Another warm September day in Waterloo, WI for the second stop of the UCI cyclocross World Cup. Mathieu Van der Poel and Sanne Cant were the big winners on the day, but inspiring rides by local Kaitie Keough and first year elite rider, Elle Noble, landed them on the podium. Kudos to the Trek staff for putting on a fantastic event. Definitely put it on your calendar for next year!
Enjoy three galleries below!
Yeah You Ride!
And I thought fall in New Orleans was hot.
DSGP Round 5, the series and district championships, is this Sunday in Natchez, LA. Before we finish off another great season, I thought I’d stoke the #hype train with select galleries from a few of the stops.
Photos by Rhea Aldridge (@rhea_aldridge)
Gorgeous fall temps, a rooty and technical downhill and a leg-killing power climb, the virgin DSGP course left quite an impact on the riders. Oh, yeah, and there was a very “euro” beach section!
Photos by Murat Celebi
I’d say this course at the Fly was probably the best course we’ve had in New Orleans and I base that solely on the fact that the ground wasn’t a cypress knee minefield. Throw in the handbuilt flyover, a crazy technical feature dubbed the “cross nipple” and a healthy amount of spectators, it was just about a perfect day.
Photos by Boedi
The Tri-County Mountain Bike Association (or TCMBA) folks once again welcomed the DSGP train to their Ridgeland trail system. Depending on what weather god you pray to, the riders were blessed (or cursed) with rain and temps in the low 50’s. Day one featured and extra long single track section that ran the course to two miles in length. On day two the course was shortened but laps were just as slow as the track became a soggy mess.
See ya’ll in Natchez!
Yeah You Ride
It’s February and we are still posting ‘cross content. Aren’t you lucky?! Thanks to Rhea for sharing some of her great shots from the 2016 Cyclocross Nationals in Asheville, North Carolina. Killer as always.
Annnnd, if you are in the LA/MS area and are still itching to race that cyclocross bike one more time, don’t forget about Mardi Cross this Sunday in New Orleans. Reg and more details here: https://www.bikereg.com/mardi-cross
Cross is still here! (And here!) I only shot photos on Saturday of the SS and Industry race. Video of the elites to maaaaaaaybe follow soon after?!
Gallery after the jump.
With cross nats approaching, and the DSGP all wrapped up, I thought I’d post some content that hadn’t yet made it to the site.
An open weekend in the DSGP scheduled allowed my teammates Christine, Kimmie, Rhea and me to head to Houston for two days of racing at Give Me Some Sugar CX. This is the third year I’ve gone to Houston to race and the second I’ve done Sugar CX. Held on an old golf course (very similar to the NOLA CX set-up), the track is flat with a few minor rollers and sand traps here and there. The big element that the organizers, Kolo Promo, built was a massive fly-over. While the course was dry, dusty and fast last year, it was anything but this year. The ground was super saturated with rain and by the time the W4’s race was almost finished, the rain came again making the course super sticky and slow.
It was a pleasure to be able to hang with the ever smoothe, Doogie Roux, this past weekend in Houston. Not only did he take a bunch of starving Rouler Racers to a fantastic ramen restaurant, he snapped a bunch of great photos too. Check ’em out below and give Doogie a follow on Instagram to see what else he’s up to!
I don’t think I could come up with enough hyperbolic statements that could accurately describe what happened this past Sunday. There was mud like I’ve never seen before. Mud of all types: slick, thick, greasy, sticky, salty. When one wasn’t bogged down in the goop, you were splashing through hub-deep ponds of water where flotillas of fire ants were waiting for a ride on your muddied skin, thanking you with nasty bites. And it rained. And rained. And rained. Until the last race of the day, the skies gave up their bounty as wished by the sadist Delta States Grand Prix race director, Wes McWhorter. However, he knew his masochistic crowd, who ate it up and had a damn good time. Check out Rhea Aldridge’s fantastic gallery below for evidence:
With each year, the Delta States Grand Prix continues to grow and change for the better. Now in it’s third year, DSGP 2015 opened with the same amount of crossers as it did in 2014. That’s pretty cool considering the conditions Sunday. This year, the women of DSGP are racing on their own as their numbers continue to grow. An incremental process that is very important thanks to grassroots efforts of practices and clinic held months leading up to the beginning of the season. The pre-reg for the women’s field was 14, the highest pre-reg yet. With one day-of registration, Sunday’s field was the biggest Women’s field in DSGP history! The Cat 5’s are riding solo this year, which created a more robust and largest to date cat 4’s field. (This should also make those 4-3 upgrade calculations a bit easier). A Juniors category was added that saw seven youngsters tow the line. I’m very excited that this race was added to the program and can’t wait to see them progress.
Thanks to the Wes and the LAMBRA crew for puttin’ on a good show! Kudos to everyone who crossed the finish line, that was a doozy!
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