just huge so I don't want to be in the position of having to weigh myself with my shoes on to line up next to the big boys. Better to eat the cheeseburgers.
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I can smell the embrocation in the air. Planning a cross clinic as we speak.
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I've been eating a lot of cheeseburgers to get up to weight for the Clydesdale category.
I use good Oregon beer, enough of that and no 'burgers needed at all!
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can't wait. socal cross released their schedule last week and i have lots of stoke for this season. interbike and cross vegas should be fun.
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I've stopped trimming my beard. Does that count as CX prep?
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I've stopped trimming my beard. Does that count as CX prep?
Absolutely!
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Nobbies went back on last night. Looking forward to my first attempt at cx sept. 9th when NEO CX starts.
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15 miles of singletrack yesterday, shoulders are a little sore today Road race on sunday, then I think it's very well may be cx bike for the rest of the year.
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Base miles, lots of base miles only uphill. Then I plan to run in the mud wearing lead weighted shoes carriing a 50lb bar bell on my right shoulder.
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. . . then I think it's very well may be cx bike for the rest of the year.
Yep. I wired my road bike into my (ancient) computrainer on Sunday. It won't see pavement again until February. Until then, if I'm outside, I'm on my 'cross bike.
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I have spent 4 different sessions, about 45 min each, struggling with a set of Hutchinson tubeless CX tires using my Cannondale's stock wheels-- which aren't tubeless ready. There were times I doubted it would ever work but after a lot of fun with a compressor and stans sealant, they're finally holding air.

...Maybe I'll open a thread just about it after I get some rides in on them. I have a Bulldog front and Piranha rear.
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I have spent 4 different sessions, about 45 min each, struggling with a set of Hutchinson tubeless CX tires using my Cannondale's stock wheels-- which aren't tubeless ready. There were times I doubted it would ever work but after a lot of fun with a compressor and stans sealant, they're finally holding air.

...Maybe I'll open a thread just about it after I get some rides in on them. I have a Bulldog front and Piranha rear.

Too bad they are not UCI legal, too wide. I use the Piranha tubless for commuting and training. Great tires with super grip on wet pavement like I will have on my way home from work today.

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UCI legal is not a concern for me at all. Are you a pro, or does Canadien amateur racing use UCI rules?
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I need to start doing running sprints.
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UCI legal is not a concern for me at all. Are you a pro, or does Canadien amateur racing use UCI rules?
No pros in Ontario that I know of but the Ontario Cycle Association, (OCA), does in fact use UCI rules so the tires must not be wider then 33cm and the Hutchinson tubless are listed as 34cm. For insurance reasons most clubs in Ontario use the OCA.
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Dang, that stinks. I mean I know it simplifies things, but there are many good 34-35 mm tires. Plus rated size isn't necessarily real size, especially on a wide rim.

I know cyclocross isn't MTB racing.. but sheesh, 33mm is restrictive. Many new cross bikes off the showroom floor aren't legal.
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Yeah, I noticed even the guy with the foul mouth at the top of the big run-up was practicing his heckling on the squirrels this weekend.
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