2012 Cyclocross Nationals Elite Races Live Video Today

January 8th, 2012

USA Cycling is showing live video of the Elite Cyclocross National Races today. The Women’s race is at 11 AM MST and the Men’s race is at 1:15 PM. Colorado Springs own Katie Compton will be racing for her 8th National Cyclocross title.

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Fall Back Cross 2011

November 8th, 2011

Danny Summerhill at Fall Back Cross

Sunday was the Fall Back Cross race put on by USA Cycling. It was a beautiful day with lots of sun and blue skies.

The course twisted all around some empty land behind the USA Cycling headquarters and gave many great places to watch. Turn out was small but there was still some great racing.

A few photos are below and there are many more Fall Back Cross photos in my photos section. As with most photos on this blog, they can be purchased including as a digital download.

Top 5 Men 1/2

  1. Daniel Summerhill
  2. Allen Krughoff
  3. Christopher Case
  4. Bryan Mickiewicz
  5. Brian Hludzinski

Top 5 Women 1/2

  1. Rebecca Gross
  2. Kristal Boni
  3. Kristin Weber
  4. Margell Abel
  5. Melanie Long

Complete results can be found on the USA Cycling site.

Cyclocross Time in Colorado Springs

November 2nd, 2011

Cyclocross at Bear Creek

The past several years one of the first cyclocross races in Colorado was the put on by Pikes Peak Velo at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs. This year though Colorado Springs hasn’t had a cyclocross race yet. However there will be 2 races over the next few weeks.

The first cyclocross race is the Fall Back Cross Race this Sunday November 6th at the USA Cycling office. The first race starts at 8 AM and the last race is at 3:36 PM. There will be kids races and a Strider Cup for toddlers in the afternoon. There is also a first-time women’s category for those that want to try cyclocross without the intimidation factor. Find more Fall Back Cross info here.

The 2nd race is being put on by Pikes Peak Velo on Saturday, November 19th but it’ll be at an exciting new venue this year instead of at Bear Creek Park. It will be held at the historic Rock Ledge Ranch and part of the course goes into Garden of the Gods. You can read more Rock Ledge Ranch cyclocross details here.

With the cyclocross races coming up, Pikes Peak Velo is putting on free cyclocross skills clinics at Rock Ledge Ranch the next 3 Wednesday evenings – November 2nd, 9th, and 16th from 4:30 until dark. Practice going over barriers, getting on/off bike, carrying the bike, running up hills and of course…running out of breath! Head over to Pikes Peak Velo to get the details.

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Front Range Cyclist Show 2011

March 16th, 2011

WMBA COS Booth

The Front Range Cyclist Show is this Saturday. It will be held from 9:30 AM until 4:30 PM at the Norris Penrose Event Center (1045 W. Rio Grande St.). There will be many exhibitors from bike component makers to trail advocacy to local bike shops.

I will have a table set up so come say Hi. I’ll have UltraRob.com jerseys, t-shirts and stickers available.

The past 2 years the show was called the Peak Region Cyclist Show. The name has changed because Jon Severson and David Pico that put on the show and published the Peak Region Cyclist parted ways last year. With Jon once again putting together the show, I expect it to be another great event.

You can read my report of last year’s Peak Region Cyclist Bike Show here. I also have last year’s photos from the PRC bike show here. It’s a fun event and I encourage you to come to it.

After the show, there will be a fundraising event at King Chef to benefit the Missing Link trail. $10 will get you all the Bristol beer you can handle and part of the food sold will benefit Medicine Wheel. Medicine Wheel will be building the trail over the next couple years to connect Barr Trail to the Cheyenne Canon area. They will need plenty of volunteers and donations to make it happen. They will also be at the show so you can find out more about that project and their other projects.

Here’s a few of the companies and groups that will be at the show

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Pikes Peak Velo Cyclocross Sept 2010

September 20th, 2010

Jumping Cyclocross Barrier

The first Pikes Peak Velo cyclocross race of the season was Saturday. It wasn’t even close to cyclocross weather with the high well into the 80s and the course was dry and dusty. You can find results here.

A few photos are below and you can find more of my photos here.

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Cyclocross is Hip

September 9th, 2010


Here’s a funny video about cyclocross. I’ve seen it before but thought I’d post it since cyclocross season is starting. It seems that cyclocross is continuing to get bigger in the US.

For those that aren’t familiar with it, cyclocross is a from of bike racing that takes place during the fall and winter. The race courses can be a mix of dirt and pavement. It’s also common for there to be plenty of mud. Traditionally there have been barriers where riders dismount and run. Over the last couple years, the barriers have started going away.

The bikes look similar to road bikes but have more clearance for the tires. This allows for wider tires and also keeps the mud from jamming up as bad.

I raced a lot of cyclocross back in the early ’90s and even raced National Championships in 1992. Back then it was little known in the US and it has become much more competitive.

