Don’t start in a hole! Cyclocross is great fun and makes for some excellent fall training, but be careful and smartly manage your fatigue if you just completed a full season of road or MTB racing.
Face it: cross hurts! Not only does it require strong mental and physical toughness, it also requires a rider to be able to implement both skills and tactics while going full gas. This means we need some highly specific training with lots of time spent focused in the high intensity range.
The victorious ride of Wout Van Aert, and all the other medal winners, at the World cyclocross championships in Zolder at the weekend were overshadowed by the finding of a motor in one of the bikes, and so there can only be one HOT subject for the 'Lee Lowdown'. Femke Van der Driessche's name will go down in the history books for all the wrong reasons.
Jan 04, 2016 - 2016 is here and the season is nearly on us with the Tour Down Under looming on the cycling horizon, we have all the confirmed teams and riders. Cyclocross with reports, results and video, plus some of the new faces in new jerseys, team line-ups from Dimension Data and Crelan-Vastgoedservice and Sagan does Grease. The first EuroTrash coffee for 2016.
Dec 14, 2015 - Is it good-bye Tinkov (again), or is it hello Riis? Top story looks at the Russian's possible departure. Two cyclocross races and Van Aert dominated, we have results and video. Race news from Utah and Dubai, team news from Katusha, Astana, Tinkoff, Lotto Soudal, LottoNL-Jumbo, Rabobank and Sky. Plus rider news from Rafa Valls and Filippo Pozzato.
If you’re of this generation then Sven Nys will probably be your King of ‘crosses - but if you grew up in the 70’s then you’ll know that the true Monarch of the Mud was that stocky man of Flanders; Erik De Vlaeminck, big brother to ‘Monsieur Paris-Roubaix’ Roger De Vlaeminck.
Nov 30, 2015 - One big race on Sunday (Flandriencross) and fun on Saturday in the Tom Boonen cross. Video and results of both races. An interview with Brian Cookson, plus cycling news from teams, riders, sports directors, the Dutch Army and video of Peter Sagan doing his gym work. EuroTrash Monday coffee time!
The Vuelta is in its final week and it will soon be the World championships, then Lombardia will finish off the season and all we can do is look forward to 2016. But let's not forget we have cyclo-cross, Ed Hood caught up with a man from cyclo-cross past - Mike Kluge three time World cross champion.
Can you hear the cowbells in the distance? Sounds like cyclocross season is on the horizon. Cyclocross has to be one of the hardest forms of bicycling racing out there, and because of its short but uber intense race style, it requires some specialized training to ensure success.
The 2015 US Cyclocross Nationals served up some of the muddiest racing in recent memory. But mud makes for epic days, and awesome photos - and PEZ photog Will Swetnam serves up his faves from the long weekend of soggy, dirty bike racing.
INTERVIEW: Life in the tough Belgian cyclocross scene is a dream few have and fewer live. But New Zealand's Angus Edmond has joined the big leagues and took time to tell us about riding against the biggest cross riders in the world.
After a heavy night of Friday night action at the Gent six day with a promising weekend of bikes, beer, frites and track action ahead, there was still time to enhance the weekend with one more Belgian staple - Cyclocross. With the World Cup action just a drive away, the opportunity to see the best 'cross men in the world couldn't be knocked back.
Cyclocross has started to sneak its way onto the pages of Pez. This annual changing of the guard is often looked at by road racers as the down season or winter break, but nothing will serve your road cycling training better in the run towards 2014 than a stint of cross racing this season.
The first Belgian races have almost begun, the World Cup starts next month and there are only 8 days, 9 hours and 7 minutes to Cross Vegas (accurate at time of writing). Yes it's crept up on us - it's that time for the men who start like kilometre riders then bang out the same watts as a top chrono man but through sand, mud and snow.
It’s that time - the Tour Down Under has been and gone, San Luis is nearly finished, we’re running out of six days (which means I get my life back!) and the Belgian ‘cross supporters are making sure that their scarves, coats and hats are looking pristine for Sunday. It's Cross Worlds time!
The period from just before Christmas to New Year’s is the Holy Week of cyclocross in Belgium, with a flurry of races to whip up a last bit of form before the national champs and tapering for the Worlds. What better way to celebrate the holidays than to take the family to the races?
Every year, cyclocross gets bigger and bigger in North America, and it’s getting to become the cycling discipline that the “cool kids” do now, with nothing cooler than the Worlds coming to Louisville in 2013. However, there’s a place where cross is soaked deep into the mud like nowhere else, and that’s Belgium. And since I’m living in Belgium for a few months, let’s join the craziness shall we?
With plenty of time for extravagant victory salutes as he circled the running track finish in St. Wendel, Germany, Zdenek Stybar (Czech Republic & Telenet-Fidea) successfully defended his world elite cyclo-cross title on a sunny Sunday afternoon from ‘Mr. Consistency’ himself, Sven Nys (Belgium & Lanbouwkrediet) with Nys’s countryman – and Stybar’s trade team mate - Kevin Pauwels taking bronze.
Valentin Scherz led the Cyfac-Champion System Team p/b Revolution Wheelworks to victory in the 2010 MAC-Mid Atlantic Cross, stood on the podium with the best U.S. racers, and was ranked the number 1 U23 Cross racer in the World. While Valentin’s talents would surely have come out, his influence on national and local crossers, his Philadelphia host family, and a 2nd host family for his Swiss teammate Anthony Grand, was a direct result of this PEZ writer’s own cultural immersion program in Germany, Belgium, and Holland in 1991.
It’s been a mixed day in Belgium when I get Gabby Day on the ’phone. Sunny and dry in the morning, but lashing rain in the afternoon. Perfect all-condition training for that weekend’s upcoming Cyclocross World Cup meeting in Plzen, Czech Republic. As she packed her bags for the race, Gabby gave us the low-down on Europe’s hardcore winter sport
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