CX Nationals Austin - Wednesday/Thursday/Friday

By: Brandon Jan 9

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Austin is hosting the 2015 Cyclocross National Championships, on the outside chance you weren’t aware. Arriving in Texas on Tuesday I was welcomed to 70* and sun, exactly as I had hoped from the South in January.

Since Tuesday, the temperatures have slowly slipped lower, clouds have rolled in, and we’ve even endured a few passing showers.

I began shooting the course on Wednesday with the Single Speed races primarily. Mo Bruno Roy took home another Stars and Bars jersey in the women’s race, Justin Lindine took the W in style in the men’s race. Wednesday’s races were fast, dry, and pretty warm.

Some images from Wednesday’s racing, click the photo to scroll through the gallery:




We didn’t spend much time at the course on Thursday, instead choosing to get some miles in wondering the trails around Barton Springs, more to come on that little adventure.

Coming onto the course on Friday the racers were greeted with short rain showers and temperatures in the upper-30’s. The ground got slippery with the surface getting a bit greasy. The course did get quite a bit slower, which led to the promoters actually cutting a few portions of the course out to bring lap times down.

A few shots from Friday’s racing, click the photo to scroll through the gallery:





 

Jeremy Powers' CrossVegas Focus Mares

By: Brandon Sep 14

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We wouldn't be doing our job if we didn't cover our current National Champion's bike, and Powers was proud to chat about his bike. The custom-painted Mares CX of Jeremy Powers was one of the nicest custom jobs I've seen in quite some time. In my brief chat with Jeremy, he was clearly excited about the work Focus has put into the finish, and obviously proud to sport the stars and bars.

Hanging off of the Mares frame was SRAM's Force CX1 group that we've reviewed favorably so far, with the exception of using a SRAM Red crankset.

Zipp provides the rolling stock in the form of their 303 Firecrest disc wheels, as well as the Service Course cockpit. Crank Brothers Candy 11 pedals were on the bike in Vegas, though it appears Powers has something a bit new to remount to.

A major change for Powers was moving to FMB tires, a change which we obviously condone. With treads ranging from file to mud, Powers will have a complete quiver on race days.

Powers managed a very solid 3rd place at CrossVegas against an exceptionally strong field. After taking more than his fair share of pulls and attacks on the front, he crossed the line only seconds behind the #1 and #2 ranked riders in the world. One hell of a start to the season if we say so.

Big thanks to Tom Hopper for letting us borrow the champ's bike for a bit and Powers for being the consummate professional in walking us through the bike and the special graphics he was so ecstatic to be representing.

photos and words by Brandon Elliott

 

Sven Nys' CrossVegas Trek Boone

By: Brandon Sep 14

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Next up from CrossVegas is the Trek Boone of Sven Nys, our eventual winner. The current Belgian National Champion, a title that at some point may just need to be made permanently his, was aboard a custom-painted Trek Boone Canti, adorned with Dura-Ace 9070 Di2. Sven shows his Euroness by continuing on with cantilever brakes and was still putting power down through the pro-only 46t 9000 chainring.

Bontrager supplied the carbon tubular wheels, Dugast Typhoon tires provided the grip.

We would expect nothing short of perfection from a bike piloted by one of the most talented CX racers in history, and this one did not disappoint. Finished to show-quality, Sven's Boone would be just as comfortable in a display case as between the course tape.

Thank you to Trek Collective and Matt Shriver for letting me shoot this bike!

photos and words by Brandon Elliott

 

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