Below is video from the 2009 Colorado State Cyclocross Championships. It brings back many memories of racing in snow and having trouble staying upright.



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Pikes Peak Velo Cyclocross Nov 2009 Results and Photos

November 21st, 2009
Pikes Peak Velo cyclocross November 2009

This morning I got up way earlier than I felt like for a Saturday morning. It was time for the 2nd Pikes Peak Velo cyclocross race of 2009 and I was helping set up the course. It was fairly warm at my house but chilly out at Bear Creek Park.

Pikes Peak Velo cyclocross November 2009By mid morning the clouds cleared and it started warming up. This meant icy sections started turning to mud. As the day went out some of the mud tried out but the hill up from the creek stayed nasty.

Pikes Peak Velo cyclocross November 2009The icy section before the muddy uphill that I thought would cause crashes didn’t seem to until near the end of the Cat 4 Men’s race. Dirty water covered rutted ice lurking beneath. A couple crashes within a few minutes left one racer with a possible wrist fracture.

I shot nearly 1,200 photos throughout the day. I’ve uploade some of the best photos from the cyclocross races today to SmugMug. I plan to upload many more but it may take a little while.

Here are the top 5 results for some of the categories

Men Open

  1. Daniel Summerhill
  2. Brad White
  3. JJ Clark
  4. Chuck Coyle
  5. Aaron Baplai

Women Open

  1. Kristal Boni
  2. Jane Finsterwald
  3. Magellan Able
  4. Susan Prieto
  5. Jenny Abrahan

Senior Men Cat 4

  1. Richard Geng
  2. Zachary Rudolph
  3. Patric Rostep
  4. Chris Bosch
  5. Michael Christopher

Men 35+ Open

  1. Jon Cariveau
  2. JJ Clark
  3. Chris Phenicie
  4. Ward Baker
  5. Jeffrey Hartman

Men 35+ Cat 4

  1. John Mancell
  2. Brad Hoagland
  3. Scott Winborne
  4. Doug Richards
  5. Scott Mitchell
  6. Bob Prieto

Men 45+

  1. Gary Thacker
  2. Tim Godby
  3. Andy Fox
  4. Greg Gorrell
  5. Joe Paulan

- UltraRob

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Colorado Springs CyclocCross Race This Saturday

November 18th, 2009

The second Pikes Peak Velo cyclocross race is this Saturday at Bear Creek park. I will be there at o-dark-thirty helping set up the course. Throughout the day I’ll be shooting photos and helping out with whatever needs to be done.

The plan is for the course to be the same as the September cyclocross race. Check the race flyer for the times for the different races.

Because of the fairly short laps, cyclocross is great for spectators. It looks like the weather will be nice so come on out with your cowbell if you aren’t racing.

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PPV Cyclocross Race Photos and Report Sept 12, 2009

October 4th, 2009


I now have photos from the Pikes Peak Velo cyclocross race on September 12th, 2009 posted for all categories. I had photos posted for all but the last 2 races before I went to Interbike. Unfortunately I got sick soon after I got back and didn’t get much done last week.

Race results can be found on the ACA website by clicking here. We had good turnout although racer numbers were down slightly from last years first race. I’m not sure why but maybe it’s because the cross schedule is getting fuller.

There was lots of good racing action all day. It was cool and overcast most of the day. It finally rained a little during the SM 4 race. About half way the final race, SM 3 and Singlespeeds, the rain really started coming down.

There were a couple spots that were causing crashes. One was the sharp off camber right turn along the parking lot. The other one was the turn at the short, steep drop after the straight section with the start/finish. There also was a crash at the start of the SM Cat 3 race. I made a video of the crashes from some of my photos.

Next Pikes Peak Velo cyclocross race is November 21st at the same location.

- UltraRob

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2009 Cross Vegas

September 24th, 2009
Jamey Driscoll and Chris Jones at Cross Vegas


Tonight was an exciting night of cyclocross racing at Cross Vegas.

In a surprise move in the Elite Men’s race, Chris Jones went off the front early and only Jamey Driscoll jumped up to him.  They managed to stay away the rest of the race.

Photos of Cross Vegas Elite Men

A bit of Cross Vegas video.

Cross Vegas Elite Men Top 3

  1. Jamey Driscoll
  2. Chris Jones
  3. Jonathan Page
Katie Compton and Katerina Nash at Cross Vegas

In the Elite Women’s race, Katie Compton started hard and soon only Katerina Nash could stay with her. A few laps in, Nash crashed in a corner and never got close to Compton again. Kelli Emmett, racing with a broken hand, fought Georgia Gould hard for 3rd place but ended up coming away with 4th.

Photos of Cross Vegas Elite Women

Cross Vegas Elite Women Top 3

  1. Katie Compton
  2. Katerina Nash
  3. Georgia Gould

- UltraRob

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